The Sort Story

Being an environmentalist is as easy as paying attention. It’s the thoughtful approach to life that most of us are already honing. The trick is to find what works for you, making small changes you can stick with. I know, I know, it sounds like a diet plan to save the world. In a way it probably is—sans tights.

Recycling was my first big step. In Denver, the switch to piling plastics, glass, and paper products into the appropriate green bins took very little of my time. Then last July, my husband George and I moved to rural Kansas, where the recycling program is entirely DIY. I now make a weekly trip to the drop off center, where I spend at least 30 minutes sorting the recyclables into more than 15 specific categories. Sigh.

But it’s easier to buy local here, where farmers make up 60% of the population in our county. So I trade some of the extra time I used to spend foraging for produce on my recycling commitment. This is a small change for me with a big impact.

Feedback? Contact me with questions, tips or just to offer support as I shrink my carbon footprint. I hope my adventures inspire you to try something greener!

6 thoughts on “The Sort Story

  1. Jill Horton
    January 5, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    I’m glad Vibrant Life is finally getting on the environmental bandwagon. I look forward to more!

  2. Annetta
    February 19, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Now that you live in the country, perhaps you’d like to try your hand at a compost pile, and to go with that – a garden. We live suburban, and still have a compost pile and small garden boxes in our back yard. Enough room to grow our own few fresh veggies and still more for canning.

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  4. March 23, 2009 at 4:12 am

    Thanks for article. Everytime like to read you.

    Thank you

  5. March 31, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    I REALLY liked your post and blog! It took me a little bit to find your site…but I book marked it. Would you mind if I but a link back to my site?

  6. July 9, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Actually to find a right place to locate a drop off center near the residential zone could be quite difficult. You have to count with various wastes (from construction material up to flowers). It should be based on the environmentalists, local habitants and municipality’s mutual agreement.