While going green is the trend du jour, I have my own tips for saving the earth's natural resources.
Lori Curley: I once read that the best brainstorming occurs when the participants refuse to say "No, that won't work" or "That's not right." This commitment to following any idea to its logical or illogical end produces all kinds of truly interesting ideas. For example, I was thinking about how my family and I could become greener (since that seems to be the trend du jour, not because I necessarily buy into the warming theory) and therefore, I decided that we should eat every meal out. That's right. When we eat at home, we waste our valuable resources.
First, we waste energy when buying the food. We drive to the store at least twice a week and stare at the ice cream or vegan selections with the freezer door open. We hardly even appreciate the light or heat that the store provides because we are so focused on filling our little canvas bags, which we then drag into the house via our back doors -- allowing heat to escape. Then we waste electricity keeping the eggs cold and the chicken frozen. And even more energy cooking them. Then we waste water cleaning all the pots, pans, and dishes. And if we toss the leftovers (I always do), then we create trash, or need to run the garbage disposal -- more energy. Whereas, if we constantly eat at restaurants, they will have less to store in their refrigerators and will save in volume, as they wash more dishes. And, because they buy more food in larger quantities, they create less trash. They may have, for instance, that 10-pound can of tuna versus our two eight-ounce cans.
Next week, a man is coming to remove our oven, refrigerator, and dishwasher. We are going to remodel the kitchen by installing a full-size pool table. We will feed our dinner table and chairs to the fireplace -- and replace the sink with a hand-sanitizer station.
|Lori Curley, champion mother of two middle-school teenagers, resides in South Orange, NJ. She holds a Masters in Education and has been teaching writing at the college level for 7 years. But can she find a job as a high school English teacher? Or will she pull her hair out first?|