So I'm sitting in a Wendy's restaurant at the moment. I had hoped to directly blog this entry, but I'm writing it on a document file to save for later posting. It really irks me that a restaurant advertises free WiFi but it doesn't work at all. I'm techno-savvy so it's not merely an operator error. I went to the front to complain about it and the lady looked at me like my hair was on fire. She just laughed and then looked down at her register. In hindsight, I'm almost certain she had no idea what WiFi is, but she should have asked someone else if she didn't know. Oi !
Anywho, so that leaves me here a little preturbed. At least there was a Frosty and some fries involved. Everything is better when ice cream is involved. (Although I'm well aware that Frosty's are far from being ice cream...but that's a different story for a different time.)
So to continue my green theme, I'd like to focus on paper and packaging waste for this entry. Up until about 2 years ago, I was the world's worst to print out anything and everything. I'd end up with enormous piles of paper on my paper tray and most of it would never even be looked at again. I literally was putting all these print outs in boxes for "future filing". Haha...I laugh at myself at the thought of that. I clearly had a problem I was not willing to address. I'm not sure what prompted me to change my ugly habits, but I'm so glad I did.
I pay a lot of my bills online, but its a rare occasion that I print out those receipts now. Instead I take a screen print of all the important info, like the confirmation number, date and such. I periodically back up all these receipts to either jump drive or CD and file that away. You can have the receipt emailed you as well. I've cut my paper usage to nearly nothing. In the past two years, I've bought one 500 sheet pack of paper and I have at least 75% of that left. If something is printed at my house, it must be extremely important and something that's going to be used immediately (or business related). I also haven't bought any ink cartridges for my printer in that two year time span. Saving money on ink cartridges is a great blessing, but it's also good for the Earth. I plan to have my empty ones refilled in the future.
Now what about packing materials and tissue boxes? Well I reuse most of those too. Whenever I buy a box of tissues I make sure that I like design on the box because I cut them up to make cards and on scrapbook pages. The cardboard can be reused to make things sturdier or to make the random pom pom or two. I also reuse pretty packing materials on scrapbook pages or cards. You have to be a little creative, but it can be done. I like to see people's faces when they inquire where I got the materials for those cards. Anytime you buy perfume or cologne there's usually some beautiful backing paper in the box. It's one of my favorites to reuse. And of course, all bubble wrap and packing peanuts get reused over and over again.
So that's it for tonight's dose of green. I must say I'm pretty proud of myself for keeping up with this daily blogging so far. ;-)