I was prepping content for Earth Day today and felt ashamed. New York makes me wasteful. OK I can’t blame New York. It’s my fault. I’m not as eco-girl as I was in Seattle.

Case in point: Today I was walking to work – wait I get green points for walking, not cabbing, right? – when I stopped at a stand to buy fruit. I handed the vendor a banana and an orange and turned to look for my wallet in my purse. When I looked up again with a dollar in my hand, he handed me a plastic bag. Ugh, I didn’t need a bag. I usually just toss my fruit in my roomy purse. When I got to the office, I had cereal at my desk with a plastic spoon, paper bowl and milk from a school-lunch-style carton. All that was dumped in the trash when I finished.

At lunch, I elevatored it downstairs (the stairs in my building are for emergencies only, I’m told. Yes, I asked), to Global Market to grab sushi for lunch. My sushi came in a plastic container with a little packet of soy sauce and wooden chopsticks, all of which was put in a paper bag. When I finished my tasty lunch, all that got dumped in the trash.

On my way home from work, I stopped at Amish Market for some groceries and something from their salad bar for dinner. I usually have a reusable bag or two rolled up in my purse, but not today, so I left with two plastic bags and a plastic container, which contained my salad. All of which will get dumped in the trash at home.

OK not trash. I do recycle my plastics. I’m the girl at the office who piles up her recyclables on her desk until I go to the kitchen where there’s a recycle bin. It just feels all kinds of wrong to actually trash that stuff. No one’s future child wants to share the planet with the plastic sushi container I ate out of on April 17, 2012. but still, the first rule is reduce. If I don’t need a bag for my bagel, I shouldn’t take one. Then I wouldn’t waste the energy it takes to make and recycle that bag. I need to show my Seattle side a little more.

But, I do get points for taking mass transit and not having a McMansion to heat, cool and maintain.

I don’t usually promote content from my employer, but if you’re interested in more green tips, MSN Living put together a great page.

Published by Candace

I’m a journalist, nutritionist, doting auntie, one-time bobsledder, and wannabe health nut (who loves chocolate and pizza too much to fully commit). I don't want you to think my life is perfect. It's not.

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