Being Green – Is it just like Kermit the frog?

Well, obviously not. But Kermit should remind us of what is good about nature and how our children need it. Being green is being moral. We should do unto others as we would have them do unto us. If only each and every person on the planet adhered to this. But they don’t.

I have always been concerned with nature and our planet. I have always tried to conserve and re-use and certainly reduce what things I use. However, even in my own family, lights are left on and water left running while not being used and things being purchased for use some time in the future. So, even I have to continually preach to my family. And the same holds true for friends and others I meet. We do have to be continually reminded about using up our planet’s limited resources.

And so, a few years ago I got re-interested in becoming active in promoting “green”. I’m not in the business and so have nothing to gain except knowing that I’m helping to save our planet. I’ve connected with people of like mind and spirit to help move forward. Some friends have even gone further by starting a business to help people understand what is happening and how we can act to reduce, reuse and recycle.

One of these is Bob Seiple, a very passionate person when it comes to helping our environment. He acted by wanting to sell compostable products that can be recycled and composted. Unfortunately, people aren’t quick to spend a little extra money on their bar-b-que or party needs in order to help our environment. And, there are also some so-called compostable products that are advertised as such but don’t really meet the standards. So, one has to beware of false advertising, even with “green” products. Bob helps by doing a lot of research into what products he handles on his web site (whynotbobstore.net). He wants to make sure that the products he sells are made out of the correct materials that will actually decompose in a compost.

Bob also provides services to do zero-waste events. This kind of event is one which uses compostable, recyclable and reusable products to minimize the amount of waste that goes to the incinerator, thus reducing air pollution. Once your event or party is over, Bob picks up the food waste and takes it to a compost where it will be broken down and recycled back to nature.

And to provide these “zero-waste” services with an even smaller carbon footprint, Bob is looking to use local farms (CSAs) to accept the food waste and is also looking to set up something in Delaware County like the Compost Co-op that was started by Philly Compost.

So, besides me composting in my backyard, I support people like Bob in their actions to help reduce, reuse and recycle. And you should, too.

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