Quote of the Day: Danny Seo on the Little Things


Try this: Think about every time you throw something away and how it got to this point in becoming trash. How many times have you gone to the ATM to withdraw cash and hit the "yes" button to get a printed receipt only to throw it immediately away? We usually press the "yes" button out of habit. It's time to break this wasteful habit.

How many times have you tossed a used coffee cup onto an overflowing trash can, carefully placing your cup on top of an already teetering pile of trash? there a very good chance the cup (along with others) will fall over and litter the streets. You see, the litter you see on the streets isn't put there by gross, trash-tossing, mean people—it's because the wind blow around whatever isn't securely discarded. The crazy-crazy solution? Carry the empty cup to a different trash can that isn't full! Better yet, why not bring a reusable, stainless-steel cup with you to Starbucks and use it over and over again?And think about this: When you use a public restroom, do you use a large sheet of paper towel to dry your hands? When you throw the towel away, do you notice the trash can overflowing with nothing but paper waste? Instead of hitting that lever six times to get a giant sheet of paper, hit it twice and use less. Sure, your hands might be a tiny bit wet when you're done, but at the end of the day, it's just water. They'll dry.

It's the little things that help you realize how impactful we all are on the Earth without realizing it. Pay attention: start turning off lights when you leave a room. Unplug electronics when you go away for vacation. Fix that dripping faucet in the bathroom and save some water. Your intuitive sense will begin to kick in real soon. You see, you can't really begin to care about the environment if your habitual actions aren't corrected. And here's the best part: Once you realize how wasteful your small actions can be pretty soon you'll start to realize how we all waste money, too."

—Danny Seo in Simply Green Giving (2006, Collins)

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