Editor’s note: The following is a guest post by Beth Ricci of Red and Honey, while I take a little break from writing and publishing.
The Dutiful Recycler
My scrunchied-hair, neon-wearing self sat in the elementary-school classroom on a sunny afternoon in the early 90’s.
We watched a cartoon video that taught us all about things like recycling and picking up garbage to care for the environment.
The chant is firmly etched in my mind: “Reduce, Re-Use, and REEEE-cycle!” (heavy emphasis on the “recycle”!).
This value of eco-consciousness successfully stuck with me over the years, and as an adult I now dutifully recycle my glass, cardboard, and plastic in the weekly curbside pick-up.
I realized recently that unfortunately I had sort of missed the point.