DIY Favors (and Blog Action Day 2009!)
October 15, 2009
I heard yesterday through the Twitter grapevine that today is Blog Action Day 2009. And that the theme this year is Climate Change. Basically, it’s a day where bloggers can all join together their posts in order to instigate change. So I thought it’d be a good day to get back into this blog.
So, it’s official, I’m now Ms. Amy Donahue. I.e., Mrs. Schuelahue! Yep, Sept. 6th, came and went, and it was perfect. So now this blog is still going to be about our green wedding, but on what we actually did, not what we were just thinking about doing. And we’ll see what happens when I run out of stuff. I’m going to try to stick to a regular schedule; weekly on Thursdays seems like a good way to go. Perhaps there’ll be a bonus Tuesday occasionally or something. I’ll announce new posts on my Twitter (hashtag #ecoweddingblog, for those who care), you can use an RSS reader, or you can just check back every so often.
Today’s post is going to incorporate all three R’s (um, reduce, reuse, recycle, just in case you forgot), and it’s going to start with a little story.
Once upon a time there were two people who both loved good beer. They drank a fairly good amount of it. And they always recycled their bottles. But what to do with the caps? They kept them (for the most part; friends & roommates occasionally didn’t realize…), thinking maybe they’d use them in a good game of caps or something. Then they got engaged. And started planning their wedding. Looking at all the websites and books, they kept seeing silly, kitschy wedding favors that everyone would probably just throw away eventually, contributing in whatever small way (but think cradle to grave here; there’s a lot of petroleum and transportation involved in even the little plastic doo-dads) to climate change. They wanted to reduce their impact, and buy as little new stuff (also thrifty!) as possible. So they looked around. And stumbled upon that giant jar of bottle caps. Hmmm…There had to be some way to reuse them!
And everyone loved them (and wanted more than the 2 each person originally got!). Moral of the story? 1. Climate change is a big picture thing; talk to your legislators and your energy companies. But while you’re at it, drink some (local, organic, sustainable, wind/solar energy produced) beer. The little things just might add up, and just might be useful. (Seriously, those kitschy favors? just think twice, that’s all I’m asking).
We did do one other little “gift” for our guests, but you’ll have to stay tuned for that one. Now go out and read some Blog Action Day posts!