Just to let you all know, I sitting at the very edge of mycomputer chair right now. My kittenHenry has decided to park his little bottom on my chair and is refusing tomove. I have tried moving him severaltimes, but he keeps coming back. So, Ihave given up all hope of sitting comfortably on my chair while I write thisweek's post. So Henry my dear, thisentire post is dedicated to you and your stubbornness.
Last week I wrote a plethora of information about theorigins and creation of my mom's walker and my necklace. This week I would like to write a little reflectionabout everything I learned, as I have had a while to process everything Iresearched. (By the way, in case anyonewas wondering, my food poisoning is completely better.)
After doing intensive research about the walker andnecklace, I have come to the conclusion that these two items are not very goodfor the environment. While mom's walkermay have been very necessary during her recovery after her hip replacement, itcaused a lot of damage to the environment globally. It used two different kindsof plastic (which has so many problems in itself) and aluminum. It wasted water, caused an obscene amount ofGHG emissions, and had all its materials come from all over the world toassemble in New York, and then be distributed to Wisconsin. This caused even more air pollution intransportation costs! As for mynecklace, it uses melting metal and silver to make this design. It causes thermal, sound, and airpollution. Could this little piece ofmetal on my neck really cause so much environmental harm? Oh yes. It already is.
Since these two items are heavy in causing air pollutionespecially, how can we, as a global scale, help to reduce these environmentalimpacts? Obviously the need for walkersmay not decline any time soon, the way we create them can. Instead of aluminum and plastics, is there adifferent reusable material that could be used? Could recycled aluminum cans work? For my necklace, even though I love it so much, could another materialbesides metal be used? What aboutglass? or recycled metal? Using localized materials instead ofcombining different ones from worldwide would definitely reduce the amount ofair pollution that is emitted, as well as save on transportation costs. Why can't we use recycled materials in ourown localized area instead? Instead ofbuying a new walker for every patient, could it be passed down in families ordonated back to hospitals or resold? While these ideas would all be useful, I am doubtful that this would beimplemented on a grand scale worldwide or even a regional one.
It is difficult to change habitat, especially aworldwide. Change is going to happen eventually,but it needs to start small. Instead of askingfor the whole world to change at once, I am just asking you. Instead of buying a new necklace, try aresale shop. Clean it up and give it toyour loved one. Use the same walker inyour family. Return to the hospital sonew patients can use it. Give a necklaceyou don't want any more to a resale shop or a shelter. That could give someone hope. One of my favorite rings is an old, floweredring that my dad found in an old car (he's a car salesman). It was abandoned and he tried to the owner,but after a year, he gave it to me instead. Start small, and spread the word. Don't just stand there and let bad things happen to our Earth. Take a stand, reach out and tell someone,give hope and spread inspiration. Spreadyour love and ideas about conservation and recycling. Take these two materials of mine and use themas examples. The next time you see awalker in the trash can in an ally, pick it up, clean it, and donate it to someplace that needs it. Instead of buying anew necklace, look at a resale shop, make your own, and look to see whatmaterials are in it.
Well my dear readers, Henry has finally moved off mycomputer chair. After that ordeal, I amdefinitely sore. I am going to headoutside and go for a walk. Until next week my friends.
Spread the word about saving our Earth. Spread my words.