"Throughout my work and college career I have found that often the most rewarding experiences have come from helping others in my community. The more I grow as individual, the more I find myself passionate about giving back to my community and helping others succeed.
I first started to appreciate the pride you get from knowing that you’ve helped others when I worked as a camp counselor. Before I worked at the camp I would admire the counselors who created a great experience for me, and then later on when I worked as a counselor myself, it felt good to know that I was helping to give others that same enjoyable experience I had in my youth. Since then I have had many opportunities to volunteer, work on projects, or simply help a peer, with a goal of benefiting others, and in every one of those opportunities the level gratitude and pride felt has been well worth the energy and effort put in.
Just as others have done for me, I want to influence other people’s lives in a positive way, and believing that you can is a very empowering feeling. We all want to live in good communities, and I honestly believe that by helping others, by inspiring others to help others, we can improve everyone's lives, and that is a great feeling." - Logan Slattery, Business Administration, Class of 2017
I tried. It grew beautifully and soon died because of my neglect
Tomorrow I embark on a two week bike riding trip across America. After being confronted with the amount of waste Australia produces, I am keen to promote reducing, reusing and recycling one coffee at a time. Follow my journey as I use my @frankgreen_official coffee cup as my main method of liquid transportation
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I feel like a scrooge a LOT. As I've been focusing on the important things in life (family, friends, experiences, the environment, exercise, health), I've being saying NO to a lot of things. Little things that don't matter much, have little value, and end up cluttering our lives. No random cheap toys, no cheez its, no push pops, no no no. I try to always put a positive spin on things and focus on the wonderful things that we DO have.
It's starting to pay off. My older son loves finding clothes at second hand stores. He notices when we buy things in plastic and asks about the impact it will have. (Will this hurt the environment, mama? Mama, you do NOT like plastic. He called me out on the kettle corn!) He can't walk past litter without picking it up. And he loves homemade lunchables!
After my partner brought home lunchables one day, I was completely dismayed by all of the packaging. I said, no more lunchables. Let's make some ourselves instead, we can even have a little treat, too! So we got each item package free, including the baby carrots, which my son scooped into our produce bag. He rarely asks for cheez-its, instead picking out the next treat (trail mix usually) from the bulk area.
This journey can be very challenging and I often fail. But the reward is so great. As a family, we are learning to value the people in our lives, our time, and even the things we consume. I'm so encouraged and am so grateful for a loving zerowaste community in this virtual social media wonderland
So my local grocery store, which I love, had these tips for saving water in the window. The usual: take short showers, fill the dish washer before running... Yes. Good tips. But do you know what can save even more? Cut back on using disposable containers! Fun fact: the manufacturing process for one paper coffee cup (think Starbucks) requires more that 1.25 gallons of water. Add that sleeve and probably about another gallon. Multiply that by all the disposable cups that leave a Starbucks, or even this local grocery store, each day. Plus the cups are lined with a fossil fuel derivative and capped with plastic. Then consider to-go containers and other avoidable packaging. Bottom line: cut your garbage, cut water waste.