Just to let you all know, I sitting at the very edge of my computer chair right now. My kitten Henry has decided to park his little bottom on my chair and is refusing to move. I have tried moving him several times, but he keeps coming back. So, I have given up all hope of sitting comfortably on my chair while I write this week's post. So Henry my dear, this entire post is dedicated to you and your stubbornness.
Last week I wrote a plethora of information about the origins and creation of my mom's walker and my necklace. This week I would like to write a little reflection about everything I learned, as I have had a while to process everything I researched. (By the way, in case anyone was wondering, my food poisoning is completely better.)
After doing intensive research about the walker and necklace, I have come to the conclusion that these two items are not very good for the environment. While mom's walker may have been very necessary during her recovery after her hip replacement, it caused a lot of damage to the environment globally. It used two different kinds of plastic (which has so many problems in itself) and aluminum. It wasted water, caused an obscene amount of GHG emissions, and had all its materials come from all over the world to assemble in New York, and then be distributed to Wisconsin. This caused even more air pollution in transportation costs! As for my necklace, it uses melting metal and silver to make this design. It causes thermal, sound, and air pollution. Could this little piece of metal on my neck really cause so much environmental harm? Oh yes. It already is.
Since these two items are heavy in causing air pollution especially, how can we, as a global scale, help to reduce these environmental impacts? Obviously the need for walkers may not decline any time soon, the way we create them can. Instead of aluminum and plastics, is there a different reusable material that could be used? Could recycled aluminum cans work? For my necklace, even though I love it so much, could another material besides metal be used? What about glass? or recycled metal? Using localized materials instead of combining different ones from worldwide would definitely reduce the amount of air pollution that is emitted, as well as save on transportation costs. Why can't we use recycled materials in our own localized area instead? Instead of buying a new walker for every patient, could it be passed down in families or donated back to hospitals or resold? While these ideas would all be useful, I am doubtful that this would be implemented on a grand scale worldwide or even a regional one.
It is difficult to change habitat, especially a worldwide. Change is going to happen eventually, but it needs to start small. Instead of asking for the whole world to change at once, I am just asking you. Instead of buying a new necklace, try a resale shop. Clean it up and give it to your loved one. Use the same walker in your family. Return to the hospital so new patients can use it. Give a necklace you 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, flowered ring 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. Spread your love and ideas about conservation and recycling. Take these two materials of mine and use them as examples. The next time you see a walker in the trash can in an ally, pick it up, clean it, and donate it to some place that needs it. Instead of buying a new necklace, look at a resale shop, make your own, and look to see what materials are in it.
Well my dear readers, Henry has finally moved off my computer chair. After that ordeal, I am definitely sore. I am going to head outside and go for a walk. Until next week my friends.
Spread the word about saving our Earth. Spread my words.