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Firstly, we appreciate your checking out this area and your interest in the environment. That said if you think that going green will automatically make your life easier, will immediately save you money, or perhaps it entails an activity that is always fun to do, then you’re in for a surprise. The reality is that sometimes it’s very time-consuming; it may not save you money, and quite possibly may be an inconvenience. Though this may be the reality, there’s still hope. The truth is that it has the potential of being fun, easy, rewarding and may save you money. It’s like anything else in this world. Having children, for example, may have all the negative consequences listed above or even more. The point is that yes, it can be difficult or an inconvenience at times, but the payback is rewarding, and the investment will pay off in the long run.

This isn’t a forum to just give you a new spin on how to recycle aluminum cans, paper or plastic goods, or how to make your own mulch in your back yard. There are plenty of sites and search engines out there that can get that for you. Furthermore, I’m confident that you’re probably aware of most of the basic “going green” concepts by now since most cities now have recycling programs, which provide pamphlets and valuable information.

Our goal at PlayDate.com is to help you bring the message behind recycling and going green into your family and everyday life. Anyone can teach their children to put aluminum cans in the corresponding colored bin and perishable waste in the composter. That’s just a matter of learning a specific behavior, which is a good place to start. Our focus, however, is to teach that we are each responsible for preserving our environment and thinking about tomorrow. It starts with recycling and leads to a basic courtesy for people around you.

The bottom line is that “going green” starts with each individual doing their piece. If each of us could just take care of our own mess and make sure that we’re doing what we can to preserve and respect the environment, especially public areas, then we wouldn’t have to focus our attention on being frustrated with others. There would be less trash, graffiti, and waste all around. Children generally follow behaviors demonstrated by their adult caregivers.  If you show a careless disregard for nature or others, there’s a good chance that others in your circle of influence will follow suit. Be creative on getting your children excited about recycling and teaching them how everyone benefits in the long run. Some people reward their children with the money received from recycling cans or bottles, while others reward behavior for participating in “clean-up” projects. Take care of nature, and nature will take care of you.