There are a lot of things that my husband Rich and I do, both in our home and our general lifestyle, that have evolved over time out of our love and concern for the environment. To me, some of these things were so second nature, that I had (falsely) begun to believe that they were obvious. When people share with each other about what they do for the environment, we all win. Just within this last year, we adopted a new practice that is literally saving gallons of water a week, because of chatting with a friend who shared his idea with us! Shout out to Ben Newcombe!
I thought I'd add another component to my blogging by writing about some of the things that we do, in an attempt to tread a little more lightly on Mama Earth. Once a week (my goal!) I will write about one action that you can take, that is a little kinder, a little greener, in your day to day life. Try what intrigues you in your own home if you wish, and leave the puzzling or challenging things for later down the road. In other words, do what appeals to you and what is practical, feasible, possible for your living situation. We would LOVE to have Solar panels, but we currently rent, and that is something beyond our control at this time. Remember, as Colleen Patrick-Goudreau would say, "Don't do nothing just because you can't do everything".
So today, I thought I would start with something pretty light and fun. Do you know what a growler is? I was first introduced to the term Growler at the Issaquah Brewhouse in Issaquah, WA. We spend Christmastime every year up in the Pacific NorthWest and this place is our traditional "Boxing Day" (the day after Christmas, for my Americans) lunch spot. We usually each order a beer tasting flight and nosh on their amazing hummus platter and Quinoa black bean salad. But I digress, simply put, a Growler is a very large and re-fillable bottle for beer. Now, since we were on the road, and this whole growler thing was new to us, we didn't get one at the time, but I was happy to find out that L.A.'s very own amazing brewery, Golden Road, also offers Growlers of their beers at their Glendale location.
By re-using your Growler time and time again, you are participating in the first two of the three R's - Reducing and Re-using (for the record the third one is recycling). By re-using your Growler, you are reducing the number of new glass bottles being manufactured, and potentially keeping those used bottles out of landfills or saving the energy it would have required to properly recycle them. Also, as you can see from the picture, Growlers are cool! Who wouldn't want to open up their fridge and have one of those looking back at them?
In my books, tasty locally brewed beer + Re-fillable Growler = major green points not to mention the obvious delicious refreshment! If you don't live in the L.A. area, phone around to the microbreweries in your area, the tap houses and such and see if they will re-fill Growlers - many more establishments are catching on to this trend!
So however you say it - Skol, Kampai, L'Chaim or Cheers, you can enjoy a frosty brew that's green too! Just in time for ST. Paddy's Day!