I want to thank REPREVE for sponsoring this post and inspiring me to #TurnItGreen.
Recycling is something my family takes seriously. We feel it goes hand-in-hand with our lifestyle of grace-filled natural living.
And we’re often left scratching our heads as to why more Christian families do not see caring for Creation as something worthwhile.
“The earth is dying anyway,” they might say.
And I get that. I totally do.
But just because something is dying….Does that give us the excuse to abuse it and speed up its deterioration?
In fact, it seems that many believers will go so far as looking down on those who do place an importance on recycling.
I’ve been on that “side.”
Yes, recycling is important to me now, but it wasn’t always this way.
I remember thinking that recycling was a waste of time.
As kids and even in our newlywed days, my husband and I knew of recycling, but we really didn’t give it a second thought. That was for those weird, hippie, natural types–not us “normal” folks.
Ahem. It’s funny how life turns out and we change, isn’t it?!
Then, when our firstborn came along 5 1/2 years ago, we started making major changes in how we ate, what kinds of skincare products we used and, yes, even how we treated Creation.
You see, even though he and I had been Christ-followers for a really long time, we never considered how our flippant consumerism and massive waste-production was detrimental to the world our daughter would grow up in–and the world which God created!!
When our little girl was 6 months old, hubby and I packed up everything and let for a short stint on the mission field. We landed in Vancouver, BC, Canada. There, we were required by law to recycle.
I had never seen so many recycling bins in my life. They lined every street, it seemed. And our apartment building had signs plastered everywhere with what was to be recycled.
After we returned home to the States, we just couldn’t go back to throwing things away that we KNEW could be recycled.
In the video below, I give a sneak peek into our home and our easy recycling routine. I’m so glad our girls are growing up in a home where they will always know how to recycle–and how that takes care of the world that God created for us to enjoy!
In the video, I’m wearing a REPREVE beanie, which was made out of 6 recycled water bottles!
#TurnItGreen X Games contest:
Dates: Jan. 1-31
Grand Prize: $5,000 cash
To celebrate the X Games, REPREVE invites participants to share how they “turn it green”, or how they live a more sustainable life by recycling or reusing materials, by sharing an image or video on Twitter, Instagram or Vine with the #TurnItGreen hashtag.
Once you share the image or video with the hashtag, you will be entered into a sweepstakes where five entries will be randomly selected as the Top Five. Those five will be voted on by visitors to Repreve[dot]com where the image or video with the most votes will win a $5,000 cash prize. The other four video entries will receive a REPREVE Jacket and a Go-Pro camera (retail valued at over $350).