Bottles vs. Cans at Our Little House
It took me over 20 years, but I believe I finally have my husband in the recycling mindset.
Score one for the environment!
I’ve written before about how, when my mother and I started using cloth bags, Dale, who then worked as a mechanic for a large landfill in the Kansas City metro, told me it wouldn’t help at all.
I used them anyway, participated in recycling programs and switched to as many organic and free-range foods as possible.
Last weekend, it was he who educated me about something we could be better about recycling.
I came home with a 12-pack of our favorite beer, a lime mix that is great with anything, but particularly one of our favorites, Mexican food.
The beer, to my knowledge, had only been sold in bottles, but he informed me they were now being sold in cans.
“Why didn’t you get the cans?” he asked.
My gut reaction, really originating in my taste buds: “But beer tastes better in bottles.”
His reaction to that astounded me. “But you usually use a glass anyway and we can recycle the cans.”
I couldn’t have been more proud.
I bought the cans this week and we’ll save the bottles for guests (the canned beer tasted even better).
Granted, what we consume in beer wouldn’t fill any landfill, even a small one, but we do like to come home from work and split a Chillata, a beer/clamato juice mixture my Godbrother turned us onto when they were visiting. We jokingly call it our “Hillbilly Martini” for our “cocktail hour,” and we sometimes follow that up with a lime beer with our dinner.
We’re still not environmentally perfect. What is big here is watching the evolution of my husband’s attitude that as two people we can make a difference for our world.
Progressive thinking in action.
Have you personally witnessed a change in attitude in someone close to you about the environment or recycling over the years?