My Do Just One Thing
Well, nobody is perfect.
I write a column called “Do Just One Thing” that appears either daily or weekly in newspapers across the country. It’s syndicated by Universal Syndicate and it’s a fun way for me to share all of the eco tips that I learn throughout the year with lots of people every single morning.
Even though I’ve written close to 1,000 tips now—ranging from ideas to save energy to tips to saving money on organic produce—I still need a little fine tuning of my own to live a little greener each day.
Here’s what just came out of my wallet: Ten NYC Metro cards.
Yes, these plastic cards are refillable.
Yes, I have 10 of them with random balances on each of them.
And, no, I don’t refill my cards when I should be when I’m in NYC taking the subway around.
First, the optomistic viewpoint: this proves that I’m sticking to my “no taxis” rule and taking public transportation to get around NYC. So, one green point there, yes?
Now for the negative: I’m too forgetful to simply refill my cards when I need to put more money onto them.
In fact, one of my Do Just One Thing tips in the past was to “pick up a stray subway card off the floor and recycle it as your own; insert into the machine and refill it with credits and zip off on the subway.”
So, I’m here today to confess I’m not even following my own advice on this one. So, first step is to bring these all to NYC with me, combine them into one card and and figure out what to do with the 9 other cards (upcycling, anyone?).
Here’s my Wednesday confession and now I feel I can go on with my day!