As an environmental "human" conscious being, living in AK has been a fun experience. Because you pay for the water, no matter where you live here (unless you have a well), you really come up with ways to catch and re-use it.
shower with a huge pot to catch the cold water before it turns warm. I
then use that to water the plants or even boil for tea. Also catch
running water in the kitchen sink while doing dishes to reuse for the
other dirty dishes. Or have a small bowl of water quickly rinse
my hands constantly while cooking or wash veggies in all together vs
washing veggies under running water.
Also, I am finally
set up to compost and even set a small one up at work. I actually have
friends that need it for their soil. There's such a need here; its sad
we have not set up a system that could work for all to compost and
farmers to collect. Its so darn easy and feel so darn good not wasting
good stuff. Homer has banned plastic bags from stores starting Jan.
It's a small start that we ALL should TAKE! There's no need to wait for
law and gov't to slowly enforce these small, easy behavior changes that
we so badly need to do ASAP!
I've also started appreciating mason jars and need to start collecting some. It was popular in PDX
but it is much more in demand up here. It's handy for just about everything
especially in the kitchen. I would never have imagined in my wildest
dreams that this is my life and this is what excites me. I can just
vision all my NYC friends shaking their heads in disbelief.
Every day at least once, when I walk outside I say either "wow" or
beautiful". I know some of my fellow friends don't understand my living in Alaska. And you
can't, until you experience this amazing feeling this place gives you
for yourself! I am making a December album and will share it at the end of the month. I posted a few of those pix here but no album link yet.