One Green Thing: Loaner Bicycle

One Green Thing Strocel.comIt’s the first Thursday of the month, so today I’m tackling my One Green Thing for April. This month it’s all about getting out on two wheels. But first, I’ll talk about my seed-starting exploits last month.

I’m happy to say that my seed-starting went well. So far I’ve planted spinach, kale, potatoes, and my first batch of carrots outside. I have some little spinach seedlings happily growing. I also put out compost, and started licorice mint, bergamot, yarrow, butterfly bush, pumpkins, watermelon, broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, tomatillo, parsley, basil, onions, peppers, tomatoes and cantaloupe inside. My seedlings are doing well. I’m ready to pot on the pumpkins and tomatoes – in fact, I should do that today. I also managed to get some pruning done this month, and I’m feeling very proud of my gardening efforts on the whole.

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For April, I’m heading in a totally different direction. I was contacted by a PR company, and got the chance to request a loaner bicycle. If all goes to plan, I should receive it in mid-April. I’m really excited about the opportunity. I’ve long wanted a bicycle of my own, since I haven’t had one since I left home at 18. However, I’m constantly going back-and-forth, unsure if I would actually use the bike enough to justify the cost. I’m viewing the loaner as a great trial run, to let me see just how cycling could fit into my greener lifestyle.

I think this would be a good time for me to buy a bike, actually. My daughter Hannah is getting to be a pretty good little cyclist, and for her birthday my mother, my grandmother and I pitched in to buy her a 12-speed. She’s fast on it, and I could see taking her for shorter-distance rides. Also, I’m now staring down the barrel of my son starting kindergarten in five months. Once I’m not carting him around as much, cycling for short errands will be more manageable for me. I’m hoping that the loaner bike will just confirm my belief that it’s time to get out on two wheels.

I’ll report back next month and let you know if the loaner bike worked out, and how it went for me. Right now, though, I need to go shopping for a helmet and maybe some snazzy cycling shorts. While I do that, I’d love to hear your own cycling tips and experiences. Also, if you’d like to get in on the act and take on One Green Thing of your own, I’d love to hear about it. Feel free to grab the button from this post if you’re blogging about it, and spread the enviro-love.

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    1. I must let you know that although I may not implement all of the changes you’re making toward being ‘greener’, you have made me think and make some changes of my own. What I’m finding, to my surprise, is that making these changes is reducing my need to consume products and it’s also having a positive affect on my budget! Just as an example, since I do regularly go to the gym and pool, I found I was washing my hair up to 10 times a week. Now, I still use my Avalon Organics shampoo and conditioner but have found that my hair looks great with only about 4 washings per week and an apple cider rinse the rest of the time. And there is a list of these types of discoveries that I have made. So thanks!

      One change I have made, though, after reading an article in Canadian Living, is now I use regular vinegar as my fabric softener. You may already know about this but I just learned about it and it’s wonderful!

    2. Yay for bike riding! One of my absolute favourite things to do 3 seasons a year. Then again, I live in flat Richmond, lol. :-)
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    3. We all have bikes – and just last week pulled them out of the garage. Spending family time biking after supper is one of our favorite past times.
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