Following Captain Planet’s advice

| 8/6/2008 10:52:28 AM


This is the island my fiancé built, which houses both our recycling center and the cage our dog, Alex, sleeps in. 

I am a “light green.”

Growing up I always assumed being green meant joining Captain Planet’s crew and wearing one of those element rings (“Earth, fire, wind, water, heart!”). But ever since I became an intern for Natural Home magazine I’ve learned that it’s not a corny cause—it’s important. We need to realize that the earth around us has to be cared for and that we are responsible for our actions.

I’m sure many of our Natural Home readers recycle on a regular basis, but not too long ago my fiancé and I finally set up our own at-home-recycling center. Figuring out where to hide the recycling bins strategically in my tiny kitchen was a challenge, but a little bit easier seeing as how I have a construction-savvy fiancé who built this island. (Maybe I’d be greener if we used salvaged wood, but one step at a time.).


The island was built to house the center perfectly, fitting it neatly between the wall and Alex's cage so that it can easily slide out for proper disposal.

The island covers four bins that are stacked on top of each other. Sliding out horizontally, I labeled each accordingly: paper, plastic, glass and aluminum.