Hot Springs On The GO!

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ike many people, I try to do my part to take care of the en­vi­ron­ment. I usu­ally re­mem­ber to re­cy­cle wa­ter bot­tles, news­pa­pers, mag­a­zines and the like, and I try to al­ways turn the lights off when I leave a room. I’m a lit­tle em­bar­rassed to say that mak­ing con­scious de­ci­sions re­gard­ing the en­vi­ron­ment is a rather re­cent thing for me.

For a short time af­ter grad­u­at­ing col­lege, I lived in San Fran­cisco. While I loved my time in the City by the Bay, people tended to be a lit­tle judg­men­tal if you weren’t “eco-friendly” enough for them. If you walked out of the gro­cery store with paper or plas­tic bags in­stead of re­us­able ones, you could ex­pect some dirty looks or maybe even a good tongue-lash­ing for not “car­ing about the en­vi­ron­ment.”

So while my tran­si­tion to greener, more eco-friendly liv­ing was mainly born out of shame, it does feel good to know you are do­ing some­thing — even if it’s some­thing small — to take care of the en­vi­ron­ment. I’m al­ways a lit­tle sad­dened and a ex­tremely irked when I see trash and cig­a­rette butts lit­ter­ing the road. Arkansas is, of course, the Nat­u­ral State, and we should take pride in that.

Earth Day is April 22, so this month Hot Springs on the go! is turn­ing its at­ten­tion to the people of Hot Springs who are mak­ing the planet a bet­ter place by be­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious.

One of the groups that’s mak­ing that a re­al­ity is the Spa City Co-Op, which spe­cial­izes in pro­vid­ing Hot Springs with de­li­cious, lo­cally pro­duced meats, veg­gies and other prod­ucts that come from farms or pro­duc­ers within a 100-mile ra­dius of Hot Springs.

We are spot­light­ing sev­eral “earth ad­vo­cates” from around Hot Springs. These are businesses that fo­cus on us­ing eco-friendly re­sources.

We also have a round-up of where to find “green,” eco-friendly prod­ucts, from clothes, art­work and toys to soaps and lotions in our town.

Now that I’m back in Arkansas, I’ll ad­mit that I still oc­ca­sion­ally for­get my re­us­able bags. But even if I do, I can al­ways count on a smile rather than a scowl when I leave the gro­cery store.

El­iza Gaines Ex­ec­u­tive edi­tor

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