Hot Springs On The GO!
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