In today's Discount Diva column, I reference an episode of "Sesame Street" that really freaked me out as a kid.
In the song "Garbage Man's Blues," I found out for the first time that we were "running out of resources/running out of space" and that we "don't have room for all that waste."
That was enough to transform me into a devout reducer, re-user and recycler on the spot. All I could picture were candy wrappers and banana peels pouring into my bedroom window, burying me and--worse--separating me from my Monchichi and Get Along Gang plushies.
Thanks to the magic of YouTube, here it is again. It doesn't seem nearly as bad to my older, jaded self, but feel free to torture your kids with it:
---Samantha Maziarz Christmann