I'm already a huge Fixer fan, so when the Fixer does something vaguely green, I feel all special.
As readers of our paper know, the Fixer is a columnist who helps consumers who are having problems with companies, whether it be over service, rebates or what.
The Fixer, Stephanie Zimmermann, takes letters from throughout our newspaper group. So sometimes the letters are from Joliet, sometimes they aren't.
Well, this is a chance to make our area shine. Check out what the Fixer is doing now:
Dear Readers: One of The Fixer's favorite lines from President Obama's inauguration speech was where he said, describing Americans' ability to rise up and meet challenges: "What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility - a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly." This is an important point. No matter if you're a Democrat, a Republican or none of the above, we can all agree that being more responsible is a good thing. Which got us thinking, what can we do? Well, being less wasteful is a start. Here's one small vow that we're making right now: The Fixer household is finally ditching those wasteful plastic grocery bags and using cloth instead. The hardest part has been remembering to bring them to the store, but now we've got five cloth bags hanging on a hook by the back door and a spare stashed in the car. With something like 500 billion plastic bags consumed worldwide each year - and billions of those discarded as litter - we're hoping to do at least a little bit to bring that number down. What are your plans to be less wasteful this year? Let us know in an e-mail to email@example.com. We'll run some of your suggestions in a future Fixer column.
Being less wasteful is a huge part of being green. That whole reduce, reuse, recycle? They're all less wasteful. So drop The Fixer a note with how you waste less and be sure to include your town. Then, when the 'responsibility' column runs, we'll be well-represented, proving the southland can do green chic every bit as well as the city.