I used to throw all these items into a plastic bag, together with all the other "useless" stuff I needed to discard -- to keep things clean and orderly -- and so does most of our society! In fact, that is one reason we live longer than the previous generation. We throw trash away and keep things clean. We go to the store and get new stuff.
Yes, right! That's because most of us grew up that way. My generation had everything we needed and most of what we wanted. Until recently, when we discovered the truth expressed by the word UN-sustainable. (No, I am not writing on a political theme, here; at least I don't think I am.)
Look what I'm doing with toilet paper rolls today.
A few weeks ago, I was rinsing out one of three Classico spaghetti sauce jars after a big family dinner, when I noticed that the manufacturer had gone to the trouble to mark the jar in 4 ounce increments! Can you think of other uses for this jar? (above) I can. When I told Rachel, she said, "Great, I use 4 a week, you may have them." Four a week, I'm not sure I am able to re-purpose 208 of these! Many could end up in the recycle bin to be made into more glass. Who knows, though? I might just learn to can this year and use them all!
|I now tuck lettuce into the flower bed.|
There is a real opportunity in trash. Making use of stuff we used to throw away is the new, new! People are re-discovering the old ways of making use of what is available to supply what is needed. Some people are turning trash into beautiful objects, others are turning it into new business ventures. The old English proverb, "Waste not, want not" has endured for a reason. The stuff that meets our need is all around us. At leas,t that is what I'm discovering as I learn how to waste less.
My word of the year is "STEP"...I'm taking some more steps backward to see what else I find. Will you join me?
Check out a few of these links to see what I'm talking about. We Upcycle , Thrifty and Chic,Homework, today's assignment: be inspired! But before you go...take a look at what I did with old calendars and fabric.
Now go check out what some other people are doing. And have an eggcelent time!