"Our days begin with consuming. Consuming is not wrong; in fact it is necessary for life."
However, it is the amount of our consumption (or necessary vs. not) that bothers me.
Do you shower with a tepid 5 gallon bucket or spend 20 minutes under the hot streams?
Do you eat three large meals every day and three snacks, too, ending with a belly fuller than Buddha?
Do you drive 10 feet to the dumpster instead of walk?
You know what I'm saying. Perspective, friends. It's all about it.
I just try to keep perspective in mind when I do things and use things. It's helped that we've needed to save money because instead of paper towels we use plates for snacks and cloth rags for cleaning. Instead of paper napkins we use cloth, too. Instead of toilet paper, we use cloth.
Not quite. (Get the scoop here.)
Anyway, just little choices of reusing help me feel like I'm not just consuming and filling landfills with bunches of disposable junk. (Of course, the disposable diapers we use every day still bothers me ... but rashy bums are a different story for a different day...)
So, you all know that I like to repurpose things. I absolutely LOVE to buy second-hand and make something ugly into something beautiful. And, I'm not a professional at it, but it is so fulfilling knowing that I'm breaking the cycle of buy-new-buy-new-buy-new and using something that has already been loved and won't cease to exist if it goes into a garbage truck. And, if you don't like it, make it better!
(And, please, don't get me wrong. I love a thing with a tag pretty much as much as the next person. We buy plenty of new things. New clothes are my vice - shhh!! A few of the things we would only buy new are mattresses and pillows - used? Ick!)
My repurpose case(s) in point:
(t-shirts into bloomers)
(vintage dress scraps into high chair cover)
(old, yucky chair with gorg lines)
(vintage sheet into kitchen valance)
(25 cent record player ... yes! she will make her prettier appearance soon!)
And, just wait until you see the other repurposing projects I have in the works including: a livingroom makeover, a vintage dress into pillow covers, from shirt to baby dress and more! I think repurposing projects are some of my favorite to do and to find. People are just SO creative!!
Finally, we recycle.
It's INCREDIBLE how trash adds up when you don't put your paper, plastic, tin, aluminum, cardboard and glass into the recycling bin - it's crazy!! And, after living in Germany (where you can pretty much recycle most everything including food scraps), US recycling seems so limited. How I wish recycling was less about "can we make money on this?" and more about "let's work to keep our planet". Korea, Switzerland, Germany ... all of these first world countries can do it, why not us?
However, instead of complaining, I try to be grateful for what we can recycle and diligently do so. Every couple of weeks, we load it up in the backseat and take it about a mile down the road and dump it.
(I'd love to know exactly where it goes and how recycling is done here in Kansas, but I haven't checked that out yet. Maybe I will in the near future.)
So, get in on the conversation! How do you reuse? Do you like repurposing? What do you think about recycling?