Sunday, January 3, 2010
Clean, Green, and Clutter Free
One thing we did better last year than the year before was recycling. Hopefully this year we'll be even better. Recycling, to me, means putting everything in the recycle box that you can. It also means re-using, regifting, and reselling whatever possible. This way there is not nearly as much garbage for the dump, and what does go to the dump will eventually disintegrate.
I know lots of you keep a Goodwill box going because we've talked about it before. I do. Whenever I wear something, and at the end of the day I realize I haven't enjoyed wearing it, it goes to the 'box'. Some of it goes to Goodwill and some of it goes to MUST which supports people who are way down on their luck and need help to survive. Anyone can go to Goodwill and snag a deal, and in addition, Goodwill provides much needed jobs for local people. MUST feeds and clothes people and helps them find jobs...so both are good and worthy of donations.
Regifting is obvious. If I have something that I know someone else would love to have, and maybe I'm ready for it to go, I'm happy to gift it along. I'd probably tell them the story behind the gift too!
Occasionally I'll sell something on Ebay if I think it's sellable! It's kind of a hobby that comes and goes. Somebody gets "a deal", I get rid of something in my way, and my PayPal account grows by a few bucks.
So one of my New Year's Resolutions is to recycle more and stay away from styrofoam which won't recycle. Just rinse it and put it aside until the next trip to the garage. Did you know you can recycle cans that vegetables and such come in? I didn't know that for a long time. When you recycle cardbaord, metals, and plastics that are recyclable you will hardly have any real garbage left.
Ahhhhhh. Clean, green, and clutter free!