A fellow wordpress blogger–400 Days Til 40–issued a challenge to track our carbon footprint next week. I think it could be very interesting, not just to readers, but to ourselves to learn how much more we could do to reduce waste. A woman from Sweden wrote what they do. We’ve got a lot of catching up to do.
Along the lines of recycling, I mentioned I just recently went to my first Goodwill store. For some reason, Salvation Army stores are more plentiful in this area, Goodwills don’t do as well. And the reason I don’t go into many of them is they’re too musty (not saying much) for my asthma to tolerate. I have gone into used/consignment stores and cleaner thrift stores. You know the saying, one man’s trash…… We recently went to a Habitat for Humanity ReStore and left with others’ donations to this very worthy cause at a fraction of what they would cost elsewhere–perfectly good condition–just the owners tired of them.
I’m all for saving $$ and for keeping things out of landfills. This is the stated purpose of Free-Cycle. If you haven’t heard of it, just google and I’m pretty sure you’ll find one in your area, at least in the U.S. We don’t live in a metropolis and I could choose from several to become a member of. Membership is free, you post what you have to offer, something you don’t want anymore, someone else replies, picks it up with okay from you, it stays out of the landfill. I’ve gotten enough ceramic tile to do a kitchen back-splash and lots more. We’ve given a futon, table & chairs, etc. Win-win.
How about you? Are you a throw away or donate person? Of course you can’t donate everything; some trash is just that. When you spring clean, do you have a keep, donate, toss pile?