Sunday, June 5, 2011

Reduce. Re-use. Recycle.

At a backyard party last evening, Jackie told me that she collects the used plastic knives from such events and uses them as plant markers. "I try to reuse them," she said, "so that they don't go straight to the dump."

My own version is that i re-use plastic containers of all sorts to pot up plants to give away--cherry tomato containers (after i cut off the lid), strawberry boxes, Chinese take-out boxes, hummus containers, blueberry pressed-cardboard containers, yogurt single-serving containers.

"Reduce. Re-use. Recycle." is one motto of the Voluntary Simplicity movement. When we voluntarily simplify our lives, we are practicing renunciation, and that is very counter-cultural to our consumer society.

We consider the impact of buying more plastic and try to re-use the plastic that already cycles through our lives in such great quantity.

Renunciation is a factor of awakening. Let's wake up to the impact we have on the life around us.

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