Yesterday was our save something day I guess you could say. The day started with finding an injured praying mantis. We first put him in the shade and gave him some water. Then we put him in a planter which seemed to help. He began to move a little and even snacked on a leaf, but by this morning he needed a burial.
The kids stopped by to help weed the garden and noticing the worms were starting to snack on the cabbages we added more lime when done
My neighbor wanted to contribute something to the seating area, and surprised everyone by coming home and setting out a couple of decorations around the rock.
While most people who live here are like-minded, at least when it comes to not being wasteful, we have one neighbor who is constantly tossing good things in the dumpster every couple of months when she changes her apartment around. Some days I have to restrain myself from asking her “What the h*ll are you thinking throwing that away?” But I do control myself.
I’m not kidding when I say good items, pulled out have been a stove, hand-made booster seat for a young child, a hot plate, toasters, and several tables some solid wood!
Another neighbor checks the dumpster each day to see if there is something that could be useful to someone else, I can’t tell you how many vacuums he has taken out that work just fine. Yesterday I became the recipient of his dumpster finds.
Where I had simply two chairs outside my door, I now have this.
For some people the need to change their environment will never pass. Those same people may never learn to recycle and reuse, but if we keep our eyes open we can save much from ending up in the landfill and find someone else who would be glad to have the items.
My favorite site for reusing items in a new way is Replayground. With all the painting projects I have had lately, I found a new use for old paint cans. Check it out here.
I grew up with a grandfather who regularly walked every where, several times a week he would bring something home from another person’s garbage, it was just his way. I guess the lesson rubbed off on me!
What items do you love that were re-purposed, or lucky b finds?