This blog was started, and is intended to illustrate that environmentalism happens through small acts, is not difficult, and that it does not always have to be some big life changing event that forces you to live in the tree tops with no electricity. All that being said, one of my small acts was to start this blog to gain some friends to help me save the world.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Want to lose weight?

OK really this entry has nothing to do at all with weight, but rather just getting rid of stuff (but you know in an environmentally friendly way).  Anyway I know I have been a little inconsistent with the blog lately, and that honestly has to do with the move.  I have been a total stresscase and not had much time to sit at the computer and share all my awesome ideas (oh brother at  least we know I am still totally lame, even stress can't kill my lameness, ha), but I think I can see the dust settling and hopefully I can get back to the blog a bit more and ideas and work that is bigger and more important than me.  Plus I thought of this really great way to start this entry, but because I have not been on the computer in some time I lost it, and now you have to deal with my cheese ball opener.  Anyway to the point here.  So recently I was involved in a community yard sale.  It was great (minus waking up early), you get to chat with people, you may find a bargain, or better yet if you have something to sell you may get to add a few extra bucks into your wallet.  Because of this move we did have a few pieces (mostly furniture) to add to the yard sale.  And while I was haggling over how much one of our old dressers (and second hand purchase to start with) should cost I realized, this is a really great way to recycle.  Woohoo reduce, reuse, and recycle.  When I thought about it I discovered that my family has been recycling furniture for a while.  There are very few pieces in our house that have not  come from parents or grandparents.  And honestly I like it better that way.  First off new furniture is expensive (secondhand is either cheap or if you are related to the one donating sometimes it is free, and I love free.  Or it could be valuable, antiques are awesome).  Secondly new furniture has a pretty big impact on the environment, so not buying it saves a lot of trees, water, chemicals, and energy.  And thirdly there are memories attached to most of the furniture, and that is priceless (yuck that was lame).  Anyway it just makes a lot of good sense.  Save some money find your local second hand shop (which are usually connected to a charity of some sort and that is also good), search through parents basements and attics, I bet you may find something you like, could use, or may even need.  All of that is so much better than buying something new.  As always this is just a thought.  I am sure there are those who would disagree, but then again they probably do not understand that conservation is survival and all your actions, negative or positive, count.

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