Posts tagged Usable Litter

Dumpster Diving for the Rest of Us

Unlike the Freegans, we’ve never dived in dumpsters. We’ve scavenged from our neighbor’s trash. A former neighbor was putting two cat carriers out for the trash collectors, when I asked if I could have them. Since someone dumped the two cats who adopted us, I had no problem accepting something free that would help with their care.

While walking one morning, I found a “sick” nandina perched on a broken chair out for trash pick up. Ignoring the chair, I grabbed the nandina and planted it in my front yard by the mailbox. It has done well and survived the drought of summer ’07.

While walking, running or cycling, we’ve found lots of stuff: dog toys, baseball caps, screw drivers, small toys, car flags, a tiger puppet and a Rolling Stones CD. We have found lots of other things as clothing, but I never wanted to bring clothes home, although I have seen new-looking men’s dress shirts.

The best item we ever found we didn’t bring home. We saw a cedar chest out by a dumpster. We had no way to take it home. Later we got in the car, drove over to where it was. Someone else had captured the treasure.

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One Toke Over the Line

And two garbage bags full of pot found during a roadside litter pick up along I-4 in Florida.

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Modern Huckleberry Finn Floats on a Raft of Trash

Huckleberry Finn is to me the greatest American novel ever written. My husband thinks I’m crazy, but if I could meet one person from history, Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) would be my choice. I worship his wit and insight into the human condition. So this story intrigued me.

Perfect use of useable litter.

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The 11th Hour and 59th Minute and 59th Second….

We saw the movie, and one line that haunts me from the documentary says that earth will survive, but mankind will not. We can change the course only when being green becomes profitable. Our goal, and it’s a hard one, is to use less.

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Bauble or Babel

Tonight, I walked around the neighborhood after dinner. I passed by this antenna helmet for the second day in a row. Picking it up, I turned it over and read Made In China, and an alarm went off in my head. Is it toxic? Is it dangerous?

I also thought of the people far away who made it, packaged it and brought it to the USA. Then all the folks in the USA who have touched it. I thought about how whatever we do touches another person whom we have never met. And that’s another reason not to litter.

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P.S. I’m a graduate of Tennessee, too.

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No, I Don't Need 14 Coffee Cups

This week, I started receiving green tips from the Sierra Club, which I have linked to this blog. The green tip today was on having too much stuff, using coffee cups as an example. We have lots more than 14 coffee cups in assorted patterns. We have more than 14 coffee cups per person in our household. The photo below doesn’t even show all the cups we own. We have fine china cups and another cabinet full of small coffee cups (at least 8-12 more). I have a cup full of rooibos tea as I sit by the computer. I have cups in the dishwasher. My husband is drinking coffee from a cup in another room.

I thought about giving those small cups to Goodwill. Maybe I should go ahead and do that.

A few years ago, we determined that we had too much stuff and have gotten rid of some of our stuff. But we still have a lot of stuff. When my mother died, we got more stuff like the Fiesta pattern cups and an extra TV that sat disconnected in the floor for about a year. And we need to buy more stuff like an HDTV, which will probably cause us to get more stuff like a digital cable box and accessories.

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My stuff is organized litter.

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No, I Don’t Need 14 Coffee Cups

This week, I started receiving green tips from the Sierra Club, which I have linked to this blog. The green tip today was on having too much stuff, using coffee cups as an example. We have lots more than 14 coffee cups in assorted patterns. We have more than 14 coffee cups per person in our household. The photo below doesn’t even show all the cups we own. We have fine china cups and another cabinet full of small coffee cups (at least 8-12 more). I have a cup full of rooibos tea as I sit by the computer. I have cups in the dishwasher. My husband is drinking coffee from a cup in another room.

I thought about giving those small cups to Goodwill. Maybe I should go ahead and do that.

A few years ago, we determined that we had too much stuff and have gotten rid of some of our stuff. But we still have a lot of stuff. When my mother died, we got more stuff like the Fiesta pattern cups and an extra TV that sat disconnected in the floor for about a year. And we need to buy more stuff like an HDTV, which will probably cause us to get more stuff like a digital cable box and accessories.

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My stuff is organized litter.

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