Our grandmothers knew a thing or two about recycling. Back then it wasn’t about saving the planet, it was about saving a dime or two. That’s one of the nicest things about the “green” trend, not only is it good for our planet, but it’s also good for our wallets.
Back to our grandmothers, though. One of the stories I remember hearing from my grandmother was how they would take flour and feed sacks and turn them into dresses. Flour manufacturers picked up on the fact that people were doing this and as a marketing tool, put pretty patterns on the sacks.
We should take the spirit of the flour sacks and think: what could we be saving that we are not saving? Could we reuse our bread bags for something? I use mine to pic up dog poo. What about all the various cardboard boxes so much of our stuff comes in? I saw a neat idea to make a train table out of leftover cardboard.
When we’re looking at things that we can save, also be objective and make sure you’re throwing things away as necessary, too. Many of our Depression-era grandmothers tend toward keeping too much stuff, which can be just as bad as not saving and reusing enough. When my grandmother died, I inherited about 80 billion pairs of scissors. Why? Because the amount of stuff she had meant things got lost in the mess easily and instead of finding and using what she already had, she’d buy more. So keep that in mind when you’re looking to save things. Only save what you can easily store and put away.
Let’s take some time today and give some though to what we can reuse and recycle in our daily lives. Let’s also do some clutter reduction while we’re at it. What can you throw away? What will you save?