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Eight days of happiness: five

My town has a lot of antique shops. One of them has a sign in the window that says "Going green? Buy antiques!"

Why does that make me happy?

I used to read several "green" blogs. Eventually I stopped because I got really sick of the blogs advertising all these green products you could buy, mostly for very high prices, and rarely ever reminding people "But actually, buying new products, even green ones, isn't as good for the environment as not buying new products."

So I think the sign is a good reminder: "Hey, if you buy this thing that someone already made, it's better than using up even more resources to buy something brand new."

And it's a clever form of marketing. (Well, in theory. I haven't actually bought anything in that shop, and I don't even remember which one it is. I just smile when I drive past the sign.)

While I'm on the subject of reusing things, I'll put in a plug for http://www.freecycle.org/ — another way to get things that someone already made into the hands of people who will put them to use. It's an organization that supports a lot of local mailing lists where you can post that you are giving something away or that you want something. I've had both good and bad experiences with my local groups—mostly reasonably good.

Some of the folks on my friends list talk about barter, which also seems like a good thing. I've never done it myself except for informally with friends.

What are your experiences with freecycle / barter / other ways of redistributing things?

Comments

marea93
Dec. 15th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
Re: green
I carried around a box or two of computer innards for years with the notion of making art out of them, but then I finally gave up on having enough space to do that in the foreseeable future. But I sure would like the time and space to play along those lines. I also love the styrofoam packaging units with all the little compartments in them. :-)
pir_anha
Dec. 15th, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
Re: green
*heh*. yes, that's likely how i'll end up. or maybe i'll make a few pieces and then store the rest for "later" -- like so many other things.

those styrofoam thingies are neat! what did i see recently.. damn, i didn't bookmark it. an artist was making miniature landscapes from them with real plants.

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