The obvious topic for me to cover was RIGHT here in my blog title. But that seemed to be REDUNDANT.
Being in an environmentally sound and Green Mood, I wanted to address a topic that has been the buzzword of a generation.
The Alphabet Generation, or Playstation Generation, grew up with RECYCLING programs being the norm, They were pushed at my kids in school, and all of the teachers made sure the kids came home and told us how irresponsible we were as parents if we didn't participate.
Of course, there was a fee to participate, you had to buy a bin, and then give your RECYCLABLES away to a big waste management company, so they could sort them and sell them. But hey, it was all for the good of the environment and all that right?
Here's another R word.
Uh-Oh, I can feel it bubbling up inside me... I am about to go off on a RANT here.
One of my favorite bloggers, Karyn at CanDarbry Garden, wrote a post entitled "Why I Recyle" It is an excellent post and I encourage everyone to READ it thoughtfully. But if you choose not to, for whatever REASON here is a summary.
She tracks products through the RECYCLING process, from the big trucks who pick the stuff up to the bulldozers that load it onto ships where they ship it overseas, so someone can sort it, process it, make something new out of it, load it on a big ship, send it back to us, and sell it back to us.
She includes graphics and pictures and everything and makes it fun to read.
But what it boils down to is a certain skepticism that RECYCLING programs do as much good for the environment as they do for the back pockets of the people who operate them.
I tend to agree.
Does that mean we don't RECYCLE?
Of course not. Karyn points out her favorite recycling center is Goodwill. Ours seems to be Salvation Army. They are closer.
RECYCLING doesn't have to be, and never should have been, about putting your trash into little containers and putting it on the curb.
It is about REUSING things.
Technically that isn't RECYCLING, I know. The EPA came out with their fancy
Campaign and tried to separate what thrifty and frugal people have been doing for years into little compartments.
REDUCING your use of something, only buying what you need. REDUCING your waste. (as opposed to those of us who should reduce our waist, but that's a different topic for another day.) Making sure you use what you have.
Wikipedia defines REUSE like this: "Reuse is to use an item more than once. This includes conventional reuse where the item is used again for the same function, and new-life reuse where it is used for a new function."
And finally RECYCLING, whic is when materials are broken down and remade into something new.
One of the RECYCLING practices I DO actually fully and wholeheartedly support is composting. Composting breaks down your organic matter and rebuilds it into incredible gardening medium.
I will be dedicating a post to composting in the very near future.
Another one of my favorite bloggers, Diann at The Thrifty Groove, often blogs about the ways we recycle. Here is one of my favorites of hers.
So, RECYCLING can be, and is, about much more than just separating out the trash that the junkman can sell from the trash that he can't.
It's a bout common sense, frugality, thrifty living and in todays world, that is just plain REALITY!
What do you RECYCLE? Do you have things that you REUSE in unusual or creative ways? I want to hear about them.
Please take some time to check out what others were INSPIRED to blog about this week, at
and feel free to add your own blog to the list as we work our way through the alphabet.