Wow that’s an interesting task :-).
In my family we recycle glass, plastic, paper and special trash, like metal or styrofoam, since I can remember. So before I started I asked myself two more questions:
Is there a better way than recycling? What could I actually re-use?
To get a better overview I collected everything in a big box (except the the natural trash which went right into our compost in the garden).
Now I am sitting curiously down to make the list.
There is an old mp3-player that doesn‘t work anymore as well as an old charger for a mobile I don‘t have anymore.
I will see if the local electronics store here has any use for it.
8 old, ripped and worn out panties: I take them appart, to convert the biggset pieces into rags that we can use for paint in our renovating work at our house.
The remains I will trow in the bin.
A massive pile of paper. Obviously it is all not nice paper anymore, otherwise I wouldn‘t have put it away. But I am amazed how many of the papers are actually used on one side, so I collect all of them in a pile for notes like shopping or packing lists. I also look at all the used envelops and decide I want to re-use them. :-) That also works as a nice reminder for me, to actually write my friends again. The remains will go in the official paper recylcling system.
Left to right: Envelops, paper for notes, remains.
A travel guide for Thailand, I decide to put in an internet second hand shop. Do maybe it can find use again.
A box out of paper that originally contained sweets.
I decide to put new sweets in it, and put it the living room, for guest and homies who need a litlle mood lifter.
Different kinds of plastic packaging.
Apart from the plastic bag I keep to re-use, I fail to find use for that stuff, so it will go in the official plastic recycle system.
Glass. metal and trash
A small glass bottle that will go in the official glass recycling system, a small metal piece, like a coin, that will go in the metal bin, and a small pile of packaging that consist of different materials and also glue that will go into the normal trash.
Left to right: trash, metal piece, glass bottle.
So this is the result, I am quite impressed how small the pile got, after taking away all the things I could recycle. A fun task :-) I have to say.
As I moved a year ago and two month ago again, all big things I didn‘t use are out of the window already, but I could find a list of small things:
a card box for learning
a basket with small gemstones
a small self-made clay vase
a milk froth maker
a bunch of marbles
5 books about macrame
a book about starting something new
a small portable stove with a fitting pot
some funny hairstyling devices
a violet scarf
a non-digital photo camera
a photo film for black and white prints
an old map of Scandinavia
an empty book
a Calvin Klein perfume
a Thai laguage guide
different „Diddle“ letter paper
different esoteric postcards
artificial eyelsshes for carneval
a decoration dwarf
I have quite difficulties to think of people who I could donate these things to, as I am afraid, they might just have them standind around and no real use for it either.
But I will send the macrame books to my dear friend Kiko in Brazil, who is very into knotting bracelets and might be interested in these, too.
The book about starting over again I gave to my brother, who is struggling to find out what is the right thing for him to do in life now.
Furtheron I will ponder about, who to donate the other stuff to, as I really want to do so.
And I kindly request everyone who reads this blog, if you know a person who would appreciate one of the listed things, please let me know!
Hmm, what do I tend to consume? I mainly consume food :-), every once in a while a piece of clothing and very carefully selected electronic devices. Ja and I guess that‘s consumption as well, I travel quite a bit.
Here I try to either consume organic and or local. We have a farmers shop just around the corner, there is not everything organic, but we know the family and their good intentions.
Going shopping I buy as much as there is re-usable packaging.
I eat meat sometimes as my doctor said it is good for my stomache, that once in a while causes some troules, but I have redused my use in the last year quite a lot already.
We also have a vagetable garden in our backyard, where I could harvest fresh potatos and and green beans this week.
Clothing and Electronics
I purchased a few items this week. Which were a bunch of new underwar, a pair of jeans and a digital photo camera. However these aquirements will last for a while and came only on the list, because I lost my old camera 4 month ago, my last pair of jeans ripped about 2 month ago and a lot of my panties ripped already a long time ago.
This week I made a trip to Stuttgart, which is round about 200 km away from my home town. I travelled by train, which I usually do for these kinds of trips, even though car would be faster and sometimes even cheaper, because I think it is better for our environment. Trips like these I do usually something like once a month.
Hmm to be honest I don‘t know what to economize much. Most of the times I turn my coins a lot of times before I spend them. Maybe I my travelling could be economized, but unfortunatelly a lot of my friends live in different cities, and sometimes I long to see them. However I always try to kill two birds with one stone, so for example I met two different friends in Stuttgart this week.