Reduce your use

I have just found this post by http://www.thesnailofhappiness.com I think it was posted last month.

As crafters and knitters and crocheters and generally creative people, I’m sure we are all guilty of hoarding and collecting in the name of ‘stash’.

The amount of beads, threads, stickers, wool, needles, fabric, embellishments etc I have is unreal.

So instead of being in buying and consuming mentality I think it would be much better for environment if we got into sharing and reusing mentality. xx

The Snail of Happiness

Tomorrow marks the beginning of National Recycle Week, with the aim this year being:

to get us all thinking about all the items we can recycle from around the home that we might not previously have thought about recycling (Recycle Now)

Now, I think this is a great idea. We should all think more carefully about what we can recycle. However, I think that recycling is similar in some ways to carbon off-setting, in that it gives us ‘permission’ to carry on as before with the same level of consumption. Telling ourselves that it’s ok to keep buying ‘stuff’ and using resources because they can be recycled is really not sustainable at current levels of consumption. Recycling takes energy, but less than production from raw materials:

It takes 95% less energy to recycle aluminum than it does to make it from raw materials. Making recycled steel saves 60%…

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