Friday, October 10, 2008

Shop 2nd Hand 1st....Please?! a public service announcement

Earlier this week on my way home from a Drs. appointment I stopped at a Salvation Army Store.



Everything you see in this store has so far managed to avoid being dumped here.
Press Photo/Paul L. Newby II

Michigan has 78 active landfills and is the third largest importer of garbage in the United States. Yes...I said importer! As if we do not have enough trash of our own...owners of waste management companies increase their revenue by importing 1.34 million metric tons of trash each year.

In Michigan that garbage comes primarily from Canada. Interesting...all that land up there and nowhere to put their trash? Michigan must be making it very attractive to Canadians for them to pay to bring their trash to us?!

This is not a new story...and "they" are working to resolve this ridiculous business venture. But this has been going on since the 1980's...and I still find people who are not aware of it.

It's interesting to think about the location of all these landfills...80% of which are known to develop leaks...
photo courtesy of wikipedia

..."Consisting of Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario, they form the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth."


...right in the middle of the "largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth"! Are you thinking...hey, I thought we needed all the fresh water we could get! Don't we need fresh water to drink? Why are we risking contaminating our water? Good question!

Or maybe you're thinking what is your point here? My point is that a lot of people look at problems like this and wonder..."what exactly can I do about this?". One of the many things that you can do is shop 2nd hand 1st! 9% of the contents of landfills are composed of rubber, leather and other textiles. Like these I found at that Salvation Army.







Yards of great vintage textiles! Some in patterns remarkably similar to "new" retro designs that are so popular today.

Consider that advertisers pay big bucks to convinced us that "only new will do". How about giving the concept of "new to you" a try?!

I know for many of my regular readers this is already a lifestyle choice. That I'm "preaching to the choir". But I'm looking for converts here! If you've never been to a thrift store before...or haven't been in one in a long time...won't you consider trying 2nd hand 1st the next time you go shopping? Your wallet, your water and future generations will thank you!

I hope everyone has an incredible weekend!

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle™

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