It’s time again for Link-O-Rama-Mama, where I lazily link to other people’s well written and thoroughly written articles.
Garbage Picking, It’s Not Just for Weirdos Anymore
Of the blogs I follow, Thrift Core is one of my favorites. Written by the artistically gifted Van, Thrift Core chronicles her thrifting adventures and current efforts to open a brick and mortar shop in Florida. She’s a clever duck, and it’s always fun to watch how she’s able to spin straw into gold.
Today’s Thrift Core post is about how curbside garbage picking is nothing to be ashamed about, and ends with the quote:
“You’re a revolutionary. You choose not to pay high prices for inferior products when you can get the real deal for free. Viva La Picker Revolucion, comrade! Remember, if they don’t want it, that’s more picking for us. And there’s more than enough to go around…”
Viva la Picker Revolucion?! Umm . . . count me in. ¡Por favor!
Click HERE to read today’s Thrift Core post.
Enough Food, But it’s Going to Waste
“The fact is that the world could feed itself, both now and in 2050. The problem is not that the world grows too little food; there is plenty of food overall. The problem is that while there is too much food in some places and not enough in others, everywhere food is wasted. Each year, 1.3 billion tons of food is lost worldwide.”
The idea that so many live with food insecurity while viable food gets wasted is abhorrent to me. I know that my own almost-wastage of CSA tomatillos, (thank you Sara for taking them back!) doesn’t directly result in starvation across the globe. But I do know that when I stay within my own grocery budget, I’ll never have to question the feasibility of sending $29 per month to young Zambian Frida Sakala through Childfund International. (We have been sponsoring her for at least five years.)
Click HERE to read the article.
A Tight Budget Doesn’t Have to Exclude Eco-Choices
The issue of people having to give up pricey eco-friendly options has hit The NY Times in an article titled, “Eco Meets The Economy.” The story features interviews with consumers who have made the switch from expensive purchases to lesser price options without giving up their sustainable goals.
“Not long ago, Mr. Alter found himself in a grocery store, trying to decide between $10-a-pound organic bacon and a nonorganic brand that cost $5. In the end, he didn’t buy either one. ‘More and more people are doing that,’ he said. ‘It’s like ‘Buy Nothing Day’ all year.’ “
From people replacing Seventh Generation brand cleaners with vinegar/water solutions to people making do with stuff they already have, this is a great article for the Times to put out there.
Click HERE to read the article in its entirety.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”
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