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Re: OT throw away society

I guess I'd come into this discussion on the frugal side, making
distinctions between need, want, and waste.  And factoring in economic
necessity - as much as I hate to throw away things that might still be
usable, I don't see myself sewing together tired pieces of sheet unless I
have no other way to cover the mattress.  Fortunately for me, at the times
so far in my life when it would have been necessary, my sheets weren't worn
out <grin>

But the waste that goes on...  I'm not saying one should feel guilty about
buying a new item, but if it's replacing something, and if the one it's
replacing is itself still new or working well, the old shouldn't be going in
the trash!

On the other hand, I am personally trying to find a workable balance between
what I need, what I want and can use, and all the stuff that has accumulated
because I can't seem to get rid of it because it is still usable, even if I
no longer need it.  Working on that, albeit slowly.

Maryland zone 6

Original Message ----- 
From: "Andrea H" <hodgesaa@islc.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, November 15, 2003 9:30 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] OT throw away society

> Well I certainly understand the concept of making things last. And I can
> understand re-using the "usable" parts of something. I guess the point I'm
> trying to make is that if you want to make a change and buy something new
> and pretty, you shouldn't be made to feel guilty about it.
> I'm know my Granny reuses things and sews things together (or she used to)
> make them go farther. She would have been in the poor-house long ago if
> I guess I'm somewhere in the middle. I have a friend who buys everything
> new, new, new, no matter what. She told me a couple of years ago that she
> wanted to get a truck for us to tootle around in to the gardening shops,
> what we refer to as "a beater"  Her idea of a beater was a 2002 Ford
> with no power windows and a standard transmission. I had to laugh, and
> do about that. Now I borrow it when I need to go out of town because my
> Jeep is about on its last legs. But by God it has lasted since 1991 and
> still going.
> A
> Andrea H
> Beaufort, SC

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