I so love when I read the week’s challenge at Reduce Footprints and realize I have done something that fits the theme for the week. Today I did something that seemed normal for me, then I read the challenge and realized that while it may be normal for me to do this, I was making a statement, a stand for the planet and found myself smiling to know I may be able to make a bigger difference. So here’s this week’s challenge:
This week, perform a random act of green. Similar to a random act of kindness, the idea is to help the planet by looking for Eco-friendly opportunities which may present themselves as you go through your day. This could be picking up trash while you walk or helping an elderly neighbor bring their recycling bin to the curb for pickup. Maybe you turn off a light which was left on, offer to carpool to save gas, or share local produce with a friend. Perhaps buy a reusable bag or bottle for someone or invite a neighbor to share a vegan meal. The possibilities are endless!
You may be asking what I did now, but it’s nothing all that new at least for me. A couple of months ago we had a new person move into the apartment building. Our apartments are partly furnished but we have the option to bring our own furniture. The woman who moved in didn’t want the furnishings, she was told to put them in the hallway where someone would pick them up to put in storage.
I let almost 2 weeks go by and saw someone had taken a chair, so I took a mirror which I restored and painted then sold through the office where I sell my finds. There was still a desk sitting there, I wanted to take it but felt I should ask first. Before I made the call to management the desk disappeared. It was broken up and tossed in the dumpster.
To say I was upset is to put it mildly. Today three of the individuals, two maintenance men and the grounds keeper were here. I headed out to confront them. I politely explained that they didn’t have to break up good furniture as I would take any of it and restore it (if needed) and find them new homes. What surprised me was their reaction. They stopped what they were doing to question me on what types of items I would take and began to complain about the amount that is tossed out when the students go home.
My reason for approaching the men was to prevent furniture from my building from being tossed out, but instead these 3 men offered to collect items they find at the other apartment buildings which are managed by their company and bring them to me. If you thought my finds this past May were plenty just wait and see how much I can get if I have help collecting the furniture, not to mention they all have large pick up trucks which I don’t normally have access to.
I did one other thing Monday which comes to mind. My daughter-in-law stopped by to ask me if I had an extra reusable water bottle she could take to work with her. I had two here, so I was happy to give her one. Now instead of buying a disposable bottle of water or two each day she works she carries the metal bottle and refills it through her shift.