Monday is usually my day off from work at Sarhn McArthur Photography (which is usually well needed after a weekend of photographing weddings). Today being Monday I decided to have a ‘green’ focus to my time off.
Firstly starting at 10.30am when I met Leeanne, a complete stranger in Darlington. I had recently joined the inner Sydney ‘Free Cycle’ group, which is all about giving free stuff away. Last night while browsing the group’s website notice board, I spotted Leeanne’s advertisement about needing books etc to sell at her child’s school fate.
As I was in the middle of a massive spring clean up in the office and home, I had plenty to give away. After sending Leeanne an email late last night she responded and we organised to meet up today.
It felt really good to give away my stuff for free. Yes I could have taken them down to a book store to make money or even sell on EBay but this is something I wanted to support. To give your stuff away with no expectation of receiving anything in return, was a grounding experience and one I will repeat often.
Secondly I dropped by the shop ‘The Natural Paint Place’ in Newtown which sold Bokashi bins. I knew they sold the bins as I checked out the Bokashi Australia website. Met and had a really good talk to the owner of the shop Rick, about my green journey and about Australian sustainability issues. Found out that Rick also owns the business ‘Eco Shop’ which has been on my Australian website links for awhile. Funny small world!
Thirdly I stopped by and had a look in at shops ‘The Bower’ and ‘The Reverse Garbage Co Op’ in Marrickville. Both these shops amaze me what they stop from going to landfill. Though I didn’t find what I was looking for (more large garden pots) I have purchased from them in the past (love these shops).
My focus on recycling is broadening to include another two R words – Reduce & Reuse.
Reduce the amount of stuff you buy in the first place – especially stuff that can not be recycled at the end of its life (including the packaging). Also if you need something ask yourself does it have to be brand new?
Reuse the stuff you do have – why not join a local ‘Free Cycle’ group to you and start by giving stuff away and even browse to see what others are giving away that you might like for free.