I’m really inspired by our new Pope Francis. I think he’s really hit the nail on the head by speaking about how we have to overcome our “culture of waste.”
This involves a lot of practical solutions and ideas. It doesn’t dwell on the problems that our wastefulness generates so much (about which people may argue ad infinitum), as it does on the way out, the solutions…“Waste Not.”
This approach also does not criticize people for living rich lifestyles, only for living somewhat profligately and prodigally. And I suspect a large portion of people around the world (except perhaps for the poorest of the poor) can benefit themselves and others by reducing their waste.
I was very touched when I read about how Pope Francis would return the 30 newspaper rubberbands to the newspaper man at the end of each month.
I’d like this thread to be only about how we can reduce our waste in various ways.
So any suggestions?
On another thread I suggested taking one’s own shopping bags while shopping, and another poster suggested something even more effective – repairing broken equipment (cars, weed-whackers), rather than buying new.
I’ll try to create a list later of all the suggestions (and I’d appreciate if the suggestions were not facetious, but serious).
No idea is too small…rubberbands included. For instance I try to take a hanky with me for wiping hands in public restrooms (tho I sometimes forget).