A quick re-hash of the very loose guidelines for this project:
* No item is too big or too small to be your Reduce, Reuse or Recycle. Perhaps this is the month you finally recycle that cursed leprechaun shotglass set your hateful Uncle Padraig left you. Or perhaps this is merely the month you re-use those green socks as dusting cloths.
* You don't have to jump in every month. If you do, cool. I would love the company, and welcome your tips and creativity and inspiration.
* You don't have to nail all three things -- Reducing, Reusing and Recycling -- every month. If you do, great. Because -- again -- I would love the company. But maybe some months, you're not up to thinking about how you'd have to smash the cursed leprechaun glasses by the light of a full moon, then dump them in the recycling bin.
* The point is for us to put our collective brains to use, and get a mental grip on our material worlds.
This month: I wll be reducing my prepackaged foods purchasing, after realizing that the one ten-year-old Tupperware container I used to tote a different lunch every day was probably less wasterful than the disposable junk from a week of Lean Cuisines. I will be re-using the plastic bottled-water bottles from work as cloches for my seedlings (protects them from slugs and snails). And I will find a way to recycle two cashmere sweaters that are now unwearable thanks to huge holes that got ripped in the arms and seams. (There's still a lot of nice -- and intact -- knit material there. Surely there's some crafty solution.)
So ... What will you be reducing this month? What about re-using? Recycling?