Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Love Your Stuff

One of the hardest things to do when trying to live a sustainable life is to love your old stuff.

It's just so tempting to buy new stuff. All the time.

New stuff comes in nice packaging. It smells good and has some fancy tags and looks....well, new!!!

Your old stuff doesn't.

It's crushed up from being in a drawer or cupboard. It's smelly because it needs a wash or it's really, really old. It might have some marks or stains on it, if it's a real favourite.

But your old stuff is great because you and it have a history.

Like this bear.

Mum's had it hanging around her place forever.

Nobody is really sure where it came from.

Then I found my old brownie Guide badges from when I was 10 in the bottom of a cupboard at Mum's. That means that she kept them for 32 years.

I sewed one onto the other to create Brownie Bear.

He got to come home with us.

So love the stuff you've already got. To bits.

1 comment:

Libby said...

Awe...what a cute idea. Our society is very geared towards buying new and throwing out the old. I've gotten better in recent years but am sure I've still got a long way to go :-).