High Park Blog
Tue 18 Apr
rePurpose and beyond: Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Upcycle, Recycle, and Share
Thrift stores are great: they employ folks that need work, people that can’t afford retail prices can purchase gently used items at a fraction of the cost, it reduces our carbon footprint whether we are the ones that are giving the items away or the ones that are purchasing them, and it is a fundraising avenue for organizations like Mennonite Central Committee.
Each year we do rePurpose, I am always reminded that I’m not giving “old” items away just to replace them with newly purchased items, but I’m giving items away to simplify my life. Reducing my possessions (and not replacing them with new ones) refocuses my attention on what is truly important (God and others) and thereby refocuses how I spend my time, money, skills etc. It reminds me of where my true value should be found: not in possessions but in God, my creator.
When rePurpose is done, I would like to encourage you to find ways to reduce the possessions you need to purchase, reuse and share the ones you do have, repair the ones that are broken, and upcycle and recycle the ones whose life has come to an end. To help you, I have come up with a list of online resources in each of these areas to inspire you to live simple, environmentally and socially gentle lives.
If you have a story to share about this topic and how it has impacted your life, I’d love to hear from you, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RESOURCES TO INSPIRE YOU
Reuse and Share
Food Share: Community Gardens 101
Repair Café through Toronto Tool Library (see above)
Upcycle and Recycle
The City of Toronto: overview of garbage, recycling, and compost
Food Share: Composting
Reducing Articles and Movies
Toronto Food Policy Council: Food Waste
Book: More with Less Cookbook
The Huffington Post’s campaign: Reclaim: Reducing the World of Waste