How Far Are You Willing to Go to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle?


Toilet Reads: "To Help Conserve the Energy of the Space, Please Close the Lid"- San Diego yoga studio
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When it comes to saving the planet, there are a number of degrees from which one can place themselves. For instance, would you be willing to scoop out your own poo to fertilize your garden, or how about collect urine for use with watering your lawn? Just how many rolls of duck tape on an old pair of underwear is considered too much? We ask you, our fellow Treehuggers, just how far are you willing to go to save the planet?Recycled Sex Toys
Without a doubt there is a fine line to some people when you are speaking of reducing, reusing, and recycling. Some people don't mind recycling their coke bottles, but when it comes to their old sex toys, they immediately exclaim, "Eww..." Would you be willing offer up your own personal goods for the good of the planet?

Compost your Own $#!@...
Some folks own and use a Swedish Separett toilet (over 200,000 units sold), which instead of flushing waste into the sewer, collects it in separate containers to be designated for your various gardening chores. Urine is collected and stored, and can later be diluted with water and used on your lawn, garden, or even your apartment balcony flower canisters.

The poo on the other hand is a bit more of a hands on experience which involves collecting, drying, mixing, handling, and transporting from container to container until it is finally ready to be served up as compost for your garden. Try telling this story to your guests at a dinner party with a tray of fresh garden vegetables and dip sitting out on the table. You might end up with more leftovers that way.

Repair/Reuse Your Underwear
While the above item in the link is obviously a joke, it actually brings up a pretty good point. When should something be thrown away? It would seem to be obvious to most people, but in reality, we all have a little different idea of when something has come to the end of its useful life. How many holes in a pair of underwear should be considered too many? One... two... three... perhaps wait until they are so worn, the only thing keeping them from falling off is the nifty way they "stick" after a few days of not washing them.

How many of you would be willing to wear unfashionable clothing from a thrift store, rather than purchase new and be up to date on all the latest styles? How many shop exclusively at thrift stores for reused bargains? Are you willing to keep your old electronics for years (assuming they still get the job done) and only recycle and purchase when it is absolutely necessary? Would you change your diet, live in a smaller home, and trade your car for a bicycle in order to do your part and help save the planet?

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Tags: Bathrooms | Car-Free | Composting Toilets | Gardening | Recycling | Reusability | Toilets | Water Conservation