Look at that laundry basket, will you? What a piece of crap. I've only had the damn thing two years and already one of the handles broke off. Apparently, it's not strong enough to withstand tying a rope around the end and dragging the kids through the house, pretending it's the SS Minnow. You'd think they'd put that on the label or something.
Anyhow, the old me (meaning the "me" before I went green, not the "me" who is actually old, and getting older by the minute) would have tossed this puppy in the trash and happily trundled off to Target for a new basket. New me (meaning the "me" after I went green, not the clone I just made in the garage) will be making do with her crappy, broken basket.
Oh sure, I could go out and buy some sort of environmentally-friendly basket made from recycled plastic bags or hemp or biodegradable monkey poo, but I don't want to be accused of falling for the "greenwashing" that is so prevalent these days. Instead I will once again do the absolutely most enviro-friendly thing I can think of: nothing.
Is it a hardship to live without a third handle on my laundry basket? Certainly. Now I have to carry the basket using one of the other handles. Will I survive? Honestly, I'm not sure. But I'm willing to try.
Besides, back in the olden days, when something broke, yet still served its original purpose, you either fixed it or dealt with it. Replacing it wasn't always an option, much less the first choice. And from now on, I'm going to either fix it or deal with it, whenever possible.
One laundry basket. Oh, and one broken cleaning caddy. And the spatula that's bent funny. And the blender that I have to wobble around to get the blades to engage. And this laptop whose cord doesn't work right and whose screen has lost its brightness. And... you get the idea.
Difficulty Level: 1 out of 5
Sure, it's a bit of a nuisance, but so is drowning an entire planet in discarded plastic, just because you don't feel like making cheap-plastic-shit-ade. Drop a line, I'll give you the recipe.
Thursday, January 3, 2008