We all know about the 3 R's, right, REDUCE, REUSE, AND RECYCLE. And while everyone is somewhat concerned about the environment, some people are simply more into it than others. I have a friend, who is going through a personal green revolution. A earth lover, she is caring and concerned about the environment. Trying to do her part, recycling her left overs, her no longer wanted, and her not needed items. She recently gave me some items that at one time she cherished. Now that she is finished with them, she has passed them onto me, and my problem is where do I put them?
And it was not as if I could refuse to take them, at least not without hurting her feelings. But it brings the question, why do we buy so much, if a little while later we will no longer want it.
How much responsibility do others have to take those items off of our hands when we no longer want them? Or is it a case of "you bought it, you got it......... forever? What if it was a gift? I have made a concerted effort to give consumable gifts in the last few years. Many of my friends are downsizing, throwing out, and purging their decor and household items. I respect that, and give gifts that are services, or can be consumed.
Do we have a responsibility to think before we buy? Or is it perfectly fine to purchase a trendy decor item, and then pass it onto someone who may, or may not want it? Are we really doing our part for the environment, even if we use it and then pass it on? Who has the ultimate responsibility for decor items? What if you just can't make that purple silk pillow work, or do not need the chair that you fell in love with a decade ago? How about that lovely little vase you found on vacation, and now can't stand? These are my musings today, and I would love to hear what you think.