Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Earth Day Irony

I have to be honest and say the last time I really paid attention to Earth Day was somewhere around 1992. (Earth Day was April 22nd this year). However, living with less and taking better care of our world really struck me this week. It's Spring Clean-Out around town, which means everyone purges their basement and garage junk to the curb to be picked up and hauled to the dump. I've seen all the stuff multiply during my 10-minute commute to work each day through the neighborhoods - TVs, baby strollers in perfect condition, broken chairs, plumbing supplies, 1970s front doors. Old wicker furniture seems to be particularly popular, sunfaded and scratchy.

What really comes to mind is that we have the ability to stop all this stuff before it even gets into our homes. Shop less, live with less, stress less. This is a big revelation for a girl who enjoys spending free time at Ann Taylor Loft and Anthropologie. But more and more I'm realizing what an empty perusal more stuff, more stuff is. Others are on the same track as a rebellion against too many things - Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping by Judith Levine; those dedicated participants of Craig's List (please, please come to Chicago); and the Freecycle people in your local neighborhood. Way to go; I'm using you all as an inspiration.

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