Thursday, November 15, 2012

Upcycling construction material - part 2

There is something I forgot to mention and that is really getting on my nerves about the fact we try to recycle and upcycle material ...

Most people who are letting us recycle or upcycle their stuff think we are very very poor and that they are giving us a unstanding gift.


1. We aren't poor, far from that (not that I would be ashamed of being poor that's not the point).
2. They aren't giving us a gift ... they are most of the time in a win-win situation. They get rid of the stuff that most of the time they would have had to pay to get rid off and we are reusing it.

It bugs me 'cause it seems to a lot of people that being rich is a free pass not to recycle and care for the environment. Why buying new stuff when we can reuse?

Another thing is that they seem not to realize that yeah they are giving us the stuff they don't want but that it represents a whole lot of time to pick up the stuff (that is most of the time among the trash, full of rusty nails and other Tetanus givers), classify it, and use it properly and to the maximum of its potential.

I got the comment once again today ... well not a comment but a "I am very helping the poor people" attitude today and I can't help but telling them that I have two houses and that my husband is a senior system analyst ...
Not my style to do that, but geez, stop being so condescendant! I am not poor I am just smart and I care for my planet!

1 comment:

  1. I totally understand. We have two homes, I work a full time job in insurance and 2nd Man is a business analyst. We just are trying to create something that makes us rely on less. I think there is a good combination of both things just to help us reach that goal. If it's taking someone else's old chair I found on the side of the road or getting stuff at the thrift store, I say it's all working toward a common goal. :-)