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A good example is the past ‘foraging for clothes’ article on this blog. I rescued a bag of clothes dumped beside a re-cycling bin. It was raining heavily; a bank holiday and they would have been ruined long before being collected by the charity.
- I give some jam to Eric as a thank you for the wood he gave me for the stove. (His old garden furniture and it saved him paying the Council to take it away).
- I give some chutney to Joanne because I know she likes it and doesn’t make her own. I would like to get to know her better and it breaks the ice.
- I leave another jar on Clive’s doorstep and hope he has fun guessing who it is from.
- I invite Jude, Eric, Jude, Joanne and Clive round for a Christmas Eve drink and nibbles 6 months later and tell everyone the jam in the tarts is made from Jude’s rhubarb which chuffs her no end.
- Everyone brought some baking with them (unasked) and I now have a freezer full as no one wants to take it home with them. I decide to stop buying Kettle Chips and eat pancakes from the freezer saving me £3 a week. I give some of the baking to the Church for their forthcoming coffee morning although I do not attend that Church. I find out about their shoe box campaign for Romania as a result and resolve to fill a shoe box next year.
- There is lots of milk left over from the get together. I put some in the freezer in small jugs or sterilised plastic milk cartons, as we don’t use much and it is handy for visitors.
- I make some yoghurt with the rest and give half to a friend.
- We have an almost-free pudding of stewed rhubarb, yoghurt and left over macaroons that someone brought to the get together. Yum.
- Everyone gets to know one another a bit better and Clive and Jude realise they could give each other lifts to work. Jude decides to help at the Church coffee mornings now she knows that Joanne goes.
- The no hoarding principle. If you don’t need all of it, keep some and pass the rest on. That generosity will come back in surprising ways.
- Each time you get something for nothing, give something back to someone somehow, somewhere.
- Offer to re-home things you cannot use if you know someone else who would appreciate them. Always ask if that is okay with the person giving it to you.
- If something is re-homed make a point of telling the giver where it ended up as it will give them great satisfaction. Feedback encourages people to re-home or re-cycle in the future.
- Think who would like things before offering and do not burden others with your old junk. Some things really do need to be re-cycled or thrown away.