Hey everyone, what’s going on in your world?
I’ll tell you one thing that I know is going on everywhere: Trash. I’m not even talking about the trash that I sift through on a semi-regular basis, which is often not even true waste, if we’re being real.
The items that are actually trash (empty bottles, wrappers, etc) are constantly consuming space in our world. Either due to lack of spaces to put trash or sheer neglect and laziness, the waste ends up polluting our planet.
There is an unfortunate amount of pollution in the more urban parts of Israel, and even in the natural areas outside of the cities. Fortunately, there are several NGO-type groups that are seeking to preserve natural areas, and also to clean up parts of the city periodically. A group that I started in September, Clean-Up Haifa, is exactly what it sounds like. Together, we decide what type of natural, public area we are going to clean up and rid of trash. We take a few hours to clean the area, responsibly dispose of our trash, and bond over our goal or reducing pollution.
You might be thinking “That’s great about the cleaning, but are you still re-purposing other people’s trash?” That answer will always be a ‘yes’. I can always use DVD cases for discs that need a home, spray nozzles for bottles without a head, and old food wagons for convenience in shopping. Not to mention it’s pretty cool to find a fully functional laptop ready to be hauled off to the dump (Note: There were two other ones just like it, so I swapped out all of the parts that were broken and Frankenstein’d a good one).
As always, food products are at the forefront of my goal to reclaim the waste of the “haves”… not saying I’m a “have not”, but it feels good to utilize that which others have taken for granted.
One thing I found that really amazed me was all of this cereal. Not only that, but it isn’t even close to expiring! What a wonderful (yet sadly discarded) discovery. It makes a delightful treat with banana paste and tahini, too!
Also, how cool is it that I have a carob tree outside of my apartment?
Until next time, waste warriors!