You know that saying that you turn into your mother, I recently I had the realization that I skipped a generation and I am turning into my Grandmother. Now my Grandma P was a wonderful strong independent woman who never threw anything out. Maybe it was because she lived through a world war, or maybe she really thought there would be a time when she needed 5 pairs of Readers Digest binoculars or clip on book lamps. Whatever the case if it was not broken, and even sometimes if it was, she kept it… You know just in case.
My “just in case” hording does not involve freebies from Readers Digest, rather it involves items that I have purchased and just can’t seem to let go of… electronics. How many cameras does one person need? 3 point and shoots cameras, 1 DSLR and cell phone??? Yes they all work, but I have not touched the point and shoot cameras in over a year now.
What about cell phones? We only have 2 that are actually active right now, so why do I have 3 others hanging around our house?!? One word… hoarder! Well it is time to put a stop to this and give the electronics that we are not using a new lease on life! Enough of keeping them “just in case”.
Time to get back to the 3 R’s – Reduce, reuse, recycle. Not only will I be clearing the clutter in my house and getting rid of electronics that we no longer use, we will be making sure that the valuable materials used to make them are recycled. What is so valuable about old electronics? Think about whats inside your old cell phone, camera or laptop for a minute. The gold, copper and other rare metals used to make electronics can be recycled to make new products. Good for you, good for the environment! It is time for us to move on…
Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Ontario Electronic Stewardship. All opinions are strictly my own.