I’ve been reading quite a bit on compacting. It’s a combination of simplifying, recycling, reducing your footprint on the world and being aware of how you spend your money. From their site, “To go beyond recycling in trying to counteract the negative global environmental and socioeconomic impacts of disposable consumer culture and to support local businesses, farms, etc., to reduce clutter and waste in our homes and to simplify our lives”.
While it’s not a new idea, the attention it’s been getting will surely make more people aware of the three R’s, reduce, reuse and recycle. As I read through some of the compacting blogs and sites, I saw that we already take a lot of the actions they suggest.
I regularly share unwanted books, puzzles, videos and toys with our local homeschool group and what doesn’t find a new home there goes to the library store. They resell them and use the money for library funding. We also just donated four large bags of things to the Humane Society. We buy pre-owned when possible. 90% of our books and DVD’s were bought used as are a lot of our gardening supplies (tools, pots, etc).