Re-purposing rather than throwing out…

Posted Friday, June 16th, 2017. Filed Under Voices of wisdom

Yesterday I was watching tv (I know one of the few people left to do so!) and I saw a story on the news about what one community was doing with their old parking meters. I have to admit I love my Green P app that allows me to pay for parking via my phone. I actually never gave two thoughts to what happened to the old parking meters that took coins.

Yesterday there was a story how one of the charities are using the old parking meters as a way to raise money. You can contribute coins to this machine and then the money collected will go towards the charity. I love the idea. First of all, it is a great way to engage the community who don’t necessarily want to commit a larger sum of money but do have spare change. Coins can add up to a lot of money over time.

I also like that we have found a way to repurpose the meters rather than throwing them into our landfill and create more hazard for the environment. I am sure there is a way to recycle but this costs money.

I would love to see more repurposing going on. I believe it is happening more and more. while Trump declares that the environment is not an issue most of us would say otherwise. Especially amongst our youth, the environment is a big concern. One thing we can do is make sure that we reduce and even work to eliminate waste going into our landfills. If we can find ways to repurpose and reuse then we must do so. Doing so will open up industry/project possibilities and more importantly save our earth.

I challenge both myself and you to find ways to do so. One of the reasons my sons and I started Kidz2kidz, an organization which collects gently used sports and leisure equipment for kids in need, is first and foremost to pass on equipment that’s in great shape to these kids allowing them to partake in sports. Second, to keep this stuff out of our landfill.
I am proud to say that we have moved 1000s of items from one family to another.


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