Deprecated: mysql_connect(): The mysql extension is deprecated and will be removed in the future: use mysqli or PDO instead in /home/a26f9f83/public_html/articles/includes/config.php on line 159
The Joy of Recycling > NetSparsh - Viral Content you Love & Share

The Joy of Recycling

I have always been an advocate of recycling. Even though I am not always convinced of its financial viability, I am thoroughly convinced of its value as a means of increasing public awareness of the cost of our consumerism. In the 20+ years I have been in the organizing profession, I have never heard anyone complain that their problem in getting organized was that they didn't have enough "stuff."

It doesn't seem like getting rid of things should be such difficult issue, but in my own experience and in the lives of clients, it often is. I have spent countless hours listening to clients justify why they need to keep clothes they haven't worn in ten years, utensils they aren't sure how to use, appliances that need repair, artwork they don't even like -- and, of course, old magazines they're sure to read some day!

If you have enough room and if you're willing to pay the price in space and energy, it is possible to keep everything. But if you can't find what you need today because you're tripping over what you might need tomorrow, the price may be more than you should be willing to pay. Recycling is often a great solution.

It's amazing how many ways you can find to recycle the things you aren't using. Towels and bedding are desperately needed by homeless shelters. Pre-school programs can use calendars with pretty pictures. Local schools are often delighted to have used computer equipment. The Lions Club collects eyeglasses for people who cannot afford to purchase them. (How many pairs do you have in your dresser drawer?)

My mother had an enormous pile of overalls which my father no longer used, but she didn't know anyone who needed them. She just couldn't bring herself to toss them, so she put them in a box in the attic. One day she heard a woman on the radio say that she wanted to buy overalls because she used the bib tops to make jumpers which she sold to raise money for her favorite charity. She didn't even care if the overalls had holes in them, because she covered them up with decorations and trim. My mother was elated to find a home for the overalls -- and get a check for $10 besides! (One note of caution: Don't fall in a trap of looking for the perfect recipient -- organizations such as Goodwill Industries can use almost anything, and will give you a receipt for a tax deduction!)

© Barbara Hemphill is the author of Kiplinger's Taming the Paper Tiger at Work and Taming the Paper Tiger at Home and co-author of Love It or Lose It: Living Clutter-Free Forever. The mission of Hemphill Productivity Institute is to help individuals and organizations create and sustain a productive environment so they can accomplish their work and enjoy their lives. We do this by organizing space, information, and time. We can be reached at 800-427-0237 or at

In The News:

Scientific American

Space Science Needs a Private-Funding Boost
Scientific American
Basic research in the space sciences holds essentially limitless potential for tackling profound questions of our existence and opening the doors of exploration, innovation and future economic opportunity. Space science continues to generate ...


Behavioral science is influencing policymaking—and helping parents teach their kids to read
Over the last several years, countries across the globe—from the United Kingdom to Japan, Lebanon to Australia—have turned to behavioral science to improve the quality of services that governments provide to their citizens. Commonly called “nudge ...

Science Magazine

In Brazil, researchers struggle to fend off deepening budget cuts ...
Science Magazine
Federal spending on science has dropped by half in 5 years.

and more »

The Verge

Why Only The Brave director Joseph Kosinski left science fiction
The Verge
When director Joseph Kosinski made his 2010 feature debut with Tron: Legacy, he was almost instantly heralded as an impressive visual stylist with impeccable attention to detail. He solidified that reputation with his follow-up, Oblivion, another ...

and more »


Can We Still Rely On Science Done By Sexual Harassers?
(Amid the Weinstein scandal, the news section of the journal Science broke the story of field geologists in Antarctica alleging abuse by their boss. As the planetary scientist Carolyn Porco tweeted: Imagine the implications of an abuser and his target ...

Business Insider

6 of the biggest misconceptions about happiness, according to science
Business Insider
Some people see happiness as the feeling in a small moment — a chat between old friends, a warm meal. Some see it as deeply profound, a kind of enlightenment. Scientists tend to view it another way, namely, as an ongoing state of being that ebbs and ...

and more »

Popular Science

This entourage of weirdos hangs out in Earth's cosmic neighborhood
Popular Science
This week, scientists confirmed that HO3 really is just an asteroid orbiting the Sun who happens to circle the Earth in a moon-like fashion, and not space junk. Speaking of space junk, the Earth has that in abundance. Earth's humans keep promising to ...

and more »


These Science Cartoons Depict Our Terrifying and Thrilling Future
That's what science-communicating husband and wife Zach and Kelly Weinersmith had in mind when they penned their new book SOONISH: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and / or Ruin Everything. Zach is a cartoonist best known best for his ...

and more »

Science Magazine

Why haven't we had alien contact? Blame icy ocean worlds ...
Science Magazine
New hypothesis suggests that ice-encrusted planets could be bad for interstellar communication.

and more »


Fasting: A trending food idea and new frontier in longevity science
New research is exploring whether creating an environment akin to eating less often — fasting — may be as important as lowering caloric intake. Results could be key to finding new ways to fight diseases, including diabetes and heart disease, and ...

Google News

Earthquake and Disaster Delays in Scientific Innovation

In our present period we are continually reminded that we... Read More

Transducers - The Remarkable Changers

Complex control systems all make use of signals that can... Read More

Mini-Robots, Motherships, Swarm Strategies, Wasps, Ants, Organization and Delivery

Robots are for every one. Tech TV now host Battle... Read More

Tactile Pressure Sensors for Future Robotics

Scientists and Robotic Researchers are attempting to design human type... Read More

Hominid Inter-breeding

'Kenyanthropus platyops': - Perhaps the 6,000,000 year old men found... Read More

TSUNAMI The Next Big Wave:The Grandaddy of Them All

A few days ago on Melbourne's 60 Minutes, renowned scientist... Read More

Electromagnetic Energy in Meteorites - Theory

I have some friends who have the largest private meteor... Read More


When the Egypt Exploration Fund was created they had memoranda... Read More

The Best and Worst of April?s Weather

If Johannes Kepler, the renowned 17th century astronomer and discoverer... Read More

How to Build a Mechanical Bullet Which Turns

A Mechanical bullet, which will turn in flight is well... Read More

Magnetic Propulsion for GI Joe?

Thought of the day. I talked to an old guy... Read More

The Impact of Efficient Epistemologies on Algorithms

In recent years, much research has been devoted to the... Read More

We Have Come Along Way in Our Exploitation of Transportation

We sure have come along way since the horse and... Read More

Energy and America

America is entering into a time of Energy crisis. It... Read More

Locusts To Help Make Energy From Bio Waste, part III

If we bring the locusts to a feasting area of... Read More

Aerodynamics of a Flying Disk or Flying Sphere

Aerodynamics of a flying sphere. It has been said that... Read More

Using High Altitude Blimp Cell Phone Communication

By allowing high altitude Satellite Type Balloons or Blimps with... Read More

Embryonic Stem Cell

Stem cells are primitive undifferentiated cells that have the capability... Read More

Moon Rover Robotic Concept; Planetary Exploration

I propose a beach ball hopping robotic planetary explorer, which... Read More

Tsunami warnings by 2006

Experts from the United Nations and Indian Ocean countries agreed... Read More

Static Charge Pulse on Wind Generator Material Memory Blades

Wind Power is considered a clean industry and is amongst... Read More

Mars is not hollow; is it?

Is Mars Hollow? We are pretty sure it is not,... Read More

Micro Blimps Cleaning the Air in Buildings to Eliminate Anthrax spores

Presently mini-blimps are being deployed in government leadership buildings as... Read More

Acoustic Transducers and Light Waves for VSTOL, a Concept

Is it possible to use many acoustic transducers underneath an... Read More

A Call for a Worldwide Campaign on Water Conservation

If we are to tackle the challenges of future populations... Read More