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Never Thought I Was Being Green...

June 26th, 2011 at 12:05 pm

I was raised by frugal parents. They had to be, as their parents had to be.

My dad worked full-time and they also has a business on the side. For awhile it was a furniture store. Then it was an antique shop. We went to sales, auctions, etc., always looking for a bargain that could either benefit us personally or their shop financially. That was years ago and my parents have passed.

Last week we went "antiquing." I use the term loosely because many of the items in these antique shops really aren't antiques. We enjoy looking at older stuff whether it is from our childhood, or from over a generation ago.

I often buy my kitchen stuff used. Last year before Pyrex and Fire King and Corningware became popular again, I decided to try and get rid of most of the plastic containers in my kitchen. I keep a few, but for personal use, I use glass ones. I found some refrigerator dishes to store leftovers, and have found some Pyrex dishes for leftovers and some small Corningware dishes to bake in. I like using them because I feel a little safer -- the BPA thing kind of worries me -- but I also just like using glass.

Most of the casseroles and glass dishes in my kitchen were bought "used". They cleaned up great and I enjoy using them. Plus, being the klutz I often am, I figure if I drop one, I'm not out a lot if it breaks.

The other day I was remarking that I was also being a recycler of sorts because I was reusing something someone else didn't want. I don't care if my Pyrex or Corningware doesn't match. I got a great deal on a Corningware dish at the church's rummage sale: $1. It doesn't match anything in my kitchen, but it holds good stuff when I put it in there.

Since most of the stuff anymore isn't made in America, I like using stuff that had been, at one point, made in our country.

In a way, I'm being green. I use and reuse these dishes. I'm not throwing out disposables. And I adopted these unwanted items. I figure I save money by buying them used, and since I'm not buying disposable stuff, I'm not constantly replenishing it so I'm also being frugal. And, if I'm cooking at home, I'm probably saving some money there as well.

6 Responses to “Never Thought I Was Being Green...”

  1. Jerry Says:

    That is not only green, it's just plain smart. My wife is the same way about much of our housewares, and it leads to a lot of savings, and also some insurance that the old stuff works as well (or better, in some cases) than the new plastic crap. Don't get me wrong, I think that there are definitely things worth spending money on... but there are also plenty of things that can be purchased -- wisely -- gently used.
    Jerry

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I prefer glass for food storage, too.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Jerry, your wife (and you) sound very financially responsible. And CCF, glad I'm in good company!

  4. patientsaver Says:

    I have also purged plastic food containers from my life. Mostly. I use lots of glass jars for storing rice, grains and that sort of thing. So when I see a glass jar that I like (Trader Joe's jam jars are good), i keep it for storage.

  5. rob62521 Says:

    Patientsaver, I really like glass jars too. And canning jars are kind of cool.

  6. baselle Says:

    I love repurposing. I make wicked jokes at art fairs and high department stores that I am just trying to figure out what I will see in the thrift store/flea market/yard sale five years from now.

    Whenever I read a post like this, it brings to mind this article.

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