As our income ceases to stretch like it once did, we have tried to become far more frugal and think like our great grandparents. One of the things we have be trying to recycle is the plastic sacks that our livestock grain comes in. I have found the plastic more durable than the blue tarps you buy at the store. I had an entire winter’s stack of sacks to work with this month. I made tarps for our vegetable garden to cover crops this fall when winter threatens. A sewing machine, some thread, and patience with an eye that isn’t too worried about perfection creates some really useful items. Yes, the slick plastic slides like crazy under the feet of your sewing machine and a few not so nice words might slip out of your mouth when making the large tarps but it truly is worth it. I don’t sweat the crooked seams. I’m not going to fair to be judged on my sewing skills. Functionality is all that counts.
I think recycling is really about gratitude and respect. Grateful for what you have and respect for the people in the family who work hard to afford items that we enjoy.