It feels like the last few months have run away from me, and I was struggling to think of any note worthy changes we’d made - but I realised it’s not just the big things. We're trying to change the way we make decisions and the way we approach problems - I suddenly realised I had an example of that.
This week I’ve been quite desperate to organise my desk
drawers, specifically I wanted something to corral my pens
so I don't have to search through the whole drawer to find one.
I was nostalgically recalling some plastic drawer dividers I used
to have as a teenager that would have been perfect, so I started searching the
internet for a suitable replacement. I did find this set from Lakeland which is
quite similar and I was sorely tempted, but besides being a bit expensive for a
bunch of plastic trays, I couldn’t help thinking it was also rather wasteful. Surely
I should be able to find a cardboard box that would work?
Most of the boxes I found were much too big, but I remembered I had
an empty Kleenex box upstairs. I was a bit dubious that it would work, but I’d
give it a try. As I left the room with my reclaimed box I spotted a forgotten
gem. Two years ago I was given a Cath Kidston umbrella, which came in an
equally pretty box. So pretty in fact
the empty box has been sitting on my dresser ever since – and it’s the perfect size
for pencils! I snapped it up and dashed back downstairs.
It’s not exactly impressive, but by resisting the easy plastic option I found I had the perfect solution right under my nose. I just needed the time to think of a better solution (though being a bit of a packrat also helped!)
Have you made come up with any creative eco-solutions recently?
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