Maybe you aren’t in the great depression. So what. We wash foil, ziplock bags, saranwrap, and even my mother’s bread bags over and over and over again. Why get rid of it if it still is good and works? Not exactly crazy in my book, but a lot of people would think so. Personally, I think we are the sane ones….
It’s the only way to keep our landfills from overfilling. Aren’t we supposed to preserve the land for the future generations? I re-use everything I possibly can. That’s just some ways of caring for your own environment. We ARE the sane ones.
You may have not gone through the Great Depression, but it’s not unusual for us to inherit our parents values who did. Even if that were not the case, many people are going through something similar now.
I reuse and recycle too. I didn’t go through the Great Depression, but I recognize we’re rapidly depleting earth of her finite resources and we should be more careful and less wasteful. Wish more people felt the same way…
This may not be the Great Depression, but have you noticed that since the middle of 2008 there have been a lot of news stories saying the economy hasn’t been this bad since “before World War 2″? Guess what was going on before World War 2? Yep, the Great Depression. Maybe Grandma wasn’t so silly.
I’ve never heard of reusing paper towels. The foil — yup, do that if it’s not too crusty with stuff, and I wash and re-use ziplock bags, though I am trying to get totally away from using them at all. A small plastic container, though taking up more space in a lunch bag or the fridge is just easier to clean and lasts a lot longer.
I am SO glad I’m not the only one! My kids hate when I do that, but they’re not the ones paying the bills – so neener! I buy the blue industrial paper towels during moves, that can last a week or so. I’ve been known to throw them in the wash machine before our real kitchen towels show up – Haha! I also reuse plactic containers food come in (redneck tupperware), ziplock bags (especially the expensive ones) and t.v. dinner trays for my kids when they were little. They like that their food didn’t touch. You go girl – save that money!
That’s okay! You’re going through a recession and want to not waste our valuable resources as the earth is overrun with humans. Being smart, compassionate, and frugal is an admirable quality for any generation!