Sunday, October 30, 2011

Less Waste: Washing Basket

My washing basket had a big crack in the bottom, and things were starting to catch in it.  I was concerned that I would tear something trying to get it unsnagged.

It seemed such a waste to throw away a whole basket.  I only have one washing basket: it helps me keep on top of the laundry if I can't leave baskets of clean clothes piled around the house.  The basket isn't that old, not even five years, and I've done my best to bring it in out of the sun (instead of leaving it under the line to collect the clothes when they are dry) so that it doesn't get brittle and break.   I chose a strong, solid basket designed to carry on one hip, which makes it easy when there is a baby on the other.

Then I had an idea.  I covered the crack with some duct tape that we already had in the cupboard.  Hopefully that will do the job and I can use the basket for a few more years.

It seems such a small thing, to be concerned about not throwing away a simple washing basket, but the truth is that there are so many things that I do throw away without thinking, that small changes like this start to form a pattern for big change.

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