[‘Nothing New’ is a blog about my personal journey attempting to help the planet, my pocketbook, and my conscience by buying nothing new for at least the next month.]
Day Two of Nothing New: We ran out of bandaids and toilet paper.
[Lesson: Shopping on Amazon is convenient but it is bad for the environment.]
Obviously, I am not going to go looking for used bandaids. (Although, with a 9-yr-old son, I have to keep on my toes to make sure that there are no used bandaids laying around on our carpet.)
And gently-used toilet paper is totally out of the question. Eew.
So I did what every other GenXer/Millenial would do — I turned to Amazon. In an attempt to respect my ‘Nothing New’ spirit of sustainability, I searched for “biodegradable bandaids” and found All Terrain bandages, made out of fabric and packaged in 100% recycled and recyclable materials. SCORE!
Amazon declared that these small, light-weight boxes were an “add-on only” item and could only be shipped with a larger purchase. I thought, “Wow! Such an environmentally responsible policy for such a large and influential company… showing such concern for the planet by reducing packaging and shipping resources.” I found 24 rolls of 100% recycled Seventh Generation toilet paper, added-on my biodegradable bandaids, and felt pretty darn good about my purchasing decisions. Until the boxes came.
Seriously, Amazon? Come on! A GIANT box full of plastic to ship three little packages of bandages?!
This made me pretty angry. But it also served as a PERFECT opportunity to write a blog entry promoting responsible consumerism. I thought about sending the offending box back with a note, but that would just waste more resources. (I will reuse the box to ship some Christmas things to my family on the East Coast.)
Out of curiosity, I got on Craigslist, and searched for “First Aid Kits”.
Sure enough, I found the world’s cutest, metal, vintage Johnson & Johnson First Aid Kit — brand new and fully stocked with 98 pieces of first aid goodness — for $10. I was able to give a woman $10 cash in exchange for something that she no longer needs or wants. And now I have a super awesome first aid kit that looks really flippin’ cute in my house. And I feel really good about it. Next time, I will use Craigslist first!
This Nothing New exercise is meant to be a learning process, and one thing I learned is that shopping locally from neighbors and local merchants is WAY more cost effective, sustainable, and gratifying then convenience shopping online.