National Public Health Week: Craftiness

April 10th

April, week one, 2008 009

A stack of vintage linens found at a Boy Scout garage sale this weekend, including those flags I turned into bags.

This is where everything comes full circle. So, how can craftiness improve the public’s health? Well, a bit of creativity always helps when trying to use, eat, drive and waste less. Crafty — in a Beastie Boy use of the word — is a compliment to all folk who use their creativity for the betterment of humanity, not just to fulfill their own desires. They thrift to find materials instead of heading off to yet another big box store. They spend the extra 20 minutes waiting around the bus stop to use public transportation in lieu of driving their own car. They move closer to work to minimize the commute. They bring cloth bags to the market. They wear hand-me-down clothing with pride.

Boy Scout Garage Sale finds

These could have easily been thrown away, but thankfully they were at the sale. I used the disposible casserole to deliver that chicken pot pie. The jars I filled with sun tea and lemons and delivered to friends. The paper bags I’ll use for wrapping during the next year.

If we in the “developed” world use, eat, drive and waste less by instead looking at what we have and really need, we’ll improve our community’s health locally, nationally and globably. We’ll let less go into landfills. We’ll become less of a disposible culture. We’ll respect well-made products instead of cheap consumables. We’ll have cleaner air and rely less on oil from any country. We’ll eat until we’re statisfied instead of until we’re stuffed, know that taking food home in a doggie bag means spending less on food (and a bigger belt) tomorrow. We’ll have more money for organizations that matter to us. We’ll live simply so others can simply live.

April, week one, 2008 007

An Army bag that I’m going to use this summer, when — fingers crossed — I’ll be traveling through Africa. A new trip is brewing… All these items cost $4. I gave them $7 because that’s what I had in my wallet. I would have spent that on the jars and dish alone at the market!

Imagine if the United States was once again known for our philanthropy, geneorosity and creativity? That’s that land (and people) I love.

~K

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13 Responses

  1. Good stuff, Kelli! I’m finding that the whole “disposable culture” mindset is surprisingly tough to shake, but definitely worth the effort. Thanks for the encouragement. 🙂

  2. I also agree, thanks for the encouragement. I know I could change a lot of my habits to help live more simply. I need to do more like you.

  3. You might be able to use some of that fabric for this bag….
    http://www.studio-259.com/category.php?category_id=54

    LOVE the pattern and am going to try this weekend…I hope.

  4. Wow! All that for $7–no way! Geez, I ought to start hitting the garage sale scene. A great reminder though to use things wisely. Thanks! And, I think we can be known for our philanthropy, generosity and creativity! We do have a lot of great people in our beautiful melting pot.

  5. Anonymous April 10, 2008

    You gave them THREE EXTRA DOLLARS? You are really great. Reminds me of that post where you listed Bible verses to prove how humble you are. Wish I were as smart as you.

  6. This is the land we used to love, too, so please come back! (no offense intended to anyone)

  7. Hear hear!

    You need to get a bigger soap box (and I mean that in the most positive way). More people need to hear this message…and then act!

  8. We can only hope (and pray really hard).

  9. Three Cheers! Not to mention that reusing stuff is so much more challenging and thus fulfilling from a creative standpoint. Anyone can go buy a beautiful thing, but to see an old shirt and think that can be a____! That takes real ingenuity. Much more fun!

  10. kelli, i have loved public health week! so much inspiration in all of your posts. thank you friend! xox

  11. Right on! Great army bag by the way, how perfect.

  12. I love the comment by “Anonymous”. Hopefully you detect the sarcasm I am using just as he/she did. What a coward…didn’t even leave his/her name. Creep.

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