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When my son came here from Ethiopia, one of the things he immediately observed was that Americans were much “stupider” than Ethiopians. Why did he come to this conclusion? He said, “Well, Ethiopians don’t have much. Americans have a lot more, but Ethiopians know how to do things with what they’ve got and Americans don’t.” Ethiopians were creative, resourceful, and didn’t waste anything. Cut to the present and my current Journey to Vitality and I feel like I’m cultivating a mindset of “how can this be used again instead of simply tossed or recycled?” (Because the emphasis is on “single-use plastic”) Today, seeing the empty dishwashing liquid — big plastic thing — and not wanting to throw it out (can’t wait for that refillable liquids company to get its groove on), I thought, “What would this be good for?” My answer: “Watering plants!” I had been using a glass pitcher which is heavy and which has a rather awkward and big spout. With the dishwashing liquid bottle, I can shoot a stream of water under the African violet leaves. I can make it rain for my jade plant. Now I’ve got to figure out what to do with the laundry detergent bottle! I bought powder for the future, in a cardboard box. But for now, I have a monstrous plastic bottle … What can it be reincarnated as? Let me know!

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