I started worrying about garbage and landfills after I got out of college. I hadn’t taken any classes about it and I hadn’t been to any environmental rallies. I just started putting my garbage to the curb once a week for the city of Portland to pick up. Being a neat and orderly citizen with a basic understanding of mathematical exponents and limits, my eyes opened to the notion that it wasn’t just me throwing out cardboard, cat litter, and carrot peels. The whole city of Portland was throwing stuff out at a phenomenal rate.
I put a “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” sticker on my Pontiac Fiero and began thinking of things I could do to live according to my own bumper sticker values. I knew I couldn’t save the whales, but I could try to control how much stuff I was consuming. I could even rescue a few things other people were throwing out.
Having student loans and a low-paying job probably helped, too. After paying all my bills, there wasn’t much money left for setting up housekeeping. My mother gave me a few odd pots and pans and I picked up two mismatched Pyrex bowls at a yard sale.
Love is a funny thing; we assume everyone loves the things we love. Thanks to the magic of the internet, I’ve found more than a few people who love Pyrex bowls. I don’t know if they collect these things out of love or out of bumper sticker recycling obligations. Either way, a few less beautiful and well-made things are being kept out of the waste stream.
I’m spreading the Pyrex love this year, too, as part of the Moxie Recipe Contest. One of my sponsors, The White Dresser antique shop, donated this vintage set of Pyrex nesting bowls.
I was pleased as Pyrex with Karen’s generous donation; I would be happy if you’d “like” her page on Facebook. And if you’re driving on Route 196 in Lisbon Falls, stop in and visit her shop full of pleasant, whimsical and practical things.
The White Dresser is located at 501 Lisbon Road in Lisbon Falls, Maine. Spring hours are Thursday and Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle!