My five-year-old granddaughter has been encouraging me to recycle. She pointed out the triangular symbol on the bottom of her water bottles and plastic packaging.
I asked her what the three sides of the triangle mean, and she answered "reduce, reuse, recycle." I told her that I practice the first two, and the third as a last resort. We refill those water bottles and reuse them. "When they get a hole in them, then you recycle them, right?" she asked. Yep, that's right. I reuse as much as I possibly can, so that I can reduce what I buy.
I recently came across instructions to Hand-knot a Hay Net for Your Horse from the June 1999 issue of Horse & Rider magazine. It appeals to me because I can use *trash* to make something useful. I recently bought a haynet to take to the 4H District Horse Show; K's horse managed to chew a hole in it the first night. I know that the baling twine I have laying around here is even thinner than the rope used in that broken haynet, so I think I will need to double or even triple the twine to make one that will last. Or, I can use the twine to practice, and buy a stouter rope to make one that will withstand a hungry horse.