How it all started

One time while walking through downtown Manhattan I saw a potted plant poking out of a pile of discarded office furniture.  It had big, healthy looking leaves and I couldn’t help thinking how nice it would look in my bare apartment.  Just as I was convincing myself someone else would take it,  contractors showed up carrying more furniture.  Instead of watching the plant crunch under more broken cabinetry, I asked if I could have it.

That day was a bit weird…  But I took the plant home and carried it up the stairs to my apartment.  (So many stairs!)  Two years later it’s still shiny and thriving, and looks great in our new house, and I love it.

I don’t expect everyone out there to be a crazy person who carries a large plant up eight flights of stairs instead of letting it get trashed. But I do hope that if it’s easy enough, people will choose to give their plants away rather than throw them in the trash.  And if you’re looking for a new plant,  please consider taking in what your neighbors can’t keep, instead of buying something new.

Reusing and recycling plants doesn’t have to happen only after they’ve been turned into paper! 🙂

2 thoughts on “How it all started

  1. Amy

    You are not alone. I have rescued and adopted many plants over the years. Some will toss out a plant when it goes dormant and they think the plant is dead. Others will receive “gift” plants and don’t know how to care for them. So out in the trash they sit until I spot them, and save them from the torture of the garbage truck.

  2. Nepenthe Post author

    That’s wonderful to hear! Thanks for caring – I’m sure the plants appreciate it 😀

    I’ve mostly lived in an apartment and haven’t had the room to take too many plants in… But now that I have a house, pretty much every surface has some plants on it!

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