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! 🙂