Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Vintage Green

Green is trendy these days. Green businesses, green products, green food. And here on Earth Day it is cool to be earthy. Gone are the images of rope sandals and hippes and granola. Instead, today’s green is celebrated by posh celebrities and business tycoons. Even recycled paper has come a long way! (remember when it all used to be grayish brown?)

Creative Green
But apart from the all the earthy glitz (seems like an oxymoron, doesn’t it?), today I am reflecting on the value of creative resourcefulness, and how glad I am that it is becoming cool again, too. Because a lot of it (rather by accident, actually) is green.

For instance, it is “green” to repurpose your old sweater into some oven mitts for a friend who just got a new apartment. It is also “green” to shop the local thrift stores in search of the latest and greatest diamond-in-the-rough used furniture. Even greener is the oh-so-fun trend of planting your own garden (my sprouts are sprouting!)

In other words, being a Recessionista is being green.

Old Fashioned Virtues
Truth be told, the whole “green movement” is a tad bit too popular for my taste, but I do appreciate that it has highlighted some rather old-fashioned virtues. Virtues like seeing creative new life in old objects, and appreciating handmade items, and practicing contentment with what we already own.

And it is nice to have a day to be mindful of these virtues.
And to practice our creative resourcefulness. Fortunately for us, it won’t stop today. Because as Earth Day advocates will surely remind us, being mindful is more than just a date on the calendar. It’s a lifestyle. A vintage lifestyle, in fact. And one I’m happy to be living.

note: family market bag from The Craft Pantry

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