I just saw an amazing statistic over at Natural Home editor-in-chief, Robyn Griggs Lawrence's blog that the trash going into Landfill's has dropped by between 20-30% since the recession began. People are buying less and therefore hanging on to what they have for longer and getting more use out of it. It is really stunning how the wallet can drive true change in how people value and live their lives.
Its a shame that it takes a job loss or a house loss before we truly start to value the possessions we have and getting the most out of them, or recognizing that if we have no use that someone else will and taking the time to pass them along to someone else that will find value in them instead of just throwing them int he trash.
or your local charity or church