In honor of Earth Day, I want to share with you the largest recycling effort that I have ever embarked upon (or, call it upcycling if you will). I will preface this by saying in all honesty, my husband, Derwood, did most of the work. But he doesn’t have a blog, so I get the glory.
In 2007, our 1978 Chevy Cheyenne pick-up truck was hit by a drunk driver (who subsequently went on to slam into two more cars). Because the driver only had limited liability insurance, the $5000 pay out was split between the three parties hit, based on the blue book value of each car. Our portion for our totaled truck, my hubby’s gas guzzling baby? $325.
(Let me touch on the gas aspect for a moment. It gets eight miles a gallon. Yep, I said eight. A smart car it’s not. But we only use it for hauling purposes. And let me tell you, living in the sticks? It’s amazing the amount of things you have to haul! But I digress…)
Seeing as the only damage to this beast of a truck was cosmetic, we set out to get it back on the road again, using only the money we were given. The mission? Find a new truck bed and dispose of the old one.
Sourcing the replacement truck bed went fairly quickly. The worst part of it was the two hours Derwood had to spend sitting in the junkyard that he found it in, while he waited for someone to pick him and the bed up (he actually laid in it and took a nap, so it could have been worse!)
But getting rid of the original was the part we had an issue with. Unlike the bed that Derwood found, this one was mangled. Not terribly so. But enough so that we knew it probably wouldn’t be used again. And the thought of dumping it to a slow rusty death was not pleasant.
So, our truck bed became a flower bed! Well, with the help of 10 large bags of manure it did. And from the twisted metal grows beauty. Over time the flower bed morphed into a vegetable garden, which eventually became the cactus garden that it is today.
Now, I know not everyone is going to have space in their yards for a 3/4 ton truck bed filled with manure (good luck talking your landlord into that). But since it’s Earth Day, I ask you to think about what you’re throwing away. Did you use it all, truly ALL of it? Or is there maybe a second use for it? From things as small as printing on the other side of your copy paper or feeding bread ends to the birds, to bigger things like composting or these artistic re-uses of ordinary things. Be conscious of what you throw away and I bet you become more creative because of it!
Happy Earth Day everyone! Let us know what you do to make a difference (big or small)…