“I dream of a better world where chickens can cross roads without having their motives questioned.”

People in this part of the world are creative. In India I have seen people carrying absolutely everything on a bike, wagon, or on their body, including a group of men each carrying a bed strapped to their head! There are car fixing stations every so often with piles of what looks like scrap metal and junk, and somehow they are able to piece it all together to fix any problem. And though everyone here stills throws their trash out the window without a second thought, they have come up with a creative recycled use for old paper.


Whenever you buy street food, anything from samosas to bananas, they put it in these homemade bags which save money as well as trees. This one here use to be someone’s math homework, while the one behind is an old newspaper article. Simple yet effective.

3 thoughts on “Recycling

  1. I was given my food purchase in a bag by a street stall seller in Indonesia that was made from one page of a resume. The resume was in English not Indonesian or Javanese, in a part of the country where English-speaking people were rare and those who weren’t already employed when they got there, even rarer. How the bag makers came across the resume is a mystery. But everything is recyclable!

  2. I just came across your blog a few days ago after reading your post for the “Going Forth” publication. I have been hooked ever since! I decided to begin reading your first post and work in a chronological order, so I can truly see the progression of your adventure and you as a person. I have been so inspired! Your passion and zeal for life and people are truly infectious. The stories you tell bring back so many wonderful (and not so wonderful) memories as I visited India to work in an orphanage for a few weeks about five years ago. As you mentioned before, EVERYTHING is re-purposed in India! While I was there, some of the little boys taught me how to make kites out of old newspaper and sticks. They smashed cooked rice and used it as the adhesive to hold the kite together. To my amazement, it actually flew! The Indian culture is so incredibly inventive. Thank you for sharing your life with the world. We are truly enriched by your story.

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