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Abjection: A Definition for Discard Studies

“Populations that deal with waste are tagged as dirty through their material association with trash (scavengers, trash collectors, recycler) (Gidwani and Reddy 2011).” In this article, Mohammed Rafi Arefin highlights beautifully the socio-emotional challenges of bringing individuals into the open appreciation and practice of reuse. This risk of personal abjection (or emotional need to feel […]

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Donating for Impact: Updated list

A couple of weeks ago, I compiled a list of local (Minneapolis/Saint Paul) agencies who are able (and eager) to use specific items without a ‘must be new’ requirement, listed by types of items (easier seen than explained, I guess). The intention behind this list is to enable our perfectly good used items to serve their best/highest […]

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Synthesizing

The jumble in my head is starting to line up: For-profit benefits + non-profit incentives + tax benefits (er, unchecked tax fraud) here = continued/enabled environmental abuses + labor abuses elsewhere. When consumers happily rejoice as they purge their unwanted stuff in the spirit of ‘helping’ — and when the secondary goods market is directly […]

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Grateful

Today, I completed my taxes for FY14 — nearly two months ahead of schedule, and with very little anxiety or labor invested. I can’t even believe that I’m not poring over mileage reports, receipts, and spreadsheets (even more, I can’t believe I’m not avoiding/dreading the same). The chaos of my bootstrapped world continues to make […]

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