Unconsumption means the accomplishment of properly recycling your old cellphone, rather than the guilt of letting it sit in a drawer.
Unconsumption means the thrill of finding a new use for something that you were about to throw away.
Unconsumption means the pleasure of using a service like Freecycle (or Craigslist, Goodwill, or Salvation Army) to find a new home for the functioning DVD player you just replaced, rather than throwing it in the garbage.
Unconsumption means enjoying the things you own to the fullest – not just at the moment of acquisition.
Unconsumption means the pleasure of using a pair of sneakers until they are truly worn out – as opposed to the nagging feeling of defeat when they simply go out of style.
Unconsumption means feeling good about the simple act of turning off the lights when you leave the room.
Unconsumption is not about the rejection of things, or the demonization of things. It’s not a bunch of rules.
Unconsumption is an idea, a set of behaviors, a way of thinking about consumption itself from a new perspective.
Unconsumption is free.
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It’s wine o’clock (somewhere) — which means it’s time to share a wine-related repurposing find:
This week, it’s empty wine bottles used as candle holders, filled with soy wax. (Pictured: Rewined Candles, with wax seals color-coded according to varietal scent. Via The Dieline; spotted on Pinterest.)
For earlier finds, scroll through Unconsumption’s “wine o’clock” series of posts here.
Check out this incredibly pretty garden wall made of recycled bottles. How pretty that must be in the sunlight. A diamond drill bit for glass and some steel poles and you could easily make one of these yourself. I think I might start saving all of my wine bottles for a garden gate next year.
It’s wine o’clock (somewhere) — time to share a wine-related repurposing idea.
This week’s find: Bottles adorning a fence.
For earlier posts in Unconsumption’s wine o’clock series, click here.
If you’ll be storing items in a basement or attic, reuse packets of desiccant, if you have some (e.g., from purchases of shoes or purses); toss them in to help keep things dry.
Use empty coffee cans to help keep strings of lights organized. Store spare bulbs and the string’s plug end inside the can. Cut a slit in the can’s top, poke the cord through the slit, then wrap the rest of the strand around the can. (via Real Simple)
Whoever first said it’s better to give than to receive wasn’t on a budget. For those of you looking to give generously this holiday season without shaking every last cent out of that snowglobe penny bank you were stuck with at last year’s white elephant exchange, we have good news: lots of creators on YouTube are sharing DIY gifts and money saving ideas.
While socks are very useful, after several years of giving them as gifts you might want to try something new. Consider making coasters, a tablet case made from an old plaid shirt, a crochet beanie, or even some homemade BBQ sauce you can bottle up and just add a bow. (via
To help answer that question, Unconsumption reader Jacqueline Burnette, who probably is much more adept at glass-cutting than most of us (she has an Etsy shop offering a variety of her cut wine bottle pieces), shared with us this video on DIY glass cutting.
If you’re interested in trying your hand at bottle cutting, or refining glass-cutting skills that you already have, check out the video. The technique involves scoring the glass, then running hot water over the score mark. Jacqueline adds this tip: Make sure “the water is just under full boiling temperature and that you heat the bottle evenly and thoroughly with the hot water or else you will not get a clean cut.”
For other wine-related repurposing ideas, check out Unconsumption’s “wine o’clock” series of posts here.