I believe in the half-life of re-gifting.
Every Christmas morning I go to my step dad's step mom's house for lunch. We usually eat ham, salad, crackers and cheese, and shrimp and cocktail sauce. Every year, she gets us a laundry basket filled with small wrapped items such as cream of soup, cookie cutters, stovetop stuffing, a bottle of ketchup and other items that you would find in your kitchen cabinet. It then made me wonder if it was stuff she stored in her cabinet that never got used. I wondered if a half-life of re-gifting could exist. I began to think that if everyone just gave what they didn't use or need, and that person uses half and gives the rest - and the process continues until it eventually 'decays' and everything would have been used, then there will be no waste. That is when I came to a greater belief - to not waste.
I can't tell you how many people waste, including myself sometimes, my parents made it clear to me that it was a sin to waste food. I remember going quahogging with my step dad in the summer. Sometimes when you rake the quahogs, the shell breaks. Instead of wasting a life, I always ate it if it was still alive; my step dad thought it was gross. My family and I recycle, because it helps the environment, and saves more room in trash bags.
I believe that whatever you do, whether it's going green, not throwing out food, or even re-gifting - it makes a difference in yourself, town, state, country or even the world. There is always someone in need of something that you don't need or use.