Back in training more than a year ago, I did a presentation on waste management. The main point of that presentation is illustrated by this photo from the film 21 Jump St:
Other times, I've had better luck. For example, instead of buying disposable razors, I found this razor where the only thing that you change is the blade:
I've also had problems with my Timberland hiking boots. I could've asked someone in the states to send me new boots. Or I could just get my boots repaired. I did just that. First, I went to a cobbler at my old post and he fixed it for 1000 CFA (about $2):
Now if I can only find someone to repair my still-frozen Kindle, still currently a paper weight.