I stopped buying art supplies in April 2008. I started working in an art supply store in May 2006 to present day. I had always been confused with my love of art and my love for earth. We do not need more stuff on this place we call earth. There is so much stuff, consumption and waste going on that I didn't want to add to that. I wanted to create but some how create without adding to our already taxed planet. Working in art supplies, as in any retail atmosphere I saw all the packaging material that is involved with the new products. Things literally come packaged 5 to 6 times before they reach you and get used. I saw all this packing and saw free supplies. That began my career in REuse.