Certain Death

A street catador of cardboard

A street 'catador' of cardboard

I am a catador. I know it sounds like an AA confession; and I know it is an addiction. The verb catar in Portuguese means to ‘pick up’ or ‘scoop up’ and is used to describe people who collect useful, recyclable items from other people’s rubbish. These catadores are present everywhere. They collect cardboard, plastic, scrap metal, anything that is not nailed down and sell-able.

I have just read a story about a catadora (f) saving a plant that had been thrown away by someone else and relocating it outside her door on Good Girl Gone Green. Bells rung, lightbulbs flashed (the new CFLs don’t do this) and I realised that I had a post for today.

Espada de São Jorge

I have survived the last three years by ‘picking up’ useful stuff on the street. A few months back I saw a lovely plant Espada de São Jorge (St George’s sword) lying discarded on a pile of rubble. Someone had had a clean out. I was on the way to a private lesson, on the way back, it was still there; quite a clump the roots were just beginning to dry. I picked it up and walked the half hour home and put in a bucket of water to recover saving it from a certain death. Being quite a hardy plant, it did and I have long since replanted it in one of my elegant paint tins. The one shown is not mine, still lacking batteries for my camera.

My plant is ready to be divided and spread around a .bit.

I have no idea what the plant is called in English, if anyone has an idea, please leave a comment.

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During my search for an image I found this and thought it appropriate…

A catadore's hand cart

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The Portuguese reads: “I recycle, and you?” and “My car doesn’t pollute!”

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4 responses to this post.

  1. WOW, that is so awesome! I am glad I am not the only one that picks things out of the trash! I am so sure that plant thanks you! Great work! Together we can make real change!! 🙂

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    • @GGGG, I had meant to leave a comment over at your place advising that I had stolen you idea. Thanks for the visit, and together, let’s hope that we don’t lose our addiction for sifting through the rubbish of others.

      AV

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  2. Posted by Ana on April 23, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Sansevieria.( I think) And it has different names and meaning in different countries.

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