Don't be a square. Get circular.
Reuse was how our grandparents rolled. It just made sense. Stuff was precious and often hard to come by. As things have got cheaper and faster to make, we now dispose of them more frequently than ever before.
Take clothing. Every single one of us in Australia consumes an average of 27 kilograms of new clothes per year. That’s the equivalent of 73 t-shirts. 23 kilograms of this (or 62 t-shirts worth) is sent to landfill.
Sounds like time to rethink that old take-make-waste mindset, don't you think? It’s time to understand that what, and how we buy, impacts not just our hip pocket, but the entire planet too.
Let’s face it, It’s time to stop being a square and get circular, baby.
LITTLE ACTS OF IMPACT
By giving your stuff a second life by buying or selling it at a garage sale, the value of all the effort and raw materials used to create is multiplied.
In fact the latest research from the seriously smart folk at WRAP in the UK shows that extending the life of one item of clothes by just nine months can reduce it’s carbon, waste and water footprint by 20- 30%. Now there’s something worth celebrating.
Reuse is one way of making sure our stuff lives on to do good. But are there other ways to make an impact? Yes babes, thanks for asking.
Refuse unnecessary stuff. First things first, say no to products which are over packaged and in quantities you will never be able to use. No one needs 14 copies of the Ray Hadley Christmas Album when honestly, one is probably too many already.
Politely let gifts that you don’t adore be re-gifted and say no to single-use items so they remain with their place of purchase.
Buy well made stuff once. Just say no to stuff you don’t love and that doesn’t love you back. Shop the classics, the simple and well-made stuff. Choose the Paris of the Blender world, not the Paris Hilton. You’ll thank us.
Maintain and prolong your good stuff by repair and refurbishing.
Join a Men’s or Women’s Shed, sister. Stitch those holes up. Sew a button back on it babe. Goddarn it, learn to darn it. There’s about a gazillion ways you can fix the stuff you have.
Multiply the good stuff you have by sharing and reusing. Find multiple functions for your stuff. Buy secondhand first. Sell your gear, give it away, donate it. Use a tool share, a car share, a house share (if you’re feeling brave). Sharing is caring and it's good for you, and your community.
Recycle what you can and dispose thoughtfully of the stuff we can’t.
This is the last resort people, the last. It does mean your stuff has a chance of living on, if only as a reimagined version of itself. Understand what goes where and become a king of this recycling thing.
Check Covid-19 restrictions where you are before hosting a garage sale in the community and follow the relevant public health guidelines.