Concerned about the environmental impact of mindless consumption and want to move towards more mindful consumption, but don’t know where to start? With Earth Overshoot Day moving up and down the calendar, it is a reminder that we are living beyond what our planet can reproduce in a given year.
Everything we buy comes with carbon emission of some sort- trees for paper- oil for plastics- coal to run factories and homes. Switching to more to mindful consumption, buying what we need helps reduce our carbon emissions and pushs back Earth Overshoot Day.
“We should use this painful downtime (Covid19) to think about what we’ve done and accept that these circumstances may have finally ‘right-sized’ an industry that lacked the courage or discipline to appropriately manage its own excesses” Paul Dillinger, the vice president at Levi Strauss & Co
Mr Dillinger goes on to share more tips to shop with intention
“If you think you’ve found something that’s worth buying – don’t, just carry on with your day and try not to think about it. Then, after dinner or before you go to bed, think about the thing you wanted to buy.
- Do you remember all the details clearly?
- Can you imagine wearing it at your favourite restaurant?
- At a bar?
- On vacation?
- At the office?
- Where would you put it?
- What would it replace?
- How long would you hold on to it?
We need to reject impulsive consumption. Shopping needs to become more deliberate and thoughtful. We need to learn how to shop with intention.” Paul Dillinger, the vice president at Levi Strauss & Co
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ITV News investigation found Amazon is destroying millions of items of unsold stock in one of its UK warehouses every year. Products that were never sold, or returned by a customer. Almost all could have been redistributed to charities or those in need. Instead, they are thrown into vast bins, carried away by lorries (which were tracked), and dumped at either recycling centers or, worse, a landfill site. To watch this video click here
In 2017 Core Data conducted a comprehensive study on clutter called: Clutter Report, they found
On average, respondents said the total financial value of the clutter in their home is $6623 This translates to $59, 361,949,000 worth of clutter Australia wide, not only is stuff or clutter costing the earth it’s hitting our back pockets. The question we need ask ourselves, is why buy things that we stuff in cupboards and never use? Why waste hard earned $ buying stuff that takes up our time and space?
Mindful consumption does not mean going without the things we love and need; it helps focus our mind on what we truly need and allows space to make responsible choices.
Eco Organiser® has declared 2021 as the year to #giveupcrap. As consumers we have the power to stop the destructive process of sending returned stock to landfill by not buying things that don’t add value to our lives.
How to switch to mindful consumption-The 10R’s©
Through small lifestyle changes you can make a world of difference, discover how The 10R’s© can help you become a mindful consumer.
Before buying more, stop and pause for 3 seconds, allow for your emotions to catch up with your rational thought ask yourself:
- Do I need it?
- Will it add value to my life?
As you become proficient in mindful consumption ask yourself a few more questions
- Is it made under fair trade conditions?
- Is the product made from locally sourced materials?
- Do I have similar?
- Is it pre-loved?
Everything we buy comes with a carbon footprint and in this time of climate breakdown, it’s our responsibility to consider our purchasing carefully and start asking questions of the manufacturer.
- Buy locally grown or made products as they come with fewer carbon miles and supports the local economy.
- Buy seasonal produce, pre loved, second hand goods, borrow don’t buy
- Choose products without excessively packaged or better still packaging free
- Call out “greenwashing”
- Take responsibility for the disposal of unwanted items, only donate items in good condition. To help you find good homes for unwanted items check out our Useful Links
- Refuse stuff that does not add value in your life (that’s definitely waste).
- Refuse excess packaging
Be bold and repurpose what you have before buying more stuff
Reorganise and ethically declutter your home/workplace to create space and within your current footprint, building bigger homes to accommodate clutter does not make environmental or financial sense.
- When buying something, rethink
- Where will I store it?
- Do I need to reorganise the space to accommodate it?
- Do I need to remove something to make room for the new item?
- How will I responsibly dispose of the older item?
When buying new ask
- Is it easy to source spare parts should I need to repair the product?
- Find your local Repair Café
- Stop buying things that don’t add value to your life- #giveupcrap
- Waste less- Eat all your Food– Meal Plan-Write a Shopping List–Shop your Wardrobe-Use what you have
- Opt out of The Clutter Spiral
- Choose reusable over single use
- Use what you have
- Join your local Tool Library, Street Library, Library of Things
- What is the recycled content of the product?
- Where is it recycled at end of life?
- Think beyond the wheelie bin-compost, worm farm, TerraCycle, E Waste, Textiles
When we reduce waste, we reduce our carbon footprint and that rewards us all
To responsibly dispose of unwanted “stuff” check out Eco Organiser® Useful Links
Need help to ethically de clutter- check out Ethically Declutter Your Home in 30 Days
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