One way to stop clutter and disposable stuff entering our lives is to refuse it access. We have been sold this idea that everything needs to be convenient, to be on hand when ever we want STUFF.
Sadly; disposable and convenience has become a huge inconvenience to our environment, putting great stress on our water ways, soils not to mention our recycling systems.
Have we taken disposal and throw away to the extreme where we treat our planet as disposable, not worthy of respect?
I truly hope we have not, make 2018 the year of refusing disposable clutter
How to refuse disposable clutter
Refuse Junk Mail
Globally, it is estimated that 100 million trees are harvested to produce junk mail each year. In Australia, 8.2 billion articles of junk mail are produced every year, along with over 650 million articles of addressed promotional mail. Source My Green Life
If you have to keep up with the “specials” try online facilities instead of paper or share your junk mail with friends and neighbors
Refuse the plastic bag.
If you have collected cloth bags from markets and stalls then stored away for “safe keeping” now is the time declutter your cupboards and give them a prominent place in your home. Or check our The Boomerang Bag movement in your area. Store bags in the car, some with the bicycle helmets or with the dog leash, so they are ready to go when you are.
Refuse the plastic bottle
Different kinds of plastic can degrade at different times, but the average time for a plastic bottle to completely degrade is at least 450 years. It can even take some bottles 1000 years to biodegrade! That’s a long time for even the smallest bottle. 90% of bottles aren’t even recycled. Makes you think twice about that water or soda, right? Bottles made with Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET or PETE) will never biodegrade. Source Post Consumers
It is ok to say no thank you to freebies and disposable, the walls won’t fall in, in fact they may breath a sigh of relief.
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