With decluttering the hot topic; Marie Kondo’s advising us to ask our stuff “does it spark joy” if not throw it out. RESPONSIBLE disposal and consumption is critical to slow down if not stop this throw away mindset, and start by taking responsibility for unwanted stuff.
Australian homes hold approximately 6 cubic meters per household of clutter or 52,527,886 m³, if we placed a box of clutter along every inch of the Australian coastline, we will go around Australia about 6 time or 210,112km. Source Choosi: Clutter Report
Throw away the decluttering mindset not the stuff
A throw away mindset to consumption and decluttering is costing the earth and placing unnecessary financial burden on charities. In recent times we have seen charities inundated with too much stuff or items that are deemed unsaleable. Sadly, Australian charities spend $15 000 000 per ann disposing of unsaleable donations.
Rather asking our stuff “does it spark joy” ask your stuff “how can I turn this into an opportunity?”
To make your decluttering project easier and help divert clutter and waste from landfill, we are constantly looking for ways to recycle our unwanted stuff within Australia and other points around the globe. We want to help you save time, energy and help protect our environment.
Not everything needs to be recycled, somethings can be responsibly donated, by donating we are extending the life of an item, which reduces embodied energy and helps people in need.
From books to bra’s to cars you will find over 60 links to responsibly dispose of unwanted stuff.
7 Top Tips to Responsibly Dispose
Turning clutter into opportunities starts by donating quality items to the right people
- Ask the charity what they need NOW
- To avoid disappointment, donate things that are NOT damaged or worn out
- Send photos with any relevant information about the donated goods, prior to drop off
- Offer to deliver, this helps the charity save time and money
- Present all donations clean and ready for sale or use
- Leave goods in designated areas/bins etc
- Declutter and donate seasonally, this way charities get what they need in the right season, example: summer-beach towels, winter- coats
The 10 R’s© Rethink Responsible Refuse Repurpose Reorganise Repair Reduce Reuse Recycle Reward