We want to do good by our planet to reduce, reuse and recycle waste, we also need and want economies to grow and thrive, yet we cannot ignore the true cost of waste, which can be gauged by Earth Overshoot Day.
It’s the day that marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year, exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. The stuff we buy comes with a carbon footprint of some kind- trees for paper- oil for plastics- coal to run our factories.
According to the Global Footprint Network, Earth Overshoot Day has moved up the calendar by two months over the past 20 years to 29 July in 2019, the earliest date ever. Source WWF Earth Overshoot Day
Imagine if we stopped buying stuff that does not add value to our lives, business, social structure and invested in quality over quantity, reusable over disposable, legislated for the right to repair, and moved away from designed obsolescent. What would the health of our planet look like if stopped buying STUFF!
STUFF, what is it? Continue reading
With the constant flow of new responsibilities and roles filtering into our workload, how are we to keep track of meeting notes, searching for files, and trying to stay up-to-date? In most cases it comes at a cost, a cost on our time, relationships and health.
I speak from experience, in my previous life I was consumed by my job, excelling in a male dominated industry, I identified myself though my career and I loved it. As the hours grew longer and workload increased, so did my clutter. Too busy focusing on my role and not on my health, I found out the true cost of clutter and disorganisation.
Clutter Isn’t Just Physical
My clutter was not physical clutter, it was the stuff I carried around in my head, massive to do list’s, plans and ideas, meetings, targets to meet and managing a sales team. Don’t get me wrong I loved it but my body was telling me a very different story.
How do we cope when we are pinged, tweeted, zoomed, facetimed trying to function on a diet of constant learning to keep up with new things, sifting through information, swapping quickly between tasks and multitasking? Generally speaking…not very well Continue reading