The True Cost of Waste Part 1

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