Clutter (a form of waste) can make us feel stressed, anxious and depressed, research found the levels of the stress hormone cortisol were higher in mothers whose home environment was cluttered. Source Sage Journals
In 2011, neuroscience researchers using fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) and other physiological measurements found clearing clutter from the home and work environment resulted in a better ability to focus and process information, as well as increased productivity. Source RACGP
The joy of just being
Carla and Derek’s no 1. goal was to create a space where all their children wanted to be, a space they could relax and felt like “home” and to save money for a family holiday.
With their goals set they set about reducing waste in their kitchen and the results were immediate.
By ethically decluttering the cupboards, pantry, fridge they soon realised what they had, what the needed, what they did not need and within the 1st week Carla and Derek reduced their weekly grocery bill by $50.
Effectively savings them $2600 per year, not to mention reducing food waste, packaging, time spent at the supermarket. They then went on to reorganise the loungeroom with the goal create a space for all the family to enjoy.
The outcome was greater than expected, by reorganising their furniture they were able to open the windows to improve air flow and allow natural light to pour into the room.
By rethinking waste and ethically decluttering Carla & Derel naturally ventilate their home in summer, not relying on air conditioning powered by fossil fuels giving them more financial savings. Even the kids got into the swing, foregoing new toys, rather to save money towards a family holiday.
Five years on, I received a photo of their growing family holidaying on the Gold Coast in QLD.
How do ask people to reduce waste and rethink stuff?
By addressing the pains of everyday living to help people find more time, and space in the home and more money in the bank, Eco Organiser® communicates a simple message in simple language.
From the bush to the boardrooms to UK and Sydney Opera House, Eco Organiser® has empowered 8000+ people to rethink their lifestyle choices by focusing on positive messaging, and offering alternatives to reduce, reuse and recycle, with an estimated 42 000kg of unwanted items responsibly disposed, often finding “good homes”
“By keeping it real and simple, delivered in a non-judgemental way we successfully avoid the glazed over look, of not another recycling message”
Tell the truth and stop the greenwashing
Most people possess a pretty good bullshit detector, ignoring climate change won’t make it go away, and when informed they don’t take lightly to greenwashing.
Greenwash, it’s not something you accidentally left in the washing machine and everything comes out green. Greenwashing is the misrepresentation of a product or service to be eco-friendly, when it isn’t, often acting as a band aid or adding to our global waste problem.
On ordering a freshly squeezed juice without a straw, our waitress enthusiastically informed me
“We got rid of the plastic straws, we now have paper straws”
Wrapped in a paper outer I reply “No thank you, I do not need a straw to drink” our waitress went on to say “oh, they are good for the planet”
Let’s rethink this, unless we require a straw for physical reasons to drink, we don’t really need straws to drink. Paper, metal, bamboo or pasta straws still require energy to grow, extract raw materials, manufacture, market and transport for something and in the case of paper straws is still single use.
Not forgetting the ever-present sales pitch “convenient” how convenient is to clean a metal or bamboo straws! Do they end up in the bottom kitchen draw deemed “clutter” because they were too difficult to clean?
With all the best intentions my orange juice was served with dash of greenwash.
The 10R’s© not just an organising system, it a way of living
Through our interactive workshops and webinar’s, we introduce society to the 10R’s©, not just the 3 or 5, but 10.
Before adding something to the shopping trolley, click on the mouse and add something to the cart, accept that 2 for 1 offer, or take the goodies bag on offer, simply stop and pause
When we stop and pause for just 3 seconds, it allows for our emotions to catch up with our ration thoughts. Ask yourself
- Do I need it?
- Will it add value to my life?
- How will I pay for it?
Ask the question
- Is there an equivalent with less packaging?
- Is it reusable?
- Do I have similar already?
- What is the recycled content?
- At end of life, where can I recycle it?
When we stop to rethink, we do so much more than reduce waste, we do good for ourselves and the planet.
Everything we bring into our space comes with a carbon footprint, somewhere in the world a tree has been cut down and/or minerals have been dug out of the ground, then shipped somewhere to be manufactured into the things we need and want, for this reason we must take some responsibility to the disposal of our unwanted items.
“There’s no such thing as away, when we throw anything away, it must go somewhere”
Annie Leonard, STORY OF STUFF
Eco Organiser prides itself on a Useful Links page, listing over 100 ways to responsibly dispose of unwanted items.
It is ok to say “no thank you” and refuse stuff
- Buy one get one free
- Give away’ s
- Gift bags and show bags
- Excess packaging
- Single use products and greenwashing
We work hard to buy stuff, so why not use it. When stuff is no longer used for its intended purpose, look for another purpose before buying more stuff.
By removing stuff that does not warrant space in your life and reorganising to fit within your current footprint, before adding an extension or hiring a storage unit makes financial and environmental sense.
Reorganise consumption habits- shop with intention not on a whim and leave the car at home and take the bus or walk to work not only reduce emissions, it improves our health and well being.
In a world of disposable and designed obsolesce, conditioned to throw away and not repair, it’s encouraging see the Right to Repair Movement make a stand and Repair Cafes becoming a common site in many countries and mending and visible mending is becoming cool.
Being clear on our needs and knowing what we have, we are less likely to buy more of the same, saving time, money and reducing waste. Why bring in things into our lives that do not add value to our life?
I have never heard of anyone lying on their death bed saying
“I wish I got to the half yearly sales” you are more likely to hear
“I wish I had more time”
“I wish I spent more time with my family and friends”
When we reduce the clutter, we reduce waste.
We are awash with reusable options from- coffee cups, menstrual cups, shopping bags, pens and water bottles just to name a few.
Collaborative consumption now is entering the mix -Tool Libraries, Street Libraries and Kitchen Libraries, and not forgetting the huge Zero Waste Movement. By choosing one that works well for you makes the world of difference.
With China and Indonesia’s doors closed to the worlds waste, we don’t have time to waste.
Waste has become and should always been our responsibility. The 10R’s© demonstrates alternative ways to recycle not just relying on the recycle wheelie bin. In layman’s terms we explain embodied energy, and suggest ways to recycle at home such as composting, worm farms and share resources share and reuse waste
By introducing our FREE Useful Links page, we connect communities, business and universities with over 100 ways to responsibly dispose of unwanted items and do good for the planet.
When we reduce waste in our home we are rewarded with more time, space, energy and money.
When we reduce waste in our business, we are rewarded more time, space, money, reduced stress levels and boost productivity.
When we reduce waste, we reduce our carbon footprint and that rewards us all.
Eco Organiser® works to transform the worlds waste habits through advocacy, program delivery and collaboration. Our goal is to maximise the health and wellbeing of communities and habitat across the globe, to reduce waste and enable the program to continue after we leave, so that the positive ripple will continue in communities for years to come.
Tanya love’s being invited into communities, corporations and businesses to share her passion and simple actions to reduce waste.
Don’t hesitate to reach out if you’re interested in Tanya’s services.
Contact: Tanya Lewis