Imagine if we stopped buying stuff that doesn’t add value to our lives, business, social structure and invested in quality over quantity, reusable over disposable. What would the planet and society look like if we moved away from designed obsolescent, if we simply stopped buying wasteful STUFF!
Stuff: collection of things not needing to be specified, valueless matter, trash, non-sense. Australian Oxford Dictionary
With over 8000 people attending our workshops and webinar we know most people want to do the right thing, they want to find good homes for unwanted stuff, they want to reduce waste and live a more sustainable lifestyle. We asked 550 people and this is what they told us
- 88.59% Look to local charity to dispose of unwanted items
- 7.05% Give things to friends
- 4.36% Utilise council resources
Since following the The 10R’s© do you rethink how and what you buy, how to dispose of unwanted items?
How do we stop buying wasteful stuff?
The 10R’s©, not just the 3 or 5, but 10 shows how easy it is to stop buying waste stuff.
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?
- Is there an equivalent with less packaging?
- Probe a little further and rethink, is it reusable?
- Do I have similar already?
- What is the recycled content?
- At end of life, where can I recycle it?
When we shop with intention not on a whim, we reduce waste and our carbon footprint.
Waste is only waste when we throw it away, at Eco Organiser® we are on a mission to reduce waste of all kinds and work hard to make it easy to responsibly dispose of unwanted stuff. With over 100 ways to responsibly dispose of stuff, check out our new website Useful links to reduce, reuse 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
When stuff is no longer used for its intended purpose, rethink repurposing before buying more stuff. We are currently working with a café to move away from single use and ceramic reusable cups to the recycled Hik Cup.
Did you know ceramics cannot be recycled, when they are chipped, cracked or broken they must go to landfill.
Our homes don’t come with elastic side walls, when they become stuffed, they become uncomfortable, building bigger and bigger homes to accommodate stuff does not make environmental or financial sense, reorganising to fit within our current footprint is easy and won’t cost the earth.
In a world of disposable and designed obsolesce, conditioned to throw away and not repair, we introduce ideas such as the Right to Repair Movement and Repair Cafes and Visible mending
Why bring STUFF 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 stuff, we reduce waste.
We are awash with reusable options from-refillable ink cartridges, coffee cups, menstrual cups, shopping bags, pens and water bottles just to name a few.
Eco Organiser® likes to shine a light on -Tool Libraries, Street Libraries and Kitchen Libraries, and not forgetting the Hik Cup
We are good at recycle and there are plenty of things we can do at home such as composting, worm farms, to ease the burden. If composting is not your thing start by rinsing excess food from cans, jars and bottles before placing them in the recycling bin, it makes the world of difference at the recycling centre.
Separate plastic lids from glass jars before recycling helps in the sorting process at the recycling centre. Removing paper labels from jars is another way to we can all do out bit to recycle right.
Want to do more check out the Eco Organiser® Useful Links page with over 100 ways to responsibly dispose of unwanted items and will most certainly recycle right.
When we reduce waste and STUFF 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 in productivity.
When we reduce waste, we reduce our carbon footprint and that rewards us all.
From the bush to Sydney Opera Hose, Melbourne and StrathcIyde University in Glasgow the 10R’s© has empowered over 1000’s to rethink their lifestyle choices, offering alternatives to reduce, reuse and recycle, with an estimated 42 000kg of unwanted items responsibly disposed and often finding “good homes”
Tanya love’s being invited into communities, corporations and businesses to share her passion and simple actions to reduce waste.
In her new book Ethically declutter your home in 30 days learn how to rid your life of clutter and move towards waste free living.
Contact: Tanya Lewis