With a year like 2020 it’s no wonder we’re all feeling a bit crappy, millions of people impacted by Covid19, financial markets under stress and interruptions to our lifestyle like we’ve never experienced before, yet at the same time climate change is still there, Mother Nature raising her head to remind us that we must act now and reduce our carbon emissions, and a simple way to do this is to stop buying crap.

Crap can’t be pigeon holed it is different for everyone, it comes in all shapes, sizes and forms, the first step is to define your crap; things that waste your time and energy, the stuff you buy and throw away (packaging) habits and routines that don’t help you live the life you want.

Without being nasty maybe it’s time to stop taking crap from certain people or rethink the way you consumer and work, example: give up the solo car journey and take the bus, train, ferry, car pool and travel Covid safe with others. Maybe, it’s not worrying about the keeping up with latest fashion rather acknowledging it’s OK to wear last year’s or decades fashion.

We’ve dubbed 2021 the year to give up crap and invite you to join us.

For many, Covid has slowed our pace of life, its given us time to rethink what’s truly important. Countless people are choosing to simplify life and move towards a sustainable lifestyle.

A sustainable lifestyle does not mean becoming a hippie and growing your own food, to me it’s introducing positive changes that fits within your lifestyle,  changes that are easy to maintain, let’s face if it’s time consuming and difficult to do, we won’t sustain it, in other words KEEP IT SIMPLE and remain flexible with your choices and decisions.

Example: Our favourite fruit cake recipe calls for 2 cups of orange juice; with a bowl full of oranges, rather than buy a bottle or pack of juice we simply squeeze fresh oranges, 2 good sized oranges will usually do the trick.

Waste Not

We’re not finished with our oranges yet, we also eat the pulp (great fibre) and compost the skins. I’ve been known to sun-dry orange skins or dry them in the oven when baking (until crisp) then grind the skins into a powder in a mortar and pestle, this fine powder gets added to smoothies or a cup hot water and honey for sore throats.

Waste is not a dirty word

Waste is a valuable resource, it becomes waste when we do not reuse it, example: when we recycle ink cartridges they are used in road base, soft plastics are re extruded to make stands that dispense sanitiser and decking planks, these planks are used in national parks for raised board walks to protect the flora, fauna and protects the undergrowth, bread tags recycled into home wares, with funds raised to build wheel chairs for children in need.

Become mates with waste

Australians use 2.7 million single use coffee cups per day and with much success, we’ve been encouraged to buy a plastic reusable cup to help slow down our obsession with single use cups. That is great, but why buy a cup when our cupboards are full of novelty mugs, special Christmas cups and mugs we rarely use. Who said we can’t take our own cup from home to the local cafe?

Is it a case of not wanting standing out in the socially distancing coffee queue with your mug or the idea of taking a cup from home never crossed your mind? That’s fine, knowing that there is No Planet B or jobs on a dead planet, in my mission to give up crap I am prepared to stand out and question the norm and say no to single use. But when we all stand together, we can make a world of difference, so please join me to #giveupcrap. One thing to point out that during this pandemic it is possible to enjoy a contactless coffee with your reusable cup.

Something else to rethink, why buy a ceramic reusable cup for $20-30 when it cannot be recycled in Australia when chipped or broken?

Why can’t we become mates with waste and reuse our waste by making your own (very cool) reusable cup, we call it the Hik Cup.

More tips to give up crap

The 10R’s©

  1. Rethink before buying more, ask yourself: Do I need it? Will it add value to my life?
  2. Responsible-Responsibly dispose of unwanted stuff head over to Eco Organiser Useful Links.
  3. Refuse stuff that does not add value in your life (that’s definitely crap).
  4. Repurpose things before buying more
  5. Reorganise your home/workplace to fit within your current footprint, building bigger homes to accommodate crap does not make environmental or financial sense.
  6. Repair before landfill
  7. Reduce waste
  8. Reuse-Choose to reuse over single use
  9. Recycle right
  10. Reward- When we reduce waste, we reduce our carbon footprint and that rewards us all

Join the movement by using #giveupcrap on social media to create a positive change to waste less and reduce our carbon emissions.


Australian waste coach, motivational speaker, Tanya Lewis aka The Eco Organiser® and author of STUFF OFF! & Ethically Declutter Your Home in 30 Days educates people on the benefits of ethically decluttering and living well with less waste.

From the Australian bush to the Sydney Opera House and universities such as Melbourne, Queensland & Strathclyde (UK) Tanya has helped over 8000 people ethically declutter and reduce waste.

Eco Organiser® communicates a simple message in simple language, by keeping it real and delivered in a non-judgemental you avoid the glazed over look, of “not another recycling message”

Tanya love’s being invited into communities, corporations, universities and businesses to share her passion and simple actions to reduce waste and move towards a sustainable lifestyle.

For further information or to book Tanya at your next event:

Email          duncan@platinumcre8ive.com

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