Anything we buy – clothes, tech, white goods, furniture, toys – uses resources and energy and creates some sort of pollution in the making, shipping, shopping, and in the eventual throwing away, recycling, disposal. 

But buying stuff also creates jobs and provi des livelihoods, and having some stuff makes life better.So the choices here are about which things and how much of them we buy to really enjoy them, while minimising pollution and providing good, non-exploitative livelihoods.

Throw-away fashion and upgrade-culture tech are the epitome of what we can’t keep doing.  They exploit people and resources and add to pollution and carbon emissions. Oh… and, spoiler alert, the happiness doesn’t last!

Overall, when it comes to reducing the environmental impact of our stuff the principles to apply seem to be:

  • quality stuff lasts longer. Buy that.
  • care for it well.
  • share where possible.
  • repair rather than replace.
  • re-use and repurpose where possible.
  • recycle at the end of their useful life.

Plenty to discuss here. Let us know your stuff reduction tips!

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