THINK BEFORE YOU BUY AND BIN
Updated: Nov 8, 2021
Before buying or disposing of anything, from clothes to food to tools, ask yourself some questions:
Think before buying
Ask yourself the following questions.
1. Will this add value to my life? Why do I want this?
If you already have something similar, are buying on a whim, or if this purchase is mostly to lift your mood, resist! Refuse. Don’t buy it. Instead, go on a walk, meet a friend, or spend money on something immaterial such as a cinema entry, ice skating, or a restaurant.
2. Can I borrow or rent it instead?
You can borrow equipment, appliances, books, from friends, neighbours or even charities or for-profit organisations.
3. Can I buy it second hand?
We can now buy most thing second hand.
4. Can I buy an eco-friendly alternative?
Look for an alternative item that will last longer, has less packaging, and more eco-friendly ingredients.
For instance, buy a fountain pen rather than a disposable pen; buy a refillable item; rechargeable batteries (they are more expensive than disposables at the time of the purchase but quickly become cheaper as they can be used again and again); use real crockery and cutlery for your parties instead of disposable ones.
Think before binning
Ask yourself the following questions:
Can I donate it?
Can I repair it, or get it repaired?
Can it be recycled?
Before throwing anything in the main household trash, check if you can put it in the recycling bag.
Check our list of recycling facilities between the commons.
If you’ve never visited Smuggler’s Way, it is well worth looking at their website – they take and recycle everything; even agricultural/garden/veg peelings and cooking oils can be disposed of there.
Download the questions and keep them in your wallet:
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