I find it an enjoyable challenge to see how much mileage I can get out of things. I have leather hiking boots that I purchased in 1988. I still wear them often.
One way to reduce your environmental footprint is to use everything to its fullest extent.
We live in a disposable world where fashion dictates throwing out the old to be replaced by the latest trends. But a harvest gold or avocado green range in the kitchen heats food as well as a white, black, or stainless steel model.
If you use stuff until it is no longer usable, cleaning, maintaining and repairing along the way, you will find that you don't need to buy things very often.
Whether it is a tube of toothpaste, a pair of boots, or a piece of scrap paper used to write weeks worth of grocery lists, it deserves to be used for as long as possible before repurposing or recycling.
10 Ways to Use It Up
- Don't waste food. Eat what needs to be eaten rather than whatever you feel like. Save and use leftovers.
- Before throwing anything in the trash or recycling ask, "Is there anything I can use this for?"
- Wear clothes longer than fashion tells you to. Quality clothing can last many years.
- Squeeze the tube or bottle until empty, then cut it open to get the rest.
- Only use as much of something as you need, and no more - it will take longer to use up.
- Take good care of things and they will last longer - do as much maintenance yourself as possible.
- If you must buy something, look for quality items that will last longer. The lowest price item is not necessarily the best choice.
- Ignore advertisers and any person that tells you that you need 'newer' or 'better' stuff. Chances are you don't.
- Think about how you can honour Mother Earth by using her gifts as lovingly and efficiently as possible.
- Live gently and contentedly and you will find that you end up using less everything. What you do use will last longer.