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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Wasteful Purchases

By Suzanne O'Connor

My gardener gave me some throw away dust cloths he uses at his other job. They work great, but they’ll end up in the landfill.  My daughter bought some cheaply made, cheaply priced tees at Forever 21…. Cast off, cheaply made clothing doesn’t last more than a couple of seasons and is a huge contributor to landfills worldwide.  For dinner last week, my friends brought over dessert in a disposable plastic container. Thankfully I can put it in the recycle bin. My neighbor threw out her old (5 years old) laminated dining set that had started to peel. Bulky item pickup is taking it to a landfill tomorrow.

Too much of our lives are full of wasteful, disposable items that end up in landfills. We buy these items usually because they are financially cheaper than their counterparts. But the price we pay is bigger than we know.

I don’t need to tell you that we are running out of landfill space. We are… unless you don’t mind living on top of one. Our junk will soon overtake us if we don’t smarten up.

So, I will save money by higher quality items that last longer.  I’ll reuse items, resell items and I will also not buy cheaply made throw away items.

I will re-use my old tees, old bathroom & kitchen towels for household dusting; washing them over and over again until they can’t be used anymore.

I will buy quality garments at wholesale pricing from local sample & warehouse sales. They’ll be worn for years longer than the more cheaply made garments. Then I’ll re-use them to clean my house.  I won’t have to re-purchase clothes as quickly and they won’t end up in a landfill for years. Saves me money… saves landfill space.

I will also reuse quality, recyclable storage containers than can be re-washed and reused over and over again. Whether they’re plastic, glass or ceramic, keeping them out of our landfills.

Happily, I don’t need to buy any furniture, because what I have is solid hardwood furniture that’s 50-150 years old. Quality furniture doesn’t end up in a landfill. When it’s time to unload them, I will resell these well-designed, classically beautiful pieces to someone else, getting some money back on them. If I do put them curbside it’s cause they’re listed on Craig’s List as a Free item. Either way, I save money, time and space in the landfill.

There are many ways to not buy “throw away” product.  Buying better quality is one of the best. Then using the item longer. This not only will save you money and time, but it saves space in our landfills.  Works for me.

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