Use it up

That’s a slogan from the Great Depression, when necessity forced people to live on less.

Maybe it’s worth revisiting in today’s consumption-focussed world. Consider:

  • Consumption is expensive: new clothes, new car, new phone, new TV; they all add up
  • Consumption is at the root of many of the environmental pressures we face, from climate change to water shortages to resource depletion
  • Consumption doesn’t make us happier: the world is full of people who have not found happiness in their fancy home, cars and clothes

I’m constantly meeting people who crave a simpler, more sustainable lifestyle: better for the wallet, the planet and the mental well being. So maybe it’s worth revisiting that old slogan from 80 years ago. Read a dozen tips here.

Lauren Singer shows how a zero-waste lifestyle IS possible

According to Statistics Canada, the average Canadian produces 720 KG of garbage annually. That’s about twice what the average Japanese produces.

Yuck – all that trash means huge emissions from garbage trucks, premature filling of landfills, high disposal costs and more.

New Yorker Lauren Singer has proven that living a zero-waste lifestyle is possible; all the trash she’s produced in the past three years fits into a single mason jar. How does she do it? By recycling, composting and making wise purchasing choices.

Most of us probably can’t match her incredible commitment – but every one of us can benefit and learn from her simple, powerful trash-reduction strategies. Read more here, or better still, watch Lauren’s 13 minute TED talk here.