Wednesday, hump day, brings us #ValueIt for Waste Less Live More week.
This is all about valuing what we have.
Taking the time to think about what our ‘stuff’ is made from, and how we choose to treat it.
It’s all about re-using and really treasuring our things.
I guess it’s the opposite of the disposable culture we seem to be in the midst of.
For me, it boils down to “Buy Less, Buy Better”.
According to WRAP, “around 30% of the clothing of a UK household has not been worn for at least a year”.
When did clothes, and ‘stuff’ in general get to be so disposable? Not even the actual disposable, single-use items, like carriers bags, and water bottles, but £3 t-shirts, and £10 shoes.
I am as guilty of the next person, as succumbing to the allure of ‘new stuff’, except I try and buy secondhand! And if I am buying new, I really think long and hard about it and try and make the most ethical choice. Just stopping for a minute before buying to think: “Who made this?”; “Were they paid a fair wage?”; “What is it made from?”; “What are the environmental implications of it’s production?” can be a surprisingly effective antidote to the part of your brain that is telling you you need shiny new things.
Your money has power.
You have power.
The choices you make when you choose to buy something new, have the potential to change the world.
Value your money.
Value your choice.
Value your stuff.
Buy from an independent retailer or an artisan maker.
Or even, don’t buy. Re-use something you already have. Re-fashion it, upcycle it, re-purpose it into something else.
And spend the money on a day out with the kids. Or a meal out with a loved one.
Value what you already have, and really value the things you do decide to buy-value the person who has made it, and the resources that have been used to make it.
You can share photos of the things you value, on Twitter and on FB, using the hashtags #ValueIt and #wllm14 🙂