For those of you who celebrate Christmas it is likely that you got a bunch of “Stuff” for Christmas or you got some “Stuff”. What about all of the “Stuff” that you got during the year. We have become a nation of huge “Stuff” getters and users and disposers of “Stuff”. We have become the “Disposable” generation. Disposable diapers, paper plates, product packaging, etc. All of this “Stuff” we use to make our lives easier, which we then turn around and dump it in landfills. We work longer and harder to buy more “Stuff” which we then turn around and throw it away so that we can buy more “Stuff”. It’s a vicious, vicious cycle.
Do we really need all of this “Stuff”? Where does all of this “Stuff” go when we no longer “need” or want it? If you are someone who is interested in learning how to become more sustainable, someone who wants to help protect our natural resources you definitely need to watch this short film about “Stuff”. You will never think of “Stuff” the same way again.
Here are just a few ways you can reduce your consumption of “Stuff”:
- Recycle and reuse – think of new ways to use old items
- Avoid paper plates and plastic utensils. Eat off of real dishes and use real utensils
- Don’t use disposable diapers…try cloth
- Buy used – When you do need to buy something check out thrift stores and garage sells. Not only are you recycling, but you will probably find what you need for a lot less money.
- Every time you buy something ask yourself, “do I really need this or do I just want this”?
- Shop local which helps to reduce fossils fuels which are consumed when transporting goods.
- Grow a garden. Even if you live in an apartment you can still grow quite a number of vegetables and herbs in containers.
- Buy a refillable water bottle instead of buying bottled water. Not only are they safer for your health, but it will also save you money and cut down on trash.
- Buy energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs.
- Support companys that are sustainable and fair trade.
If you think about it recycling not only saves you money, but it also helps the environment. The less “Stuff” you have to buy, the less money you spend, and the fewer hours you’ll have to work leaving you more time to spend with family and friends. It’s a win, win situation.