30 Nov Throw away less and save more – Diana Clement
My teenage daughter has been touching a raw nerve with me about the amount of waste we produce, so we’re trying to live a lower waste lifestyle.
Waste educators Candace Weir and Dorthe Siggaard of Tāmaki Waste Reduction Action Project say they save large amounts of money from their zero waste lifestyles.
They swap excess produce with their network, use cloth nappies and even get discounts for bringing their own cups to cafes and much more.
A member of my household munted his bicycle wheel. A new replacement wheel or even a rebuilt wheel would have cost more than the bike is worth. So I trotted down to the recycle centre and found a $3 replacement, saving it from the landfill in the process.
The broken wheel has since been stripped, the tyre, inner tube, rim-tape, saved, the aluminium rim sent to recycling, and the remaining good spokes and hub donated to the Bike Kitchen’s Bikes for Refugees programme.
There is an argument, of course, that our economy relies on all our spending and consumption. That’s true, but someone else can waste their hard-earned money.
My own journey is paying financial rewards. Here’s how:
I paid for that stuff
One of the things that hits home for me when anything goes in the bin is that I paid real money for it.
Each and every item was bought because I was convinced I needed it. Yet it’s astounding how many things are rarely used. This knowledge has resulted in me buying fewer homeware items and clothing in particular, just when the rest of New Zealand is going crazy for Kmart and big fashion chains such as H&M.