Here in the EnviroTakeout blog we like to talk about ways to reduce waste and be more sustainable when it comes to disposable products. Since that is our specialty after all. But we wanted to take a minute to review ways we can all reduce waste in our own homes.
In today's fast-paced world, it's easy to get caught up in the mentality of "out with the old, in with the new." However, this mindset can be costly, both financially and environmentally. In this blog post, we will explore different household products that people are more likely to replace than fix, even though fixing them is easy and affordable.
Small appliances, such as toasters, blenders, and coffee makers, are often replaced when they break or malfunction. However, many small appliances can be easily fixed with a simple repair or replacement part. Before buying a new one, consider checking online tutorials or consulting the owner's manual to see if the problem can be fixed with a simple repair. You can save some money, learn something new, and reduce the waste piling up in landfills.
Clothing is another household item that everybody has, but often once there's one little tear, missing button or broken zipper the clothes are thrown out and replaced. Not everybody is a master sewer, but things like buttons and holes can be fixed by any beginner with a needle and thread. Something like a zipper may need a more experienced hand, but replacing a zipper is still cheaper and less wasteful than buying an entire new winter jacket!
Instead of throwing out that favorite shirt or pair of jeans, consider taking them to a tailor or seamstress for a quick repair. If a piece of clothing is unsalvageable chances are it can still be useful in some way. Recycle old shirts and sweaters by cutting them up and using them as cleaning rags before saying your final goodbye.
Furniture is frequently replaced when it becomes damaged or worn with old furniture being sent to the dump. However, many furniture pieces can be easily fixed or refinished. A fresh coat of paint or a new cushion can give a piece of furniture new life. Not only can it save you the cost of buying new, but you won't have to spend years forming the perfect groove in your favorite spot.
Electronics are usually replaced when they break or malfunction. However, many electronics can be easily fixed with a simple repair or replacement part. Check out online tutorials for common fixes to your favorite devices like TVs, computers, headphones, gaming systems, keyboards and more. A lot of times it's easier than you think, and with electronics often being big ticket items you can save a lot of money!
One Change at a Time
Making the decision to fix as much as possible can feel daunting, so we recommend taking it one task at a time. If we all fix a few more things each month we can collectively make a huge difference on the amount of waste being sent to landfills and save a little money in the process. Sustainable practices can not only reduce waste but also reduce the environmental impact of the manufacturing and transportation of new products. Next time you're tempted to replace a household item, consider taking the time to try and fix it instead.