Nowadays, we’ve entered into a throwaway culture, and frankly, this is not something our great grandparents would be proud of either. We buy cheap things that are intentionally built to break because that means more profit to the big box stores that sell them to us again when we have to return to buy a replacement. What do we do with the broken item? We set it aside for rubbish removal. There’s something terribly wrong with this situation.
How to cut down your rubbish removal
Luckily, things are beginning to change and less things are being put out for rubbish removal, at least in some families. Socially conscious business leaders, like Clearabee, are railing against the current throwaway culture. Consumers are waking up and starting to realize that buying products that are built to last are actually cheaper over the long haul. They’re also more sustainable because they create less need for rubbish removal and filling up our landfills with junk.
Buying items that last
Another huge advantage to buying solidly built and repairable products is they can be passed down to future generations. There are restaurants in southern Louisiana, a culinary region renowned for their great creole cooking, that use cast iron skillets and cast iron pots passed down through six or more generations! Some customers say you can actually taste the love! The cooks swear that the flavors just get better with each generation of this old cast iron cookware.
Grandmothers who grew up in the frugal days of the Great Depression never bought so called “stick free” skillets that last maybe six months before the bottom is so full of nicks and scratches, they’re no longer stick free. They didn’t buy cheap pots that became so warped, and the handle so loose, it’s hard to cook with them in a year! No, these savvy grandmothers learned to purchase cookware like CorningWare, which lasts forever, and can be passed down to their daughters and granddaughters. Solid wood chopping boards, well made utensils, serving platters, and other dishes were cared for in a way that the next generation could use and treasure them too. In many ways, these dishes represented continuity of family.
Toys that last
Visit any landfill and one of the most prominent items will be cheap plastic toys that break the minute you buy them and take hundreds of years to biodegrade, if ever! It used to be a family tradition to get the old wooden blocks out of the attic when a new baby came along. They’d be decades old but still good as new and the newest child would have just as much fun playing with them as mum or dad did, and perhaps grandma or grandpa did! When the child got too old to play with them, they’d be carefully stored away for the next baby to come along.
So, if you must cave in to all the pleading, and get a Harry Potter toy for your kids, why not make it a solid wood wand in a velvet lined case, built to last and hang onto for generations to come. Perhaps too, you could sew on your own or commission a well stitched invisibility cloak that could be passed down to legions of little Harry Potter fans.
Clothing products are another example of where most people buy cheap throwaway versions that tear up quickly and get tossed into the pile for rubbish removal companies like Clearabee to clear away. Luckily, there are a growing number of clothing boutiques that cater to those of us who want clothes that are engineered to last and never go out of style. One such business is called Appalatch, based in North Carolina, home to the Appalachian Mountains. Like the pioneering mountaineers who hand wove naturally dyed wool into clothing that lasted, Appalatch’s garments are sturdy enough to last for decades.
Tools are another good example of a class of products where buying quality can keep items out of the rubbish removal piles and actually save you and your family money in the long run. Take a simple flat head screw driver for example. If you buy a cheap one at the “dollar store,” within a few uses, the metal head is often so soft, it will wear down, usually unevenly, and become almost useless. Where is this cheap screw driver destined? Usually, the landfill, unfortunately. A cheap hammer may not last three years with only casual use while a good one, one actually built to last, can be passed down and still in good shape for three generations or more!
What other ways do you think we can cut down on sending things to landfill?
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