refuse, reduce, and save

Posted: April 17, 2017 in Uncategorized

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A zero waste lifestyle doesn’t have to be expensive – to the contrary, practicing zero waste can save families thousands of dollars a year.

The Zero Journey

Once I read somewhere that zero waste is expensive and only achievable by folks with dollars to spend on shiny stainless steel containers, bamboo furniture, top end reusable bottles, and other fancy non-plastic gadgets.  Now, I suppose it depends just what you are trying to achieve.  Trend?  Doing right by the world?  Or are there obstacles?

The thing is, it does not have to be expensive.  For me, it has been a way to reflect on what I have and to make what I have last longer, and to consistently be looking for alternatives.  There is always more than one way of doing things.  Simplifying and getting creative can save you money in the long run.  Here is an example of Kathryn at Going Zero Waste keeping track of her savings while cutting down and cutting out.

There are a lot of things I don’t feel the need to buy…

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Comments
    • Great advice, Mountain – but a big departure from Bush telling us we had a patriotic duty to go shopping.

      • futuret says:

        PATRIOTISM IS A TOOL INVENTED BY THE ELITE IN EVERY COUNTRY TO PREY ON OUR EMOTIONS, PLAY WITH US LIKE TOYS, AND TO DRINK OUR BLOOD WHENEVER THEY GET THIRSTY. THEY HAVE CONSTRUCTED THIS SO THAT WE OUR LOYAL TO THEM AND FORGET ABOUT OUR FATHER WHO ARE IN HEAVEN.

  1. Buy at consignment shops and thrift stores whenever possible. At least this way, we are reusing items instead of throwing them out and buying new and this would cut down on what it takes to keep new garments, hats and such like coming down the pike. In Minnesota, consignment shops and thrift stores do more business than buying new at Wal-Mart, Target, etc. Also, I love to shop at used book stores. You get store credit and can bring the books back and get more while paying less.

  2. Me too, Shelby. I have a special place in my heart for these places. My favorite thing about consignment stores is knowing that the clothes are pre-selected – you know they fit someone else at some point. My main complaint about retail clothing stores is that the clothes are always wrongly sized and don’t fit real women.

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