The weekend's over so how did you go?
The weekend's over and I hope you had a great time doing all the things you love. Did you visit family and friends? Sleep in? Have a Netflix binge-a-thon? Exercise? Give your credit card and finances a beating at the shops? Overconsume?
No need to put your hand up, maybe you did a little of everything, they're our weekends after all and after working hard all week we deserve to relax and pamper ourselves, right? Yeah, we do but maybe for some of us we're consuming more than we'd like, more that we know we need, and we want to look at ways of doing something else rather than retail therapy (and I'm not just talking clothes shopping) to not only save some of our hard earned cash but also to help save this beautiful planet of ours.
I'm sure you've probably seen the reports about how many of our donated items actually go into landfill and it is costing these charities millions of dollars to dispose of them each year. Some are saying fast fashion should actually be called fast-to-landfill fashion! Have a look at the ABC's report below.
And it's not only clothing where we have wastage, 35% of the contents of the average Australian's household rubbish bin is food waste and it is costing the Australian economy around $20 billion each year. OzHarvest has just released a fact sheet, check it out here https://www.ozharvest.org/what-we-do/environment-facts/ In a forthcoming blog post, we're going to look at how we can make the most of the food in our fridge and pantry and inventive ways to use up our leftovers.
So what can we do instead of overconsuming. Let's take a look at the nice things we can do for ourselves instead of going shopping. Let's bring back the ancient art of window shopping - take time to browse through antique shops, charity shops, art galleries, whatever you fancy - and just enjoy looking at the beautiful items. Enjoy them for what they are, you don't need to own them, just appreciate them as beautiful and interesting things.
Of course there are other things you can do like tap a nap, read that book you've always wanted to read, go for a leisurely walk by the water, or a exhilarating hike in the mountains, listen to music, watch your favourite movie again, play a board game with friends, take a long relaxing bath, or start working on your adventure list. For some amazing ideas about what to put on your adventure list, pop over to Leanne Blaney's website at http://bit.ly/LBAdventureList . I'm sure you could easily add to this list and I'd love to hear your favourite ways to enjoy yourself without spending a lot of money or consuming things you really don't need. Please leave your ideas in the comments section below.
Well that's about it for this week, in my next blog post we'll start to breakdown some of the areas where we overconsume and look at alternate ways to minimise waste.
Till next time,