Say no to newness!
How we spend our cash is a key part of tackling our carbon footprint, more new stuff uses precious resources and energy and water to make. Did you know one t-shirt requires the same amount of water as three full baths?
Sadly recycling isn't the answer either, we must first reduce the amount of everything we buy.
A tricky challenge, when our society is based upon consumerism and we receive messages constantly to buy more. Manufacturers specifically design products with a short life expectancy so we buy more of them. Models are upgraded so we need the latest version. We are told that our lives will be better, we'll be happier, we'll find love, we'll have more friends if we buy XXX.
We must work together to break the mould and change the system, we need to talk about giving and getting second-hand presents, to brag about our charity shop finds, to share things like lawn mowers and ladders, to fix things. And when we do buy new things, as we invariably will, we must shop thoughtfully.