“Buy-And-Throw-Away Culture”

One evening, while watching television, Eric noticed a single pixel that no longer had color.  Quickly, that one white pixel became two and those two starting making babies! For a while, we could count how many pixels were out but eventually our screen was covered with white dots.  The joke became that we could only watch space-themed movies so that our “stars” would blend in.  Eric and I looked at new televisions but were not at all motivated to buy a new one so we tolerated our disappearing screen for months.  And then, guess what?!  We fixed it.  Yep, WE fixed it.  We resisted the buy-and-throw-away culture and we fixed our own television.  It wasn’t easy but it was very satisfying.  Our television looks brand new and hopefully, we will get another 8 years out of it.

In Sweden, lawmakers are hopeful that a proposed tax break will encourage consumers to fix rather than toss items away. You can read or listen to the NPR story here.

In addition to made-to-break household appliances, “fast-fashion” has contributed to land-fill waste with cheaply made disposable clothing.  This morning, I had the pleasure of speaking with Colby Kane – Owner, Founder & Designer of Aviator.  Colby ditches fast-fashion for timeless designs and colors that are made to last.  His products are made in small batches using high quality materials and are sold directly to the consumer with free shipping & returns.  Best of all, his products are made in the U.S.A. and will last for years!

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Ditch the Buy-And-Throw-Away Culture and reduce your landfill waste.