It feels like so many things these days are made to be disposable, but they don’t have to be. The cost of repair can sometimes be high, but what most people don’t realise is that a lot of the time things can be repaired, recycled or reused by someone.
Society these days advertises the new and shiny as being the must haves and desirable things in life, but I say “don’t succumb to a throw away society” if you can avoid it. When it comes to cheap products, you should expect that they’re not going to last a lifetime, but if you do some research into the brand and reviews of a product, you may find that paying a little extra up front can save you the cost of replacement down the track.
With your home for instance, what appliances do you have that you would normally throw away if they broke or stopped working? Would you even attempt to have them fixed? The answer in a lot of cases is no, you’d replace the item and turf the broken one. Consider for a moment the number of people that live in the Mudgee area, and the number of appliances in each household. What size do you think the landfill would be if everyone replaced just one item a year?
If you can’t reuse it, there might be someone that can – one person’s trash is another one’s treasure! So to help our environment, and our community, next time you’re thinking of throwing something away, take a moment to think about whether it might be cheaper to fix it, and if not, whether it can be recycled or reused by someone else.