Being a conscious consumer
The next time your family needs a new item, ask yourself: “is buying new our only option?”
While we might not always be comfortable popping next door to borrow something, there are community and council organisations that can help.
Locally, you might find toy, book and tool libraries where you can hire what you need. There are also repair cafes, which help you to salvage items by fixing or upgrading them. If you’re not sure what’s in your area, start by checking with your local council online or in person. Another idea is to search for local area Facebook groups that you can get advice from.
If you do need to make a purchase, check if you can get the item second-hand first. Places like eBay, Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree and charity stores often have near-new items for sale. If you decide to buy new, where possible, look for good quality items that won’t need to be replaced in a hurry or thrown into the bin quickly.