Going back to minimalism

My personal views on simplicity.

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1. Can I repair this or buy used, rather than buy new?

Minimalism intersects with a movement called zero waste, in which people try to create no trash. With zero waste, everything is composted, re-used, recycled, etc., and nothing goes to a landfill. I haven’t been able to do this successfully yet, but I am making progress.

I don’t think everything should be viewed as disposable.

I only buy secondhand clothes (with the exception of stuff like socks). I can buy quality blouses made of 100% natural cotton or linen for much cheaper than brand-new polyester. Thrift shopping is on trend now, so prices aren’t as good as they used to be, but it is still so much better for the environment.

2. Does this add meaning to my life?

Awhile back, I tried a “no-buy” month, during which I tried not to purchase anything. It did reduce how much I shop, but it wouldn’t work for me long-term, because there’s stuff I really do need.

3. Should I have more experiences, and fewer possessions?

Our society says that when an important event happens — a birthday, graduation, anniversary, promotion — we should give a physical object, like cut flowers or candy. It’s our way of saying “Congrats” or “I’m proud of you” or “I love you.”

Article writer, aspiring YA novelist & health scientist.

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