99% of everything we buy becomes waste within 6 weeks

Why are garage sales so good for the environment? We’ve all heard the adage “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, however where its not the case, one man’s trash ends up being landfill, or incinerated resulting in releasing more carbon into our already damaged atmosphere. In consumer-based societies like ours, the impact to the environment can be significant.

Did you know, almost 99% of everything we buy becomes waste within 6 weeks of purchase? Hard to believe huh!

When you consider every wheelie bin of waste we produce from our home has resulted in a further 70 wheelie bins worth of waste from the mining, manufacture, production and sale of the things we’ve purchased, it gives you the beginning of understanding the extent of the problem.

Imagine the poor guy who has to put 70 wheelie bins out each week….

There are lots of things you can do on a weekly basis to reduce your waste-footprint regarding consumable products, including things like taking reusable bags when you go shopping, and diligently using your recycling bin, and buying items with minimal or no packaging, but what about when it comes to items that are still usable?

Enter Garage & Yard Sales!

Garage sales can help reduce the volume of “trash” going into landfill by finding new homes for pre-loved goods. You can sell items individually on auction sites or through online classifieds, or, get better bang for your buck and offload all your extra goods at one time by holding a garage sale. Even better, you can band together with neighbours and friends and hold a number of garage sales in the same street on the same day to draw bigger crowds, to better your chances of alleviating yourself of all your surplus items.

Additionally, most of the items purchased at garage sales tend to be re-used locally, further promoting solid sustainability practices. For those holding the sales, it offers them the opportunity to de-clutter, get rid of unwanted goods in bulk and hopefully make a little bit of money on the side, while at the same time doing your bit for the environment.

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Have a great week, and happy Garage-Sale-ing!