Last year, Ming and I challenged ourselves to question all our purchases.
Do we really need this? Or is there something forgotten that could be refurbished instead? Is it something that we could do without?
Is it something that we would really use? How many times a week will we use it?
So many of us work a job we don’t like, to spend money on things we don’t need. And I’ve been wondering if it’s because we aren’t always conscious of what we buy.
There’s a reason that “reduce” comes first in the “three R’s”, followed by “reuse”.
While buying biodegradable, compostable, or even recyclable items can be a good thing, it still takes time and energy for that kind of waste to be processed.
By questioning every potential purchase, Ming and I realised that we would rather spend money on experiences and on time together, rather than things.
That we would rather buy things we really wanted and could see ourselves using for years, rather than cheap items that have short lifespans.
I wouldn’t call myself environmentally-conscious. I’m not that socially-conscious either, I think.
But the idea of owning something that I don’t need, that I don’t use often enough, makes me feel uncomfortable.
Why spend that kind of money?