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We all like to think of ourselves as being environmentally aware, of being conscientious when it comes to the impact that we have on the planet, and we’re always looking for new ways to reduce our carbon footprint. During the pandemic, many of us found ourselves struggling to keep up those good habits in the face of the legion of pressures, stresses and additional responsibilities. It can be hard to take that extra moment to think about whether you’re making a responsible choice when you’re panic stockpiling or ordering something that you need right this second.
However, the reports on global warming and climate change show that we can’t afford to take our eyes off the prize even for a moment. If you’re looking for ways to reduce waste and stop throwing those unwanted items into the bin, here are a few tips to help you get started.
Think About Whether Your Unwanted Items Could Find A Second Home
Perhaps understandably, a lot of us have been laser-focused on the problems we’ve been facing individually over the course of the pandemic, not to mention helping our friends and relatives who may have been ill or having a hard time. However, the pandemic has been extremely tough on groups and parts of our communities that were already vulnerable, and they need our help now more than ever. If you’re looking at a lot of things you ordered over the last few months and realising that you’re not going to get any more use out of them, then do consider donating them to a local charity shop or community group.
Don’t Panic-Trash Your Items, Save Them For Another Time
If you managed to get through the last year or so without worrying about having enough space, then you were the exception. We all had to figure out how everyone was going to work from home, kids who had gone off to university were suddenly back and studying from home, and we even had to figure out where we could home-school our kids. This race for space inevitably led to a lot of spur-of-the-moment throwing out of items that you may now be regretting, and not just because you may not have disposed of them in the most environmentally friendly way.
If you need to make room fast, don’t just throw your belongings away. Personal storage is an affordable solution with a range of different options for sizes. Whether it’s the contents of a single room or more, you can buy yourself some breathing room with personal storage units. Safestore has locations around the country, with excellent security and the ability for you to access your unit around the clock.
Save Some Money By Reselling And Or Repurposing
Maybe it’s a result of having overnight delivery, but it seems like we’ve all lost a lot of patience when we feel like we no longer want or need an item. The fact of the matter is that there is always another option beyond opening your rubbish bin, and you can save money and reduce your waste by finding a second life or a second home for your unwanted belongings.
Now, you may not make a fortune by reselling that USB keyboard, or giving it away, but it’s a lot better for the environment than tossing it in the non-recycle bin. It may take more time to figure out how you can mend that jumper or turn it into something different than it would to order a new one online, but it will reduce your carbon footprint. All these positive steps require thought and patience but they add up and they do have an impact.