When I read ‘Brave New World‘ in high school I was staggered by the idea of throw-away clothes. The kind you buy, wear once and then throw in the trash. I was amazed that a society could be so wasteful. And yet, disposable clothing, is a reality of modern society.
Yesterday was shopping day and, like every shopping trip lately I was surprised by the amount of products in the supermarket that I don’t buy anymore. Coles and Woolworths are stocked full of disposables. Disposable nappies & baby wipes, paper plates & cutlery, paper cups, plastic bags, baking paper, aluminium foil, gladwrap, paper serviettes, paper towel, cleaning wipes, bottled water, tissues, batteries… and we don’t actually need any of it. Yet the demand is there and there are profits to be made so the supermarkets stock these products and big companies promote them.
With help from blogs like Down to Earth, Rowdy Kittens, & Small Notebook I have been steadily making small changes to our household. Each small step has been hardly noticeable but the overall impact of these changes has made a huge dent in our budget and reduced the amount of waste our family sends to the landfill each week.
The most recent small step has happened yesterday when I bought some lovely Swanky Hanky hankies from Botanical Grace, Yeronga. That’s right. I’m going to experiment using handkerchiefs. Something I haven’t used since kindergarten. I’ll let you know how it goes…