Over the past nine months, I saw the majority of my work for reuse halted. No more screenings of my film. No more talks at schools. No more pop up shops for my brand. No more tours of my tiny house. I also saw solutions like reusable bags and cups banned at coffee shops, restaurants and grocery stores. At the same time, it became alarmingly more obvious to me how important reuse is to our survival and for many of our needs and wants.
Many companies went out of business or drastically slowed production of new items. We’ve had to work with what we have.
Food at grocery stores that used to be available with a set of tongs is now shrink wrapped.
Lumber yards couldn’t keep up with demand and more people began working with reclaimed wood.
Our landfills, parking lots and waterways are now flooded with disposable masks.
More and more resources are being used to keep us safe. But more and more waste is being created.
We NEED to find ways to lessen our impact. Whenever and wherever possible, we HAVE to think about reusing what we already have or we aren’t going to HAVE a planet that we can survive on. Resources will dwindle and climate change from production pollution will be even more intense. Fortunately, there are solutions. We can reuse and be safe at the same time.
I have four reusable masks, all made with upcycled materials.
I didn’t use a disposable coffee cup once last year. I make my coffee all at home currently, but some coffee shops around the world are doing #contactlesscoffee.
I didn’t take one disposable bag from a grocery store last year. When reusable bags were banned, I put groceries in an empty box or just in the shopping cart and brought them to the car.
We have ALL been upended by this pandemic in countless ways and I know that none of us ever wants our lives to be impacted on such a mass scale again. So, as we begin another year, I implore you to consider reuse in your decision making. Every time you reuse, it positively impacts the planet. And that positively impacts you, me, everyone around us and everyone to come.
I lead the reuse life and I hope you will too. Join me at thereuselife.com.
Cheers to change.