For me my journey to zero waste hasn’t just been about reducing the rubbish I produce, it’s also been about reducing the amount of stuff that I own. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Living in a consumer society it’s easy to get court up in owning so many possessions, and endlessly buying more stuff. Not only was this leading to more waste, but it became clear owning all this stuff wasn’t making me happy, in fact the opposite was true.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here’s how I did it:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1. BUYING BAN putting a ban on buying anything unless I either need to replace something that is broken beyond repair or I need something for a specific event or reason (e.g having a baby) At first this was hard but after a few months it became second nature and saved me a ton of money.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2. ONE IN ONE OUT I’m not a complete saint and I didn’t always stick to my buying ban but when I did buy I did a one in one out rule - If i was buying a jumper then I had to give a jumper to charity. This really made me stop and think if I wanted the jumper enough to get rid of another. Usually the answer was no.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3. THRIFT When I needed something I looked second hand *first*. Charity shops, Facebook market place, gumtree and eBay are all good places to look (in the UK). I’ve bought things I never would previously have gone second hand for, from all my maternity clothes when I fell pregnant to a curtains when we moved house. Need more convincing? Buying secondhand is better for the environment AND your wallet.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 4. QUALITY Were I couldn’t find what I wanted second hand I used the money I’d saved to buy quality things that are made to last. This also meant I could choose handmade, sustainable and organic 😊️ Have to admit this was my favourite part!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Obviously as well as all this you still need to sort out the sh*t you have already got and give away what you don’t need. One area that I refuse to downsize is my plants 🌱 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ COMMENT BELOW - are you a hoarder or a minimalist?