LOOK LOCAL – It used to be that when something broke, you fixed it. After changing one part, your 10-year-old washing machine would work like new. You could give that dated sofa a second life with some new padding and fresh fabric. But in today’s dollar store economy, it’s often cheaper (and easier) to replace your broken microwave than to repair it.
The problem is, all of those damaged appliances and pieces of furniture we accumulate over the years end up in the same place: the local dump. We’ve traded in our handyman abilities for a preoccupation with consumerism, and these new shopping habits are not doing us—or the planet we live on—any favours.Read More