Possessions. Things. Stuff.
Terms we use for the collection of items associated with our daily lives.
We can categorise these items into things that we need, want or just like to have.
All of these things have a cost to us and a cost to our lives, this encompasses much more than just the monetary cost.
When you buy or own something the following costs apply:
- Monetary cost of purchasing the item
- Time cost of using, taking care of, repair or disposing of the item
- Mental cost of worrying about the item (Will it get stolen? Who did I lend it to?)
- Social cost associated with the items production systems (Were the people paid fairly? What were their working conditions like?)
- Environmental cost of owning the product (How much energy does it use? How long will it last before requiring disposal?)
Once you factor in all of these costs associated with a single product, then you realise that having hundreds of possessions is not a good idea.
If you begin by having fewer possessions; owning only those items which bring you joy or that you actually need, then you will reduce or eliminate all of the other costs associated with a product.
A Minimalist is somebody who lives this way. Intentionally asking questions about their ‘stuff’ and the true cost of it.
Minimalism and zero waste go hand-in-hand.
If you think that it’s hard to find zero-waste disposal options for all of your stuff then you’re right!
Try having less stuff in the first place and you will automatically reduce the need for finding zero-waste alternatives.
Minimalism gives you freedom from ‘managing’ your stuff. And that’s why I am a minimalist.