18 Ways to Take Waste Out of Your Daily Routine, and 3 More Great Resources for Living Mindfully

As I come across interesting articles, podcasts, and resources, I save them to share with you from time to time. So this week, I’ve assembled some goodies I hope you’ll find as helpful as I have in our collective effort to live more mindfully.


Planned Obsolescence: Engine of the Consumer Economy

If you’ve ever found yourself saying, “They just don’t make ’em like they used to,” you’d be right. This podcast by Stuff You Should Know (a fascinating show that covers a wide variety of topics) is a telling exploration of how, when, and why companies have intentionally decreased the quality or lifetime of their products in an effort to keep business booming.  At the least, listening to this will help you realize you’re not losing your mind. At best, it will educate you so you can make more conscious purchases in the future. Listen here.



Speaking of shopping consciously, I came across this great site that curates the longest-lasting version of products to help you choose quality over quantity. While at the outset it may seem like these items are pricey, compared to the number of times you’d likely purchase a cheaper version to get the same numbers of uses, you’re likely saving money in the long run. Browse for a bit here.


18 Ways to Take Waste Out of Your Daily Routine

This article on TenThousandVillages.com offers up some great suggestions for changes you can make today to reduce the waste you create. Yes, one person doing small acts makes a huge difference. I particularly love this quote in the piece, “We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.”

Read on for more wonderful insight and inspiration here.


Why You Procrastinate (It Has Nothing to Do With Self-Control)

Are you putting off taking those steps to live more mindfully and create less waste? If so, this article will surprise you with some of the possible reasons behind your procrastination. I loved this: “We must realize that, at its core, procrastination is about emotions, not productivity.” Read on for more juicy tidbits.

Hopefully, you gleaned something from some or all of these gems.


Now I’m curious… what small change will you commit to making this week to be more mindful in how you live? Let me know in the comments below!

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