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Reuse – Even Jerks Can Save the World


We are not aristocrats. Or the pope. To use things or wear things just once and throw them away.

Reuse stuff to the extent possible.

Better for your environment. Even better for your pocket.

Wear stuff many, many times before you throw it into the dustbin. Use stuff many, many times before it too reaches the dustbin.

Sure, this may not be the stuff Amazon or Taobao or Flipkart might be telling you. They might want you to think that your life is not worth it if you do not buy the latest stuff – the latest iPhone, the latest shoes, the latest bag.

Sure, enjoy. Make your life worthwhile.

But surely you can enjoy responsibly?

Astonishingly, and sadly, a large proportion of things that reach the landfill could have been used for a much longer time, and many more times, by the original user.

Now, you might say that these will anyway be recycled.

Yes, to a certain extent you are correct.

But recycling is the next best option to reuse. Because recycling still requires energy and resources. While recycling a product consumes much less energy than producing that producing that product from scratch, reusing the product for a longer period implies that no energy at all is utilised for the extra duration or the extra number of times you use the product!

Besides being considered reckless, underutilization of things and the resulting over-buying leads to clutter in your house. It does this in my house. It does this in my friends’ and relatives’ house.

Unless you house follows different laws of physics and materials, it will clutter your house too.

Reuse stuff. Buy a bit less.

Go to bed a more satisfied man or woman.

And you will thank me for saving a packet.

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Narasimhan Santhanam

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