Become a borrower
- Join your local toy library – it’s a great way to get ‘new’ toys.
- Join your local library – you have a never-ending supply of great books along with all the other services that libraries offer these days such as movies and online magazines.
- If you are having a party, ask friends if you can borrow items such as plates and wine glasses rather than buying more.
- If you know you’re unlikely to wear an outfit more than once, ask a friend if you can borrow something.
Rent, don’t buy
- If you have a special occasion coming up, consider renting a beautiful dress or suit rather than buying one.
- Buy Nothing is a platform where locals give away their unwanted items to other locals. It’s a gifting economy and a wonderful way to get things you need (or give away things you don’t need).
- Swap kids’ toys with friends. It’s a win-win and everyone gets something ‘new’.
- Swap clothes with friends – another great way of getting something new to wear at no cost.
Work with what you’ve got
Things are discarded for the tiniest of reasons these days, but with a little work, they can have a new life in your home or wardrobe.
- Turn up hems, shorten sleeves and replace buttons and zips (and if you can’t do it yourself, there are plenty of businesses around who do alterations).
- Visit your local Repair café – these are voluntary organisations run by people who want to reduce the amount of waste by repairing everything from toys to garden tools.
Buy second hand
You don’t have to give up shopping altogether but try giving something a second life by keeping an eye out for a second-hand bargain.
- There are lots of shops popping up selling high-quality second-hand clothes for a fraction of the cost of their original price. And if you don’t wear it often, you can sell it again.
- Try a second-hand store for household items, you will be amazed at what you can find.
- Charity shops - you could furnish a house and fill a wardrobe with what’s on offer in charity shops these days – and you will be helping those less fortunate in your community.