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Eco organiser Tanya Lewis is striving to change individual and community attitudes to declutter and minimise waste, and she could be coming to Port Lincoln soon.
Part of her workshops focus on what she calls the 10 R’s, to look at simple ways of not even bringing waste into the home.
“It's about stopping and pausing and just asking yourself a few simple questions and saying do you need it, do you want it, and how does it make me feel.”
“We all must be responsible for the disposals of our unwanted stuff...the big recycle bin out the front of the house isn't always the only option that we have, a lot of what ends up in the recycle bin can't be recycled which then contaminates the recycling system.”
“It’s about educating people and also starting to become aware it's ok to say no thank you, it's ok to say no thank you to the plastic bottle or the plastic bag.”
“We want to make sure that stuff is being utilised again and again and again before we go and throw it out or buy something new.”
“Our homes don't come with elastic side walls, so maybe its about decluttering and reorganizing the space so that it functions.”
“Can things be repaired or be restyled; so clothing or furniture.”
REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE
“When we reduce waste to landfill, we're rewarding our planet.”
“When we make these massive changes in our life, there must be a reward at the end, because otherwise it's just hard work.”
So where to start? Ms Lewis suggests starting small.
“Always start small if you're going to declutter.
“I always say start with the bottom kitchen drawer, it's the one you never look at, it's manageable and you will see instant results,” she said.
Ms Lewis said she looked forward to coming to Port Lincoln later in the year to share the benefits of a decluttered life.
“You’re going to save time and save money because the average Australian family spends $1226 a year on items they buy that they never use.”