Going through your belongings, sorting them out and packing them into boxes is a very time intensive and frustrating task. However, I did learn one thing, that I owe way too much stuff! I can't even tell you how many garbage bins I filled to the brink with my rubbish alone (and there are another four people in my family). I recycled as much as was possible, donated to charities what could be donated, and threw the rest into the rubbish, which in no doubt has gone into a landfill somewhere, polluting the soil, water, air and ecosystems around it.
Now as most twenty-something girls, I do love shopping and buying pretty clothes, shoes and accessories. Or at least I did like the shopping. I have to admit, going through all my stuff has turned me a little off of shopping. First, if I have to move again, which I may be later this year, I have to pack everything up again! More importantly though, I keep thinking about all the useless things I had to throw out which is impacting our world, and not for the better.
This brings me to this great 20 minute video by The Story of Stuff Project I found. I would love to hear your suggestions about what you think the solutions should be.
In the meantime, enjoy the video!