Take a look around you, how much stuff do you have in your house that you actually use? If you are anything like me you will have a drawer in your kitchen, brimming with stuff. You may have a garage groaning with boxes of unused stuff, you may even have a room which you and your partner refer to as the ‘junk room’.
Clutter - everywhere.
I toddled through the eighties, grew up in the nineties and matured in the 00’s. During this time we have seen ad agencies finding more and more cunning ways to get us to part with our cash and fill our houses with unwanted stuff. I fell for it, hook line and sinker. The marketers dream.
Now that I make stuff, and maybe more so as I am a new father; I have been thinking a lot about the impact my making is having on the planet.
If we as worldwide society don’t buck up our ideas with regards to waste, we are in big trouble.
I am acutely aware that as a maker I am part of the problem, but I can make the decision to be a conscientious maker. If I can make a product that lasts forever and brings value to the user, I think I may be on the right side of the see-saw. Taking this a step further, if I can make a product that actually uses waste - it will give a positive impact on the planet.
So, over the past 12 months I have banned all single use plastics from the workshop. I am working with suppliers that have a firm understanding of their impact and are doing all they can to reduce that impact. All packaging used for shipping is made from 100% recycled and recyclable materials and I am experimenting with more and more recycled materials for my handles.
Each step I make will hopefully make a positive impact. I just hope more people are doing the same and that we aren’t too late.