It was lovely to have a Centre Manager again, having been without one for a little while now. Hopefully some of you got to meet Sue in the shop Thursday when she was shadowing Christine in her role as Shop Manager. It has been interesting listening to her and learning about the inspirational Weald and Downland Museum; we are obviously a much smaller charitable organisation however share similar ethos and challenges. I am looking forward to finalising our next events flier covering Jan – Jul 2018 with her, bringing you all an interesting programme.
‘There’s nothing they need, nothing they don’t own already, nothing they even want. So you buy them a solar-powered waving queen; a belly button brush; a silver-plated ice cream tub holder; a “hilarious” inflatable zimmer frame; a confection of plastic and electronics called Terry the Swearing Turtle; or – and somehow I find this significant – a Scratch Off World wall map. They seem amusing on the first day of Christmas, daft on the second, embarrassing on the third. By the twelfth they’re in landfill. For thirty seconds of dubious entertainment, or a hedonic stimulus that lasts no longer than a nicotine hit, we commission the use of materials whose impacts will ramify for generations. Researching her film The Story of Stuff, Annie Leonard discovered that of the materials flowing through the consumer economy, only 1% remain in use six months after sale. Even the goods we might have expected to hold onto are soon condemned to destruction through either planned obsolescence (breaking quickly) or perceived obsolescence (becoming unfashionable).’
- Have a go at making a home made gift, buy something that is vintage or pre-loved
- Consider a non-monetary gift where what you pay goes to a charity or cause such as those sold in Oxfam shops
- Shop locally to try and keep the pound locally, buy from small independent traders where possible
- Look out for Fair Trade or Organic products giving accreditation on where it has come from or the method of production being humane
- Make lists to try and just buy the food that you know you will consume to avoid too much food waste