The Circular Economy: A Guide to Secondhand Stuff

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You may not be familiar with the term, but chances are you’ve participated in a circular economy at some point. If you have ever shopped at yard sales, donated toys or clothing to your local thrift store, or purchased a used car, you’ve been a part of the recycling of goods beyond their initial purchase. Buying used is no longer taboo, and today everything from fashion to functional items, such as refrigerators and home decor, can be found on the secondhand market.

The benefits of secondhand selling

Not only is the secondhand economy a great way to earn cash, selling, swapping, and buying used items helps eliminate waste, it also ensures that items have an opportunity to fulfill their useful years. Goods such as books, DVDs, and electronics often sit around taking up space after being watched, read, or used just once. Instead of throwing these items out, you can reduce your carbon footprint and help others do the same while recouping some of your investment.

But more than putting a little jingle in your pocket, selling your unwanted belongings can help you declutter your home, which will have a positive effect on your mental and physical health. Psychology Today explains that clutter around the house can negate the pleasure you feel in your surroundings. Further, an extremely cluttered environment is more challenging to clean and may even be the reason you feel drained and indecisive.

Your stuff, doing good

While there’s nothing wrong with earning an income from the items you already own, there are also other ways to get a return on your investment. Donating your unwanted home goods, building materials, and appliances to your local ReStore is a great way to invest in your community. ReStore sales support Habitat for Humanity and keep thousands of tons of materials from landfills each year. Other items, such as clothing, books, toys, and shoes are almost always welcome by schools, which give these items to underprivileged children.

There are many ways to get the most out of your unwanted belongings whether it’s selling online, hosting a yard sale, or donating to charitable organizations. Whatever your goal, don’t undervalue the benefits of clearing the clutter from your life.

A guest post by Kent Elliott

Sources:
Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Gumtree Second Hand Economy Report
Good Housekeeping
Psychology Today

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