Disposing Of Wasteful Habits

Appliances break down - that much is a given. Of course, they tend to break down at the worst possible time. That's not a rule or something you should have to accept, but it always seems to go like that doesn't it?

While you can't control the Murphy's Law aspect of when appliances decide to give up the ghost, there are certain ways of managing a breakdown that you do have control over.

To an extent, we live in a society which is becoming more and more accustomed to disposing of everything. We throw away our water bottles; we're encouraged to discard makeup after absurdly short lengths of time. The whole thrust has taken us away from the "make do and mend" attitude that our parents and grandparents were familiar with - and it's wise to wonder if that's such a good thing.

When one of the white goods in your home decides to break down and inconvenience the entire family, then environmental concerns might be the last thing on your mind. And let's be clear: absolutely no one is going to blame you for that. Your life has been interrupted by a malfunctioning washing machine, or you're faced with juggling your usual tasks on top of hand-washing where the dishwasher used to step in. In the midst of a busy family life and running a home, often you won't have the time to sit down and worry about your impact on the world.


At the same time, there are a few things to consider. If you investigate what it would cost to repair an appliance, you might find yourself thinking that you might as well replace it. That's the direction things have gone in for a few decades now - no making do, and no mending. Of course, the environmental impact of this is huge - a constant cycle of production designed to replace relatively youthful appliances that just have a minor glitch.

So you're busy running a home, but is it going to be that much more of an inconvenience to investigate what a repair might constitute rather than just whipping out your credit card, reading reviews at www.productreview.com.au/c/home-appliances.html and buying something anew? Repair specialists such as www.expertrepairs.com.au know how to turn things around quickly, and what's more, you don't have to research a new appliance. There's no need to waste time comparing facts and stats about what you're about to buy; you already know the machine, it only needs this glitch taking care of. Bear in mind the lifespan of appliances - there’s no need for a replacement to be the first consideration.


Making this change and opting to repair rather than replace on an individual level might not seem like it's making that much of an environmental difference. You are but one person, right? So what does one change matter, if everyone else is going to go for convenience and keep the high disposable society in production?

Well, everyone is just one person. You can only control your decisions and your impact on the world around you. There are other benefits to repair over replacement; it might work out cheaper, and it might be faster than waiting for a new delivery to your property. Maybe our grandparents were onto something - so next time an appliance breaks down at the worst time imaginable, why not consider it?

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