As we aim for net zero, our love of buying is the stuff of nightmares | Letters

Kennith Bogan

Adrian Chiles rightly highlights the challenge with things habit and the advertising industry currently being complicit in this (We need to prevent purchasing things – and I know just the folks to persuade us, 20 October). His report is actually yet another model of the principle of “de-growth”. This indicates relinquishing the fixation on GDP growth and concentrating on creating superior-excellent, inexpensive things developed to very last a life time, although repurposing, restoring and recycling every thing else. This calls for a radical restructuring of our financial system fairly than “greening up” the economic system we currently run.
Dr David Dixon
Catford, London

As Adrian Chiles recognises, “Stop getting stuff” will hardly ever catch on as an advert campaign. All lifeforms prosper by consuming available sources, but in human consciousness this all also often translates as “happiness equals more stuff”. We will be ready permanently for the behavioural modifications needed to reach web zero technology and economic instruments are our only hope.
John Rieuwerts
Yelverton, Devon

Bravo, Adrian. I have cleared out all the things that I know I will never use once more. It’s absent to the charity shop, in which at the very least it will reward an individual much less lucky than me.
Linda Karlsen
Whitstable, Kent

Studying Adrian Chiles’ posting, my thoughts jumped to clearing out my grandmother’s dwelling in 1970. She was 85 when she died and her stuff consisted of a several apparel, stored in a upper body of drawers that was a marriage present in 1912, a teapot and the continues to be of a 50-yr-aged meal provider. At 15, the realisation that you could are living a flawlessly fantastic lifetime devoid of stuff was excellent preparing for the following 50 years. The challenge for me has been living with other people’s things!
Lorraine Croxford
Dunstable, Bedfordshire

Adrian Chiles refers to repeated updating of kitchens, a practice lots of individuals appear to have got into these days due to “must have” advertising. My kitchen area was place in when we moved into our property 43 years ago and I’m continue to satisfied with it. Even the do the job surfaces are nearly as fantastic as new they do not make worktops like that any extra.
Diane Woodley
Westgate-on-Sea, Kent

Adrian Chiles could possibly like George Carlin’s extremely amusing diatribe on “stuff”, which is on YouTube. Possibly it is time we took it significantly?
Anne Knowles
Nebo, Ceredigion

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