A Life Less Throwaway: The Lost Art of Buying for Life


by: Button, Tara
Format: Paperback

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Product Description A revolutionary guide to the art of mindful buying that will teach you how to resist cheaply made goods and make smart, fulfilling purchases that last a lifetime. With the whole world trying to convince us to spend our way to happiness, we’ve been left cluttered, stressed, and unfulfilled. Tara Button, founder of BuyMeOnce, is at the forefront of the global movement to change the way we shop and live forever. Tara advocates a life of mindful buying that celebrates what lasts, giving you exercises that help you curb impulses, ignore trends, and discover your true style. Once a shopaholic herself, her groundbreaking mindful curation method reveals the amazing benefits of buying for life and will help you:    • Spot the tricks that make you overspend    • De-clutter your home    • Find the products that serve you best    • Rediscover the art of keeping and caring for things    • Find happiness, success, and self-worth, beyond buying Review Praise for Tara Button and A Life Less Throwaway: "I love the idea behind Buy Me Once." --Ashton Kutcher, actor and activist "A brilliant idea." --Caitlin Moran, author and journalist ". . . promises a more contented way of living and rages amusingly against planned obsolescence, fast furniture, weaselly advertising and cunning shop design. It also offers tips on curating and caring for your possessions, as well as ad-blocking." --The Sunday Times About the Author TARA BUTTON worked in advertising until 2016, but she became uncomfortable in a job that pushed people to buy things they didn't necessarily want or need. On her 30th birthday, she was given a Le Creuset cooking pot by her sister. Every time she used this pot, she thought, "If only all my possessions were like this, I'd never have to replace anything." The idea stalked her for months until finally (despite having close to zero technical ability) she gave in and started building a basic website. In January 2016, a journalist found BuyMeOnce on Twitter and pitched a story to The Telegraph. Over the next few days, the article went viral and Tara's world (and inbox) exploded. She quit her job and committed to spreading the BuyMeOnce message globally. Since then she has come to oversee a team of eight, all passionate about the BuyMeOnce mission; the team even includes her old boss. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. From the Introduction My grandmother’s tights used to last forever. They were so strong, people could tow cars with them, and did! Granny got two pairs—­one to wash and one to wear. But then, the manufacturers decided to change the way their stockings were made, and not for the better. So today, when I reach for a pair of tights, it’s like playing panty hose roulette. Which pair will tear this morning? It may not seem like a crisis to have a drawer stuffed with compromised hosiery, but I see it as a very small glimpse into a much larger problem. Our houses, our whole lives, have become stuffed full of things that let us down, causing our stress levels to skyrocket and our bank accounts to empty. But it’s precisely because these things are poorly made, or just a fad, that we are perversely compelled to buy more of them. But couldn’t life be different? What if we decided to surround ourselves with beautiful, well-­made objects that lasted forever, instead of “for now” things that soon need replacing? That was the seed of an idea that came to me in 2013. Before then, I was a dues-­paying, card-­carrying member of the impulse-­shopper club who never questioned the things I bought. I’d always been a spendthrift; my mother says that as a child it never much mattered how much pocket money I was given, I was always broke. And this behavior carried on into adulthood. Once I’d decided I wanted something, I “needed” it right away, and so my life and home became filled with stuff that was “almost but not quite right.” Longevity wasn’t one of my criteria, so I owned tempo


Product Code: 9780399582516
ISBN: 0399582517
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Publication Date: 2018-06-19
Number of Pages: 304 pages
Languages: english
Edition: No Information
Dimension: 4.88 x 0.91 x 7.99 inches
Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds