I was visiting with a friend a couple of days ago who talked about replacing his 20 something year old roof. He noted that thanks to an insurance claim a neighbor recently replaced a two year old roof due to hail damage. Seems a bit wasteful don't you think?
If we are to reduce our waste we need to be a bit more discerning of our purchases, and consider the long-term cost to the environment. It is disgusting to think of all the cheap plastic and disposable products that we consume in this society. Instead of purchasing items of quality, which will be long lasting, we seem to prefer to purchase things which are cheap.
Buying things used can be one way to minimize our wasteful consumer habits. Buying quality items will not only last longer, but also provide better service during their lifetimes. As the Finnish saying goes... "Poor people cannot afford cheap things".