Hello. I came across this gem of a site recently, the new materialism, and I had to share it with you as it really struck a chord with me. I came across it by chance, like all of the best internet discoveries, and what initially struck me was that it celebrates our materialistic needs, as long as we respect things and make careful purchases. The site includes this simple manifesto:
1. Liking ‘stuff’ is okay, healthy even – we can learn to love and find pleasure in the material world.
2. Wherever practical and possible develop lasting relationships with things by having and making nothing that is designed to last less than 10 years.
3. Get to know things - before you acquire something, find out at least 3 things about it.
4. Love stuff - mend, maintain and re-use things until it is no longer possible, then recycle them
5. Get active - only acquire something new if you are also learning a new, useful skill.
6. Share - look at all your things, think about what your friends might need or could benefit from, and share at least one thing a week.
It also gives an interesting list of items that are still going strong such as the world's oldest working watch (made in 1505). Check out the list of items loved and lasted here.
If you want to read more this essay is interesting and you can also download the full pamphlet from here, but it is a serious read. It is written by Andrew Simms and Ruth Potts and co-published by bread, print &roses, Schumacher College and The Real Press.
I think adopting this simple manifesto could help us all to feel comfortable with our possessions and build a new greener relationship with future possessions.
It got me thinking of old possessions that I own, treasure and are still in good working order (our dining table, vintage glass bottles and my letterpress tray).
So, what do you think of this manifesto and care to share what your most treasured oldest possessions are?