Let stocks last Only 1% of the materials that have gone into producing the stuff we buy are still in use six months after sale . Currently, the quicker the global population grows in size and appetite, the more water, land, energy, nutrients, and minerals is transformed into waste . The planet simply cannot replenish resources at the rate that that they are used and dumped, yet humanity depends on resources being readily available to survive . HOW TO FIX IT: Give our planet a break and let it replenish the stocks that sustain us Questioning the need for a new item before buying it is important. Choosing the most environmentally-friendly option, and sharing, exchanging, and leasing instead of buying new are all good alternatives. For items that are no longer in use, ensuring a circular economy of materials by upcycling, selling or recycling the item is much better than binning it.  Hawken et al., 1999  Daly and Farley, 2011; EU Commission, 2011  Rockström et al., 2009; IATP, 2012; Henckens et al., 2016 For full citations, check out our References page.