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A Life Less Throwaway

The Lost Art of Buying for Life
Narrated by: Tara Button
Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
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Summary

Now more than ever, we live in a society where we covet new and shiny things. Not only has consumption risen dramatically over the last 60 years, but we are damaging the environment at the same time. That is why buying quality and why Tara Button's Buy Me Once brand has such popular appeal.

Tara Button has become a champion of a lifestyle called 'mindful curation' - a way of living in which we carefully choose each object in our lives, making sure we have the best, most classic, most pleasing and longest lasting - kettles, desks, pots and pans, scissors, coats and dresses, instead of surrounding ourselves with throwaway stuff and appliances with built-in obsolescence. Tara advocates a life that celebrates what lasts, what is classic and what really suits a person.

There are 10 steps to master mindful curation, and each is explained in this book, from understanding and using techniques to freeing yourself from external manipulations. Finding your purpose and priorities and identifying your core tastes and style. Learning how to let go of the superfluous and how to make wise choices going forwards.

Mindful curation is a lifestyle choice that will make you happier, healthier and more fulfilled spiritually as well as helping save the planet.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2018 Tara Button (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Wonderful

One of the best books I’ve ever read/listened to. Tara Button makes the experience even better with her lovely voice. I love this book and have recommended it to many of my friends.

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Disappointing

I was hoping that this book would provide inspiration for for living a more organised and frugal life. I liked the idea of ensuring you only have things you need and crucially only buy things that last.
However, the first half starts well with an explanation of how the author came to focus on this but drifts into an analysis of how companies advertise and persuade you to buy. Then at about chapter 13/14 she literally goes through every-single- item you would need to purchase to set up home and explains what the best options are including names of good brands.. I found myself bored and wondering if I had purchased the ‘which’ guide to household goods..
Ok if you are preparing your wedding gift list I suppose.
I stopped listening I’m afraid.
I suppose it depends what you want from the book. If you need to know what items last the longest and the best brand then this is perfect..

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excellemt and thought provoking

narrator abit posh, but loved the ideas and information about how to be enviromentally and socially responsible

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Life changing listen

Tara is amazing, a real trend setter, this is a great listen! It’s amazingly thought provoking

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Everyone should read it!

This book is fully covering the topic of consumerism. It is actually way more information than I could expect. It is also a perfect book to listen on Audible.

Definitely recommend!

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Good

I liked it a lot and found it insightful, I do wish it didn't have as much 'padding' of unessessary information in it.

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Really enjoyed this book, will definitely relisten

This book held much value for me and reaffirmed my values for 'mindful curation'. I have recommended and will continue to recommend this book in future.

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I wish I'd read this sooner

As a repeat offender for purchasing fast fashion, because it's cheap and I can change my look as often as the mood takes me, this book was a real eye-opener to the damage this kind of lifestyle can have on both my bank account and the planet itself. The one thing I truly loved about listening to this book was how much I could relate to Tara and her people-pleasing ways, especially when it came to partners before she found happiness in her own skin, and fell in love with a man who loved her for exactly as she really is. "If I buy this, I will be...." honestly, fill in the blank at the end with any selection of words, I've justified a purchase with this sentence more times than I would ever care to count.

I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to become a more mindful consumer, as well as wanting to learn more about themselves outside of whatever advertising suggests they should be. And Tara's voice is so lovely and quintessentially well-spoken. Honestly, I cannot recommend this audiobook enough, and will be restarting it again shortly.

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We really need to do this.

Loved this book. Although I grew up on this wisdom, perhaps we are losing some of this common sense. Loved the practical tips.

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Interesting listen

really insightful and practical advise. a real eye opener to consumerism and how we can change to change the world for the better. great listen.