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‘Secondhand' makes case for getting rid of excess stuff

10 monthes ago   |   By Boston Herald

BOOK REVIEW
“SECONDHAND: TRAVELS IN THE NEW GLOBAL GARAGE SALE”
By Adam Minter

Grade: A
Americans are an acquisitive people and their craving for ever more stuff ripples around the world, not always to the benefit of the receivers of their excess or the environment.
Between 1967 and 2017, the amount of things Americans bought rose almost 20-fold, filling closets and garages and creating the self-storage industry. But, as Minter notes, Americans are only diverting to resale and reuse about 3% of potentially usable discarded clothing, furniture and other goods; the rest goes to dumps for...
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