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A Life Less Throwaway: The Lost Art of Buying for Life

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  1,117 ratings  ·  132 reviews
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 o
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 8th 2018 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Great for rich white people who are judgmental and want a giant advertisement for a blog. Otherwise, straight up irritating and inspires nothing. Literally, not a single moment spent on the fact that cheap, shoddily made products are often all that's available for many and that's not their fault. It's a bigger structural problem and frankly, sending Apple a tweet to ask them to make more sustainable products isn't going to solve that problem. But hey, it invites a few more moments to be Holier T ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: discard-studies
I agree with all the advice in this book, which pretty much boiled down to: Buy less and look after the things you have. But it just didn’t inspire me. A lot of the studies and quotes were familiar to me (e.g. the marshmallow test, the lightbulb conspiracy). There were a couple of statements that seemed borderline racist, and it was certainly a book for the rich. What does it offer? A pretty reminder that pots should last for life. If you’re lucky enough to afford such pots in the first place.
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Very much an advert for her website, and a lot more about politics and economics than I was expecting, however I did enjoy this, and I learnt an awful lot about how advertising works, the wasteful way in which companies make their tech, and how to spot quality in clothing. Overall I think this contains much more useful and applicable information than wishy-washy books about minimalism (I'm looking at you Marie Kondo), and I think 'mindful curation' is a good yardstick to use. Definitely very inf ...more
Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 really. This was a library lend so I can’t really work through the exercises properly, and I skimmed some of the chapters that aren’t relevant to me (childless vegan who doesn’t wear makeup or follow fashion!). But a lot of handy tips and I have checked out the website several times since starting the book, and added a few good brands to my list of ones to check out when something needs replacing.
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes in life we need a reminder on how to be a grown-up.  At least, I frequently do.  In A Life Less Throwaway, The Lost Art of Buying For Life, Tara Button provides concrete steps for choosing and purchasing items that will last a lifetime-not just this week's trend.  

Reading this book was like having a great conversation over coffee.  Button provides anecdotes and exercises on how to discover your personal style so you can make careful choices about your purchases.  She describes how buyi
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book!!! I highly recommend this book! I didn't really have any expectations going in, as it was available at my library when I was looking and thought it sounded interesting. What I found was a powerful read about how our culture is today. How companies are purposefully making things that don't last as long as they used to, forcing you to be a repeat customer. How marketing and advertising really messes with your mind. And confirmation that I in fact don't need to follow fast fashion trends ...more
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Not bad. More of a guide instead of memoir with some useful tips. I like it over Year of Less.
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: it-s-good-for-me
Super thought provoking. Why don’t we make choices with an eye to durability? Why are we okay with the lifespan of a washing machine *decreasing* dramatically over the past few decades? Why don’t we resist the allure of fast fashion (that harms the environment and the people making it)? Why don’t we replace retail therapy with activities that are truly better for us?

This is a valuable reference book, and I recommend the author’s website and passion project
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Bottom line is to obtain things that will last and take care of them. For the most part, this has been our philosophy over the years but has anyone tried to get a flat-screen television repaired lately? Most modern-day appliances with electronic controls are pretty much "throwaways" which is horrible for the landfills. The author has suggestions on what and where to buy most anything although I ended up skimming some of the more detailed parts of the book.

This is a nice addition for those more s
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A brilliant book that sheds a bright light on our over consumption and throwaway culture.

“The way we buy things is broken and the things we buy are breaking. But we can break the cycle. If we buy things we love, buy things that last, and take care of them, we might just save the world”

This book highlights the humanitarian and environmental impact of the western world’s continual need for things. How we are marketed to to believe we need new things frequently and how many products are often
Rachel Blakeman
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I grew up in a household where you kept something until it died. Buying new meant you had a need for a replacement, which I continued long into adulthood, when I realized a few years ago that I can buy new things just because I want an HDTV or lamps that don't look outdated because they still work, but old habits die hard. In sum, I wasn't necessarily the target market for this book. It was a quick read (finished it the same day I started it) but I didn't learn much. Frankly this book is written ...more
I'm not sure what exactly I got from this book...I think I'm a little more clear on wanting to buy certain things and knowing what to look for in items I do buy to last. But overall I just don't think this book said anything I hadn't already figured out by myself, and at times it was like reading a long advertisement for the author's website/business. There are a few good tips here and there, but a lot of them have that same self-help mushy, saccharine feeling to them where I know there's no way ...more
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This was good. I disagree with the reviewers who say it's only helpful for rich white people (I find it's usually rich white people themselves who make these kinds of complaints). Since much of the book is about learning to recognize impulse spending and retail manipulation, I think most people would benefit from reading it. The author's only misstep is failing to encourage the reader to fix their own stuff, rather than immediately run to a professional. Now THAT might be a rich person thing.
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Author Tara Button encourages readers to discover what they love, curate a collection of meaningful, long-lasting items, and stop embracing and discarding trends with the rest of the Western world. However, instead of addressing over-consumption and its tax on the planet with vague, emotional argumentation, this author exposes the history of modern consumerism and advertising in detail, delving into the social and personal mental processes that lead to over-consumption and waste. For example, sh ...more
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: personal-growth
Makes a strong case for living more mindfully by consuming less and buying for the long term. Interesting tidbits from industry insiders on planned obsolescence. Covers nearly every area category from fashion to household appliances and gives concrete suggestions for shopping smarter for things that will last longer. Good read for those wanting to be more eco-conscious.
Emily Jorgensen
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. It fit a genre that has been my current obsession lately, and this book nailed down the guilt that has been rising to my consciousness lately on consumption and wastefulness. I love the author’s passion for her topic and the business she has built, and I will be talking about this book to anyone who will listen!
Uttara Makker
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is an eye opener.
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Another book about simplifying and living with less stuff, what sets this apart is the section on marketing and planned obsolescence. If you think you’ve been manipulated this will confirm it!
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
This isn't a memoir of her life learning these lessons, but more of a guide. It is inspiring and I learned a lot.
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really good book. Helps you think through about what purchases give meaning to your life and what you will get best value out of. Also talks about how to set goals and follow through to those goals.
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a great read. Some of tge later chapters were a bit more than I needed, but it seemed to have a broad audience. Hoping to implement as much as possible when I return home.
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great premise, ok reading. Most of the information I've read elsewhere. I liked her methods of incorporating habit-building into decluttering and purchasing.
Victoria Lane
Jul 10, 2020 rated it liked it
We've moved on a bit in the past couple of years but still useful.
Gabrielle Clark
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I want to check this book out again so i can read it again, sooo much info
Rhonda Lomazow
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great concept buying for life in our world where everything seems expendable this well written fascinating book teaches us to buy less buy goods that will last forget trends & styles that change monthly.I love the idea of buying for life and will be thinking about this before I spend on the latest trend.Thanks #Netgalley #tenspeedpress for this advance copy,
Muthia Ulfa
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book is an okay to good choice if you wanna start to getting know more on how to tackle materialism influence on keeping us buy more and more. She mentioned her website quite often, but I don't see it is a problem (maybe because I don't live in UK most of the products was not sold in my country).
But still, she explained her point in such a simple way and easy to understand. I could say it's an easy guide to live a more meaningful life. I am glad that I read this book before I get to work an
Annabelle Bell
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A life less throwaway and the buy me once philosophy is something everyone should take on board. little changes make all the difference and with the great ideas in this book you won't find it difficult to do. x
Kathleen Mck
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
A must read for anyone concerned with our over abundant lifestyles. A lesson on less is more and how to declutter your life and learn the art of "mindful curation". The author has some great tips on buying for quality and for life.
Nathalie Claes
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
great book! Well written and inspirational.
Nicola Whilton
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
A nice introduction to an excellent idea. Worth reading.
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