First! Reduce: Don't buy what you don't need. Second! Repair: Fix stuff that still has life in it. Then reuse, share, loan, and only when you've exhausted those options! recycle.
Repair and maintenance aren’t just great ways to save money and lessen your environmental impact. Just the act of fixing things up, however big or small a project, may also be good for your mental wellbeing. We’re attracted by the latest gadgets, and we tend to see old, worn objects as diminished, broken, and undesirable. But we don’t always know what’s best for us. The act of maintenance itself can calm you, give a sense of achievement, and save you money for more important things.