You know what would spark joy? Buying less rubbish

There's always the garbage bag shot. In Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, the Netflix series starring the Japanese decluttering expert turned bestselling author, there's always at least one lingering shot of trash.

Glossy plastic bags, bulging with rubbish and stacked precariously.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 12, 2019, with the headline 'You know what would spark joy? Buying less rubbish'. Print Edition | Subscribe