DIY101-Reduce/Shift/Control Demand

Eric Hutchison, Technical Specialist

You and I likely have a friend or relative who has successfully completed a DIY project.

“I just couldn’t let it go to waste,” I’m certain, has been the espirit de corps times-over.



They’re definitely on to something.

Reducing the amount of harmful waste that enters our environment should be humanity’s top priority. Humanity’s espirit de corps! Correction. Reducing the demand for products that result in both manufacturing, AND consumer waste should be humanity’s top priority.

My opinion regarding useless things harks eternal:

Useless waste is also harmful-all useless things inherit the potential to be harmful and dangerous (refer to #1 on the list). DIY is more than re-purposing. DIY is about quality CONTROL of YOUR life and the resources available to each of us.

My opinion is: DIY is the penultimate process improvement initiative. It may not always equate to paradigm shifts, but I address that in a moment. I can’t think of a better topic to blog about. I’ve always viewed quality control as a lifestyle, not something you learn in college. Also another topic. Point being: expect quality control and process improvement blogs from me in the future, beginning with the 5S concepts found in the link above.

Why should this pathologically industrious burden fall on the consumer? There are myriad reasons to ask “Why?” And myriad related questions. Can we blame corporations for satisfying need? If they didn’t, inflation would skyrocket, and we would be screaming communism! It is worth asking more than “why?”

Analysis of my DIY SCOPE MATRIX (Figure 1) points to individuals carrying the burden.

Figure 1:
Who benefits from DIY?
Fills Niches
Private Victories
Critical Thought
Public Victories
Reduced Demand
Increased Resources
What is DIY?
 Alter Reality
Available Resources
Anticipating Problems
Reduced Demand
Less Manufacturing Waste
Less Consumer Waste
Where is DIY available?
Internal Environment
Social Media/Groups
External Environment
Organized Events
Social Media
Organized Events
Social Media
When is DIY available?
On Demand
Organized Events
Social Media
Organized Events
Social Media
Why is DIY important?
Limited Resources
How is DIY accomplished?
  • Who benefits from DIY?
    Individuals achieve “private victories” by filling everyday niches. Covey writes, “personal victories lead to public victories” and “begin with the end in mind.”
    Which leads to…Society, which reaps significant rewards from the drop in demand on finite resources, and a concept which is a moot point to speculate on. Might is always right.
    Reducing and controlling demand is all we can hope to achieve. One person at a time. Begin with the end in mind.
  • What is DIY?
    DIY is the conscious alteration of the way things are: “WE DEMAND YOU DEMAND FROM US!” It’s purpose and scope depends on it’s user and application. What do you-and society-need that you can accomplish? It doesn’t require magnanimous gestures. Each victory in the challenge to control demand, regardless of magnitude, is a battle won.
  • Where is DIY available?
    Literally inside you and your world.
  • When is DIY available?
    At all times. Make DIY concepts habits in your life.
  • Why is DIY important?
    DIY teaches responsibility, accountability, and resourcefulness. Inspires creativity on multiple levels, and reduces demand on limited global resources.
  • How is DIY accomplished?
    DIY achieves its goals through education, discipline, and critical thinking-asking the right questions, identifying the real and most pressing problems, all within the reasonable-ha!-CREATIVE scopes of plucky DIY-ers worldwide.
  • Are there negatives to DIY?
  • What are the drawbacks to helping oneself, or advocating and promoting viable, effective, and reliable solutions to mutually agreed global issues?
  • Is it unreasonable to expect humanity’s commitment to making the DIY concepts below a reasonable percentage of reality?
  • Which issue(s) can be prioritized in terms of having the largest benefit, within the most reasonable scope of both groups and individuals?
  • What are the priorities and challenges of each issue? (from Figure 2)
Figure 2:
DIY DECISION MATRIX Priorities Challenges
DIY – Water
 Pure, Conserve, Collection
Contacts toxins every cycle
DIY – Food
 Quality, Supply, Access
Cost, eating habits, gov. int.
DIY – Clothing
Protection, Durability
Cost, access to resources
DIY – Shelter
Durability, Efficiency
Cost, access to resources
DIY – Defense
Conflict Res, Values, Bullies
Ignorance, Intolerance, War
DIY – Medicine
 Research, Proof, Sustain
Gov. int., pharma profits
DIY – Education
Value, Access, No Cost, RIV
Logistics, accred., conflict
DIY – Leisure
Value, Access, No/Low Cost
 Safety, cost, geography
DIY – Work From Home
+Prod, +Grn, -Expse, +Leisu
Habits, Logistics, Distract
DIY – Transportation
Access, Reliable, -Cost, +Gn
Gov. int., oil/auto profits
DIY – Energy
Gov. int., oil profits

The assumption is: plenty of misinformation and propaganda as challenges for each topic, so it was not stated, other than to list government as an obstacle on a few. I am designing a page dedicated to these principles, and pages of the concept in general. DIY doesn’t intend to change the world overnight, it’s not the journey…, but if humans can just commit to less is more in the first place, reuse as much as possible, AND promote population control, we have done something to reduce demand, and hopefully turned the tides on the effects of harmful waste, like post-modern cavemen; frantically shielding and protecting their last dying embers.


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