Show #10: Buy Me Once / Tara Button


How are you enjoying the show so far? This was our last fortnightly show, as we’ll be coming to you weekly from the first Monday in October – VERY exciting!

This week I chat to the lovely Tara Button, ex ad exec turned conscious consumer advocate with her pioneering business Buy Me Once. Buy Me Once calls on people to focus on investing in items that will last a life time, as opposed to engaging in the current cycle of getting good, cheap deals and constantly buying lesser quality items. We talk about some of the tricks employed by advertisers to get us hooked on things we dont need as well as about the inception of Buy Me Once and her hopes for what it will bring to people. Launched currently in the USA and the UK and soon to also be in Australia and Canada she sure is a woman on a mission to spread the buy less, buy better” love. Enjoy the show and dont miss your amazing partner offer from Weleda Australia (Australian residents only). 


One of my favourite little moments was when Tara shared her “I don’t need” list – a list she uses to stay strong in the face of the things she’s most likely to cave on in the face of good marketing or a pretty window display. It sparked an impromptu challenge for you guys to share your lists too!

Will you join in the little challenge from this week’s show and share your “I don’t need” list on social media this week? There will be a prize for the winner: And no it’s not ‘stuff’, but it’s that YOU will get to choose the topic of a future show. Any sustainability focused / low tox topic you fancy!

Hashtag #lowtoxlife or tag @lowtoxlife with your list on instagram to go in the running.

Check out Tara’s “I don’t need” list HERE.

Check out the one I wrote:


What’s going to be on your list?






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You can find Buy Me Once over on FACEBOOK, TWITTER and INSTAGRAM

Thanks again for taking the time to rate and review the show – it’s like tipping the bartender and it means the world. (To do this from your phone, you can’t be ‘in the show’. Go to the podcast search function and type low tox life, and then click on the show and click ‘review’. Annoyingly tricky but hey. I figured I may as well help you out!)

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  1. I haven’t written out a “I do not need list” yet but instead of buying new fuzzy boots, I will wear my old ones until I can save the money for a good pair that I love and which will last years to come. I will make do with my broken-ish vacuum cleaner and save for a better quality one that can be repaired if it breaks rather than throwing it into the landfill. I will (oh so painfully) walk away from the buy it now button and try to patiently wait for my book orders from the local library. I will use up the food we have at home and try to get my outrageous food budget down a bit (I work in nutrition and love good quality food but my budget is not sustainable). I will express gratitude every day (I already do) for my small wardrobe:) I will force myself to buy a new bra that fits even though I hate bras. I will stop buying supplements and essential oils even though we *need* them until I can do so with integrity; that is there is room in my budget for them. I could keep going but will spare you. Thanks for your podcasts – I thoroughly enjoy them.

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  2. Hey Alexx and Tara,
    Thank you *so* much. This was a brilliant podcast that has finally completely inspired me to live a simpler, “longer” life, including a severe reduction in useless wardrobe items. (Big deal!)

    Anywho, my partner and I are looking for a good quality cast iron pot. Le Creuset is the obvious go to, but having read one of your previous posts on Teflon, I notice you said “enamel” is OK… Target have a $50 enamel coated, cast iron pot.. How do I know if their enamel is safe or toxic? Admittedly I have an existing enamel coated pot that I thought had started to degrade/turn vicious. How do you know if enamel has degraded to the point of danger? Can it?

    Thanks in advance,
    Alex 🙂

    1. Side note, can you please tell me what company manages your comments section so I know who to contact to remove my photo?? (I have no idea where that came from!!)

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        No idea Alex – I just use the basic wordpress built in comment thread so it would be that you have a wordpress account that it’s popped up there x

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      You are SO super welcome. I LOVE that it’s given you a gentle push towards your goals. It won’t be toxic as it’s just cast iron underneath – could leach some iron but not an issue until menopause. Le Creuset is triple enamel coated so that’s why the durability is unparalleled – I’d go with them x

  3. Hi Alexx, I have really enjoyed listening to your podcasts. My son has been enjoying them in the car too. I couldn’t quite catch the brand name of the frying pan people from Australia. Was it Solar Technix?
    Thank you kindly x

  4. What was the brand of pans that you mentioned in the podcast? I was driving and couldn’t jot it down. Ps thanks for the awesome podcast

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