Back in 1972, we were first aware that we would soon exceed the carrying capacity of our planet, and since then we have done little to change this course, ever putting more burden on future generations. The projections are that in twenty years the global output of oil, fresh water, food and many minerals will undersupply the actual demand. We can alleviate many of these problems by being more conscientious consumers and consume sustainably. Yet this article argues that we may need to do more. Recycling is not simply recovering the materials as if they have never been used, but it actually downgrades them before reuse. Renewable energy may not be precisely renewable because even solar panels need non-renewable resources to construct them. The greener ways of living do slow down the wasting of resources, but we may need to make a few steps further. The article argues that we need to consume not only sustainably, but also to slow down our consumption and find new solutions. Looking for solutions, it points at nascent movements for people repairing their old goods instead of putting them in the trash, consuming locally instead of globally and choosing to buy less and preserve better the things we already have.
To get an idea of what the author means be repairing and reusing, you could read this: