The prevalent historical definition of Waste Not Want Not is “wise use of one's resources will keep one from poverty”. I would like to propose an alternative green definition “waste not want (or need) less (going forward)”.
I never was a fan of throwing out or tearing down anything for the sake of getting something new. Something new isn’t always better. A lot of times it isn’t as well made and there won’t be any sentimental value in it. See what you think after reading this green article.