Day 7 – Zero Waste Living – The first step of Reducing

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First step in reducing - bathroom

I’m sure you already are all too aware of the state of our planet today. If you are like me you are tired of excuses both from politicians not taking the necessary actions and from yourself taking the road of least resistance. We have the knowledge of our destructive behavior and the tools to change this.

The first step for us will be starting with the concept of zero waste. For those of you not familiar with the concept check out this Ted Talk with Bea Johnson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSUmo-40pqA. We are going through the five steps of zero waste living pointed out by Bea; refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot.

Day 7

As I told you in my last post we start our reducing journey in our bathroom cabinets. Unfortunately, we discovered that though it was very nice to have tidy bathroom cabinets we actually use most of our stuff. We didn’t eliminate much on this first round.

Bathroom cabinets before reducing

Reduced bathroom cabinets! 

But now we can see what we actually use, and see candidates for elimination. We have decided to use the things we have and when we need a replacement actually think twice if we could make a smarter choice what to replace the products with. Often this is done on autopilot not actually considering the options. I think that our insecurities about our looks make us especially vulnerable to buying totally unnecessary products if there is even a slight chance they make us more attractive! A few things are really effective and the trick is to find these quality products and don’t waste time, space or money on other stuff.

The journey to go through our home and life and reduce the things we don’t need seems like a monumental project right now. But the process of actually thinking through what we do and why is very liberating! I believe that this is actually the way to take control of our lives. The stuff and the habits connected to buying, owning, and throwing away and to earn more money to do it again owns you after a while. I’m starting to grasp that we are on a journey to actually get back in charge of our lives!

But we humans are social beings and for many of us to change behavior we need to do it as a group. The strange thing is that we so willingly bought into this idea of perpetual growth and mass consumption leading to threatening our very existence, and still not doing anything to stop it. Only a generation or two back we understood scarcity and the need for moderate living. How could this knowledge disappear so fast?

Both to explain this incomprehensible behavior and to look at the possible solutions I think my favorite Economist Kate Raworth explains it so well.

Here you have more animations explaining the doughnut economy model and the boundaries we as humans need to understand to live a thriving life on our planet.

It’s Time for Economics to Get Animated!

The next step in my journey to become an asset to this planet is to reduce in the kitchen. This very physical work of going through our material things sparks interesting questions and discussions. I’ll tell you how this went tomorrow.

I hope we continue this journey to become an asset to the planet together! I’m looking forward to your comment on this blog!

 

Take care of yourself, each other and our planet.

 

/Caroline

 

If you would like to follow our journey from the very first day this is the first blog post on this journey:

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