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 in my family of four will be to start 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.
The next step in my journey to become an asset to this planet is to reduce in the kitchen. This will take us some time. We start with household utensils and tableware. We have so many things from various categories.
- Very nice china and glasses inherited from our two families or given to us as wedding gifts. My family collected china pieces for a coffee set for me as a child believing that, as for generations before me, that would be useful in my home to come. But the world has changed and so has the taste for shapes and sizes of coffee cups!
- Rarely used special items like vases, crayfish knives, ice-cream makers, cake decorating sets,
- Many other inherited kitchen items from parents and grandparents.
- Various cookware and too many large spoons, spatulas, etc.
- Plastic containers, lids, various kind of wrappings etc.
It is really interesting that the opportunity to buy a lot has devalued the value of every single item. This is a well-known fact in economics that the marginal utility decrease as you consume more. You get less and less satisfaction form more and more of the same. Yet we are encouraged to buy more, 3 for the price of 2 and so forth. We know that more is not necessarily better, don’t we? How come we fall for this?
The inherited items we have are either really useful and of extremely high quality or delicate and very little used items safeguarded by all previous owners. These are things treasured for many years, still working.
On the other hand, since I live in the land of IKEA, cheaply produced kitchenware are everywhere. What we really need is a few things of very high quality, which we really use and appreciate. Things that we might use for the rest of our lives.
Still we buy things because they are cheap and are happily trapped into buying more of them than we need because we know that the crappy things they sell will break soon anyway. In this way, my family ends up with the wrong things, spending time and money where it does not create any value in our lives, and using our planet’s limited resources for no good. I call that a lose-lose-lose situation! But the only business model that seems to be that of mass production, quantity.
I would like to compare quality instead of prices. The Total Cost of Ownership as we look at in our corporate functions from time to time. If I would like only to buy one spatula in my life and that would last me a lifetime where could I find that one? Our next step is to look at quality and what we really need in our kitchen. Where do we find things we can cherish, repair and that will last?
I hope we continue this journey to become an asset to the planet together! I looking forward to seeing your comment on this blog!
Take care of yourself, each other and our planet.
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