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.
Now we’ve been through all five zero waste steps once, and thus started our journey. Do they really add up to zero?
Refuse + Reduce + Reuse + Recycle + Rot = Zero Waste
For us, this is far from true. We have a long way to go to get there. But even those small steps on the way have been very satisfying! The best part about this journey is that when I changed my perspective on what I choose to spend our money and time on it is quite easy to make better choices. When I’m not on autopilot anymore I start to realize that the things put in front of me are not what I’m looking for. To take a close look at the things we buy and either eliminate them from our shopping list or make a better choice is quite easily done. Also, the conscious choice to only buy a few things, and only things built to last, is an easy change to make. To stop looking for bargains and cheap alternatives, and save the same amount of money by buying much less instead. To only buy things built to last forever, they might have to be repaired from time to time but they last. This means that we need to encourage those producers who dare to change their business model from mass production to small series where maintenance is a part of the equation.
But still, this doesn’t get us to zero waste. Even the hardcore zero wasters show us those little jars of waste they have left. They also make sure they don’t end up at the end of life of anything. If you buy second-hand anything from shoes to cars one day they will reach their final user. Nothing in our society today is built to last forever. Most things are built to get thrown away when the first weak part of the construction breaks.
Our zero waste journey doesn’t end here it is only the beginning for my family and I. Next in the coming posts on this blog I’ll look closer at another movement to become an asset to this planet. This is a close relative to zero waste, the ban plastic movement. Can this really be done?
I hope we continue this journey to become an asset to the planet together! I look forward to see your comment on this blog!
Take care of yourself, each other and our planet.
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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