Well, it’s just a coincidence that this post is close to Earth Day but it just happened to be the day when I felt too bad about not doing enough!
I would consider myself just a little short of freak when it comes to up-cycling/reusing etc. I am someone who would save all sorts of packaging from food so that I can reuse them later in some manner. I hate when I get my food in a to go package and thus get those containers which I will mostly have to throw. I don’t consume a lot to utilize these things to the maximum and thus I want to avoid having them altogether. The tendency is majorly because of some basic nature combined with the fact that I come from a developing nation. I have seen what “not being privileged” means in actual terms. I have worked with communities where people do not have access to basic items. We have used newspapers as tissue papers/ plates and spoons/ cleaning papers and whatever you can think of. Not that people here are not resourceful. Campers from this region have some best instinct in those lines.
When it comes to our day to day life, we mostly tend to ignore everything for the convenience it offers. I don’t blame any one. When things are available, one doesn’t tend to give a second thought. And those who do, they are sort of punished because there is so much to deal with! I have never managed to empty my cupboard without throwing stuff I could have reused. I have managed to influence my husband but I know it is not to the level that he will continue if the influence stops.
In fact it was one of these things that pushed me to the edge of writing on this today. There are a lot of things people would not mind doing if they have a choice. While many places have started offering that choice, the culture does play an important role. There has to be easy fixes for few common stuff we do everyday. I have decided to bring those stuff in light for everyone to see. Little things count. They always do. I am sure that together we can come with stuff which will make some difference.
I have tried finding articles which helps me do so but those are so scattered that it will take a lifetime. As I do with other sections of this blog, I will write about few which I follow and try to bring those helpful tips and articles from other places together. The idea is to keep the effort to minimum but do whatever we can do. The best way is to share and influence. So please share what you do in your daily lives to make it count. I will do the same. I plan to test it on my husband and his colleagues for the sample set. Let’s see how it goes!
Let’s make it count together!
Living sustainably can be grouped in various levels of effort. Knowing how much you can do is important to do the best in a given set. I will try to group my individual posts here to help with the same.
Zero to low effort:
- Carry a bottle & a bag – BYOB (Bottle & Bag)
- Carry a Coffee mug
- Keep a set of cutlery at your work
- Reuse your post its
Stay hooked, I will be adding more of these in a few days.