Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
As described in our article in February, it can be truly liberating to break out of old patterns and question our own consumption. And it can be fun to tap into our creativity and create something new from the old. Seeing waste with new eyes and reusing it.
But let's go one step further,start a real upheaval and save our resources by reducing. Once global consumption is reduced to a sustainable level and adequate wages and prices are paid for sustainable products and supply chains, because we consumers demand it.... Then production will also be more socially responsible and sustainable. Away from fast fashion, fast furniture, fast consumption.
What really got me thinkingwas when the topic of "plastic-free" gained momentum. Suddenly you only see wood, bamboo and preserving jars in kitchens and bathrooms. But where have all the things gone that were used before? In the waste basket. Because plastic is no longer used. The life of these plastic objects has often been drastically shortened. The change in thinking is there, but the reduction has not yet taken place.
I catch myself again and again: do I buy the avocado from Colombia because I really feel like it today, or do I manage to do without? Do I really buy the shirt because I like it so much or because it only costs 4€ today? And do I really need a new one? I try to switch to plastic-free and regional shopping, and then once again I only get packaged apples from Chile. But hey, they are organic. Constantly weighing things up, thinking things over, that sometimes gets on my nerves. The solution that works for me: I simply walk past the apples. No fruit today, then. That's really liberating!
Especially away from the supermarkets , renunciation is also a nice way to socialise. Since I've been borrowing more and more things instead of buying them, I suddenly know my neighbours much better. And the flea market is an absolute win-win: I have a great day with friends behind our admittedly somewhat chaotic stall, and at the same time, cherished things that I no longer need, get a second (or third, or fourth) life! And of course, I can't part with everything so easily. The pieces that are particularly dear to me I try to have repaired when age catches up with them. That makes the tailor happy, as well as my sentimental self, who sometimes can't let go :)
There's no shortage of tips and how-tos for a more sustainable lifestyle; the internet is (thankfully) full of guides and checklists on avoiding plastic, saving electricity, saving water, and on and on. That's why here we only share with you the tips that we also implement ourselves, that come easily to us or that gave us a little " Aha " moment.
Do you have a tip for us that we should publish here? Then drop us a line!
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