Several years ago, I read Colin Beavan’s very inspiring book, No Impact Man. This story follows Colin and his family for one year as they attempt to make zero impact on the environment while living in the heart of Manhattan. www.noimpactman.typepad.com
For several months, my life was filled with recycling bins, reusable coffee tumblers, and bulk bins. I kept some good habits but eventually went back to my old ways.
About a year ago, I discovered the coolest website www.storyofstuff.org. This site is filled with fantastic easy to understand videos created by Annie Leonard and her friends at Free Range Studios. The content of these videos focus on our relationship with stuff and ways in which we can improve that relationship.
I was shocked when I learned how much disposable junk we use every day and heartbroken when I found out where it came from in the first place and what happens to it when we throw it away. I passed the website along to pretty much everyone I knew and shared in the collective “isn’t that just terrible” but didn’t make the necessary changes.
The guilt was piling on with every cheap, mass-produced, made-in-some-sweatshop-on-the-other-side-of-the-world purchase I made.
Last week, I checked out the book The Zero-Waste Lifestyle by Amy Korst. I am several chapters in and once again, motivated. www.greengarbageproject.com
“No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.” — Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
I often gripe about consumerist culture and grumble under my breath when I see someone litter, but honestly, I am part of the problem. I can’t control anyone’s actions but my own. This is my attempt to take control and act deliberately.
Belief, without action, is dead.
These are a few of my goals. I have some ideas about what they mean and intend to expand upon that. For now, this is where I am.
Waste Less, Simplify, Consume Consciously, Live Deliberately
Why am I writing about this?
I thought this same thing. I am not a writer, so why write? I have two reasons. First, I realized that ideas are meant to be shared. Everything I have learned came from someone else through some sort of interaction. So if I happen to learn something, it might be nice to share. Even if it’s just one tiny thing, it may be useful to someone else, who knows? My second reason, I think it might help keep me on track.
Because this is a topic that ultimately boils down to lifestyle, personal choice, and our impact on the world, there will be a wide variety of opinions out there in the world, and isn’t that great?!
I hope you will join me as I explore them all and try to lighten my footsteps upon the earth.