The last few months I've seen around me different local movements, such as collective local gardens, food waste projects, GASAP, ... develop that encourage me even more to change my way of thinking and consuming. It makes me reflecting deeply about the issues I've already raised in my first article "Democracy is how we consume". Should we really trust a food production system which can not last forever?
Sometimes I have the feeling it's not up to me to decide, as if I had no other choice to accept that plastic bag or to buy that crappy product, and I don't know why. When nobody around you is revolting, being irresponsible about your consumption seems more natural. That is why it's very important to ask yourself the following questions before striving for zero waste:
- Why am I interested in decreasing my impact?
- What kind of garbage am I producing and how much?
- For which products can I find an alternative? I encourage everyone to take his or her own quest for alternatives, because this only reinforces your personal opinions (see question 1). But of course, this blog exists to facilitate the search.
- How much and what garbage do I need to be happy? Because, in all honesty, it requests a certain sense of sacrifice ...
Once this inner reflection has happened, you are ready for the big transition: start to downsize. From now on all your thoughts should start with a R:
- Refuse. Refusing products in packaging is sometimes difficult, but the most important component to prevent waste. Shop assistants are sometimes perplexed when I insist to not receive a bag or when I refuse a straw in a juice.
- Reduce. By reducing the consumption of products you can have a more efficient and conscious life. It also results in simplifying your life where it is more about quality than quantity and more about the experience than about material things.
- Reuse. Bring a reusable bag and water bottle with you, everywhere, all the time! Think about giving products a new destination, a 2nd life.
- Recycle. Sort waste separately; carton, paper, glass, plastic, paint, clothing / fabric, and compost vegetable and fruit waste.