'Sustainability' it's the new it word, to some it causes eye-rolls and an instant rejection of a concept they associate with hippies and compostable toilets, to others it hits a nerve as their suppressed guilt raises an ugly head above the justification that life is just 'too busy' to deal with all the malarkey that goes on when rejecting the conveniences of a disposable lifestyle. To me it just means teaching the next generation that we have a choice about how we live on this planet and how we interact with our environment. We certainly can't expect it to look after us if we do not look after it.
I am always reminded of all this most strongly when visiting 'the dump' as a crafter and designer I am always at odds with wanting a clean and minimal lifestyle whilst also wanting to hold onto things that potentially could be up-cycled into something else.
So 'the tip' or 'dump' to me is my place of guilt where I reminded that all the things we dispose of do not just disappear each week as the truck rolls by and collects it. Another factor in my reflection was taking my 3 year old son who is full of the questions of life. He had many regarding what we were doing with his great grandmas ENORMOUS broken entertainment system and what was going on around him and why?
I wish there were more in-organic collections where I live, as I know there are a lot of talented craftsmen around and I would have been happy to donate this object if I could have found someone willing to take it off my hands. I try to use the localy op-shops where I can, FB free groups to donate, friends and family regifting, reusing for kids toys and crafts, composting, buying natural, buying quality and the biggest of all not buying unnecessarily!
I read the other day that every piece of clear food wrap ever made is still in existence today (unless burnt of course but that gas is still harmful) and that was enough to make me stop buying it. Now it is a PIA not having it thats for sure but we make do and we find ways around it. It's taking away those little things that make you realise it takes an active thought to prevent the upsurge of 'convenience' waste that has become a common and acceptable part of modern society.
To paraphrase our local 'nappy lady' who runs seminars on using cloth nappy systems, it was only a generation or two ago that landfill didn't exist and the norm was to compost, and reuse, and sell cans to the local collector. It is our responsibility now to actively change our mindsets. Make small incremental changes to our lifestyles and reverse the current 'norms' of society to protect the next generations future.
The cleanup starts now and it takes all of us one piece of food wrap at a time.