Many people have been thinking about this and we have seen a lot of docos and buzz around sustainability, global warming, fair trade, etc. So there is a problem and we all know it. Our corporations are bigger and more powerful than our governments, we get our products made overseas where the labor is cheap and workers are forced to put up with appalling conditions, the materials used to make our products are sourced from poor countries and I don't think the way those materials are extracted is fair to the countries, workers, or natural environment.
And we back home see the problems with the materialism are society is caught up in, or I hope we do. We buy more than we need and we are forced (maybe) to buy what we do need within a system we know is not fair. This gets me down a lot. I want to make good choices as a consumer, but it takes so much work to find good alternatives and that organic peanut butter is two and a half times the price of the regular stuff (right Helen?).
And don't get me started on all the waste and the by-products of our waste and what that is all doing to our natural world and the limited resources we have left. If all this is sounding like news to you... check out thestoryofstuff.com
I really recommend it.
The things I can do... (lets stay positive here)
- I can buy less and use less... that is not expensive or time consuming. and really, its good for the soul.
- I can buy second hand through trademe, op shops, garage sales, I can share with friends and family.... does everyone need a lawnmower when you only use it once a week? or that cake dish? or those baby clothes your kid already outgrew?
- I can use communal things and public spaces like the library, the park, the swimming pool...ever wonder why we even have/need home gyms, home swimming pools, home libraries, home playground equipment? is it really necessary to recreate a full resourced micro society within the boundaries of your own property ? Can you use more community resources? What's available near you and how can you support and take advantage of that?
- I can mute the ads! brilliant! so when the T.V. or radio is blaring at you, just turn it off until the music or programs come back on. so simple yet hardly anyone does it.
- I can make my own stuff! last week I made pants which had me wondering if I would ever need to buy another pair again. The fit was better because it I tailored them to my body, it was cheaper than buying them. Now I am thinking, what else can I make?
- I can get people to make some things for me or buy from local markets. I don't always have the time, energy, and $$$ to do this, but sometimes I do. Also there are some organic fruit and veggie box drops that I am looking into, at pretty reasonable prices too.
And on an unrelated note, I want to show off this doll I made. She was a custom order, and having never made a doll before, took a very long time.
I've been calling her Molly. And we've gotten pretty close over the past few days, especially after her head transplant surgery. sorry about that Molly.