So how am I going to do this?
That's what I kept wondering the past period. At first I though this idea would be challenging but doable. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized you can consider everything to be garbage.
With everything you use or consume, garbage has been produced in the production of the product. And most of the things you use will degrade and become unusable at some point. So isn't using these things not also producing garbage? Someones asked if bodily waste is also garbage, then isn't the air I exhale as well? This was my line of thought yesterday, which as you might understand made me feel a bit lost.
How will I survive this month?
I will take this challenge step by step because I can't be completely 'garbageless' from one day to another. The first step is to limit and hopefully stop any direct garbage I produce without increasing any indirect garbage. With direct garbage I mean all the things that I would personally put in the trash and throw away. Indirect garbage I understand as all the garbage that other people produce for me.
For instance, at this moment I want to cook with ingredients that I bought without me gathering any plastic, paper and glass. But currently I think I accept the fact that the carrot I buy, might have been packed in a box while it was traveling to the shop.
Then step two would be to start limiting also the indirect garbage that is produced. To start buying carrots closer to the farmer, or grow my own carrots!
Right now I'm at step one. Which is fun, because today I managed to buy a lot of vegetables from a tiny little organic shop in rotterdam. I <3 An-dijvie!!
Is it garbage or not garbage, that's the question.
You know, if something you were about to throw away gets all of a sudden a different function (like a heineken bottle that becomes a brick), all of a sudden it's not garbage anymore! Some materials are better for that then others, that's why I don't think there is much wrong with producing organic waste if you create compost out of it, then a tree can grow out of it and the circle is complete.
I guess the motto from this idea is: Reduce, reuse, recycle…
Toilet paper, tissues, food, condoms?
One of the first things people ask is 'what about toilet paper'? And yeah, that's a difficult one. I'm happy to let you know I didn't use any in the last two days. But I was clean, amazing no? :-) The hangout of last Tuesday was great and it was good to discuss all these different topics. And this were the results.
- Food -> Buy unpacked food, buy at the farmers, produce it yourself.
- Organic waste -> make compost out of it, bring it to an animal farm
- Toilet paper -> use less paper, add it to the compost, use a cloth and (rain)water to clean yourself. At the moment I'm actually trying to go to the toilet in the morning every day, so I can shower afterwards. It's working untill now :-)
- Tissues -> use an old t-shirt, cotton tissues
- Showering -> don't use showergel and shampoo. (it's also supposed to be better for the skin and hair, read more about this idea here)
- Condoms -> no penetration :-(Thierry was so kind to note that since I won't be using showergel and shampoo, nobody would want to have sex with me anyway, that solves the problem)
- Restaurants -> try to avoid them (this will be difficult because tomorrow I'm going on a weekend trip with the company I work for, and I don't have a camping-set or anything… Maybe this is still ok in 'step 1')
- Toothpaste -> try to produce your own, maybe with salt, chalk, aloevera etc, call a dentist and ask for advise. At the moment I didn't get to this yet, so I'm still brushing my teeth. But hopefully soon I can find a solution for this.
- Washing clothes -> soap nuts maybe?
Are you still reading this?? Nice!!! Did I miss anything? Do you have other ideas or solutions? Let me know in the comments. I'm happy to get more advice…