Progress, Live during one month without producing any garbage. This idea is finished, check out the end result.
Maarten, posted On March 5, 2012
I know February has passed and March has already started. But after making a little video and writing a little something I'm finally ready to let go of 'One month without garbage'. It was a fun/exhausting/challenging/exciting month, and this is my finish. Check it out here!
Does this mean I'm going to stop with 'no garbage' and start flushing plastic down the toilet? Of course not silly!!! Making trash feels very strange, so I'm in a transition phase in which I'm figuring out which things I keep and which not. I'll keep you posted, but first I'm going to enjoy some midnight cruesli...
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Maarten, posted On February 4, 2012
I'm on the road with Zinnebeeld, three days in the snow! And this is me eating my prepared lunch in the cold... (it was actually really tasty! Paprika, tomato, eggplant mush) Of course I don't make much direct garbage if I go to a restaurant, but I didn't want to make it to easy for myself. And also try to decrease the indirect garbage I would produce. So I brought lots of my own food...
In the evening I did have a nice dinner with the whole group, I couldn't resist the tasty gnochi...
Wish me luck for the coming days!
Maarten, posted On February 2, 2012
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!!
Maarten, posted On February 2, 2012
I have to be honest and admit that the first day wasn't easy. All of a sudden there are so many things that you can't do if you don't want to produce any garbage. It seems with everything you produce waste, if it's not directly because of me, someone else has produced it in creating the product. When does something become garbage and when is it a functional item? I have more of those questions which I'm slowly getting clear about, and I think tonight I will write a post explaining how I want to become 'garbageless'...
But now I need to find food first! Yesterday I was only partly successful because when I found a place where I could buy rice in bulk, and put it in my own little plastic bag, I still had to put a sticker with the weight on it! I only realized I had done it when I came out of the shop... Silly silly silly...
This is the sticker:
So today again I will search for food, and I will prepare myself for a three day trip with the company I work for. How am I going to be 'garbageless' while being on the road!!
Now a picture of a nail.