What have you done today to lower your impact?

We are washing away the foundations of our existence on every front. It is high time we move from crashing about on the planet like a bull in china shop and find a way to go forward with intent. We must find systems of living based on sustainability. The systems and tools exist, it is up to each of us to adopt them.

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Thursday, 6 August 2009

Living with less points out room for improvement

My wife and I are back after having walked the Coast to Coast path here in England and as I stated in a previous post I find backpacking, when done in a minimal impact style, to be quite a sustainable existence compared to normal life in the city. One additional thing I did notice was that by living with less I noticed the minutiae of what we did consume to a greater degree. For instance, when I unwrap and eat a granola bar I have to carry the wrapper until such time as I can dispose of it "properly". This is true of every item we consume or purchase. Usually we remove products from their packaging as much as possible when we buy them and immediately put it in the bin, recycling can be hard to find. But invariably there is some packaging we end up carrying. Wherever we can we try to buy flapjacks and other baked goods fresh from the bakery. These items are packaged less and usually with paper.

This attention to these details brings a greater awareness of the folly of this excess packaging and will hopefully carry over into our normal city life. There is always room for improvement.

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