EcoConsciousness. That looks like it’s spelled incorrectly. What is it anyway? It’s being aware of our own personal actions and how those actions either help keep the world clean, or not.
I stopped and thought about my actions on any given day. For the most part, I feel that I am doing a decent job of picking up after myself and putting things in a garbage receptacle. [Why is that important? Because whatever we don’t put into a garbage can, and usually do, end up in the sewers and is washed out into sea. There, our garbage can strangle sea creatures to death. Or worse, animals such as turtles eat soft plastic (like bags) thinking it’s fish and starve to death as more and more plastic takes up space in their bodies.)]
However, that’s not even scratching the surface. There are people who pick up after other people to ensure that waste does not go out to sea. Then, there are those who go a bit further and in addition to picking up waste strive to put LESS WASTE into the system by using less packaged products in their everyday life.
YOU: What…huh? Come again?
There are people who have as their goal a zero waste lifestyle. Meaning, they do their best to have nothing to throw in the trash bin. They use reusable containers. They carry reusable bags with them to the grocery store. They find Bulk Food stores where they bring their own containers with them to fill with whatever they need.
A few who are extremely passionate about getting our environment cleaner go an extra step and go dumpster diving. Yep. They go into trash dumpsters to see what they find that can be reclaimed and utilized. freegan.info‘s dumpster directory page details that some locations are ‘weirdly competitive’. This is very extreme, in my mind, but if one is passionate about saving the planet (one dumpster at a time??) I cannot be mad. Less waste means more space for other things, ahem — new people — in the future.
Zero waste is truly a thing. There’s a movement out there and Bea Johnson is one of the thought leaders in this space. The picture (from Bea’s website) below shows her family’s waste for the entire year of 2016.
My brain cannot fathom how an entire family can have so little waste! Clearly this is a passion for Bea and a very noble one. I know it will take some time for me to wrap my brain around the changes in thought this lifestyle requires. Well, at least a major shift in consciousness.
Of course, we’ll talk more about this later. In the meantime, what do you think about ecoconsciousness? What is your current level of comfort in regards to how much of your household’s waste goes to your sanitation department each year?