I took part in a study in the summer. Two university students were researching the topic of practicing zero waste as a case of political participation, and whether or not a social change is possible through the market. We had a long interview that felt more like a discussion – they were genuinely interested and I was happy to share with them what steps I make to lower my impact.
Those who know me or follow me for a while know that I am a huge fan of decluttering and minimalism and that I believe that one person’s trash can be someone else’s treasure. I also think the less we cling to our stuff, the more free we become.
I gave achance to the minimalist game in October and reported my experiences on a blog. Decluttering for almost a whole month, reorganizing things feels like a cleanse. You get rid of the excess and feel light.
Today, I got the results of their interviews.
I am grateful to have been part of an experience and that I could provide insight into what each and any one of us can do – tiny babysteps – to care for our environment.
This reminder that arrived in my mailbox in the form of the project summary is great motivation for me to stay focused and remain conscious in everyday choices.
There’s always room for improvement and everything is temporary. We should not forget that.
VVE – End Of the Line
I went to a free walking tour in Prenzlauer Berg today, where with a group of a dozen we visited some of the Zero Waste shops of the area. Whether offering products package free or with reusable. exchangable packaging, the main idea of these places is one: trying to make baby steps for a sustainable future.
Berlin is an Oase for Nachhaltigkeit. It’s easy to manage your waste in an environmentally friendly way, separating bio trash from plastic, that can – at least partly – be recycled. It’s not a big deal to buy your fruits and vegetables package free. There are several package free stores, where you can buy other food like pasta, rice, beans or other ingredients in bulk. You can switch to bio-degradable toothbrushes or bamboo toilet paper, which you can subscribe to, like to a newspaper.
I still remember how pleasantly surprised I was in 2015, when I spent my first time here, seeing that paper and Restmüll is collected separately already at the subway stations.
It’s great to see that more and more people are interested in maintaining a more sustainable lifestyle, so that the environment could be similar for our children too.
Baby steps can lead to something bigger than us.
As written on the wall:
“Viele kleine Leute, die in vielen kleinen Orten viele kleine Dinge tun, können das Gesicht der Welt verändern.”
We are all responsible for the footsteps we leave behind.
VVE – All That Remains