For the next four weeks, we're going to discuss the art of daily change. I think we all wonder how we can make any positive effect in this world of our's and in the wave of post-LIB bliss, we are especially committed to changing our habits that are destructive and unhelpful. The next four week topics:
Week 1: Trash
2. Make Your Own Shit (Reducing Dependency on Single Use Products)
3. Nourish that Body (Sleep, Food, Rest & Water Hacks)
4. Practice Daily (Kindness & Yoga)
So here we go, week 1: TRASH.
As we walked back from the grocery store today, we saw some trash scattered around and put it in one of our reusable bags. One mile and 30 minutes later, we had as much trash as we could carry. In one mile, we managed to gather 4 bags of trash.. The biggest culprits were cigarette butts, bottles, and fast food wrapper and coffee cups. And this wasn't even the entire distance to the grocery, just about half of the walk back. Think about that, in a single mile there was about 5 pounds of trash in our path. That's insane. To make matters worse, most of those items mentioned were recyclable or compostable.
And this got us thinking, why aren't we doing this more?
Talking is no longer enough.
If we aren't picking up trash, we are part of the problem. Simple as that, it's beyond our own personal responsibility to not pick up trash. And I don't mean Kyle and I, our responsibility means the collective responsibility of everyone - yes, including you sitting there reading this. We are not talking about the other, we are about all of us. Every little action, every scrap of trash recycled and gathered doesn't wash down the drain and into the bay. It doesn't clog the gutters and our lives. It doesn't have to be a sweeping action to effect change, it can be a little one, every day. We are all in this together, this is our earth to share with each others and the animals and the dirt and the air. We aren't just here with other humans, we are here with it all. We owe it to ourselves and everything around us to get a little better everyday and to create a society that leaves a place loved and taken care of.
So what can you do? Go buy some gardening gloves and bring a reusable, leak proof bag with you everywhere you go. Pick up something, anything. Don't just leave trash on the ground for somebody else to pick up. It doesn't matter anymore if it is your trash or my trash or their trash. Once it's on the ground, it is everybody's trash. And it is now our responsibility to take care of. If you see someone littering, SAY SOMETHING. And if you can, maybe once a week go on a trash walk. Pick stuff up, recycle it. Teach your friends. Effect change.
We'll see you next week where we will go over making your own products (including toothpaste, laundry detergent, etc.) and reducing the use of that trash you see all over the ground.
We can do this!
Sara & Kyle