I just watched Waste = Food, a documentary (the link to watch it for free is at the bottom of this article), which I actually did find inspiration from. We have to go further into action, and it's so simple if we break it down:1. If there is an option for either making it ourselves then that is the right option (example: a can of tomatoes vs just buying the fresh tomatoes to make the tomato sauce, or better yet, growing the tomatoes ourselves!). Cans = a lot of water, energy, chemicals and landfill waste. And as we all know, (or should know by now!), living a Vegan lifestyle is much, much more consistent with natural living than one who eats meat and dairy etc. (and yes, I am being self-righteous in this case, but we can go further).
2. Buy second-hand items from Craigslist or our local thrift store, or better yet, do a trade with a friend. This lowers the demand for new products and prevents more crap from filling up landfills. (which = animals not eating the toxic materials and dying unnecessarily, while maintaining a balance with nature). Have a Clothing and Stuff Swap!
3. If we do not need things (and chances are we do not need them), then we ought not to buy them! Instead we should examine that part of of ourselves that feels empty and thinks it needs filling. The new things we obtain only satisfy us for a few moments and then we look for the next thing.
4. Bags. I shouldn't have to say anything else, but for the sake of whatever you care about, stop using plastic bags! How freaking hard is it to either buy a couple of reusable bags or make them yourself!?! I work at an art shoppe that gives out hundreds of plastic bags a day! And huge ones too! Not to mention all of the other toxic things we supply to artists. It's bullshit when people ask for something to be double-bagged. If humans thought two seconds ahead of time none of this would be an issue. SO EASY TO REMEDY! If we can't solve the most basic of problems like the classic plastic bag then we are doomed. So I know my readers are more conscious than the average Joe, but if you push yourself a bit further we can inspire great change, simply by being a positive influence.
5. Stop thinking that a clean and beautiful future is Utopian and impossible! Why do positive ideas = nonsensical thinking?? To be honest it pisses me off when I hear people laugh at what they call "tree-huggers". I am a proud tree-hugger! Think for yourself, do exactly what your heart, higher self or conscious mind leads you to, and I'll send out a big fuck-you to anyone who stands in the way of you "radical" free-thinkers who are trying to make this world a better place.
Here is a link to the full documentary: