When giving presents to the friends of my child I am now going to consciously avoid anything that is over packaged. I was actually offended by the level of waste that her recent 4th birthday party generated in terms of ribbons, paper and plastic barbie packaging.
The goal of this year is living packaging-free from Earth Day 2010 to Earth Day 2011. I imagine there will be practical changes I make in this year that will last for a lifetime. Just as important to me, however, are the mental shifts I hope to see. First off, I am eager to see how this experiment affects my perspective on human rights issues – my perspective on poverty, my ideas about consumption, my view of exploitative extractive industries. Secondly, I am eager to see what mental shifts about my own life and community happen throught this process. Already, I can imagine I will be doing a lot more eating at home! I’m wondering how shifts like these will affect my sense of community and wellness.
As I decided to live packaging-free for a year, I started researching and am inspired to learn about the many fabulous people who have done some fantastic projects and research. I have a blog at unpackaged.wordpress.com
I know, I know…you’re thinking…'EnviroWoman this is a no-brainer. Of course you’re buying Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs. They use 60% less energy. They last up to 15 times longer. Every Green Guide on the planet evangelizes them as being an energy saver. And energy saviour. I think they may even be able to walk on water.'
Well,life is full of ironies. And this is one of them.
You may be thinking ‘Wow, this EnviroWoman is a hardcore GRANOLA-type’. The sad reality is — I’m more of a RiceCakeChick. There’s nothing better to satisfy the munchies (and I mean that so TOTALLY NOT the way you think) then Quaker Butter Popcorn Rice Cakes. But, maybe I’ll have to resort to granola after all, ‘cuz it ain't looking plastic-pretty in the cracker aisle.