It’s been over 18 months since my last post and a lot has changed. I relocated back to Germany, finished studying, started a career in a very different direction than anticipated and… sort of settled.
Well, I didn’t buy a house, am neither married nor pregnant. So maybe it’s more appropriate to say: I temporarily stopped constantly moving around. But I have a job that I go to every morning, have my name on a doorbell and even bought some furniture (!!!). Which brings me to the issue.
Living in an apartment rather than out of a small suitcase means I have cupboards and a wardrobe. And they seem to be magically filling up. Slowly but steadily they are becoming fuller and fuller. And it scares me.
Having lived away from ‘home’ (read: Munich) for over 5 years I also completely forgot that I still had so much stuff in storage and so when I came back with my belongings from overseas, I realized how much shit (pardon my French) I’ve actually accumulated. And freaked out.
The bursting wardrobe shelves and my humongous 24-piece tea collection (yeah…I know) have since become representative of everything I’ve always been advocating against: consumerism and wasteful living. And I realized I’m not practicing what I preach. So I made a pact with myself at the start of this year:
Be more conscious about what and how much I consume.
Now it’s been two months since the year started and I just bought another pack of tea yesterday – bringing my collection to a total of 25 different varieties…To be completely frank: I’ve lost track of my vision.
So when a dear friend of mine published a post on Facebook inviting to a sustainability challenge over lent, I snapped into action mode. It’s time to have a closer look at the things I am buying, the things I already have and the things I am throwing out. This sounds like a big quest and it certainly is. But, hey, everyone loves a challenge.
The three part action plan
1. What I am buying
Yes the overall aim is to buy as little as possible. But one has to eat and live. So, here are a few things I will endeavor:
- Quality over quantity: buy local and organic where possible
- Start growing my own veg on my balcony starting in spring
- Don’t buy any new clothes, if at all go for second-hand
2. What I already have
First, I will start drinking those 347 tea bags I have sitting in my cupboards. And then:
- Use up all the leftover staples I have lying around before buying anything new
- Do a big spring clean of my wardrobe and say goodbye to clothes I forgot even existed
- Stop buying magazines or books before having read the ones I have
- Sell, or better, gift what I don’t need
3. What I am throwing out
This is something I have been wanting to do for a long time:
- Go plastic free – capsicum doesn’t need to be wrapped in 3 layers of plastic. Especially not when it’s organic
- Become more serious about composting and recycling
- Re-use things – this means I will get to drink at least 694 cups of tea this year. Exciting stuff. It also means using chicken bones for broth, leftover coffee pulse for face masks etc.
Alright, now that I have laid the ground rules it’s time to get cracking. I will certainly keep you updated about the mission. Another post about my favorite part of the quest: living plastic free is already in the making!
Until then – Happy thrifty recycling! – Johanna