The Good Life

5 ways to make the world a bet­ter place, one piece of rub­bish at a time

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Contents - Words Sh­eryn Cloth­ier

Ev­ery­body at­taches dif­fer­ent def­i­ni­tions to words. For me, liv­ing sus­tain­ably means my patch of par­adise, and in­deed my planet, is not pol­luted by my pres­ence. That means I don’t ex­tract things to the detri­ment of my land or wa­ter. I pro­duce my food or­gan­i­cally in a way that re­ju­ve­nates the soil.

It also means tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for my waste, not throw­ing it into an un­seen land­fill some­where.

Un­for­tu­nately, this is not as in­ter­est­ing or ex­cit­ing a sub­ject as grow­ing your own food, but it is just as im­por­tant to the en­vi­ron­ment, and it takes plan­ning, ef­fort and time.

But to me, one man’s trash is an­other man’s trea­sure. It’s the cy­cle of life too. Ev­ery­thing is a re­source. Weeds and ma­nure are com­post and nour­ish­ment, not ‘ waste’.

Rub­bish has been in­vented by man, mostly for con­ve­nience. But how do we deal with it, with­out it be­ing too in­con­ve­nient?

The def­i­ni­tion of ‘ waste’ A ma­te­rial or sub­stance elim­i­nated or dis­carded as no longer use­ful or re­quired. How do we deal with ‘rub­bish’, with­out it be­ing too in­con­ve­nient?

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