A new age The Space Age, the Information Age, the Social Age... contemporary culture has gained a number of labels for itself over the past century. These ages typically arise following a major technological breakthrough, such as space travel, computer science or social media in the cases above. But ages need not necessarily be to … Continue reading Plastic People
I recently read Fumio Sasaki's entertaining and enlightening account of his becoming a minimalist, titled 'Goodbye, things'. Minimalism comes in many forms, meaning different things in music and visual art, for example. The type of minimalism Sasaki refers to has to do with the number of possessions a person owns, in opposition to materialism. Material … Continue reading Discard everything you own
A few things I have learnt from a year of generating almost no disposable waste.
Emitting carbon dioxide is not something we can opt out of. By the very fact of our existence, we are polluters of the Earth's atmosphere, breathing in oxygen and breathing out this greenhouse gas. In addition, we are (mostly) born into societies which are driven by fossil fuels.
Something which is not always realised is that the Zero Waste movement is about much more than recycling. Recycling is actually near the bottom of the hierarchy.
There is now so much waste buried in the ground and the atmosphere has changed radically enough that some geologists believe it is time we declare a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene.