Can you believe it has been a whole year! I have all kinds of things on my mind for the last day of our buy-nothing-zero-waste year, but I only have an hour on my lunch break, so I’ll make it quick.
We’re going to have the weigh in tomorrow. We have borrowed a scale, a pile of cloth napkins, and set of wine glasses, and I’ve been baking a few snacks for guests. The bins are actually looking neck and neck.
Unfortunately it looks like Rhyannon is flying out of town -her flight got changed by the airline, but I am harboring a secret belief that she is trying to escape embarrassment because she seriously fell off the non-consumer wagon this weekend. Let me just say that, although Fiddle started off with a number of secondhand toys, he is certainly one spoiled puppy now. (sorry Rhy, I had to say it).
So, as of tomorrow, we can actually buy things! Everyone asks “what will you buy first”? Mundane things really. Grant is in line for a new toothbrush (he’s waffling between recycled plastic and wood), I have been drooling over a set of moukinets for the longest time, and Rhyannon has been talking about finally buying some razors.
I am definitely excited to be free of “the rules”, but I do think that the rigidity of this year was worth it.
First of all, we were forced to scope resources for where we can take our “hard to recycle products” like light bulbs and soft plastics. And we set up an excellent recycling center which we will continue to use, diverting most of our waste from the landfill.
Secondly, we proved to ourselves that we can (nearly) go without buying “stuff” which, in my mind, has crystallized the difference between wants and needs. I am definitely going to be buying things now, but I hope that I spend a little more time evaluating them and choosing things that have a proportionally smaller impact on the environment.
yes, I know that’s idealistic, and I will probably be caught out buying a synthetic dress made in China at some point, but at least I’m thinking about it which is a lot more than I was doing a year ago.
Thirdly, we met a bunch of really passionate and interesting people who are doing all kinds of things to do with trash and recycling and zero waste and simple lifestyles. I’m going to feature some of them here soon which brings me to the final point.
This blog will continue. Partly because our project is continuing (as we work on our documentary and figure out which rules we will keep for our daily lives) and partly because it has been pretty fun.
So as of tomorrow, the only thing that is changing about this site is that I get to take down that counter clock on the right hand side and put up a new one that says “we’re done”. . . .or maybe “I win”, right Grant? Heh, heh.