Previous eras saw the Industrial Age and the Information Age. If there was a word to describe the era we are living in right now I think that word might be disposable. The world is becoming more and more a throwaway society. From individual coffee packs to individual flossing picks, everything is becoming individualized and tossable.
As I discovered when writing a previous post, 30% of household food is just thrown out, resulting in huge wastes of energy. Don’t know how much energy goes into growing your food? Well just try to keep a basil plant alive and you’ll come to appreciate the skill and time and energy involved. The soil has to be just right as well as the right amount of sunlight and the right amount of water. How much fertilizer to add and if so, when. There are so many factors that go into growing food and that’s just one plant! If you try and grow something else it will require a whole new set of requirements.
Same thing with clothing. People buy clothes and toss them out without a moment’s thought these days. But if you’ve ever had to make clothes with your bare hands you would be less inclined to do so. The skill that is required to make clothes starts even before you make the first cut into the fabric. If you don’t cut the fabric the right way, a skirt that is supposed to ripple and sway with every step will instead just hang there like a dead mackerel. The skill of an excellent seamstress can make a person look like a million bucks.
You all know what I’m talking about. We’ve all worn clothes that fit perfectly and made us look and feel terrific. What you need is a handful of items that make you look terrific instead of a closet crammed full of stuff that makes some supermodel somewhere look terrific.
It all starts with you. Use up the food you buy. Use the clothes you buy and don’t buy more than you need. Use the money you save to create a better life for yourself and the world around you.