On Global Strike Day, after talking about sustainability at Wildling and setting ourselves new goals, we also got talking about what sustainability means to us in our day-to-day lives. What are the little things that everyone can do? What can we learn from others?
Why not collect and share the various ideas from within our pack?
We believe that every step closer to a green future is a good step and that it can sometimes be a lot of little steps instead of one big one.
And that we can then take others with us into that green future.
“If many little people do many little things in many little places, then they can change the face of the world”
“I try to keep down the amount of waste in my daily life. For me that means that as far as possible I buy fruit and vegetables loose at an organic or farm shop, get my jars refilled at zero-waste shops, always carry a bag with me or at least use an empty box from the shelf in the shop. It's not always possible to avoid it completely, but if you keep your eyes open there are already lots of ways to reduce packaging.” (Silke)
“We use eco-electricity, and for trips into town we leave the car behind and take the train - we’ve bought a monthly pass especially for that purpose, although it’s much quicker to go by car.
Recently I started taking torn clothes to a tailor-friend of mine, who either repairs or upcycles them - turning old into new - and designs really cool pieces” (Aline)
“I sewed myself some fruit and vegetable bags, which have become my faithful companions. My old jeans are usually turned into children's trousers, or old woolly jumpers become hats. And we’ve got four solar panels on the roof that we use for our hot water and heating.” (Carina)
“My husband and I have been vegan for many years. We don't own a car, and if something breaks we first see whether we can repair it rather than throw it away. We also try to shop with as little plastic as possible. And clothing can gladly be second-hand sometimes.” (Anne)
“For our toddler we use cloth nappies, wipes, face cloths, handkerchiefs and other cloths for wiping and cleaning. We like to buy toys second hand, or swap them with other families. We’re happy to receive hand-me-down clothes, especially made of wool, because that saves washing. When we buy new, we watch out for clothes that can be grown into and are as robust as possible, so that they can continue to be worn “after us”. The same applies to bigger baby and toddler purchases. Beyond that, we prefer to have a few things that last longer. We don’t have extra baby cutlery or crockery made of plastic. When we’re out and about we use bottles and boxes made of metal, or existing plastic containers.” (Chanti)
“I collect ripped shirts and use them to make Japanese quilts (when I have time)” (Christina)
“I take everyday processes and try to make them plastic-free from beginning to end. The most recent example was drinking coffee. I now have a portafilter espresso machine; I go to the coffee-roaster and get the beans poured straight into a jar; sugar in paper, milk in bottles.
The advantage is that once you’ve consciously converted a particular process, you do it that way automatically and don’t have to make a new decision each time about what you're going to do and how (which, in the stress of daily life can lead to “Oh, just this once...”).” (Janina)
“It might not be a grand gesture, but we’ve changed a lot of little things in our daily life: washable baking paper, waxed cloths instead of cling film... We’re very old-fashioned and use dishwasher powder instead of the more convenient tabs and we drink tap water. And even in the rain we use the cargo bike to cover distances with the children.” (Maaike)
“A lot less of everything - THAT’s my philosophy. We’ve introduced car-free days in our family, when we consciously use our bikes, and we don’t fly. Every time I go shopping I ask myself: Do I really need that or would it just be nice to have? And for me it’s very important to use my political voice and definitely go and vote.” (Rachel)
“We use a soda-maker instead of buying water in bottles. When my mobile phone contract runs out, I don’t order a new phone for the new contract if the old one is still working perfectly. And I use natural cosmetics, not only because they're sustainable, but also because they’re healthier.” (Sherin)
“I get organic fruit and vegetables delivered as part of a subscription. That kills two birds with one stone: fresh regional and organic fruit and vegetables each week, and all delivered right to my door. I’ve also already convinced a colleague to try, and she's now a customer there too.
Our garden is a bit wilder than the others in our neighbourhood. Fallen leaves and dead wood are allowed to stay put; ivy and Virginia creeper grow up the gazebo and “weeds” grow happily next to a few pot plants. I've turned an old tub into a birdbath.
That attracts lots of butterflies, birds and other wildlife. In my office at home with its green view, I get to enjoy watching the spotted woodpecker, squirrel and others that find plenty to eat here.” (Melanie)
Foto: Wild & Boho
We’d love it if you'd share your ideas for a sustainable daily life with us in the comments, because it's often the obvious, simple things that you don't think of yourself.
Run wild! Anna, Ran & Team Wildling