CULTURE | Exercise Your Eco-Activism
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“… the most important precept of all is to live in awareness, to know what is going on, not only here, but there. For instance, when you eat a piece of bread, you may choose to be aware that our farmers, in growing the, use chemical poisons a little too much. Eating the bread, we are somehow co-responsible for the destruction of our ecology.” —Thich Nhat Hanh
From your material to spiritual needs, there are many ways for you to actively exercise your eco-activism. In James Eggert’s Meadowlark Economics he explains that we are all co-responsible for the changes currently taking place on our planet from global deforestation, climate change, and more. Before we take the steps needed for a more eco-friendly life and planet we must also be conscious—“to know what is going on, not only here, but there.” Here are some ways you can go about awakening the inner eco-activist in you.
Three Simple Tips for a Greener Kitchen
Kitchens are the source of much waste, in terms of uneaten food that is thrown away; water that is used carelessly; power and fuel consumed by stoves, refrigerators, and other gadgets; and food packaging and other materials that are thrown away.
Alexandra Sten Jørgensen is one of several designers exploring ways of reducing waste in the kitchen. Her Ethical Kitchen, designed while a student at Buckinghamshire New University in the U.K., is a conceptual project that uses wastewater and food to feed climbing plants, which are trained over the kitchen units. Organic waste is composted in an integrated bin, and gray water from washing vegetables is recycled to water the plants. Drawers beneath the counter are for temporary storage of packaging for recycling. The effectiveness of the user’s recycling is apparent: if the plant is not fed, it will die.
Your kitchen is one of the most important aspects of your own. For the health of both the planet and your family, consider these simple solutions for a greener kitchen the next time you are looking to take on an eco-fabulous kitchen redesign.
TIP | Use water dripping from an overhead dish rack to water herbs.
TIP | Save the cold water that first runs through when a hot tap is turned on to water plants.
TIP | As your refrigerator must run 24 hours a day, make sure you choose an energy efficient one to conserve energy and save money.
Excerpt from Green Design: Creative Sustainable Designs for the Twenty First Century by Marcus Fairs