I should have said yesterday that we didn’t just one day wake up and stop having trash in our garbage pail. It’s been a slow process of weaning ourselves off it these last five months. This journey to figuring out how to live with less waste is ongoing, but already so much goodness has come out of this simple commitment. Really, it’s almost like the minimum of trash is a side benefit rather than the point. Some of my favorite things from along the way:
:: Accessing my inner resourcefulness. That is, learning to cook root vegetables.
:: The rhythms of making bread, cheese, and yogurt.
:: Fearless trial and error.
:: Stepping outside the gates of the industrial food kingdom for a wholehearted return to whole foods, local foods, unpackaged foods, homemade foods.
:: Mindfulness and attention at the store, in the home, on the road, in my head.
:: Becoming a part of the strong and growing community of people who recognize that while we might not be able to change the world, we can change for the good of the world.
:: Discovering that saying no to plastic is not an act of deprivation but an invitation to partake of gifts previously unimagined and ever so benevolent. It is, in essence, about saying yes to an unwrapped life.
For all of these things, and for all the things to come, I am so grateful.