How easy to be frugal


Как просто быть бережливым

The EU is going to ban straws for cocktails, sticks for cleaning the ears, disposable spoons and other plastic items. One of the reasons is too dirty sea. Turtles are dying. How can I save money on unnecessary in life and not to be considered greedy?

Reasonable consumption is not only about caring for the environment. It’s about a way of thinking. To abandon the use of plastic bags, the first would have to part with the familiar image of the man who “can afford not to skimp on the details.”

Some go on Saturdays and sort the debris, carefully placing it in the ballot box installed in a most peculiar way somewhere on the margins of a dumpster. Other shock the audience with the words “Fuck fuel economy” for cars. Some are so furiously running after the idea to improve the planet that seems to be ready to deal with the very fact of the presence of man upon it. Caring attitude to the environment we have still to take to consider whether a costly fad people who already have everything, whether fashionable trend “for hipsters”, or means of earnings for curators of environmental organizations. So anyway, the image component in these issues is very high. Attitude to the environment is one of the important characteristics of the modern inhabitants of the metropolis. Therefore, what would take better care of nature, first, as is often the case, it is necessary to restore order in the head. And convince yourself that walking to the store with canvas bag or “bag,” as when something is not “like a grandmother”, but just fine.

To wash the plastic bags are not necessary – everyone is free to choose how much he is willing to sacrifice its comfort. But there is nothing easier than to have some useful habits that will make life a little more environmentally friendly. Save on disproving and prejudices about the high cost of “green way of thinking.” To slightly improve the space around you, do not have to switch to consumption of products labeled “eco”. It is doubtful, according to the law whether it applied to the packaging and widespread distribution of similar products have given the special name “greenwashing”, something like “green brainwashing”.

Much easier and more useful, for example, to close the water while brushing my teeth. Or boil the kettle only as much water as needed for tea. Or to get hold of and use reusable cups for “coffee to go”. More sophisticated try to use dry shampoo, which is sold without packaging and ordinary bar soap in paper wrapping instead of shower gel in a plastic jar.

Supporters of the careful attitude to nature are campaigning for a single purchase of bananas and products without packaging in the name of more rational consumption. About packing and so clear, but a single banana, they say, is likely to disappear, as has the appearance less attractive in comparison with clusters.

Anyway better not to buy junk. Generation, not by hearsay familiar with the phenomenon of the deficit, is still difficult to wean from bulk purchases of excess products on the principle of “and then suddenly will not.” But the usual approach to family nutrition provokes a lot of problems: the more you buy — the more you spend, and harder to bear; the cook more – spend more time; more eat — sadder then I look at myself in the mirror. And the solution to the problem, actually, is very simple: it can not create. Do not buy too much, do not have the extra and not deal with the consequences in the gym.

How many times told the world that before you start the washing machine, it would be good to read the instructions on the washing powder: the correct dosage and water temperature will allow, again, not to waste, not to spoil the appliances, and, lo and behold, wash clothes maximum clean. From either side it is useful to follow the data of the vehicle onboard computer. Rationally selected movement mode will allow you to spend less gasoline and will provide additional security. By the way, when driving long distances careful driving can reduce fuel consumption by as much as a quarter. The struggle for the health of the planet and joy to the wallet “in one bottle”. This is not technically difficult.

Harder to give up the idea “why should I save when I can afford to spend”.

And, of course, the age-old question of plastic bags. Our world will surely become a better place once we stop to hear the annoying, “Take the bag for free.” It is not clear, of course, as in this case, the farm will receive a “package of packages”, which, it sometimes seems, all life rests.

Rest, incidentally, is also possible without causing damage to the environment. Simple and useful ways of spending leisure time are gaining popularity as corporate events and other team-building. Russian state library, for example, offers a weave of books. You can bring your old books and under the guidance of specialists to give them new life instead of just throw. With friends or colleagues you can go on a culinary master class and jam, or to organize a campaign to collect items for those in need. There is absolutely no need to throw away old wood furniture: if you learn a simple technology, it is possible to restore and repaint, for example. Unnecessary keys, which was released from circulation coins and unnecessary hardware can be converted into a stylish decoration, but from the broken clay pot is to make Floriana.

An alternative approach to the problem of disposing of old tires offers designer Laura Slaughter from the UK. “Used tires are becoming a huge problem for our planet, for decades to clog up landfills. My solution is to remake them into high quality fashion accessories. Rubber from old tires will be a fantastic replacement for leather. There is no limit to what we can make of tires, at least with small creative potential and imagination,” said the designer. Of them, for example, it is proposed to make belts, dog collars and even summer shoes.

Of course, global environmental problems can hardly be solved by the designers-enthusiasts.

All dogs in the world will not need as many collars as you need to make from old tires, to little to compensate for the loss suffered by the planet from human activities.

But this approach to doing life and leisure activities – a way to create at least less toxic with every point of view of the environment. After all, to abandon the idea of consumption for consumption on the principle of “because I can afford it”, consciousness must come to a fundamentally different level. The introduction of lean-technologies in major industries no one seems to be “wrong”, because optimization is a normal business process. So sustainable consumption will become a habit, when the word “saving” will cease to be abusive and at least to some extent be equated with greed.

Saving resources is quite modern. “The quality of infrastructure for the processing of waste and the willingness of people to separate collection is one of the most simple and obvious markers that divide countries on developed, developing and third world. The more economically and socially developed a country, the better it raised the question of waste disposal, the stronger it appeals to eco-friendly lifestyle,” — says the volunteer environmental movements, Gregory meadow.

You can, of course, in the case of business to sin in the pursuit of marketing objectives, as mere mortals, to blame the desire to “just being trendy”. But what, tell the difference why people decided to make yourself useful? And certainly from a careful attitude to consumption of resources more useful than aggressive actions “to protect the planet”. Because “conscious consumption”, “caring for nature” and “healthy lifestyle” is the General desire not to multiply once again the entropy of the excessive expense, including vitality.


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