This first theme will definitely result in a de-cluttering and reconnection that we can use part of our yoga practice to help forge new habits and routines.
EYCC: Decrease dependence on Unnecessary Tree Products
In order to reconnect with our lives and planet, it's not enough to simply replace our non-eco 'stuff' with more barriers created by their eco-version. Instead, in order to connect we need to try removing what gets in the way. For many reasons, these barriers have been perceived as conveniences, but pile too many and instead we can barely see over the mound of 'convenience'.
Looking at our kitchen, I realized that Andrew and I accumulate a lot of paper products. For us, this is mostly box board like pizza boxes, Kraft Dinner boxes (yes we eat KD, LOVE it), beer boxes... Yes, we compost them, but that's not the point. It's waste and trees and extremely unlikely the paper used for these boxes were post-consumer or required minimal energy. I also wonder about the state of the fertilizer produced from box board covered in toxic inks...
The shameful pile of box board waiting to be composted. I'm embarrassed to show it... but in order of fairness I am sucking it up.
I announced to Andrew that I'd really like to try to decrease our use of boxboard packaged products.
While problem solving as to how this would look, practically instead of just committing to a vague 'We'll try to avoid food packaged in boxes' (in my experience not a successful strategy), what resulted in a list of activities that involved eating less processed and frozen meals.
Lisa and Andrew's EYCC for Feb 2011:
- Make our own pizza including the dough (make enough dough to freeze for convenience)
- Make home made mac and cheese
- Andrew will make and freeze his own taquitos and samosas for convenient food ready meals
- Granola and cereal stuffs will be bought bulk or be homemade (depending on time)
As you can see, not a whole ton of things to complete, but just enough that we *hopefully* won't be buying lots of pre-made frozen food and become one step closer to freezing our own meals. This also allows us to eat healthier and save money. Wee!
Say you're just starting out on the Earth Yoga adventure, what would be a really fantastic place to start? The best thing we ever did was cut out paper towel from our vocabulary. Holy Goddess, but did I ever depend on paper towel. Looking back, I can't believe how wasteful it was and how difficult I 'thought' it was going to be, functioning without it. Seriously though, do you need to mop up your mess, clean the bathroom, or eat your piece of toast on paper made from our disappearing forests? Here are some different options that might work for you this month:
- Cut out paper towel (post coming this week on some tips and support)
- Avoid ridiculously over packaged items (like toothpaste that is also packaged in a paper box)
- Switch to post consumer recycled toilet paper.
- Go to cloth wiping (hmmm, not quite there yet myself, but definitely interesting- post to come)
- Print on both sides of the paper at work. (my reports are always always double sided now)
- Stop printing receipts for classes unless specifically asked.
- Use an online method to tabulate class passes (it could be as simple as an excel spreadsheet)
- Send out electronic newsletters instead of posters and flyers.
- Use towels instead of paper towel in your studio bathroom.
- Switch to post consumer recycled TP and tissues.
- Go paperless as a studio.
- Spend some time outside near trees- meditate on their presence and our co-dependence.
So- what will it be? Choose one, two or three different things to commit to Change this month and post it in your comment below- wherever you're at in your Earth Yoga state will be perfect.
Please leave any other ideas or suggestions that I haven't thought of here, on twitter using the hashtag #earthyogachallenge or write a post and link it back (using a link in the comment below for others to find it :) ).
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