I have been a fan of minimalism for as long as I remember. I don’t like having an 'extra'. I have to have things only as much as they are required. Only that, that I can categorize, systematize, make use of, or really need.
When it comes to parenting most parents often fail when it about their kids. Call it the societal pressure, the rat race or simply ignorance, we tend to end up buying 'more than enough' for our kids. The 'my-child-should-have-it-all' attitude is not just harming the kids attitude but also creating the unncessary burden on the families that follows after some days, months or years. The Decluttering! Discarding! Damaging! And the way it really should be read is -- 'Decluttering' by 'Discarding' thereby 'Damaging' the environment, in more ways than one.
If we see the bigger picture, the most significant one being, harming the planet. Harming the environment with the unnessary plastics, non-recyclable materials and passing the legacy of keeping and storing the 'extra stuff'; and continuing the vicious circle. But how do we stop it? Saving the planet sounds huge, doesn't it? Well, it sure is. But off late, I have started to hear a term called 'Precycle' which I like too because it resonates with my thoughts. The Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is out and out sung at every place but what if all of that is not needed in the first place? Doesn't an attempt to reduce waste before it becomes waste, sounds good? It sure does. Share your ideas of minimalism with me in the comments section below. I'd love to hear your thoughts.
And in the meantime, I would like to share something interesting with you all. Recently, the eco-group of my society put up an excellent event on Gandhi Jayanti to spead awareness of making the society plastic free. The idea about reducing, reusing and recycling the waste was pleasantly accepted by majority of the people. The kids and their families gathered in huge number which sure was definite first step towards a cleaner, healthier environment.
The eco-sustainability drive
In an attempt to sentitize the society of the harmful effects of plastic, waste and other non-recyclable material, several actions were taken by the people of all ages.
- Creating wealth from waste.
- A street play was organised by the talented kids and their mentor to spread across the message to stop using plastic to all.
- Eco-bricks were made with plastic bottles repurposing them by filling in plastic bags and turned it into a wonderful table. Read more about eco-bricks here.
Minimalism is a relatively new attitude majorly being attopted by the millenials now. There is a long way to go. And this honest attempt to tackle the problem of 'extra' that has been persistent in the past, was note-worthy.
10 thing to teach kids to be environment friendly
- Use paper on both sides
- Carry cloth bags and give away plastic or NWPP bags
- Turn off switches when not needed
- Encourage taking shorter showers
- Properly dispose of trash and recyclables
- Recycle glass or make intersting decor items with old glass bottles
- Repurpose old newspapers
- Personalise gift wrapping, use newspapers or old cloth
- Opt minimalist living style
- Share the knowledge !
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