As our Rubbish Free Year draws to a close, with just three weeks to go till the end of the challenge, the most commonly asked question has changed from “What do you do about…?” to “What will happen once your year is up?”. Currently, we have three responses.
Firstly, rather than feeling like we are now winding down to the the end of the challenge we have been talking about how our new habits feel very sustainable longer term. We are not hanging out for the challenge to end and we have no plans whatsoever to rush out and buy anything we couldn’t get whilst the challenge was on. We are absolutely stoked by this, as the whole point of our challenge was to create new habits that became so ingrained that they require very little energy to keep going, leaving us free to concentrate on other aspects of our lifestyle where we might lighten the load on the earth and humanity.
Secondly, the Rubbish Free Year website has become a great venue for the exchange of ideas and tips on living rubbish reduced lifestyle and so we absolutely plan to keep it going. In addition there has been some requests from various businesses for Waveney and I to engage with them in order to raise their awareness of ways they can reduce rubbish being created both as office spaces but also as manufacturers of products ultimately destined for the landfill. We are really excited about this because we are not advocating for a return to 1950s lifestyles, but rather, would love to see technology exploited to it’s full potential to enable a more sustainable use of resources employed in products we use daily.
Finally, it is time for a party! We are inviting all the people that helped make the year what it was, and are planning for it to be completely rubbish free. People say it can’t be done, but we think that if anyone can, it might be us! We figure its a great way to both example to everyone how we do it and to kick back and celebrate this amazing year. Any rubbish free party ideas and tips would be appreciated.