The Ten Duel Commandments

Just kidding. I’m just going to talk about five duel commandments/ blogging guidelines through a few good men and women.

1. Moana of Motunui

“I am Moana of Motunui. You will board my boat, and return the heart to Te Fiti.” Vaguely translated: Know who you are, and don’t be afraid to be who you are (Rule #1).

2. Wreck-It Ralph

Or his friend Fix It Felix. Vaguely translated: Don’t just rant, do something about it (Rule #2). This isn’t a rant blog on how much I hate unsustainable living and people who use up resources carelessly. This is a call to action and a how-to guide for those who want to do something about being and living better.

3. Donkey from Shrek

Because he describes Shrek for what he is — “really, really tall”. Can’t deny that, Donkey. However, something I want to develop through this blog is my word bank. I am banning myself from using the word “very”, or “really” (Rule #3). Good luck to me, really.

4. Dieter Rams

Because less, but better (he wrote the book, by the way!) (and Rule #4). Aside from the overall theme of this blog being zero waste, I do not want this to be a brainfart platform (that’s what my Twitter is for!). I also don’t want to ramble and have long pointless entries. The less words I use to get my point across, the better, so less is better. (Also, a sub-rule would be: edit).

5. Jack Sparrow

Because he looks like he’s always having fun even when times get tuff. Vaguely translated: Have fun (Rule #5)! Why would I write here if I didn’t enjoy it 🙂
To recap:

Rule #1: Be who you are

Rule #2: Be critical, but not a critic

Rule #3: Don’t use “very” (and “really”)

Rule #4: Less, but better

Rule #5: Have fun

If you think I’m violating any of these rules, feel free to give me a (virtual) slap.

Greetings / Greenings from Planet Earth

Over the long weekend, I watched Mission Antarctique, a documentary series about Antarctica (surprise!) directed by Jean Lemire, which showed the impact of our consumption on the most remote area on the planet and the creatures that live there. This stirred my interest again in living a zero-waste lifestyle. I can’t imagine that the coldest place on the planet is the fastest warming, thanks to our carbon emissions and wastage. I know, we’re all to blame, but there are several ways to take action to combat global warming.

I’ve thought about living zero-waste before, but after researching what it entails, it’s really daunting. I would like to think I’m pretty conscious about my waste (especially with single-use plastic like straws and grocery bags), but zero-waste is a whole new league. I can’t imagine everything I use will have to be biodegradable or sustainable. On a certain level, that would be great, but given my reality (and accessibility to affordable sustainable items), goodbye skincare products, using cotton pads, and eating bags of chips! If I could go straight to the source and ask them to put shampoo or toner or Cheetos into my own reusable containers, maybe I would do that. These are only the things I eat or put on my body. Don’t even get me started on energy consumption.

What’s difficult about loving the environment and wanting to do something to conserve it is that most of the time your actions will contradict themselves, or you’ll look like a hypocrite, or that you need to gain critical mass to really make a difference. What I want from this project is to take baby steps to save our beautiful Mother Earth so future generations can bask in its beauty. If I can convince at least one person to join me in this crusade, that is good enough for me.