A (late) happy new year to all of you. As the new year has already begun and with us being in the process of taking apart our life in Germany – we (or especially I) are thinking a lot about the way we live. What we all have, need and want. What makes us happy and what brings us closer to a joyful and simple life? How are we contributing to the lives of others and to a better world in general?
I have a few thoughts that are circling around in my head and that are some kind of a new year resolution for us and here I would like to share them with you.
A few days ago I went to a flea market with 4 big bags filled with stuff. Mostly clothes, shoes, and purses. A lot of the pieces were not even worn more than 2-3 times. They were not all mine as I got things to sell from Lukas and my mom as well but still. I estimate that I had at least 200 pieces with me, sold maybe around 90 of them and made 120 Euros. If every piece on my table once cost 10 Euro (and almost everything was definitely more expensive than that) it once had a total value of 2000 Euro. Or maybe even more. And now I can only sell it for almost nothing and nobody is willing to pay more than 3 Euro per piece? That’s crazy and makes me sad! Not because I don’t get a lot of money for my stuff but because I think its depressing how everything loses its value. Think cars are a bad investment, think again.
Okay, so I had my enormous pile of items waiting to be sold and back home there are at least 10 more bags of stuff that I don’t really need or ever use. Over the last three weeks we spent a lot of time going through almost every cabinet and box in our apartment and attic and sorted out stuff that we can throw away or sell. This experience taught me that I never ever want to own as much stuff as we do now. And by modern standards we don’t even own much really. Why would I need and keep things that I never use? Now everything that we use regularly or that has an emotional value for us stays – everything else has to leave. In the next year I want to learn and write more about minimalism. Moving to another continent with just one or two checked bags might be the perfect opportunity for that!
Buy sustainable and fair
Buying sustainable and fair produced products is the logical thing that comes next. I’m of the opinion that you should think twice about everything you buy. Do you really need another shirt if you already own 20? Or a new pair of shoes, a bag or a new phone? And if you decide that you really need it, please consider where the products come from. Most of them are produced in third world countries under horribly unfair and degrading conditions. But today, choosing to work against this is easier than ever. A while ago I started to buy mostly fair and sustainable produced clothes for example. There are of course exceptions (I don’t buy socks for 20 Euros per pair, sorry!) but I try to buy only what I really need or what I’ve been wanting for a long time and, wherever possible, fair produced only. A few brands that I really like are Patagonia, Armedangels and Hessnatur. There’s so much more about that topic and you will definitely find more about fairfashion, greenwashing etc. on the blog in the future. Stay tuned!
(ALMOST) ZERO WASTE
Are you ever thinking about how much waste you produce? The sheer amount is just insane. It shocks me that it is almost impossible to buy ingredients for a proper meal without simultaneously producing a huge amount of waste. I am currently informing myself about ways to avoid that and how to make stuff myself that help me produce less waste. Shampoo or alternative cosmetics are only two examples. But that’s also going to be a whole new topic so for the time being I just want you to maybe stop and think about the amount of waste you produce day in day out, in which ways this plastic waste affects you and your health and if there are ways to avoid this overuse and over-consumption. And if anyone here knows if there is a store where you can buy food in bulk in Cape Town – please let me know.
What does this mean for the blog?
Okay, I am happy now that I shared a few thoughts here. I’m thinking about these topics a lot lately and I think if everyone would just concern themselves a little bit more with them the world would be a tiny bit better. What are you guys thinking about conscious living? Is it something that is on your mind at all? I am curious!
I think that all of the previously mentioned points are very important and that everybody should at least try to live in a more sustainable way. That being said we will focus the blog a bit more into this direction in the future. Don’t think that we both are perfectly handling all of these things, but we are trying our best and we want to improve.
We also have two articles where you find some information about Responsible Tourism and about the dark side of animal-basted tourist attractions already. Go have a look if you haven’t yet.