Blogging today is brought to your from: The Bedroom
Ably assisted by: Simpkin and Betty, who are sleeping on my feet
Courtesy of: A functioning wireless connection and a laptop. Yay! Sloth rocks!
B has gone off for a couple of nights on a job in Birmingham. R has taken the week off to be with his kids over half-term.
I am alone with the internet.
Bwah ha ha ha ha!
*Coughs slightly shiftily*
I seem to be posting quite a lot of ethical living stuff at the moment - it's not a conscious decision, it's just the things that are catching my attention. Today, there's a news article in The Independent Online about "Freegans".
Freegans seem, basically, to be people who go through bins for food (and most other things, actually). It's a lifestyle choice based on the premise that as a society, we throw too much away. After reading the article, two things strike me about it, apart from the intial "They do WHAT?" reaction:
- The amount of stuff chucked out by shops like Tesco and Iceland et al seems absolutely phenomenal.
- As a lifestyle choice it seems quite labour-intensive - really a return to a hunter-gatherer style society, where you don't grow your own food; but you therefore have to put more energy in to locating and collecting it. This is not a bad thing - but if I remember my archaeology 101 course from nearly twenty years ago (yipes!), hunter-gather societies do not have so much time to pursue things that aren't necessary to immediate survival - ie, art, literature etc..
I'm not really going anywhere with all this, just mulling over what a wasteful, un-natural society we seem to be living in. I don't think it will change overnight; and I think that if it does change, then it will be a change from the grass roots upwards:
People who by increments change their lifestyle so that we are NOT buying so much food that we chuck it out when it reaches it's sell-by date; who plan and cook their own meals rather than buying pre-prepared; who source locally; who make a conscious decision to use cleaning materials that are not harmful to the environment.
Thoughts, anyone, while I go and make myself yet another cup of tea?
Update: Lots of interesting comments, thank you all very much. Also, via Kitchen Witch's post that kind-of-referenced this one, a comment by Lisa, referencing this essay on Freeganism by Barbara at Tigers and Strawberries. All interesting, thought provoking stuff.
Update Two: Barbara has another follow-up essay here.