We are living in the age of convenience, but how convenient is it going to be when we deplete this earth of all its natural resources?
Although I’m not one to talk, I’ve been brought up in the age of convenience too. I’ve bought cans of drink and coffee in disposable cups and put them in general waste bins instead of recycling which contributes to the 50million tonnes of waste that Australians are producing each year as of 2016 (MRA). I was brought up on eating meat for the first 18 years of my life which had me contribute to the estimated 51 per cent of the global greenhouse gases just on raising and killing livestock (FAO) and over 56 billion animals that die for us to eat (animalequality.net). I was buying at one stage at least one item of clothing per week which contributed to my wardrobe count of 638 units, which has me contributing to low wages in the factories in third world countries and excess use of water and chemicals to produce the cotton to make my shirts and jeans. And to top this off, I do take a plastic bag if I have forgotten to take a reusable one, in which, the average amount of time a plastic bag is used before it ends up in general waste, is only 12 minutes (conservingnow.com). I am guilty. Although this isn’t everything that I have contributed to in my lifetime but these are the most common to which we all contribute to, it is a wake up call to change.
Although some of the things we do, we don’t do intentionally. We’ve been brought up that way. Everything is there for us. Thirsty? Here’s a bottle of water. Tired? There’s a cafe on every corner. Spilt your coffee on your shirt? Target has t-shirts for $4 so you can just take it off and throw it in the bin. The age of convenience is what is going to speed up our search for new planets to live on (or destroy next.) But how hard is it, to simply change our habits, to prolong the lifespan of our time here on Earth?
My lifestyle is in no way sustainable due to the amount of waste that is produced from the use of products that is convenient such as cans, plastic bottles and packaged food which is consumed on a daily basis. In addition to this, the purchase off excessive pieces for the wardrobe and my make-up repertoire could be brought down to a minimum.
From counting products that exist in my wardrobe, I don’t think any person needs as much as 638 units. 109 being pairs of socks, 69 undergarments, 60 shirts and 46 pairs of pants – this is not the full extension, but is a taste of the excessiveness of what my wardrobe is. In reality, this an over consumption, and a result of the fast fashion industry being so accessible and everything on high rotation. More than half of these units probably have not left their draws/wardrobe in six months. Could I up-cycle or donate? Yes.
Our generation is the change for a better tomorrow. Education to our following generations is going to be what will alter how long the human race has on this earth before we completely destroy and make it deem un-liveable. Changing our habits which we have picked up from previous generations and implementing them in our day to day life. It’s all about changing our habits and passing them down is what it going to change our future and the future for others.
‘Mustn’t we make sustainability inclusive rather than exclusive?’
I invite you to my journey to a better tomorrow, one step at a time.