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20 December 2011 @ 02:30 am
More on the Great Purge  
I am hereby making a vow.
I shall buy nothing- NOTHING- for the next 6 months.
And I'm not talking about food and necessity- I'm talking about all the crap that you don't need. Clothing is ok so long as I use it. Books are always welcome- knowledge is invaluable.
Everything else, however, is not even an option.
I want to try and live my life without baggage. Like the emotional kind, I want to put that in physicality as well.
I produce my mind through art and carvings. Things that can go BACK to nature after it's life has passed. I don't want plastic things that will outlive me and kill every other thing on this planet.
I don't want to contribute to the giant hoards floating in the Atlantic. I don't want to be on of 7 BILLION of a stupid species that needs to fill it's space with empty stupid things in order to think it is important. I want to be like every other creature ASIDES from the human species. I want to be something that perpetuates nature and the natural order. I want to know that my most valuable goods are the ones that I carry in my head. The Languages, the Oral Traditions, the Martial Arts, the European Sword Fighting, how to plant plants, to ruminate about old scripture and the written words, and all the little secrets the stories have to tell us.

I did keep some of the old things. Some of the things that remind me of pinicle moments of my life. Asides from them, I do not want to ADD anything to my "collections".
For the next 6 months, I live like the things I hold most dear: I live in Balance and Harmony with Myself.
Lets see if this works.
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Eric "Kuba" Ashwalkswithtigers on December 20th, 2011 08:37 am (UTC)
I like your attitude. I wish more people made the same effort. Too many people are buying too much stuff they don't need (often with money they don't have), which is going to create even more problems.
gishkishenh: :)gishkishenh on December 20th, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC)
If there is one person I knew would understand, it WOULD be you!
My only regret was not being able to bring my birch bark and cedar bark with me from Vancouver. It sheds once a year, and I pick it up and make art from it. It's free, it's environmentally friendly, and it can disintegrate when you don't want it anymore! It's the best thing EVER.
Mbalambala on December 20th, 2011 10:14 pm (UTC)
I'm amazed!
That is a great plan! I am curious to know how it went and if you had to buy things, what were they.

We were quite impressed with how much we could cut purchases of food down with the deer we got and with a change in our diet. We eat less stuff and less processed, which cuts down a lot all those colorful shiny wrappers.
gishkishenh: enlightenmentgishkishenh on December 21st, 2011 01:25 am (UTC)
Re: I'm amazed!
So far, nothing needed to be bought. But i will update with things as time goes on.

As for food, our family already capitalized on the Organic free range, as well as recyclable packaging. Here in Canada, our Recycling system works far better than in America; we can send glass, metal, plastic, Styrofoam, and paper. Sadly, because we are urban and not country, we have no means of hunting deer and growing our own food. While places down town have started to cultivate "Local gardens", they are few and far between in comparison to Vancouver. It's not a big thing for us as we do not eat much to begin with, and we have a very cook-from-scratch mentality. :)
smurfette: rockleeblowingkissessmurfette_love on December 21st, 2011 02:44 am (UTC)
Good for you! I'm also starting to live like this! I only buy what I need (I spend most of my money on FOOD!!!) not what I want. I try not to buy what I want too much. Buying too much material stuffs are just a waste of space and money. Also, those stuff will eventually be donated anyways. XD

We should love and take care of our dear Mother Nature and Mother Earth. <3
gishkishenh: wolf maskgishkishenh on December 22nd, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC)
YES!
I kept things of strong sentimental value.. but fundamentally, I don't have the yearning to BUY things. I was in the Toy Isle the other day and found that I wasn't urge dot buy a single thing.
Well, asides from 2 carving knives, but those are more art supplies then actual toys. Although, they are MY toys.... XD

Edited at 2011-12-22 09:15 pm (UTC)
feel a storm coming...an ARTSTORM!artstorm on December 21st, 2011 08:02 am (UTC)
good luck! ive recently come acrossthe zero waste concept and am trying to understand the difference between it and recycling and incorporate an artistic approach to it in my life. not so easy in todays society but not impossible.
gishkishenhgishkishenh on December 22nd, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC)
Recycling is simply down grading until it becomes waste- sadly, our recycling systems are not 100% closed, and are not "Cradle to Cradle", but "Cradle to Grave". This means that a recycled plastic bottle might go into another bottle, or another item... and eventually cannot be recycled anymore [either because the new product is a composition of fibers that itself cannot be recycled, or that isn't on the acceptable recycling list].
Zero waste means there is absolutely NOTHING left behind- like one of my wooden masks that will simply decompose. Many are trying to find ways to close the loops between the two concepts- William McDonough, for example, is a Designer and Architect that lives on this concept.
With art it's hard- the new Digital era is rendering traditional artisans redundant or uncompetitive... so even those who wish to venture into the land of "Natural fibers and dyes" will be run out in the favor of high tech computer products that pollute and create ionizing and carcinogenic waste behind them. It's hard enough to be an artist, but consider someone with half the skill and artistic capacity capable of "boosting" their output because of a machine that does a lot of the work for them, and at a more inexpensive cost. We are in a TIGHT niche, and very few care, sadly.
feel a storm coming...an ARTSTORM!artstorm on December 23rd, 2011 02:27 am (UTC)
Well under the decompose definition you have described my idea is not zero waste at all :( The wikipedia article I read seemed to say even biodegradeable plastic is not a zerowaste thing but that creating things for maximum use is. I'd love to know your opinion on the wiki entry if you have one.
gishkishenh: guardiangishkishenh on December 23rd, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
The Recycling industry is equally as fraught with politics and money. Sadly, the government grants specific tax-back and breaks only to the materials that are considered "high circulation" or in "high demand". Technically, EVERY item is either make from a plastic, metal, or paper. It's the compositions that vary, and so the processes of removing, separating, purifying and re-composing is different. HERE lies the problem: If a certain type of plastic is not used frequently, then it becomes more energy consuming and less profitable to run through a separation process. It's about money for bottom line product.

Wikipedia to me has always been a bullshit zone. I am bias because I am a traditionalist, who believes that information comes from hands-on experience and participation- not through some "donation" process that relays heavily on un-certified, unprofessional people doing more second hand research into topics they themselves don't fully understand.
Biodegradable plastic is still an artificial creation that takes too long to decompose, and more so- doesn't actually "decompose" in the traditional sense. It is "less harmful" for the environment, but still does some harm. Like William McDonough said, "Being less bad still isn't being Good." Mr. McDonough himself coined the term "Cradle to Cradle" to relate an endless cycle of material-for-product, therefor eliminating the waste. What I'm sure the article doesn't tell you is the actual process and concept behind "Maximum use" product is... and how every product has a "shelf life" but it is in the DESIGN that holds the key of elimination of the waste by-products.

This has always been a very good introductory to the concept, as told by McDonough himself. His book "Cradle to Cradle" also does a fantastic job relating the process, and gives the readers a through understanding of the concepts from the direct mouth of the professionals of the field. He also includes multiple examples of the actual ideal in fruition- by himself and his company. This has always been the best starting point to shoot off from:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7987612343225687713
feel a storm coming...an ARTSTORM!artstorm on December 27th, 2011 01:54 am (UTC)
thank you kindly for the info. it's a bit difficult for me to get hands on knowledge right now but i certainly understand your point :)