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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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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:

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 :)