Ever since we got Netflix, I’ve been watching a lot of documentaries. Yesterday, I watched the documentary “No Impact Man”. For those of you who haven’t seen it. It’s about a family’s challenge to reduce their impact on the environment to ZERO for a year. They adapted their lives in phases, and I must say, a lot of it seemed very familiar to me.
Making these lifestyle changes is almost addictive. I find myself wanting more and more, because every change I make feels so right. I think Colin Beavan (No Impact Man) is taking it a bit too far in some areas, (like not using toilet paper or trying to do without any electricity) but over all the changes they make are really good. (You can follow him on Facebook, here.)
Over the past few months Bas and I have made quite a few changes to our own lives. We joined the Compact in February, we stopped drinking soda, we make our own bread, cookies, knackebrod and even laundry detergent and other cleaning supplies. We got rid of our dryer aswel. We keep making new changes and every time we do, I feel like our lives are getting better.
We’re currently working on reducing our waste. It’s not easy, because making lifestyle changes is never easy. But it feels right, and that’s what matters.
There will be many more changes, and we will find things that are great for us, and things that aren’t. That’s OK, though. Because we’re learning. And there can be no learning without some mistakes.
Over all, the documentary made me feel like I’m doing the right thing. And it made me realize there are many other people out there, doing the same. I’m not alone in this, and together we will make a big difference in this world. By writing this blog I hope to inspire people to start making changes in their lives, as long as they feel good about it. It’s important not to deprive yourself of anything you need. It’s more important to find out what it is you really need.
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