Next week I’m going to be posting some musings on my understanding of how society became the wasteful capitalist box in which we live our lives. Before I let those thoughts loose on the internet I wanted to first write about how hard it is to live ethically and still participate in society.
My entire experience as a human is built upon a foundation of war, colonisation, and other human atrocities. I find myself conflicted about what sort of difference aiming to live an ethical sustainable life actually makes in the big picture, because the waste I produce as an individual, and the impact of putting my $ where my morals are doesn’t even register as a blip on anyone who matters radar.
So here are some things I wish weren’t so hard about ethical living:
1) I wish researching company policies and greener alternatives wasn’t so time consuming. Trying to figure out if an established supply chain is ethical or not is. a. nightmare. Yes www.ethical.org.au exists to help point you in the right direction, but it shouldn’t be up to individuals to dig through mountains of corporate jargon to figure out if “insert product here” is created on the backs of people who are essentially slaves.
2) I wish I didn’t have to own a car. I literally cannot do my job without a car, and alternatives within walking/public transport distance do not allow me to work in my field, or provide enough $ or stability for me to live a life in which I don’t feel stressed. I have tried so hard to figure out how to get to any of my jobs by public transport, and currently due to scheduling, it’s impossible.
3) I wish making art didn’t cause so much waste. A reality of being creative is that the tools and supplies you need to do the thing come in too much packaging. There’s no way to avoid it, apart from not making anything (which for me is never going to happen)
4) I wish going to the bulk buy foods/green grocers was possible all the time. It’s no secret that I have a hectic schedule. It does not fit within the confines of 9 - 5, making it very difficult to shop all the time in places that don’t completely suck (see woolworths and coles). If it’s a choice between my morals and eating that week, I’m going to choose eating every time.
5) I wish people didn’t automatically give you a straw, EVEN if you asked for no straw. I’m one of those hipster greenies that carry a metal straw. So often my good intentions are thwarted by muscle memory/social norms that dictate to those in service positions that drinks come with straws. It’s not anyones fault, it just makes it very difficult to live out my straw filled morals.
In less “I’m a hippy get me out of here” news - The lovely lady who’s sharing these blog photos with me is a dear friend and fellow creative Kira! She makes dope earrings: https://www.instagram.com/oaklane_earrings/ and sweet soulful tunes: https://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/leemoon 11/10 such a gem :)