The question reminds me of a book I bought ten years ago, from one who tried to live truly sustainable, here is a purchase recommendation:
Here’s a content description I copied from Critical Reading to save keystrokes to extend the life of my notebook, which is almost certainly unsustainable:
What Leo Hickman had realized was that he shouldn’t start his trial with half things.
Not with a good intention, but with a firm will and mature preliminary considerations, with good consultants at his side, who further expand his semi-knowledge and show alternatives.In spite of everything, it should be kept clear that more information and information about connections and processes around us and about the effects of our (buying) behaviour do not necessarily make things easier. The more one knows and begins to comprehend, the more one might tend to throw the shotgun into the (organic) grain, so as not to go mad with the principles and things that must be observed.
What is better or.more important to note: Only to buy organic products or perhaps rather those that have travelled the least food kilometres? Just to eat fall fruit? Or it’s best to just put Fair Trade products in the paper shopping bag? Do you need to understand and maintain contact with all the neighbours and the community? Which charity should you donate to? Which bank can be entrusted with your money in good conscience? What is the most environmentally friendly travel method? Questions about questions that are certainly asked by many people and are not so easy to answer…
Expanding the horizon
Leo Hickman is a journalist for the left-liberal British daily The Guardian.A classic small family and living in a London suburb as he begins his project. His preliminary work consists, among other things, in defining ethically correct life for himself (setting priorities and making difficult decisions in order to represent a more positive force for oneanother and the environment, to reduce habits as a consumer and to reduce try to understand the effects.) and to draw up (and publish) a list of his habits in daily life as honestly as possible.Finally, he launches an appeal on the internet platform of his newspaper, which gives him letters from all over the world with sometimes constructive criticism and suggestions and sometimes funny, condemning and sometimes disillusioning comments.
In addition, he seeks and finds three consultants who will help him in various fields and above all be critical and to broaden his horizons.
Leo decides that he will need tutoring with sound background knowledge in at least three areas: in his diet, in the environmental damage for which he is partly responsible, and in the knowledge of the power of the large corporations as well as the resulting resulting effects.He receives this help from an employee of the consumer magazine Ethical Consumer , who informs his readers about the social and environmental effects of products, from the marketing manager of Friends of the earth, an international Network of environmental groups and by a board member of the Soil Association and founder of Planet Organic organic stores.
Already at the beginning of the experiment, when the whole house with furnishings, food and cleaning products, baby care products, cosmetics, electrical appliances, city garden and much more is analyzed and taken apart by the consultants, is not only Leo and his wife it is clear that their lives will be fundamentally different if they want to stick to their intentions.The structure of the entire text is divided into three different components, which are always alternating and are always arranged in accordance with the current subject of consideration: Leo’s narratives, the letters to his call and – marked with a magnifying glass – the Comments, advice and information from the three consultants on the topic. And so an entertaining, informative, sometimes depressing (because where is it all supposed to end??) but also funny and in any case read-, possibly also post-life-worthy story arises, which encourages everyone to have different parts of their lives or at least questioning their habits and addressing some things more consciously and reconsidered in the future.
It is exciting to follow the ethical career of Leo and his family, of people with similar conditions to those found among countless other, comfortable and relatively well-placed citizens of a European country.You can experience with them the intrusion into their very private life and how their everyday life is really head-to-head, the “rainworm composter attempt”, a day at a London dump and a holiday according to new rules. By the way, Leo is accompanied by his lively e-mail contact with people from all over the world, who give him and his wife even more unusual tips on different areas (e.g. How do I make organic and degradable tampons and bandages myself?). Much of this seems to be hardly practicable in our networked and capitalist life, while others show ways of escaping this largely system-dependent existence. The beauty of this book – and this book – is that you can decide for yourself what you take with you and your own life, what you are willing to set priorities and bear consequences, what lifestyle you want to continue to smile about and which one then consideration for one’s own life.