In the immortal words of a great philosopher:
“It’s not easy being green.”
– Kermit the Frog
Sometimes, as you’re correctly separating out the non-recyclable waste from your neighbour’s recycling bin (after dark, so they won’t see you), trying not to overreact as your request to have your coffee in your travel mug instead of a paper cup is met with blank stares or stifled laughter, or attempting to justify to your nearest and dearest that a third jumper, hat and extra slippers are preferable to having the heating on, you can find yourself thinking that being ‘green’ can be a bit of a lonely place.
When this happens I reassure myself that I am not really alone in this – there are surely many people as curious as I – but sometimes the sheer tide of disposable packaging, litter, waste and over-consumption, can leave me feeling a bit downhearted about it all. Why isn’t everyone else angry about this as well!?
Happily I was lucky enough to meet some of these curious people last week, when we had a London Zero Waste meet-up! It came at a great time, just as I needed a bit of an inspiration boost. There’s a pic of us at the bottom of the post – Emma, Vicky (of Allotment Recipes), me and Zoe (of Eco Thrifty Living). Zoe’s website is one of the first eco blogs I found, and one of the reasons I felt inspired to started writing this blog in the first place. It was arranged via the Zero Waste Heroes Facebook group by Meg (who was sadly ill and couldn’t come in the end!), which is a lovely group whose creativity and enthusiasm for preventing waste is seriously impressive.
We discussed anything and everything zero waste over several cups of tea (obtained with varying levels of zero waste success despite our very best efforts) and cake (more successfully). It was a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon, and I left with my faith in humanity restored – people do care! Even more than I do, perhaps! Hurrah!
Whilst those of us trundling around with our travel mugs, reusable cutlery and a variety of other refillable containers may still be a minority, we are very definitely there. There are experiences to be shared and tips to recommend.
In the name of sustainability and sharing, I’ve gone and joined my local library in advance of Zoe’s next Sustainable Book Club. We’re going to be reading Simon Fairlie’s Meat – A Benign Extravagance , come join us! I also found another book to take home by Chris Goodall, How to live a low-carbon life – the individual’s guide to stopping climate change, which argues that governments and companies aren’t going to make the changes needed, and it’s up to individuals. And to a certain extent I agree, but to quote another famous group of philosophical thinkers, Monty Python:
“We’re all individuals!”
And we’re all in this together 🙂