Challenge 1: No more supermarkets!
New year, new challenges! How about I choose ‘them challenge’ instead of it finding me?
I’ve experimented with a few green ideas a little here and there in 2011… but nothing too spectacular or mind blowing.
I’m greatful for all the teachers who I’ve bumped into along the way. I have learned so much and you are all superstars. Doing what is right even when you are thought of as insane, takes guts.
I want to create challenges that will force me to rethink the way I do things.
Some challenges I’ve been thinking of is learning how to feed the family on 100 rand a day and then take it down to 50 rand. All the while looking to feed the family the best fresh produce, free of any nasty chemicals and poisons.
I don’t know how to do this. The cheapest foods are not even classified as foods. It’s dead… But if you don’t have the means you are forced to buy cans of dead food to survive. Some people are forced to survive on 5 rand a day. How do they stay healthy? This is where the challenges come in. Forcing myself to rethink this. How can we get the frugal resourceful way of life back?
It is so liberating to live and learn this way. Knowing that you are teaching yourself and your offspring real life skills of knowing how to plant their food and when. How to feed themselves. How to make their own clothes. Build their own homes. How to make their own wash, creams, perfumes and just the skill to live in abundance on this planet without having to feel they need money to BE anything. They just need to live gorgeously and simply.
In the end they will be the beautiful people that will teach others how to survive and live a beautiful, honest, authentic life. I can’t give my offspring more than that beautiful gift.
Only problem is, I don’t know how yet.
So, you can imagine my joy when Tricia from Little Eco Footprints started the no supermarket challenge. I was like ‘yeah, bring it on!’ So happy! I need this push.
So I’ll start my first challenge on Monday the 9th of January. For how long? No idea. (Indefinitely I hope) We’ll see.
This challenge really touch on so many other areas I wish to find alternatives for. What I love about this challenge is that I will learn how to be less dependent on those big corporations and help the smaller businesses to thrive. I can meet the person that grows my food and we can create a true connection. You don’t get that in big shopping malls.
Our supermarkets wrap everything in plastic, tin or Styrofoam and that doesn’t help my zero waste challenge. Recycling is not the answer any more.
Supermarkets import produce from around the globe and I want to eat food grown close to me in a natural way and in season. I want to eat foods that nourish me, not leave me full of disease.
These are just a few of my personal reasons. The others who signed up for the challenge might have other reasons.
Would you join us?
If this challenge speaks to you then head on over to Little Eco Footprints and join in. You could do this for a month or even a week. There are lessons to be learned here, either way.
I will document my experience here. Hope to see you.