A bit more minimalist – 5 things you don’t need

Don’t be fooled. Caring for the environment is not about buying products marketed as eco-friendly, organic or sustainable. It’s about producing less crap. And to produce less trash we should consume less. That simple and that hard. Then, whatever you end up buying should be mindful, should be sustainable, but that’s another topic and, in my opinion, of secondary relevance. Besides, a lot of eco-friendly products are not much more than marketing and a green tag. Without more ado, here you have a list of 5 things that, in my opinion, are only useful to create more CRAP.

1 Bottled water

Because if you are lucky enough to be living in the developed world, tap water is more than fine to drink in the vast majority of places, regardless the taste. In fact, if you don’t like the taste, you can always investigate the wide range of filters that there are (activated carbon, and such), which last for several months eliminate the solutes that give water its taste. And, if you want to carry water around in your backpack/bag, reusable water bottles and flasks exist. Google “best reusable water bottle” and you’ll be amazed by the choice.

2 Air fresheners/scented candles

Hint: if it smells bad, it’s probably dirty. Besides, who wants a bunch of irritating volatile gases and smoke flying around? Not me. Cough, cough.

3 Coffee capsules

What can I say about this? The mere fact of generating a small aluminum ball per coffee cup made should be already giving you a rash. Ok. Those Nespresso machines make a hell of a good coffee, but my Italian coffee maker does too. You only need to learn to use it properly and find the sweet spot when you need to take it out of the hob.

4 Kitchen foil and plastic cling film

Super polluting, super disposable and thoroughly unnecessary. Need to wrap something in foil for oven cooking? Pyrex (or other oven resistant material) pot with a lid. Need to use foil or cling film to pack your lunch? Lunchboxes, the same you use for storing food in the fridge. Do you put foil in the base of the oven tray to keep your food from sticking? Try baking sheets instead. Yes, they are disposable too, but less contaminant.

5 A thousand jeans

Let’s be honest. You don’t need a pair of jeans in every single shade of blue because they all look more or less the same. If you compare your darkest and your lightest wash then, ok, it might make a difference in your look, but the rest are basically the same story if the cut is similar. I’ve seen wardrobes with so many similar jeans it looked like Pepper Ann’s.

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I know it’s hard to consume less, but these 5 things are fairly easy to eliminate or substitute. But I get it. I’m not a minimalist at all myself. For example, I think having a capsule coffee machine in the office is kinda cool, but in the end, I restrain from buying such a thing and bring my own coffee from home in an insulated cup.

That’s it! Being a bit more environmentally friendly is easy. It’s not like you are going to save the planet on your own, but little efforts made by lots of people really end up making an enormous impact.

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2 Comments

  1. W
    Wednesday November 22nd, 2017
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    Yo he convencido a la familia para usar servilletas de tela, me parece una gilipollez que cada vez que te limpias el morro por tener una gotita de salsa (a veces ni eso), tengas que desechar una servilleta de papel, por lo demás, si comes como una persona normal y no te pringas mucho puedes tener tu servilleta (cada uno tiene la suya marcada) limpia un tiempo hasta ponerla a lavar. Y si encima usas una tela reciclada de un vaquero viejuno mejor que mejor y si ya eres un/a manitas y te gusta coser, te puedes hacer unas servilletas bastante molonas.
    Respecto a las cápsulas… ya en 2016…. Germany always a step foward http://www.lavanguardia.com/vida/20160422/401279179919/hamburgo-prohibe-maquinas-de-cafe-con-capsulas-en-los-edificios-publicos.html

    • Eme
      Monday November 27th, 2017
      Reply

      ¡Servilletas de tela! En mi casa las usamos durante mucho tiempo hasta que llegó, no sé, el efecto 2000 y nos pasamos a los papelillos, pero yo también tengo en mente recuperarlas 😀 Y el caso de Hamburgo lo conozco. Los alemanes siempre tan umweltfreundlich.

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