What is it to be a good consumer? This is something that I've been thinking about lately. From politicised consumer revolts to discussions around meat consumption, sweatshop products or energy use.
I can't help but to think that we all turn a blind eye to aspects where the need for comfort is outweighed by negative outcomes. Diffusion of responsibility plays a role in this, too, of course.
In the end, we need to ask ourselves: What do I need? What do I want? And what can I do without?
April was a solid month. Even through some stressful times, I managed to find time for camping on the sand dunes near the southern ocean.
I didn't make any major changes to my 'system' in terms of food, cooking, waste and so on, however I did manage to sign up for the Live Below the Line. I'll be living on $2 a day for food and drink from May 1 - 5 to raise money for charity. I've made my goal, which is very generous of people!
My ingredients came to a total of of AUD$9.58, and will yield 2280 calories per day across five days with 20% protein, 15% fat and 65% carbs.
Quite a bit of waste reduction this month:
As always, the top row, from left to right, is glass, tins, paper. The bottom row, from left to right, is hard plastic, soft plastic, and miscellaneous.