Time to CELEBRATE!

Frida loooooves her birthday. Well, who doesn’t? She is very excited about her party and can’t wait for the kids to come and celebrate with her. »It’s going to be so much fun!« she sings, running around the table. »We’re going to craft some zebras and butterflies, eat cake and sing and dance and play!«

The party is a big success and everybody has a blast.

When finally all guests have left Frida starts looking at her presents and the pile of waste this whole party caused. Mom starts sorting and is happy to at least recycle most of the wrapping paper. »Can we play this, Mom?« Frida asks with a big board game in her hand. »Please ask Theo to play with you.« Mom replies. »Dad and I have to clean up the kitchen and the dishes.«

Theo comes into the kitchen and sees all the dirty plates and forks and glasses. »Imagine that all would be disposable stuff. You would have time to play but also have 3 more bags full with garbage...«

That’s right. Sometimes reusing items is less convenient but worth doing for less trash. 

The habit of throwing things out after one time use has to change. Many things or food are available 24/7, which feels like never ending resources. It’s easy and convenient to be able to run errands (even like satisfying your hungry stomach) without leaving the car or your home. Everything can happen through a click on the phone. But convenience brought us into this mess.

Disposable coffee cups, (red) plastic cups and bottles, plastic tablecloths, (plastic coated) plates, and plastic bags and remember: straws are only used once and then thrown in the garbage.

But even if people choose recyclable and compostable items – the concept of using it once to then dispose it stays the same.

If a plastic cup is produced to only last for one use it should not remain on this earth for hundreds of years.

Theo and Frida celebrate a big summer party with their neighbors. The street is blocked for cars and kids ride their bikes around while grown-ups sit together and talk about their gardens. »Where goes this can?« one neighbor asks. »That’s recycling!« all kids yell back and pointing to the right bin at the sorting station.

Everyone brought reusable plates and utensils. One man has a little towel attached to his belt and thinks that’s the best purpose it ever had since retiring from golf. A water station with lots of cups labeled with names is a highly frequented spot and makes any plastic bottle obsolete. Some little kids create nature art and some older kids challenge each other at an untie-the-frozen-t-shirt contest.

Scooters, garden tools, car seats, clothes and recopies are swapped or borrowed among neighbors and friends. Use the stuff you have, because less production from virgin materials means less energy. You don’t need to buy new things all the time.

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Think about your life, the things you do and the decisions you make – there are a ton of options to change some habits and to take action. And just for fun, switch off all devices! Light a candle and tell a story, fairy-tale or some knock, knock jokes...!

 

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