Sustainability Is About....

Hope 🌳

If you don't have it, you freeze or go slower or give up.

COVID19 is going to disrupt a lot of things.  We will not be going back to normal life until there is a vaccine, supposedly.  Music concerts will be out.  Other things will be gradually let back in but nothing large scale gatherings.  Luckily the virus isn't mutating and the vaccine is being worked on by every single country, the speed of learning and adapting would no must be an incredible pace right.  Constraints do have a positive, they bring next level innovation and collaboration.

That is Hope signal no. 1, we can work together.

Why the insights in this blog are really important to me is because I have been living with a low footprint for 25years and now I am ready to be a bigger part of the change.

I grew up in Far North QLD, swam in the Rainforest in Summer and the Sea in Winter, 🐊 were not so prolific back then but they have drones on the beaches now but still.  😅  After the usual stint in London + Brighton, I came home, moved to Kuranda and dove a lot deeper into the theories I read in the Tao Of Pooh that was given to me by one of the DJ's I worked with.  That book changed my life. 

Before it was a thing I was a minimalist house minder, bodyworker and resident up there.  My study was alternative medicine, food as medicine experimenting and just working within the alternative side.  Buddhism was my thing and saving the planet was a huge goal for me at 23, but I knew how to do it in my own life but I had no idea how to make it bigger.  Like super big, how to make it everyday life for many if not all.

Even though I loved life on the mountain, I felt it was a form of hiding just doing me, so I followed an Acupuncturist to Brisbane who taught the old way of Acupuncture before Communism got involved with it.

I soon realised that alternative in the city is different to living alternative in regional.  It needed a lot of elements of 'normal' to make it ripple out.  

After listening to some teachers in the Permaculture community I've worked out that the final piece of the puzzle is when government and education get involved and support the businesses and policies that will help roll sustainable changes out effectively, why fixing what we've done.  That seemed way outside my skillset, so I just worked on the piece of the puzzle that I knew I could contribute to.  

Sustainable is becoming the new normal.

For me today there is a lot of hope.  Universities are experimenting and finding ways to save and regenerate the reef, agriculture can be regenerative, housing can be sustainable and so can our utilities.  People of all ages are interested in these industries as they provide economic stability for the long play.

Doughnut Economics, currently being rolled out in Amsterdam as part of their economic 'bounce back' strategy after COVID or The Great Pause, to get the country moving again.  Full circle products, buy, use, mend, recycle.

Eating out can mean hiring the packaging and either returning it or keeping it and then use it as a 'lunchbox' wherever we go.  We used to live this way and then we went efficient for our lifestyle but as we are using the earth at a rate of 2.4earths for every human at this point in time we have no choice but to be different.

Watch all 7 of Kate's Videos on YouTube - it will make you feel optimistic that there are a fantastic group of humans coming together around this change.

 

We will be different after this time, the story about the flea that is trained to only jump the height of the matchbox = constraint, after a period of time it develops this new belief that it can't jump any higher, lives that way for the rest of its life in the flea circus. 

What we are living through is a constraint and we can choose to forget it or we can choose to keep the good habits we develop through this period and treat our world & each other differently. 

How does this loop back to sustainable?

Being sustainable means we have to think about our impact on others and the planet and this time is bringing forward at very fast pace ideas and unique thinking that actually makes more sense for the way we need to be going in life and work.

Sewing is about learning how to make clothes that suit your body but it is mainly about the mending part, you mend and maybe upcycle to give it a new look and then when it's lived a good life you put it in the compost.  Natural fabrics will breakdown in your compost, full circle clothing.

Yes I get it, somethings we're conditioned to prefer synthetic, but make it 80/20.  80% natural, 20% the poly fabrics in your wardrobe.  But take a look at Bamboo for knickers and bras and even silk/cotton bras.  Change takes time but sometimes the environment makes it so we have to move faster than other times.  Watch the video below, we have 10years to make things right, we are at the pointy end of the change needed to be sustainable in the world we have now.

Today there are more options in Bamboo, Cotton, Linen and hopefully soon Hemp fabrics, so hope is growing because we are changing how we live by investing in things that last & can be recyled.  

Sustainable Housing

The work being done to create frameworks to make cities more sustainable being addressed on all fronts, more bikes, more scooters, shared transport, city rainforest planning and sustainable Apartment buildings.

Sustainable apartment buildings that are energy neutral is being offered as a course in Universities in Australia.  They capture rainwater and recycle greywater, grow food on roofs and balconies and produce energy from the glass solar windows.

Different regions need different solutions - cities & regional, north and south and west.  The Australian Government need a bit more work in building policies around carbon neutral living and for Tiny Homes but they are moving in the right direction, it's just got to be faster.

The next move needs to policies in government to enforce sustainable new housing no matter where you live, the big house no yard design never worked.

Solar power is just passing grid policies which means you can share the power you generate with your neighbours instead of feeding it into the grid, that will see some exciting changes to Utility costs once adoption spreads.

Heating Up; the Australian Government Link shows we are going to get hotter, have more fires and floods.  And Darwin, in 80 more years, will literally be 35deg all year round except for 1 month.

But did you know that when we plant more trees we actually change the environmental temperature > check out this video for some hope.

 

BCorp Businesses 🐳

I have been looking and researching the stories of a few businesses that I know are BCorp Cert. the early adopters are the ones that have embraced our future is Less but Better.  For everyone.

So, the reason for this research is that I had a great opportunity to have someone from Future Super in one of my teachers in my learning journey, an inbound marketer that is all about changing people for the better.  So Kristin put me onto BCorp and I have decided to get involved with BCorp in a way that I hope more businesses will look at this as a viable way to do business.

Anyways, hope comes in different forms.  For me it is the shake up that is happening simultaneously across ALL areas of commerce.   

What does that mean for me if I am just learning how to Sew?

Fashion contributes to an OBSCENE amount of waste.  Like embarrassingly obscene.  From poly fibre fabrics and pushing microplastics into the Ocean just by washing them, to general waste.   Now I actually sustained my business by buying up waste from larger or insolvent labels.  But that's just one small piece of the waste, the fabric quality is so poor now with fast fashion, most of it is not recyclable or reusable.

And those are two key parts of the full circle economics that need to be fulfilled for us to be sustained with 1 planet, cause we have already checked and there is nothing in our immediate future of travel that gives us a certain Plan B.  Well not for everybody.

I'm all in on Plan A.

Both of these videos are amazing, but if you only have time to watch one and you are making the shift from fast fashion, watch the first one.

 

The Economist has a 5 part series on Fashion free online, go watch it.  It's worth the hour it will take for you to watch them all. 

 

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