One of the things that really helps me with my plastic-free adventures is when I see others who are also braving the journey. It is great to see the network of waste-free livers growing across the world, using books, websites, talks and social media to connect and share their tips and experiences. That's why I plan to feature some of these inspiring people on NWB, as part of the blog series "Plastic-free people" (you can see the first post here).
And today I have for you zero-waste minimalist Lindsay Miles: blogger of the infamous "Treading My Own Path" and author of "That's a Wrap- the eGuide for plastic-free living". I discovered Lindsay through a friend at The Wilderness Society in Perth, WA in 2014, and her blog was one of the major encouragements for me to start a waste-free life. It really got me thinking about not only cutting down on the rubbish I am producing, but to stop being so attached to stuff that I didn't really need. What's more, when I sent her an email to ask to interview her, she was very happy to oblige! It is great that zero-wasters can communicate and collaborate even on opposite sides of the world.
Check out my interview with Lindsay below:
First of all, apologies for the long break! I’ve been on holiday and caught up with moving house and dealing with work etc. But now I am back and hitting the ground running!
So on the recommendation of a friend, I read This Changes Everything, by Naomi Klein, a Canadian author and environmental activist. After reading the excellent but rather dated book Biomimicry by Janine Benyus last year, I was looking forward to reading something that followed on from this, explaining the various ways being implored to tackle climate change, usually those which relied on science and engineering, and telling us that everything will probably be ok in the end as long as we start acting in the next decade or so.
However Klein’s story offered a much starker truth. The earth is dying because of our reckless, deluded lifestyles, and we have no more than a year to change radically the attitudes and actions of the entire world. And this isn’t because not enough people aren’t turning off their light switches or are driving to work, but the problem resides at a much greater scale, in particular, western governments. Now I have never really been into politics, but This Changes Everything opened up the world of governments based on neoliberal capitalism and how they are devastating this planet to a point of no return, due to arrogance and purposeful ignorance of the fact that climate change exists, and it is their responsibility to do something about it.