Could you limit your family’s weekly trash to a single grocery-size bag? What about one bag for an entire year?
Matthew and Waveney from Christchurch, New Zealand decided to act on their environmental concern and go one year without sending rubbish to the landfill.
Sounds too hard, right? Their website Rubbish Free Year describes how they accomplished it. They took a complicated issue and made a tangible goal.
With every new purchase, they asked themselves, “Will this item (packaging included) contribute to the landfill?” They avoided buying things that were disposable. They recycled and composted. They reused and made things.
As I read their story, what stood out to me the most was one single question. They had contemplated how they could feel concern but still do very little, and Waveney asked, “Why did we prefer guilt to radical behaviour changes?”
Well, I know the answer. I think we all do. Problems are big, change is hard, and awareness is painful.
But what if you didn’t let that stop you?
Maybe your conviction isn’t environmental. Maybe it’s about relationships or finances or your spiritual life. What would you do if you had no fear? I can’t stop thinking about that.