I have never laughed, cried, and wanted to make brown butter apple cake more than now.
We don’t know how long it will be before we emerge from our chrysalises into the world again. But while we cant at home many of us seem to have paused to reflect on our consumption choices.
I hope we keep our newfound habits and do not fall back on old ones. The soul-benefiting DIY posts from around the world already feel like exactly what social media, in its best light, was built for.
Another realization I’ve noticed in this quest for improvement is the process of literally dealing with one’s crap, whether it’s the spiritual, physical, or organic variety.
It is the natural order of things, I suppose – when we go to the ground we start to think more responsibly. We notice our waste and extend our thoughts to closing the loop as much as we can.
It’s important that we not let this Covid-19 isolation era interfere too much with our waste management practices before the pandemic. We were well on our way to living more of a plastic-free, bring-your-own coffee cup, straw, and container existence. This reign of hand sanitizers and reversion to single-use coffee cups is absolutely necessary now, but we can counterbalance it.
Learning how to deal with your organic garbage is an excellent start.
Compost is decomposed organic material. Think newspapers, fruit and vegetable scraps, eggshells – anything that is made of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen. And the good news is, that’s a lot of things.
Once you start shopping with the premise of “can I put this in my compost bin”, it will affect your consumption choices dramatically. Once I started asking myself this question constantly, I cut the contents of household red bin garbage by three-quarters within a week. And when you’ve brought your compost-friendly purchases home, it will dramatically change the way you eat, too.