ONLY What IS Needed!
How are we going to live sustainably on this planet? By taking only what is necessary to live our lives in relationship with everything else. Like a tree that draws up only the water and nutrients needed to grow and bear fruit, we too need to separate our wants from our needs. Let’s minimize our negative impacts by maximizing our positive ones. Let these individual choices be the inspiration for collective change!
- Turn off computers at night. A computer and monitor in “sleep mode” can minimize electricity usage and costs.
- Think twice before making a purchase. Do you really need a new cell phone? Is your purchase driven by a desire to be accepted by your peers?
- Monitor food waste at your home. Are you cooking too much for your family? What is thrown out from your refrigerator each week?
How did you live “Only what is needed”?
‘ONLY What is Needed!’ was the direction given by The Earth Cube today. It started out with a ‘timed shower’ (get out quickly before the bell rings), followed by recycling/reusing some paper at work, followed by a lighter lunch than normal (soup/salad). Ok, maybe these are baby steps, but at least my awareness was there!(Sao Paolo, Brazil)
My goal was to take a shower in a shorter amount of time so i can waste less water for the drought in LA. I used to take shower for more then 30 minutes and when i tried i started taking showers of 10 to less minutes.(California, U.S.A.)
Today I used only the water needed when I brushed my teeth.(California, U.S.A.)
Ho riutilizzato la cera delle candele bruciate la scorsa estate per produrne almeno 20 nuove senza utilizzare nuovi prodotti. [I reused the wax of candles burned last summer to produce at least 20 new ones without using new products.](Luca, BS, Italy)
Oggi ho tirato il dado e mi e uscito solo ciò che è necessario! Per risparmiare energia elettrica, dopo la doccia, mi sono asciugato i capelli senza usare il phon. [Today I rolled the cube and Only What Is Needed came out! To save electricity, after the shower, I dried my hair without using a hair dryer.](Brescia, Italy)
Ho usato l’acqua del lavandino per lavarmi i denti solo nei momenti in cui era necessario senza sprecare l’acqua. [I used the sink water to brush my teeth only when needed without wasting water.](C.V., Italy)