Wednesday, May 03, 2017

New Me-ism: April 2017 Wrap Up


What is it to be a good consumer? This is something that I've been thinking about lately. From politicised consumer revolts to discussions around meat consumption, sweatshop products or energy use.

I can't help but to think that we all turn a blind eye to aspects where the need for comfort is outweighed by negative outcomes. Diffusion of responsibility plays a role in this, too, of course.

In the end, we need to ask ourselves: What do I need? What do I want? And what can I do without?


April was a solid month. Even through some stressful times, I managed to find time for camping on the sand dunes near the southern ocean.

I didn't make any major changes to my 'system' in terms of food, cooking, waste and so on, however I did manage to sign up for the Live Below the Line. I'll be living on $2 a day for food and drink from May 1 - 5 to raise money for charity. I've made my goal, which is very generous of people!

My ingredients came to a total of of AUD$9.58, and will yield 2280 calories per day across five days with 20% protein, 15% fat and 65% carbs. 


Quite a bit of waste reduction this month: 

As always, the top row, from left to right, is glass, tins, paper. The bottom row, from left to right, is hard plastic, soft plastic, and miscellaneous.

Note that this is the waste that is leaving my house, everything is either used directly or stored for future use. Additionally, four beer cans from a party have not been included.