I am Anaïs a 24 years old french girl. I have a french double master in interior design and furniture design from ESAM DESIGN Paris school. I am doing a design for sustainability M.A. (Master of Art) to specialized myself at SCAD – Savannah college of art & design. I wanted my professional life matches my personal zero waste lifestyle.
I want my final project of M.A. to be about overconsumption and I will try to answer to one of the problems that overconsumption generate in a design way.
You can contact me here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Why this project?
I am zero waste since November 2015. This new lifestyle made me realized that overconsumption is not only a money problem for the customers. It also leads to global warming issues with the earth’s resources being not renewable as fast as the human activity. It is polluting the air and oceans and so our health and food as the animals environment. Overconsumption also leads to bad personal feeling and overwhelming disease like anxiety. “The best customers are unhappy people” (Freud).
The Story of the Hummingbird by Pierre Rabhi
One day a terrible fire broke out in a forest. Frightened, all the animals fled their homes and ran out of the forest. As they came to the edge of a stream they stopped to watch the fire and they were feeling very discouraged and powerless. Every one of them thought there was nothing they could do about the fire, except for one little hummingbird. This particular hummingbird decided it would do something. It swooped into the stream and picked up a few drops of water and went into the forest and put them on the fire. Then it went back to the stream and did it again, and it kept going back, again and again, and again. All the other animals watched in disbelief; some tried to discourage the hummingbird with comments like, “Don’t bother, it is too much, you are too little, your wings will burn, your beak is too tiny, it’s only a drop, you can’t put out this fire.”
And as the animals stood around disparaging the little bird’s efforts, the bird noticed how hopeless and forlorn they looked. Then one of the animals shouted out and challenged the hummingbird in a mocking voice, “What do you think you are doing?” And the hummingbird, without wasting time or losing a beat, looked back and said, “I am doing my part.”
How can you do your part?
You can ask yourself your real needs and stop buying compulsively. Each object of your house should be useful or bring you real joy. Start basing your life to the verb BE and not HAVE. Use your money for experiences and not materials. Before creating a waste ask yourself is you can give, sell or repair it. Try to consume second hand : do not create a production demand on earth’s resources.
Bea Johnson shares her tribulations and secrets to achieving Zero Waste. She covers the importance of applying her 5R’s in order (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot) and shatters misconceptions about the zero waste lifestyle, proving that it can be “stylish” as well as lead to significant health benefits, and time and money savings. Her approach brings an intimidating topic down to a manageable scale, making Zero Waste less daunting by providing many practical solutions to living simply and reducing waste. (sursock.museum)