Thoughts on the Environment
I just recently got the most amazing opportunity to offer an Eco-Organizing Workshop. It was to test market this group program/workshop that a Professional Organizer friend had put together. I thought this was a great opportunity because many of the people I work with who have clutter and hoarding issues are very concerned about the environment. If they do not know how or where to dispose of something, rather than “harm” the environment they will just keep it forever which of course just adds to their clutter.
There are so many things to think about. There are chemicals in the products we use, ie: cleaning products, toiletries, even our lipsticks. What happens when we use them personally and/or when they run down the drain into our water? Many products have warnings on them like caution, danger, etc. I remember years ago I had this spray cleaner with bleach for the bathtub. I could not even breathe when I was using it. Probably should have been wearing a mask or better yet shouldn’t have had it in the first place.
Where does the stuff go when we no longer need it? For a lot of us it is out of sight, out of mind. I watched a documentary on plastics and found it to be fascinating. Here is the link if you are interested. http://www.documentarywire.com/addicted-to-plastic Plastic does not disintegrate and there is a lot of plastic in landfills and our lakes and rivers but there is also a lot of very creative and ingenious new products being repurposed so there is a lot of encouragement for the future.
There is so much to learn about this issue. There are many things we can do, but where do we start? I really believe that change happens slowly and we cannot change everything overnight. That is not realistic nor could we afford to make all of those changes. But change starts with an awareness!
I certainly have become much more aware of this issue over the past few weeks as I worked on getting ready for this workshop. There is a lot going on in the City of London around becoming “more green”. Check out the Garbage Calendar!! Most of the resources are listed in there.
Being aware of our purchases, learning about what toxins are in the products we use and thinking about where stuff goes when we no longer need it is a good start. Awareness is the key!!
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