Like we will – notice the wording! I don’t say: like we would – no accident.
Things I’ll mention here are no fantasy world daydreams. I am not trying to be another utopian here for you. There are plenty of those people foruming online, I am sure.
These are going to be tangible changes in our family life, that – by the healthy nature of aspiration – did begin with an impulse followed by dreaming, but then going through the scrutiny of the intuition and the rational mind,they turned into plans. Some of them have already been partially implemented, some others are delayed by present shortage of capital or certain preconditions having to be met first, or simply they might be a little further back on the to-do list, but up there they are nonetheless…
In this ready-to-create world of ours we are wearing all natural and organic clothes, much of it handmade by us or customized to exactly match our needs by more experienced artisans. These garments include everything from footwear to hats, from underwear (if applicable) to the outermost layer, belts, jewelry, purses and anything that we might carry on us that is not an electronic device.
As long as local sources of the right quality raw materials are not available, we will prioritize purity of the material over the impacts of transportation, with the disclaimer that we are actively seeking out the ecologically most benign solutions.
On land, vehicles running on 100% renewable-based electricity or water steam emitting advanced fuel-cell ones are to be chosen in planning a product’s logistic itinerary.
On sea – because air transportation is just way not there yet (up to snuff) – we choose new generation sailboats with kite sails and solar powered ones (no diesel hybrids!). There is a Dutch shipping company that is moving in that direction but to me they are not fully convincing and authentic quite yet – check them out for yourself.
In this world handwork has already regained the respect and appreciation it deserves and power tools are only used where absolutely necessary. Like with slower but benign transportation methods, not using power tools does require good planning and departure from the instant gratification mentality – but we have stepped over that threshold already, that’s why we are here, in the future.
Our homes are built of all natural materials that are either compostable or recyclable with no quality loss in the process of recycling. These homes are well insulated with – again – natural materials, such as straw, reeds and wool compacted or sandwiched in different ways.
Electricity still comes through wires, but the wires run in flexible modular porcelain or glass tubing, eliminating plastics altogether. Switches, outlets? The same as the tubing material – classy, isn’t it?
Homes also take advantage of no-electricity lighting fixtures that use optics to transmit sun- or moonlight indoors, potentially adjustable to follow the seasonal and orbital change in the path of the lighting celestial bodies.
Light pollution is not an issue around these houses, because they are equipped with tight shutters and doorways that effectively prevent light leakage.
Treatment of the non-toxic domestic/communal waste water takes place in nature-like open-air ponds that operate year round and use the cleaning power of complex native ecosystems. The basin of ours is already dug, but the bulk of the work is still ahead of us.
In forest gardens gardening and forestry have merged to become perhaps the most productive, resilient and at the same time natural food sourcing ecosystem ever managed (in part) by humans. Even grains and other agricultural crops are grown with no soil disturbance methods, employing traction animals with contemporary implements pulled behind. All this is only naturally coupled up with the benefits of Community Supported Agriculture schemes.
These people would never even consider reverting their diets to less than a wholesome, very diverse, organic real food based one. They ferment, sun dry, preserve and always eat fresh produce that is in season. Clay water and clay milk is also up on their favored drink list next to raw milk and herbal teas, to name but a few.
Higher value tools are communally owned and shared, electricity is produced on the spot from multiple kinds of renewable sources, the excess being fed back into the grid as commodity (where it applies).
I am sorry if I have been overly technical so far, which otherwise I am not, by nature. I do need to mention that these families value tremendously the quality time spent together as individual families and as community of multiple families sharing the same core principles. They teach their children themselves and they are open to learn from their children as well. Respect just naturally forms to be mutual between generations as opposed to the patriarchic, more or less linear flow of it, that we were mostly socialized in, where received respect is proportionate with one’s age.
These folks are creative minds and souls who have the courage to break out from the indoctrinated, outdated traditions and found their very own new customs, some of those later to become new traditions informed by a new, natural lifestyle in its truest sense.
And where do all these precious people go when passing away? Who knows, but they all take the gate of the eco-cemetery. Ecumenical and/or non-religious burial services assure the most dignified way to allow our ashes reunite with nature, the universe.
Are you still with me, dear reader? What are your thoughts or feelings about simple sustainable living?
My sustainable life design services are two-prong: through online consultancy, along with Cheryl, I give you and your family guidance for the volunteer one-way path of living life sustainably, while your small business can benefit from my in-person sustainability audit and the according future work-life plan layout, accomplished in the quality of fly-in consultant.
As tour guide in and around Breb, our home village in Maramureș County, northwestern Romania, I can bring sustainable living straight to your senses.
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