Aspiring to live simply in a complex world is increasingly difficult. At least that is the way it seems when those products that you used to buy, because they were purely simple, change in their packaging overnight – with no warning and no customer service on the other end of the line. Beep. Beep. Beep.
When your undyed, white, 100% cellulose toilet paper becomes tinted blue from one wipe to the next, would your eco-minimalist mind be upset? Yes, and for several reasons.
First of all we have a humanure compost toilet and it does matter to us what goes directly onto our garden three years later. We haven’t eaten artificial colorings in our food for more than a decade, now we are eliminating all synthetic dyes from our clothes as well. Dyes – really? Do we need them? Is that what makes toilet paper toilet paper? The ply, the pattern and more recently the scent?
We go to the supermarket to purchase toilet paper like everyone else and there are at least 50 kinds to choose from. How many are without fragrances or dyes? Well, we used to have two choices, now we only have one. A simplified math tells me that is about 1 in 50. As luck would have it, it also turns out to be one of the more expensive toilet papers.
Environmental conscience comes with a price, often overprice – it is the same with consuming organics.
The problem with simple is that simple is hard to find.
Industry has gone crazy with offering us choices. One merely needs to sit down in a restaurant to be confused by the many questions before your ultimate hunger sets in and you are about to scream “I just want to eat!”.
Which brings us to a simple snack. Popcorn.
We don’t own a microwave and we won’t, ever. Besides the harm to your health, it is also a heavy item that is very easy to live without. The quickness of heating and reheating food comes with side effects, like most things in life – speed is not an indicator of either quality or goodness.
Our choice in the same supermarket is one single brand of popcorn kernels. There are many more flavors of microwave popcorn, full of preservatives, sometimes with gluten and always intensified with artificiality.
Do you know how simple it is to pop popcorn? Pre-heat a stainless steel saucepan over high heat (perhaps the same you brew coffee in), add a tablespoon of organic coconut oil or ethical lard and pour in just enough kernels to cover the bottom of the pot. Let it pop till it stops. Sprinkle with quality salt, herbs or boil your own coconut/honey topping. It doesn’t take a microwave for that.
Making simple choices becomes an enormous part of your life once you discover the importance of a life lived naturally.
When you are ready to embrace a simpler life you may start by:
- reducing and eliminating plastic
- letting go of your consumer past
- decluttering responsibly
- eating mindfully
- unprocessing your diet
- getting back to the basics
- renewing relationships
- reassessing what is truly important in your life
We aren’t on Earth to be fascinated by yellow toilet paper toting little ducks that also happens to be scented with chamomile or microwave popcorn bags infused with chemicals and fake butter flavor.
We are here to live, to be happy, to live simply within our means. If we need to go out of our way for lard that is actually lard, we will render it ourselves. If we want shoes without plastic, then we will sew them ourselves.
To live simply is to live well. At least that is the way we see it.
How are you embracing simplicity this week? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below.