Small individual attitudes might generate a huge collective change.
My Excess: As little as I have. I know that there is someone out there who has less than I do. I took a conscious look at my things and realised that there are some I have not used for some time. I pictured a new home for them in my mind….and off I sent them to their new owners…!
|1||White beads necklace and ear rings||Amaka ( my friend at work)|
|2||2 cotton dresses, 1 white tank top, a pair of silver ear rings||Oge ( my cousin)|
|34||1 navy blue skirtA brown bead necklace and a flowered shirt||Oyinkan, (my friend at work)Patience ( my friend at work|
|5||1 black stripe trousers, I grey trousers, 2 cotton ankle length dresses, I black shirt, 1 stripe sleeveless top, 1 white short, 2 handbags (1 black and 1 brown).||St. Vincent de Paul (a faith based non-profit organization that receives donations in cash and kind and distributes them to the poor.)|
My Waste: is someone’s treasure
Organized recycling where ‘waste’ products are reprocessed for further use has not found a footing in Nigeria yet. There is no direct recycling system. However, people can recycle (though indirect) by recovering and reusing ‘waste’ products, things that otherwise would have been thrown away. I now make a conscious effort to recycle. Not everything needs to be thrown away after their first use. In 1 week I tried to ‘recycle’ things that I would ordinarily have thrown away.
|1||Used A4 paper||Print draft documents on reverse side|
|2||Kitchen bowl||Turned into a jewelry box|
|3||Used plastic curry powder jar with cover||Washed and used to store detergent|
|4||Egg shells||Grinded and used as scouring powder for pots and pans.|
|Things Thrown Away: used paper, chewing gum wraps, banana peels, peanut husk , etc|
My Consumption: Everything I consume has an impact in the world.
After observing the things I consume, in a period of 1 week, I was able to economise down on some of them. I didn’t realise I consume that much, I had to cut down on snacks which were not really neccessary…
|Previously consumed||Within the past 1 week||Economized|
|1||4 – 6 bottles of soft drinks (35cl each)||0||140cl – 210cl ( N200.00 – N300.00) about $1.50 – $2|
|2||3 meals x 7 days = 21 meals. Decided to eat meals only when I am hungry.||3+2+3+2+2+2+2=16 meals||5 meals|
|3||1 – 2 hours television time||30minutes – 1 hour||Saved about 7 – 14 hours|
|4||I made conscious effort to put off every light bulb that is not in use.||I can’t measure it but I know certainly that some energy was saved.|