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Aloha,

how are you all ?

Since some of you told me, they have started their own unclutter session, I would love to hear about your progress, the little successes but also about the little set backs.

Today I want to give you Ilona Royce. It’s a woman, that is 90 years old and so very inspiring. My friend Sneschi, posted that video on my FB page and I thought, this is perfect for the blog.

This woman is so full of life and ideas, its impressive. One thing she said stuck with me:

“You know, these days advertising has taken over. And I see people on the streets, they want all those new things. And they must have it, but if you don’t have it, your are not going to die. It’s a wonderful thing, not to need to have something”.

I think this beautiful old lady simply nailed it.

Here is the full video:

Enjoy and you know the drill, feedback is very welcome.

Cheers

Beate

PS: In the next days, I show you more progress in sizing down, selling stuff and turn them into presents, behold people 😉

Hello everyone,

hope you are all well and happy campers.

I wanna talk a bit about the way how and what we buy affects other people around the globe, the workers, the environment, social systems and economics.

The way we consume, defines the world we live in.

I am not a hypocrite, due to low-income, sometimes I have to by cheap, when it comes to food for example. What I mean is, I want to think more, before I buy and consume. Just to create awareness for myself, how much my actions affect others.

For example, we buy a cheap t-shirt in one of the big fashion chains, we can be sure, that often it’s produced under bad circumstances for their workers, the ground where they plant the cotton has often been destroyed cause of monocultures and some of the countries that produce the cotton are linked to corruption.

Every time, we go to an electronic store to buy a cheap radio, if it costs like 10 €, we can be certain, to achieve such a low price, others have suffered for it.

Germany is, despite the fact that the country is considered “rich”, on the end of the price range when it comes to food. We are the country that shows the biggest growth in income in all of Europe for food discounters like Lidl and Aldi.

I got inspired by a great and very informative short film called “THE STORY OF STUFF”, It explains in simply pictures, how the whole chain of consumerism works. From the farms, to the workers in the factories, the distributors, the shops, us and the recyclers.
You can find the film here:

 

Here is their website, if you need any further information:

Thestoryofstuff.org

Would be happy to pick your brains and feedback is, as always, very welcome.

Thanx for your time and for those of you that have already begun to un-clutter their life’s, good for you. Keep me updated on your progress, Would be great to exchange experiences.

In the meantime shiny greetings from Berlin

Beate 😉

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