Where do you draw the line?

A drawing of a lady pondering eco-activism
Eco-Activism! image by undraw.co

It’s something we’ve been mulling recently, chucking different ideas around the office: on a scale of Mega World Destroyer to Super Green Activist, where do we each lie? Because the thing is, we all have limits. How far are you willing to go to live sustainably?

*Spoiler alert!!!*

All, and I mean ALL, of our answers came out different. And that’s awesome — we’re all individuals, and ClearGivers is a judgment-free zone — if you’re happy, we’re happy! But we still wondered — how exactly do individuals decide where and how to stake their claims to ethical living?

Take our awesome colleague Larry, for instance. Now, Larry hasn’t gone grocery shopping in years, preferring a ‘freegan’ lifestyle wherein he obtains food by foraging, growing it, or by taking certain items out of bins. Mind = blown. And while it’s certainly one of the more extreme lifestyle choices, Larry is as happy as his designated name, and loves the freedom his decision affords him.

Then we have Gina, our all-star EA, without whom our office would most certainly cease to function. Gina is a vegan for animal welfare reasons. However, her Dad is a third-generation leather craftsman. Honestly, Gina’s shoes are enviable: hand-made, beautiful, precious gifts from her Dad. Now if it weren’t for her family background, she’d avoid leather goods altogether, but she makes a trade-off she feels is worth it.

As we stare climate change in the face, we each need to make different decisions on how to live well while limiting, even reversing, damage to our planet. Some of us are happy taking water conservation to its outer limits, using flannel-only showers and sticking to the ‘if it’s yellow let it mellow; if it’s brown flush it down’ bathroom principle. (That one? Good for those who do, but it’s definitely not for me!) Some of us take a more easy-going approach, avoiding baths and using washing-up bowls instead of a running tap, but continuing to shower and flush.

Whatever the individual decisions made, there’s always something to learn from others in this realm. It’s been a real joy to take tips and hints from our colleagues, and hear their stories about what’s worked (and what’s not!) for them. We’ll be sharing those bits over the coming weeks. We’d love to hear about some of the things you’ve been doing to help save the planet — maybe we can adopt some of those too! Reach out here and let us know — we’ll tell you if we adopt any of your practices!