Natural

Nature and abundance are words often used together. Then why did we really turn to the unnatural or man made? Nature has all answers and resources required for day to day living or our needs. I think the issue starts when our requirements start to outgrow our needs and our ambitions take over the larger picture of harmony and balance. Don’t get me wrong and without meaning to sound preachy… when one starts to look deeper and observes the impact we’ve been having on our surroundings and the larger planet, it kind of becomes essential for voices to speak up. Yes, this is the activist in me writing this piece today.

If we go back to all the tribes and civilisations over the history of humans, we have evidence of all them revering and living in harmony with nature and all its forms. Folk art forms all across the world are a testament to it. Then what happened? Industrialisation and one-size-fits-all approach maybe have something to do we us alienating ourselves from the natural world to such an extent that maybe the next generation may not even know where their food comes from and that soil is more valuable than any mineral or fossil fuel.

A Madhubani folk painting depicting a symbiotic relationship between all species

But the problem is not just industrialisation. It is also the fact that we have become the masters of mixology — mixing natural and human made materials thereby making it mostly impossible to send back what we take from the planet to either decompose and become input for natural ecosystems or become resourceful materials for our own industrial processes.

Encouraging a natural lifestyle is not that difficult. The idea is to not just use whatever is naturally available but to also use materials that are readily available for the planet to take back once its run its course for us (readily biodegrade in common parlance). To avoid any kind of mixing of industrial and natural materials as that is where the wastage begins. A classic example is the paper bag promoted as an eco-friendly option to refills. While at the outset it looks like a perfect alternative to plastic, but when you look at it deeper, it has a plastic coating inside it. A pure plastic bag can be sent for reprocessing (up or down cycle) but a material such as the paper refill bag is neither available as a readily biodegradable option as it has the plastic film, nor can it be recycled for plastic pallets as it has the paper on it. The result? It just lies in the landfill waiting for nature to take its own time to process or not process it.

Hope you will be more mindful with your choices and don’t take ‘natural options’ at face value… be curious and dig deeper for everything’ true natural self to reveal.

Love and Grace,

Activist A.

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