No impact project

The motivation of doing my own project started after I was involved in a project in Latvia on the topic of ecology.

There, I was the leader of a group of 4 Romanians, and ended up writing an email to the European Commission because the ngo was embezzling money from European Funds.

And besides, the project was a total failure. The name of the project was green lifestyle, but 3 out of 7 days we were provided home delivered pizza and fast food.

Most of the planned activities ended up not happening.

I returned to my country with the idea of not waiting anymore to write an European training project, which will provide useful and relevant information’s about ecology, how we can reduce our impact on the world.At the time, I wanted  for around a year to write a project, but I was still considering that I don’t have the necessary experience and that I still needed to learn before doing it..

Life advice. Follow your intuition, follow your dreams. Apply to what you want, make concrete steps in the direction that you want, even if you will fail often and hard in the beginning. This is how we learn.

I based the idea of the project around the “no impact project” that a guy from New York started, during which he, his wife and their two children tried to live for one year without consuming the earth resources, or at least to consume at least as possible.

Each of the trainings days were centered around a central topic:

On one day we were learning about consumerism. The participants would end up learning from where they were buying the products whichwe consume and how this is related with human trafficking in east Asia countries.

On another day we would approach the idea of water consumption, hidden water needed for preparing our food, for making our clothes.

The participants learned how to assess the whole life cycle of a product and see the necessary water costs in each step of the process.

The project was held in Cluj-Napoca,Romania and involved 37 participants from 4 European countries.

At the end of the project, we created 200 textile bags out of 60 kilograms of second hand t-shirts and gave them to the participants of a TedX Conference, if they were able to guess how many liters of water you need to make a thirt.

Or how many liters of water you need to make 1 kilogram of beef meat.

After they would have guessed, we explained to them that 30 percent of the world agriculture is used now to feed the cows and livestock that we are afterwards eating. And this is directly collated with the cutting of forestry in the Amazonian forests.

The aim of the project was to teach the participants useful and simple life hacks that they can use to be more sustainable.

Each participant received an aluminum refillable water tank, a Swiss knife with aspoon and fork, that can be useful when you are in the city and you want to eat at a fast food, but you don’t want to have to use the plastic cutlery provided by the fast food joint, because you will waste plastic for a thing that you will only need for 5 minutes.

Consider that this was made in China, from petrol that traveled by sea from middle eastern countries into a Chinese harbor.

From that harbor, the petrol traveled by train to a factory which turned it into plastic,

Then transported by bus from the first factory to another factory which produced plastic forks and spoons..

Transported then from the factory to the harbor.

From the Chinese harbor to the one in Europe, probably Amsterdam or Rotterdam. From there, they are transported again from the harbor to a storage.

From the storage they are transported by bus to Romania to another storage.

From the last storage they are transported to a hipermarket that sells them in bulk quantity to fast food owners.

And then you will take them, use them for 5 minutes and then throw them in the garbage, where they will be transported again for at least 2-3 times.

Really, it is stupid to waste these resources when we can use a metal spoon that you can easily wash and don’t consume resources.

Make a list with all of the things that you grow to the garbage, that you use less then five minutes.

Think of everything from the plastic that you grow after you eat that bag of chips, the plastic cattery, the plastic cups that you use when you go eat at a fast food.

Instead, you can challenge the status qua and ask for juice in your own metal reusable can that you have. Try this as McDonald’s, at kfc, etc

They will not have a valid argument to refuse you. They will even have a bigger profit, because they will remain with the plastic cup.

My solution is that if we want to change something in this world, we have to start with ourself. With the decisions that we take. Or the once that we choose not to do.

I choose to buy my vegetables in textile bags instead of the single use plastic bags that I can get from the supermarket.

I choose to drink tap water or buy a water filter and don’t buy bottled water anymore, and in this way a save plastic.

It’s s more sustainable approach.