Let’s not live in hope. Let’s take action. BE the change.

“Adults keep saying, ‘we owe it to the young people to give them hope’. But I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel everyday. And then I want you to act…I want you to act as if your house is on fire. Because it is.” Greta Thunberg

Greta is a 16-year-old Swedish political activist aiming to stop global climate change. She’s the driver behind the first school strike for climate, which she organised in August 2018, outside the Swedish parliament. It’s catching on, with our kids recently taking the same action.

Excuses about why we can’t change doesn’t cut it with Greta, and at BE Designs, we feel pretty much the same way. We all have the capability to adapt to the significant changes we face today. We have a responsibility to do that. So making small changes regularly is the way to go.

An old rule, that’s been around for a long time when it comes to ‘stuff we think we can’t live without’, is the six ‘Rs’. Put them on your fridge to remember:

  • Refuse
  • Reduce
  • Reuse
  • Repair
  • Recycle
  • Rot (compost)

Being a diligent recycler is not enough. We are currently dealing with a serious waste recycling issue since China refused (and rightly so) to continue to take our recyclables. This has thrown many Councils into a spin, and recently the problem was dealt with by sending recyclables, valuable resources, to landfill.

We all have a responsibility to deal with these problems. We can’t rely on governments and others to fix it. We are part of the problem. Let’s also be part of the solution.

Imagine life with less stuff. Less clutter. Less anxiety brought on by ‘keeping up’. Imagine living in a world of no single-use plastics. This so-called convenience gives rise to being busier – we have less time to self. Weren’t we supposed to gain more leisure time from convenience? It isn’t working and it’s destroying our planet.

Organisations, often at the root of the waste problem, are starting to make changes. For example, Qantas has announced it wants to eliminate the waste flights produce due to single-use plastics, replacing them instead with reusable products.

At a more local level, we were thrilled to see a café in our township of Daylesford, Central Victoria, taking a leadership role in the #responsiblecafes movement by refusing to make single-use cups available for takeaway drinks. It’s not a takeaway coffee cup problem, it’s a culture change challenge. A culture of walking around with a coffee in your hand has become our norm. And more concerning now, is the habit people are forming where they ask for their coffee in a takeaway cup and then sit in the café to drink it. It’s madness. The Daylesford Hot Chocolate Company refuses to support this culture – if you really need a takeaway, you can get it in a glass jar.

Sorry to alarm but sometimes we all need a jolt to take action.

Our business aims to educate as well as design solutions to help you BE the change. We’ve designed some packages to help you start your journey TODAY!...be part of the solution. These packages will help you live by the first 3 Rs –areas that cause a great deal of waste.

Shopping Pack - $49.95

  • Classic string bags x2
  • Produce bags (pack of 4)
  • Bread bag

Kitchen Pack - $59.95

  • Beeswax wraps starter pack
  • Silicone food covers (set of 6)
  • Coconut scourers (pack of 2)
  • Compostable dish cloth

Bathroom Pack - $54.95

  • Bamboo toothbrushes (pack of 12)
  • Bamboo cotton buds
  • Bamboo hair brush

Questions or comments? We’d love to hear from you. Post below or write to us at info@bedesigns.com.au.

Make Greta’s day and BE the change today.

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