Spesso la gente storce il naso quando parlo di baratto oppure commenta dicendo: “In tempo di crisi ci stà”! Ebbene il baratto, il non spreco e il riciclo sono delle azioni che dovrebbero fare parte del nostro quotidiano e non essere solo considerate positive per combattere la crisi!
Perciò oggi vi proponiamo una lettera di una mia cara amica Coralla, la quale è insieme a me, coinvolta con le Riciclamiche, un gruppo di donne con le quali facciamo il baratto, autoproduzione di gruppo (sapone, marmellate, passata di pomodori, cucito creativo…), laboratori di riciclo, GAS e molto altro!
Facciamo laboratori per bambini con materiale riciclato non perchè non abbiamo soldi per comprarne di nuovo, ma perchè odiamo lo spreco e non ci va di buttare la roba a fronte del danno ambientale che questo comporta, non solo per lo smaltimento dei cosidetti rifiuti ma più che altro per la loro produzione! (ES: abbattiamo alberi per dare della bella carta bianca ai nostri figli perche ci facciano sopra uno schizzetto e poi buttarlo!) Le risorse sono finite, dobbiamo avere l’accortezza e l’intelligenza di usar quelle che abbiamo fino all’ultimo!!cosa che fra l’altro stimola la fantasia.
Non stiamo tutto il giorno in piazza gratuitamente perchè non abbiamo nulla da fare, abbiamo tutte un lavoro, una famiglia, un sacco di altri impegni ma ci stiamo perchè ci crediamo e forse questo è il messaggio più importante.
People often look at me in a strange way when I talk about swapping or they comment “ Off course due to the economic crisis!” Well swapping , recycling, eliminating waste isn’t only an anti-crisis action but it should be part of all of us and it should be considered as positive not only against the crisis!
Therefore today, we want to share the experience of a dear friend of mine Coralla, she is involved with me with the Riciclamiche, a group of ladies with whom we swap, we make homemade food (soap, jam, we sew…), we do fun recycling laboratories, we buy groceries together (GAS) and much more!
We started all of this well before the crisis and all the trendy swapping and recycling wave, even before meeting each other we already recycled. If people really want to associate us to the economic crisis well they should associate us not only to the economic crisis which doesn’t bother me but mainly the environmental crisis which is much more important!
We do laboratories for children with recycling material not because we don’t have the money to buy new ones but because we hate waste and we don’t want to throw away things which can be used due to such a huge waste problem we all have. The damage for the environment is big, not only as waste but also for its production! (For example: we cut trees to give paper to our kids who simply draw a line an throw the paper away!) Our resources are gone, we need to be careful of what we use and we should be more intelligent and use them as much as possible! This also stimulates fantasy!
The same thing is valid for clothes. One could buy new ones but we try not to as we know what is behind a label, what is behind the fabric, the cultivated land, the cotton picked, worked and coloured and all of the effects on the environment are terrible! Even if that piece of clothing only cost 5€, it costs much more on Nature!
We want to be associated to the crisis of values, of societies which make people more and more lonely and slaves of a system which wants us as consumers, work-eat-consume- sleep…we want to bring people in the squares and the roads, we want them to come out of their houses with a message of exchanging and sharing experiences. We also push towards integration of people and cultures on our territory which has been one of the positive consequences of our “work”. Last Saturday, two women came to help us a lady from Eastern Europe and a lady from Morocco, we were all there sharing the same experience, who helped and volunteered as we do to make it all happen, instead of staying at home. They did take home some clothes for their families but they shared the experience and spent the afternoon with us…bringing us homemade biscuits and mint tea!
We don’t spend our day there free because we don’t have other things to do, we all work, we have a family and many duties but we do it because we believe in the message we want to take with us and share with others.
We are normal people who simply believe in something and work towards it. Maybe these actions seem small but we hope to stimulate others to do the same and that all can do it, no one needs special gifted knowledge ,but we hope to be contagious to many other people so to expand the chain…we are only a small wring of the chain but we could all unite to make a long and strong one and really change things!