Those "Silly" things Oma did... that you do now!
I think about my Oma often, many times it's because I find myself doing many of the things she used to do. When I was little I thought she was being so silly for doing certain things, but now... they may still be a little silly, but I do them too! Oma may have been doing these things to save money or by habit, but most of these habits are some that we should put into place in our own homes to live a more sustainable and zero-waste lifestyle. There has never been a more important time in history to start making little changes that will make a big difference in the future. It's hard at first to change, but let's take the lead from Oma!These "silly" things include, but are not limited to
- Dusting plants
- Folding aluminum foil to re-use
- Rinsing Ziploc baggies, drying them over the faucet and re-using them later
- Folding and saving plastic grocery bags or bringing her own tote bag to the grocery store
- Saving rubber bands from green onions, broccoli etc.
- Using that "washlappe" wash rag for everything (no excessive paper towels)
- Saving all the glass jars
- Being obsessed with turning off the lights
- Saving all the Obstler bottles (perfect for homemade Glühwein in December)
- Buying in bulk and freezing for later
- Opening the windows just a crack in the dead of winter for a little "frische luft" (this isn't energy saving... just a German thing)
These things may have seemed silly then, but a lot of them are really important to keep doing now that we as a society need to focus on sustainability and reusable energy!
Using those ziploc baggies more than once helps keep plastic out of the landfills. Or better yet, all those jars you saved... put your leftovers in those instead of the baggies. Instead of bothering to fold plastic grocery bags, take reusable totes and produce bags to the store! Together we can make those little changes to save our planet. Oma would have wanted us to make sustainable changes "für die Kinder" (for the kids). So let's turn off those lights when we're not in the room!
Are there funny things your Oma, Opa or parents did that you thought were a little crazy but now you find yourself doing too? Have you made changes in your habits and routines at home to live a more zero-waste sustainable life? I would love to hear all about it, so put your experiences in the comments!
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As always, ideas and opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own. - Erika