Collaborative campaigning means collectively taking steps on an individual level to make change. When plenty of us take that first step there is a ripple effect by our actions and by our words.
Think ahead of time and come up with an #endsingleuse plan for your next tour. This sounds intuitive however living on the road from event to event creates patterns and habits that aren’t always consciously managed. When we step into tour mode we immediately loose access to clean food and water as well as the comforts and convenience of home.
The following are suggestions on how to tour with awareness and support so that your impact on the earth and your health can be managed with intention and reverence.
# END SINGLE USE
Consider what it means to be an Earth Steward – will you take the lead on empowering your crew to steward the land with you? You don’t have to be perfect, you just have to take the first step. What actions are you inspired to take on? What changes can you make today with a simple shift in perspective? What steps below are you willing to commit to?
You will be generating items considered trash. Our impact starts with our wants, needs and desires and is actualized by our purchases. We ‘vote’ every day with our dollar. This comes down to the brands we choose to support, the materials we choose to touch, wear and share. We are an embodiment of our consumption. That is what makes each of us so unique!
Reuse: Whether on the road or at an event, create your own reusable tool kit to set yourself up for success! May thy reusable vessel be a creative extension of yo’self! Realize that what we use to put sustenance in our bodies carries the energy of its production methods.
Cloth napkins, glass and steel water bottles, quirky coffee mugs, thrifted or bamboo silverware and a healthy sized plate are essentials to an #endsingleuse lifestyle on the road. Don’t forget to designate a bag to keep all of your tools together!
These days select grocery stores and food & beverage vendors will give you a .10 cent discount when you come with your own swag.
Avoid single use items: Invest in glass and BPA free 3-5 gallon water containers and reusable water bottles instead of purchasing a case of plastic water bottles.
Across the world, bottled water is produced to fulfill a growing demand. It takes enormous resources to manufacture, distribute, and dispose of all the waste bottles. As it turns out, much research has found consuming bottled water products, in most cases, is no more or less harmful than drinking tap water.
Sources for the following facts: EPA, Environment 911, Statista, Container-recycling.org, Bluelivingideas.com, CDC, Consumer Reports, Allfilters.com, Soundvision.com, Theworldcounts.com, Arcadia Power Blog
Leave no trace: Pack it in, pack it out! It is our human nature to consume and create waste. Divert your waste stream throughout the event so when it comes time to hit the road you won’t be tempted to put it all in one bag and toss it. By the end of these events we are tired, dusty and ready to hightail it out of there! Realize that what ever waste you do not divert the Green Team will have to divert. We are all on the same team here. Let’s help each other out and take responsibility for our own footprint.
Self Care as our Healthcare: We touch on this A LOT! Taking preventative measures leading up to tour and while on the road can set you up for success when you encounter a change in elevation, weather, sound and energy. All of these changes will effect your nervous system and rock your body right…or wrong.
Preventative healthcare is old-brand-new. Integrating plant medicine and mindfulness into your daily routine leading up to tour as well as on the road can have enormous effects on your ability to adapt to a new environment. Check out our materia medica for an ongoing list of plant and their properties.
MOOP Mastery: MOOP is an acronym born at Burning Man for “Matter Out of Place”, and refers to anything that is not originally of the land on which these events take place. It could be anything from a broken camp chair to a bottle cap.
As you traverse the terrain of the campgrounds to the dance floor and even on stage keep your eyes peeled and your fingers nimble to pick up micro trash that is trying its darnest to blend into the earthen floor. It does not belong there. We put it there!
MOOP bags and PLD’s (personal landfill devices = single use water bottle) are methods to the madness. Having a receptacle to catch MOOP will indoctrinate you quickly into the leave no trace ethos, even off playa and back in Babylon.
Campsites: Over the past decade waste operations have expanded their waste stream aesthetically and educationally. These days signage and waste receptacle colors and sizes are encouraging proper placement of waste items, whether that be food scraps, cigarette buts or beer cans. Take time at each event to acculturate yourself with the waste stations so that it becomes second nature when you have even the smallest something to divert. *Diversion means: keep it out of the landfill! Recycling and composting come first, landfill comes last.
What is your exodus plan? Designate someone in your camp who will bring black trash bags / blue recycle bags / 5 gallon bucket for compost. Signage is also a plus if you can swing by a printer on the way. Click here for waste stream signage designed by us!
Special thanks to Lucidity Festivals for sparking #endsingleuse in the event industry and for contributing juicy bits to this conversation.
# ELIXIRS AS MIXERS
# Conscious Communication
Hey y’all, Violet here as the NOHM Front of House Manager (FOH). Feeling honored to serve in this position and represent the philosophy of a NOHMie. I reflect on our mission statement “encouraging conscious consumption and conversation, steeped in tradition” and recognize that mindful communication plays an important role in our intention. If we consider the alchemy in all that we do, we hold the ability to shift our reality by the way we communicate with other people, ourselves, our medicine, and nature as a whole. My offering to each of you stands as a listener, someone to process with, a mediator, an advocate of integrity, a facilitator of efficiency and an activist to create a more sustainable NOHM community. It feels satisfying to offer this information to calibrate our interactions as a potent form of healing. Below, I wrote some key notes to offer perspective on the ways our language can liberate us from destructive patterns. Thanks for reading!
Our living language:
-Recognize the many different ways to say what you intend to get across, consider your audience and let your intuition guide the language that can best be received.
-If possible, make eye contact and face someone with your head and heart when you communicate.
-Check in with whether your expression feels kind, true and necessary before you act.
-Speaking productively, and slower with precision may be understood better than rapid detailed, diluted speech.
-Withholding feelings projects judgement both inward and outward; it can cause them to inflame within our minds and contract within our bodies, which deems them more significant than necessary. When we express a feeling, it usually changes or dissolves and our creative energy becomes more fluent.
-Take time to phrase questions that empower others to meet a request. When we desire support in a task, asking “Will you help?” rather than, “Can you help?” or, “Do you want to help?”, creates a direct statement that encourages feelings of capability and willingness to offer service.
-Hold responsibility for your emotions. When we say “She made me upset” rather than “I feel upset by what she did” we blame others for our internal landscape communicating with us through reactions and allow our emotions control over our will. When we create space for ourselves to feel without judgement, we can respond from a more centered place.
-Positive affirmations of what you want to happen rather than what you want to avoid can help direct the energy with greater ease towards that which you want.
-Honor when another asks about something beyond your scope of practice, have confidence expressing uncertainty, and if possible, refer out to someone who has more knowledge in the field.
-Be mindful of the verb “to be” in all forms “is”, “are”, “am”, “was”, etc. It can create confrontation by insinuating fact when merely opinion stands. It also has potential to provide a false sense of security by stagnating an idea through defining it based on personal perception at one point in time, which in turn leaves no space for evolution. See how “This drink is amazing” can demonstrate this concept and notice how saying “This drink amazes me” can shift the statement into something with more authenticity and honesty. Using “to be” when expressing how we feel can trap ourselves in the embodiment of our emotions. Saying “ I feel upset” rather than “I am upset” can help diffuse the situation rather than perpetuate it.
-When we “should” all over the place, it might start to stink with guilt, stress and passive aggression
-The word “but” often puts one part in opposition to the other and may give the illusion that these two things cannot happen at the same time.
-Notice how the word “try” can add extra effort to a situation and at times create an excuse to fail
-Avoid careless absolutes such as “always” and “never”…. quite the spell to cast y’all!
-Whenever we say “No” to one thing, we say “Yes” to another
-Make suggestions rather than prescriptions
-Pay attention to judgements of “good” and “bad”
-Speak opportunistically by replacing “have to” with “get to”
-Overly used filler statements such as “Like”, “You know”, “Um”, “So”, “Kind of”, “I guess” can dilute what we intend to express.
elixirs as mixers