The Story of a Sustainable Day?

by Edwin Datschefski

Note that this is not .really. how I live -- it is a made up story. And also be aware that these are just products that are available today. They are not all cyclic, solar and safe. In fact, far from it in some cases. Can you spot the ones that are not really that "green"? Try using what you have learnt from the Biothinking course to evaulate some of these products, or just enjoy the story and the innovations ...

I'm woken from slumber by the sound of letters landing on the mat, and I rise quickly to see the postman riding off down the road on his bicycle
as I watch through the large conservatory on the south side of my zero-energy house.
After using the loo, I select the flush setting from "high", "medium" or "low" and then wander into the kitchen
where I take a carton of organic milk from a local dairy out of the CFC-free, highly energy efficient larder fridge.
As the fair trade coffee is brewing on the biogas stove, I whip the milk with my solar- powered "Solait" frother
and listen to the news on the dynamo radio.
I see that the packaging for the courgettes I ate yesterday is compostable -- the words are embossed in the cardboard and so need no ink
So I can throw it onto my compost heap. My "Can o' Worms" is a multilayer system -- the good stuff comes out of the bottom tray.
I put on my organic cotton trousers, my naturally-coloured red Foxfibre socks,
Deep E Co. hemp and natural rubber shoes and
a Patagonia fleece top made from recycled plastic bottles,
finally strapping on my Seiko thermic quartz watch, which runs off my body heat.
Then I get into my Toyota Prius hybrid engine car, which I run on electric power through the village, before switching to petrol to go down the motorway to work.
After dropping off some clothes at the wet cleaners, I go into the office.
It has a passive solar facade and solar panels for electricity, and is painted in vegetable-based paints.
My chair is made from recycled bottle tops,
and my desk is made from a biocomposite material stronger than oak.
Admiring the smart recycled casing of the CPU unit of my IBM Intellistation E-Pro PC,
I load the printer with locally-recycled Evolve paper.
The printer is a Kyocera, which has a long life drum and needs only the toner replacing.
After printing out a brochure proof and emailing a memo or two, lunch arrives. It is delivered by a Brox human power vehicle
and I choose a packaging-free burrito wrap and an eat-the-stick ice lolly.
I've refilled my tea mug several times today, so I need to use the waterless urinal on the way to a meeting.
I contribute a few ideas, drawing them on the flipchart with Prang soya bean crayons.
Afterwards, I stop off in facilities and give them my solar powered mobile phone, which has finally kicked the bucket.
They'll take it to Shields Environmental, who recover and recycle 98.7% of the electronic waste they handle.
As I walk across the EarthSquare recycled carpet to the photocopier,
I pass partitions covered in Rohner Textil Lifecycle fabric, which uses no toxic dyes.
The remanufactured and recyclable Xerox DC265 wakes up to run off some copies before going into sleep mode again, and I call it a day.
On the way home, I stop at the shopping centre to buy an Ikea a.i.r. inflatable armchair (10% of the weight of a conventional chair)
and drop off my Kodak single use camera for processing and recycling.
I throw some laundry into the AEG86720 on cold wash setting, which gives an 80% energy saving,
and don my recycled Dunlop wellies to go into the garden,
where I check on the solar powered ultrasonic mole repeller.
After a lovely dinner of organic Welsh lamb and local veg and potatoes, I relax by playing my guitar, which is made of FSC-certified sustainably-grown wood, and then
listen to some music on the computer and my new Sony recycled speakers before getting ready for bed.
The house senses that it is dusk, and draws the blind automatically. Another green day has ended.