It’s during challenging times that innovation kicks in. Innovation isn’t always about creating something new; often it’s about getting back to basics.
We often say how busy we are or that we don’t have enough time for the people or the things we love to do. Now’s the time. Use it. Explore life and the people in it. Slow down. Reflect, read, paint, sew, cook, talk and meditate. Don’t get locked into entertainment and wasting the opportunity. Connect with what matters and let’s get back to basics to find innovative solutions to what appears as problems.
My daughter, Tijana, is passionate about minimalistic living. She hates waste and has a mind that is able to look for and solve problems. One of which is our need, or so-called need, for toilet paper. Her partner Rob is a plumber. He put us onto the ‘Bidet Spray’. or a ‘Bum Gun’. An easy and affordable alternative to toilet paper. Now, you might need to get your head around it as it’s a revolutionary idea. (Albeit not new. The Asian and European communities have been using them for years). For around $100 we bought a kit from a plumbing supply store. In about 10 minutes it was installed. No alterations are needed to the toilet, and we didn’t need a plumber to fit it off. We didn’t even need to shut down the main water supply.
I was a little apprehensive the first time I used it, but I have to say, I don’t fancy the idea of using toilet paper anymore. It feels a lot cleaner and more hygienic. So, there you go. Out of a disaster is the opportunity to save money, have a cleaner way of cleaning up and removing the need for toilet paper. You'll need a small towel handy for your own personal use to dry up afterwards. Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly when you're done and be mindful to use the water wisely.
There are multiple ways we can be innovative in our thinking during this time especially as we have the time to do it. It might even have a collective, major impact on the environment. Think about it. If everyone set up a ‘bum gun’ in their main toilet, how many trees would we save?
I’m also concerned about our reliance on the major supermarkets. During this time, we have become so accustomed to buying everything we ‘need’ at the major supermarkets. They have created a culture of convenience that causes us to think we need them. Then something like this occurs and they can’t provide all our essential needs. If we got back to basics and shopped locally and supported our local green grocers and farmers along with learning to make most of it ourselves, this may reduce the reliance and ongoing impact.
Being primarily vegetarian and almost vegan we haven’t found it as much of a problem to buy what we need. You might have to rethink your cooking style a bit, but considering we now have the time, it’s a good time to learn. You might even do your body some good, lose a few kilo’s and have an impact on the environment as well.
If we also consider how much we buy out of convenience, you might find that you have a lot of the ingredients in your home so you can make what you need.
These are just a few suggestions. Getting back to basics is good for us, good for the environment and it helps us connect with our food sources in a much more sustainable way.