Today is the second anniversary of Global Recycling Day. And while you may join me in thinking that we have surely been raising awareness for something as important as recycling for many, many more years than … well two, the thing to note here is that there finally is a global recycling day to celebrate. We’re moving in the right direction, albeit slowly.
We have been celebrating and implementing the concept of recycling for many years at Londolozi. In fact, our journey started 93 years ago with a love affair of the land, where you could even say that Londolozi itself is a product of recycling… taking a derelict cattle farm that had seemingly reached the end of its lifespan and breathing new life into it, slowly growing it into the pristine wilderness that it is today. This journey of re-wilding and wild recycling connected us with one very important teacher – Ken Tinley. Through his teachings, we learned the importance of partnering with the land to create the abundance of nature that we celebrate and share with all of you today.
So what does it take to protect and fight for our wilderness home? Small, consistent, steady actions. Every day acts of kindness to the planet will strengthen our connection to the land. It’s not going to take one grand gesture. The time for grand gestures is over. Instead, a quiet and careful shift in our hearts and minds will slowly begin to win back the respect that we, as greater humanity, have lost for our world.
“Once we have ruined and used up this Eden there is no other, no second world hanging in the sky that we can blithely move to, as if we were changing houses. This beautiful and endangered planet is the only one we have” – Gerald Durrell
While we celebrate only the second Global Recycling day today, we are proud to be a part of a global movement that has begun to recognize the importance of these small acts of kindness to our planet. And on a day like today, the idea of thinking globally yet acting locally is as pertinent as it has ever been. One such act of kindness that we practice at Londolozi is to be a part of the growing eco-bricking phenomenon – where pieces of non-recyclable plastic are pushed into a 2-litre plastic bottle and, when full, can be used to build with. While we are continuously working on refusing as much single-use plastic as we can within our supply chain, the next level of kindness is to re-use non-recyclable plastic for something good and to keep that plastic away from landfills and our oceans.
It is our plan to use the eco-bricks that our Londolozi family have made, and continue to make, to build part of our refurbished waste-management center. This is just one small act of kindness that we can show to our own ecosystem as we continue to restore Eden.
As always, the act of recycling shouldn’t be a ‘one-hit-wonder’ that we do as a token on one day of the year. It should be something that we incorporate into our daily lives, and place top of mind and centre of heart. We challenge all of you to get involved in one small act of kindness to our planet today, and to let us know, in the comments below or by tagging us on social media, what you plan to do (or have done already) to take part in this very important day. Better yet, share your daily recycling habits that might inspire others to continue their own acts of kindness to the planet.