In today’s society, we rarely think about the consequences of purchasing products with extra packaging or with a short life cycle. Most of us have never seen a landfill, so once we throw something in the trash it’s out of sight, out of mind. Unfortunately, the ones who have to live close to those landfills are often poor and disenfranchised communities while the ones who produce the most waste are those people privileged enough to be able to easily dispose of items they no longer want or need. Waste that is not sent to landfills is burned in incinerators with toxins being released into the air during the process.
The first time I was really confronted with the amount of stuff I owned was when I decided to move to Greece. I knew I could only take one piece of checked baggage and one carry-on, so I had to take as little as possible. I didn’t know how long I was going to stay in Greece and wanted to be able to move somewhere else without a big hassle. While I didn’t know about the term “minimalism” at the time, I would say that the experience definitely made me understand the advantage of owning fewer things.
Last week, I was contacted by a young Pakistani vegan who asked me about some of the nutrients that are difficult to obtain through a vegan diet. She pointed out to me that many things that are recommended in the vegan community are difficult to get a hold of in Pakistan. While Greece clearly doesn't have as many vegan resources as Germany, and I sometimes struggle to find certain products, I realized that it could be much worse.
I got into hip hop when I was about 13 years old. At that time, it was quite rare for someone living in a medium sized town in the north of Germany to listen to rap music. Germany did have a hip hop scene, but, naturally, it was concentrated in large cities.
Half Bulgarian Turk, half German living life as an expat in Greece.