Principles & Ethics

Ethics: Fair Share

“Fair Share,” emphasizes the equitable distribution of resources and encourages responsible consumption and sharing.

a) Sustainable Consumption

Permaculture promotes conscious consumption by considering the environmental and social impact of our choices.

Reducing waste is a critical aspect of sustainable living and an integral part of permaculture ethics. By implementing practices such as recycling, composting, and minimizing single-use items, we can significantly reduce our environmental impact and contribute to a more sustainable future. Remember, adopting a zero-waste lifestyle is a journey, and progress may take time. Start with small steps and gradually incorporate more waste reduction practices into your daily life. Permaculture principles emphasize the importance of individual actions in creating positive change within the larger ecosystem. By reducing waste and embracing a zero-waste lifestyle, you can contribute to a more sustainable and regenerative world within the context of permaculture.

Here are practical tips for waste reduction:

  • Recycling: Familiarize yourself with local recycling programs and guidelines. Sort and recycle paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, and metal items appropriately. Avoid contamination by ensuring items are clean and free of non-recyclable materials.
  • Composting: Start a composting system for organic waste, including kitchen scraps, yard trimmings, and some paper products. Compost creates nutrient-rich soil that can be used to enrich gardens and reduce the need for chemical fertilizers.
  • Minimize Single-Use Items: Reduce reliance on single-use items such as plastic bags, straws, and disposable utensils. Opt for reusable alternatives, such as cloth bags, stainless steel straws, and durable cutlery. Carry a reusable water bottle, coffee cup, and food containers to avoid disposable options.
  • Bulk Buying and Food Preservation: Purchase food items in bulk to reduce packaging waste. Store food properly to prevent spoilage and waste. Explore food preservation techniques like canning, freezing, and drying to extend the shelf life of fresh produce.
  • Repair and Upcycle: Repair damaged items instead of discarding them. Develop basic repair skills or seek assistance from repair cafes or professionals. Upcycle items creatively by repurposing them into new and useful products.
  • Conscious Shopping: Prioritize buying products with minimal packaging or packaging made from recyclable or biodegradable materials. Consider second-hand items or borrowing/renting instead of purchasing new products. Support businesses that prioritize sustainable and ethical practices.
  • Educate and Advocate: Share your knowledge and experiences with others to raise awareness about waste reduction. Encourage friends, family, and communities to adopt waste reduction practices. Advocate for policies and initiatives that promote waste reduction and sustainable practices.

Remember that the zero-waste lifestyle is a journey, and progress may be gradual. Start by focusing on one area at a time and gradually incorporate more waste reduction practices into your daily life. Every small step counts in reducing waste and making a positive impact on the environment.

b) Sharing Economy

The sharing economy is a powerful way to foster a sense of community and reduce resource consumption.

Tool libraries are community-based initiatives where individuals can borrow tools and equipment instead of purchasing them individually. The concept of tool libraries aligns perfectly with permaculture principles by promoting resource sharing, reducing consumption, and building stronger community bonds.

Seed exchanges are community-based practices where individuals share seeds and propagate diverse plant varieties. Encouraging seed exchanges within communities aligns with permaculture principles, promoting biodiversity, seed saving, and the preservation of heirloom varieties.

Carpooling and ride-sharing initiatives offer significant benefits in terms of reducing fuel consumption, traffic congestion, and carbon emissions. Encouraging these practices aligns with permaculture principles by promoting efficient resource use and minimizing the ecological impact of transportation.

By promoting the sharing economy, individuals can actively contribute to resource conservation, build stronger communities, and reduce their ecological footprint.

c) Education and Empowerment

Education plays a crucial role in promoting permaculture ethics and empowering individuals to make informed decisions.

Workshops and courses that teach permaculture design and ethics are widely available and offer valuable opportunities for individuals to deepen their understanding and acquire practical skills and knowledge. The abundance of online resources, including websites, blogs, and videos, has made permaculture knowledge more accessible than ever before.

Permaculture-related fields offer promising career opportunities for individuals interested in sustainability, ecological design, and regenerative agriculture. By emphasizing the role of education and empowerment, you can inspire individuals to seek knowledge and take action in their personal lives and communities.

Promoting sustainable consumption, fostering a sharing economy, and providing educational resources and opportunities are essential for embracing the “Fair Share” ethic within permaculture. Let’s encourage everyone to adopt responsible consumption practices, share resources, and actively participate in creating a more equitable and sustainable world.