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Responsible Consumption and Production IS Sustainable

Warning! Huge Gallery Below!

As you can see from the massive gallery above, I am passionate about the idea that responsible consumption and production IS sustainable. Mezzacello itself is recycled. In 1868 it was a farmhouse and farm outside the city limits of Columbus.

When you have nothing, $100 might as well be $1,000,000.

Richard Riley

Now it is an Urban Farm and Biological/Agricultural Learning Lab to help inner city kids understand Applied STEM, Life Sciences, and Applied STEM in a farm environment. I love what I do and I do this particular UN 17 Sustainable Development Goal very well.

Our Founding Mission

Grow, Maintain, Sustain, Explain

Jim Bruner and Richard Riley

In 2014 Rick and I bought these abandoned property on Columbus’ near east side. This is what it looked like then.

The original state of the yard, just after we removed all the overgrown vegetation.

From grass, dog feces, drug needles, and oh so many weeds, we built an urban farm and food oases in the middle of the city. We used our own money, labor and time – nothing is more responsible or sustainable than that.

The Seduction of Consumerism and Convenience

Would it have been easier to just pay to have this done? The pointed answer is no. No one really knew we needed a system like this, least of all us, we just wanted it.

In our society, convenience is king. Save time waste money, bolster the economy and buy buy buy. My husband, Rick has a quote that I love. It’s “w”When you have nothing, $100 might as well be $1,000,000.”

That quote has always STUCK with me. I suspect that is truth for 80% of the US and 95% of the world. That is why this UN 17 SDG Goal 12 resonates with me so well.

I grew up lonely and poor. I have never known wealth or an easy life. Until I founded Mezzacello.

It is astounding how much joy comes from action and passion to a mission and a purpose. That is what these UN 17 SDGs are – Mission and Purpose for creating a world worth living in. I am all in on that – it is a transformational way of looking at the world.

It’s Not Living In Scarcity; It’s Living in Compassion

To many many people reducing consumption and living with a recycled aesthetic is an admission of defeat or a fear of scarcity. Search your feelings, you know this to be true. Nothing could be further from the truth though.

This planet is drowning in plastic, pollution, waste and poor decisions. We cannot keep taking and taking and taking and giving nothing back. That is the absolute OPPOSITE of sustainability.

Pride and vanity are really the enemy of sustainability. They cry out for more, more, more! But ask yourself -intimately – what do you get in return?

A life lived in service is the most profound transformation any human can experience. Caring and compassion in a world gone mad are acts of rebellion and courage. Be that, be better than fear; be hope, grace, kindness wisdom.

Try living this way for SIX months. Be MINDFUL of new over recycled. It will save you money, give you peace, and most importantly help everyone on this planet in some small way.

Change doesn’t have to be all or nothing. The best change is gradual and focused. The most effective change starts with you and your next decisions over the next six months.

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