CONSUMPTION

What is really essential for life? What and how much do I consume in daily life? Of cause, you can look up statistics from the internet, but we want to know it concretely and in detail:

We want to record and list every thing that we consume and co-consume, in all details. From the equipment, to the boat ride over the bosphorus (The bridge is closed for bicycles. So we already have to break our first rule: Going only by bicycle), to food, its packaging, hostels, new tyres.... We want to records everything as detailled as possible

You can check this list life in the page Consumption List.

 

After the tour we want to have a look at how much and what we have consumed. Especially we want to check how many things we really used and how many things were actually useless. For example the number of bread loafs versus the number of plastic bags. Or how many liters of water and how many plastic bottles.

 

As you can read below, we would use about 375 of oil in the form of plastic bottles. So we want to use a waterfilter, with which we can make tap water and even water from a river drinkable. That way we do not have to by plastic bottles and throw them away after use.

 

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Everybody knows that every product one consumes has been produced somewhere and in this long journey of production and transport ressources have been used and the environment has been influenced. A big part of this energy and ressources, however, is not used for the product itself, but for (often unnecessary) packaging and transport.

 

For the production of a 1-liter plastic bottle, for example, you need 0.25 l of oil (source: :http://homeguides.sfgate.com). That is why we want to use a waterfilter, so that we do not have to buy water in plastic bottles. On bicycle tours you drink a lot, preferably up to 5 liters. For three people riding for 5 months, this makes 1500 water bottles (if you use 1,5 l bottles). That equals at least 375 l of oil!

According to a study of the FOE with the title "Overconsumption? Our use of the world's natural resources", 10 kg of byproducts are wasted per kilogramm of an endproduct. These kilogramms go into the actual amount of ressources being used, transport and production. So if you buy a CD, you actually consum 1.6 kg of ressources.

Certainly the ressources of our planet are finite. So you should use them in a sustainable way, so that they can still be used in the future. That, however requires a change in consumption patterns. 
[An average german uses 2,8 times of what the earth would be able to supply self-renewably.
Source: http://www.footprintnetwork.org].
Furthermore, an over-consumption of ressources leads to serious ecological problems.
 
Thats's why we think as a german and also in general you should be reducing your consumption. Despite of the economy and politics telling you to increase consumption. The financial costs are just one of the reasons.   The Wuppertal Institut for example estimates that the costs resulting from climate change for Germany will be 800 Billion Euros. [http://www.bpb.de/gesellschaft/umwelt/klimawandel/38487/kosten-des-klimawandels]