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​​​​​​​“We don’t inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” – World Vision International 2 Jun 2022

Spending time in nature – whether adventuring, taking it easy, or exercising – has been proven to have numerous benefits for mental health, from reducing stress levels to increasing creativity and cognitive function. However, it’s important to remember that all the benefits we get from nature come with great responsibility, especially if we want those benefits to last.

KwikTip is run and staffed by outdoor enthusiasts. And, as outdoor enthusiasts, it’s our duty to protect and preserve the environment that we enjoy so much. One way we do this is by incorporating responsible waste management into our outdoor adventures as well as understanding the intersection between waste management, responsible outdoor recreation, and mental health. After all, understanding is more likely to lead to action.

Why Responsible Outdoor Recreation is Crucial

Our natural areas are fragile ecosystems that are easily damaged by human activity. By being mindful of our impact whilst we adventure, we can help preserve the beauty of these areas for future generations. Not only is responsible outdoor recreation important for our future generations, but it is just as important for our own generation. Practicing responsible outdoor recreation can help us feel more connected to the natural world, strengthening our mental fortitude, and when we engage in purposeful adventure, it even gives us an added sense of purpose.

Waste Management and the Environment

One of the biggest threats to the environment during outdoor activities is waste. Litter, namely single-use plastics, can harm wildlife, pollute waterways, and detract from the beauty of natural areas. Managing your waste whilst out in nature should by no means be a challenge or something you should feel burdened by. For most, a simple change in perspective is all that it takes – a clean environment = a happy mind. But for others, who haven’t thought about the impact litter and waste actually have on their own well-being, this can be more of a challenge.  I recently have come across a company called Trash Free Trails and I would recommend everyone looking to do some more “purposeful adventuring” and wants some guidance to do so, checks them out.

KwikTip for Responsible Waste Management

Here are a few ways I, and our team at KwikTip, have taken what we’ve learned on the road and brought it into our favorite natural places whilst doing what we love the most – adventuring, mountain biking, trail-running, and dog walking.

To ensure responsible waste management during our outdoor adventures, we “pack out” all of our waste and dispose of it properly in a trash can or recycling bin. Instead of relying on disposable items like plastic water bottles or paper plates, we bring reusable containers that can be washed and used again. We also practice Leave No Trace principles, which are a set of guidelines for responsible outdoor recreation that include things like minimizing campfire impact and respecting wildlife. The leave-no-trace principles I have adopted were taught to me during my Phase 1 training in the British Army. It is rare that you will find me out in nature without a “gash bag” these days.

Pack it in, pack it out: This means bringing all of our waste back out with us and disposing of it properly in a trash can or recycling bin.

Use reusable containers: Instead of relying on disposable items like plastic water bottles or paper plates, bring reusable containers that can be washed and used again.

Practice “Leave No Trace” principles: These principles are a set of guidelines for responsible outdoor recreation that include things like minimizing campfire impact and respecting wildlife.

The Connection Between Waste Management and Mental Health

Being environmentally responsible is an important aspect of waste management, and it can positively affect our mental health in several ways.

When we practice responsible waste management whilst out on an adventure, we become more mindful of our impact on the environment. This mindfulness can help us develop a deeper connection to the natural world and feel a sense of purpose in our actions. In addition, being environmentally responsible can give us a sense of accomplishment and mastery.

Knowing that we’re taking steps to protect and preserve the environment can be empowering, and it can give us a sense of control over our impact on the world. This sense of control can help to reduce feelings of anxiety or overwhelm that can be associated with larger global issues, such as climate change.

Moreover, incorporating responsible waste management into our outdoor adventures can also enhance our overall experience. When we pack out our waste and minimize our impact on the environment, we’re able to fully appreciate the natural beauty around us without being distracted by litter or other signs of human impact. This can create a sense of peace and tranquillity that can be beneficial for our mental health.

Responsible waste management is an important aspect of responsible outdoor recreation and adventure. By incorporating these practices into our outdoor adventures, we can help protect the environment and make our experiences more enjoyable. Additionally, being mindful of our impact on the environment can have positive impacts on our mental health and our community.

So next time you’re planning an outdoor adventure, don’t forget to consider how you can manage your waste responsibly and adventure purposefully. Together, we can help preserve the beauty of our natural areas for generations to come.

A British army veteran says he is using his military training to serve communities and the environment after setting up a waste management company with an environmental promise.

Tyler Bloomhill, of Breedon-on-the-Hill in North-West Leicestershire, says his training and service with the British Army’s 4 Armoured Medical Regiment are now helping him in his new venture: waste management company Kwiktip.

Bloomhill says his time in the army has helped him realise the importance of decluttering and having tidy habits for his own mental health and productivity. Now he wants to help businesses and residents to dispose of their waste in the most responsible way, learn to live with less and make a social impact.

Read the full article here.

Kwiktip, which Bloomhill runs with his father Simon, works with customers and large national waste brokers to dispose of a whole range of different types of rubbish, including clinical waste produced by the NHS, electrical goods being disposed of by businesses, sofas, mattresses and fridges that are thrown out, shop refit construction waste, kitchen and bathroom waste created when developers or landlords are giving their properties a re-vamp.

He added: “When we go into businesses and meet householders to talk about their waste disposal needs, in just a quick 15-minute conversation we can really help them save money and implement quick easy wins that don’t cause inconvenience. We can be responsible citizens, and contribute to our community by just giving them simple advice on how to sort out their rubbish before we come to take it away. Just doing that can have a huge accumulative impact.

Read the full article here.

Now Kwiktip wants to perform a role in the wider community by educating people about what happens to waste when it leaves their property or premises.

The father-and-son team believes that by educating businesses and residents about where and how waste is disposed, and by providing some quick ways of recycling so that waste that can be recycled is not contaminated, they can play a vital role in helping fight back against climate change.

UK Weather, Easter, Rhthms and Rituals, Meaning

In much of the UK, Good Friday during Easter was overcast, while Holy Saturday had amazing weather. We barbecued (braai’ed to our South African friends) and Easter Sunday was okay, albeit a bit cloudy. Unfortunately, Easter Monday is rainy and overcast. Nevertheless, we are into spring and summer is on its way!

During this time, we have been cleaning, sorting the house, and washing the car. In essence, we have been “falling into rhythm with the natural way of life” by doing Spring Cleaning, a centuries-old tradition and annual ritual we always seem to follow after the long winter months.

We’ve also had some lively discussions (or mild arguments) about the meaning of Easter, how it should be observed, consumerism, spirituality, and more. This got me thinking, so I did some research about why spring cleaning is done, and what it symbolizes, and even included some hacks and concepts learned in the army (or habits ingrained, you could say) that I try to apply to my life. These have particular meaning at this time of the year…

Spring Cleaning and New Beginnings

Spring cleaning is more than just a way to get rid of dust and grime. It has a symbolic meaning that transcends the physical act of cleaning. It represents fresh starts, new beginnings, and a renewal of life. In many cultures, it is believed that cleaning the home and preparing for warmer months brings good luck, prosperity, and health to the family. And more than likely, it probably does.

The Easter holiday, celebrated by Christians worldwide, is closely associated with spring, rebirth, and renewal. Easter marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and customs linked to Easter reflect the theme of new beginnings. Coloring and decorating Easter eggs represent the emergence of new life from an egg, while the Easter bunny symbolizes fertility and new growth. Easter is a time to reflect on the previous year, renew one’s faith, give thanks, and look forward to the future with hope and optimism.

So spring cleaning can be an exercise in spirituality, and the Easter holidays actually center on renewal and the cyclical nature of life, something all people of whatever faith or persuasion can relate to.

Persia, Passover, and China

Spring cleaning is a tradition that has been practiced for centuries, with its origins tracing back to ancient civilizations. In ancient Persia, people would clean their homes on the first day of spring in preparation for the New Year, welcoming the new season and starting the year fresh and clean.

In the Jewish tradition, spring cleaning takes on a deeper significance. It is done before Passover, a major holiday that celebrates liberation and freedom. During Passover, leavened bread is not consumed, and families go through their homes to remove any traces of leavened bread. This symbolic act of cleaning represents the removal of the “leaven” or the “puffiness” of ego, pride, and arrogance in one’s life.

In China, spring cleaning is done before the Lunar New Year. It marks the beginning of a new year and cleanses the home of any bad luck that may have accumulated over the past year. By cleaning the house thoroughly, Chinese families believe that they are making room for good fortune and prosperity to enter their lives.

Spring cleaning is a tradition that is steeped in history and culture, with each civilization adding its own unique twist to the ritual of cleaning the home. Whether it is to welcome the new season, prepare for a holiday, or ward off bad luck, spring cleaning remains a beloved tradition that is celebrated and observed around the world.

Some Army-Inspired Tips, Rituals, and Rites, for Spring Cleaning

In my time with the military, I took on some life habits that can be applied to dealing with waste, clutter, spring cleaning, efficiency, clear intention, productivity, and connectedness.

  1. Live with less: The army teaches you to live with only the essentials when deployed or on exercise. This means that you should get rid of things you don’t need or use. Here’s how you can apply this hack to spring cleaning:
    • Sort through your belongings and create three piles: keep, donate, and throw away.
    • Be honest with yourself and ask if you’ve used the item in the past year. If not, it’s time to let it go.
    • Consider donating items to a local charity or thrift store.
  2. Be organized: In the army, everything needs to have a place. This lesson has helped me in my civilian life as well. By organizing your belongings, you can reduce clutter and make it easier to find things. Here’s how you can apply this hack to spring cleaning:
    • Start by creating a cleaning plan and schedule.
    • Make a list of tasks and prioritize them.
    • Use storage containers to organize items in your home.
  3. Be resourceful: The army teaches you to make do with what you have. This means that you should find creative solutions to problems and make the most of the resources you have. Here’s how you can apply this hack to spring cleaning:
    • Consider repurposing or recycling items that you are getting rid of.
    • Donate clothes or furniture to a local thrift store.
    • Sell items online or at a garage sale.
  4. Teamwork: The army teaches you the importance of working together to accomplish a common goal. This lesson can be applied to spring cleaning by involving your family in the process. Here’s how you can apply this hack to spring cleaning:
    • Assign tasks to family members and make it a team effort.
    • Consider turning spring cleaning into a fun activity by playing music or offering rewards.
    • Take breaks and enjoy snacks together to build camaraderie.

Start New, Start Fresh

Spring cleaning over Easter is a tradition that has stood the test of time. It symbolizes a fresh start, a new beginning, and a renewal of life. By using some army hacks, you can make the cleaning process more efficient and effective. So, roll up your sleeves and get ready to welcome the new season with a clean and fresh home!


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