For a lot of people the answer is clear, though it is probably not uniform, yes or no depends on the person answering. Yoga enthusiasts are nodding, those obsessed with work are shaking their head. One thing is certain though, we live fast. People of this age are characterised by global overwork, wasted wealth, loneliness enveloped in the likes of hundreds or thousands of friends and irresponsible behavior toward our environment. Posing as an alternative and as protest is the slow life movement. Since 1986, when journalist Carlo Petrini has founded the conceptual and spiritual basis of the movement by protesting – the movement has been gaining more popularity. People, small enterprises, companies and even whole cities have embraced this proactive and forward-thinking approach.
Though slow life movement was born in Italy during a protest against a Mcdonald’s fast food restaurant, its core concept isn’t just about fast food. There and then, the story was about traditional italian cuisine, fresh ingredients and and naturally about penne pasta, buti f we take a deeper look, we can see it was more about the values of a calm life.
Slow Life was then officially founded as a movement in 1999 and next to slow food, all aspects of life got their place in it, let they be work, design, lifestyle, travel, sex, fashion, health, the media or even a whole city (cittaslow). The founding idea are formed by the same value system; enjoying the moment and enjoying life while paying attention to others and our environment. Little moments, which present us with experiences and take us closer to others and our selves.
Being environmentally conscious, talking about problems, letting others and our selves relax, looking up the the fancy facade of a house seen many times, strolling in the city on a bike, having time for petting, buying groceries in the market, rediscovering our herbs, sitting down for a glass of wine with the locals in a foreign country, going outdoors at the weekend, walking barefoot in the grass, sitting in a car instead of a plane and appreciating the landscape, choosing unknown little roads instead of the highway, turning off the TV and getting offline. All these connect together, one is derived from the other. If one has embraced one aspect of slow, it will have a huge effect in their life.
With carawonga, we aim to put forward the values of slow life not just in our daily lives, but our work. Our carpets are made of 80% recycled material and during manufacturing, we do not use water, chemicals or fossil energy. Retextil Foundation is at our help with production, who employ people with disabilities or changed working capacity, we aim to give work and a living for these people, and make them feel that they are important. Our modules are cut with a manual too, which are then assembled by our customers. Those who can spend a little time with their friends or themselves while they are assembling the carpet and experience a creative activity can also experience the feeling of slow life.
Is it worth slowing down? – I ask again. There is no doubt, yes it is! I like to hug my friends in moments of happiness, chatting with my mom for an hour on the phone, exchanging words of love with my husband, feeling good while working, turning my face toward the sun, cooking for my loved ones with fresh vegetables, and looking at their smiling faces after they have eaten. It is great to think that i run my household in an eco-friendly way. Life is full of wonders; we just have to stop for a moment to appreciate them. Do not let them pass by as standing trees from a window of a running train!