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Alex Haagaard @alexhaagaard
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As the Great Interminable Straw Debate of 2018 rages on, I've noticed one assumption has received very little pushback from either side:

the idea that accessibility and sustainability are mutually conflicting.
This frames sustainability in a very narrow way - as though the ecological impact of a person's life can be measured by their reliance on single-use plastics.
So to that end, I'd like to ask my fellow disabled folks - what are some of the ways in which your disability leads you to live more sustainably than your abled peers?
I'll start - one of my health conditions means I can no longer eat fish or seafood, and am therefore not supporting the fishing industry that contributes 46% of plastic waste in the oceans.
I am not allowed to drive - so I rely on carpooling and public transport.
Because of my many food intolerances and chemical sensitivities (and because I - or more accurately my parents - have the economic and geographic privilege to do so), I tend to eat pretty simple, minimally processed, and often organic and locally grown foods.
I don't wear synthetic fabrics because they often give me a rash, and many of them are incredibly uncomfortable for me to touch.…
I don't fuck with balloons because they terrify me (sensory processing issues).
Since I've begun using a wheelchair, I've found it easier to remember to bring reusable tote bags everywhere - I just leave a couple stashed in the dedicated backpack that I wear on the back of my chair.
I usually leave most of my lights off because bright lights make me uncomfortable.
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