Mottainai
Mottainai

What is Mottainai?

Mottainai (もったいない or 勿体無い) is a term of Japanese origin that has been used by environmentalists. The term in Japanese conveys a sense of regret over waste; the exclamation "Mottainai!" can translate as "What a waste!" Japanese environmentalists have used the term to encourage people to "reduce, reuse and recycle", and Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai used the term at the United Nations as a slogan to promote environmental protection.

Kōjien lists three definitions for the word mottainai (classical Japanese terminal form mottainashi): (1) inexpedient or reprehensible towards a god, buddha, noble or the like; (2) awe-inspiring and unmerited/undeserved, used to express thanks; (3) an expression of regret at the full value of something not being put to good use. In contemporary Japanese, it is most commonly used to indicate that something is being discarded needlessly, or to express regret at such a fact

Waarom Mottainai hier?

Om de lezers te inspireren. Wij zijn Mottainai begonnen, in de vorm van Beeswax maken, bijenwas stof. Dat kan je gebruiken in plaats van folie en in plaats van dat wij nieuwe stoffen gebruiken, gebruiken wij oude blousjes en kimonos en afval van de naailessen. 

Nog meer Mottainai omdat wij hiermee ook de mensen van Boxless Society inhuren, een groep artiesten met een psychologische achtergrond. Zodat zij creatief zich kunnen uiten, creeren en ook recyclen. 

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