Accidentally Eco: The Sustainability of 'Wednesday' and Nevermore
In the world of "Wednesday," the students of Nevermore Academy—Wednesday Addams in particular—enjoy an outcast education defined by accidentally eco moments.
Welcome to Nevermore Academy. The vibes are eerie and mysterious, the students are supernatural (but still very much teenagers), and the old-world atmosphere lends to several accidentally eco moments.
Whether you're a longtime fan of The Addams Family or Tim Burton's reinterpretation is also your introduction, Wednesday has infiltrated the pop culture scene in a major way. Who doesn't love a harmless opportunity to tap into their dark side?
'The Addams Family' and Environmentalism
Since its inception as a comic strip in the early 1980s, The Addams Family has provided tongue-in-cheek commentary on the nuclear family, modern life, and society's at times ridiculous refusal to see what's right in front of them.
Though Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, and Uncle Fester live an opulent life, it's decidedly old-school, with outfits almost uniformly reworn, electricity largely avoided, and simple, family-friendly activities—think Gomez and Morticia's tango, or Wednesday and Pugsley's "Is There a God?"—over television or tech.
Which brings us back to Nevermore. With all of the spookiness due to a school for the supernatural, the academy finds its students—Wednesday in particular—making accidentally eco moves inspired by her family's similar lifestyle.
5 Accidentally Eco Aspects of 'Wednesday'
1. Heatless Hair
Wednesday Addams' braids may be her most iconic trait—plus, they're an environmentally friendly choice. Relying on a heatless hairstyle makes for less electrical waste and healthier hair, and the choice fits neatly into Wednesday's pared-down approach to modern life.
Wednesday is a master minimalist. While her roommate Enid Sinclair favors color and girlish frills, Wednesday prefers to keep things simple, adorning her space with only the essentials (cello, lamp, typewriter, disembodied hand companion).
The stark contrast in space serves to highlight Wednesday's dark tendencies but also pulls the amount of stuff with contemporary living into welcome focus. (To be fair, Enid is a DIY queen, which we'll get to later.)
Wednesday isn't a huge fan of technology and the waste that comes with it. In addition to rooms lit sparingly by single-bulb lamps or candles (an inherited Addams family trait), Wednesday (and Thing) opt to tap up notes and school assignments on a typewriter, saving up to 75 kWh of power per year. Students of Nevermore, take note!
4. Carnivorous Plants
Nevermore's plant conservancy (run by Marilyn Thornhill, aka Christina Ricci, aka our '90s Wednesday) is home to a selection of carnivorous plants and unique blooms. Along with being the correct amount of menacing, carnivorous plants serve as a natural means of potted pest control, feeding on spiders, flies, gnats, and more.
5. DIY Style
The snoods! As a visible marker of friendship, Enid crochets matching snoods (or cowls) for her and Wednesday, each in the character's signature shade. The onscreen move is sparking a trend in the real world, too, with fans sharing patterns and tips for recreating the cute and cozy piece. After all, crafty, DIY items make for the ultimate accidentally eco gifts.
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