A Beginner's Guide to Sustainable Lifestyle
Are you one of those people who know what sustainability is, but wonder how to live a sustainable life? Want to reduce your impact on the planet but don't know where to start? This is why we have come up with 5 ways you can incorporate into your lifestyle and start living a sustainable life.
Firstly, we need to understand that a sustainable lifestyle isn’t a goal that can be easily achieved. It’s more like a journey where you have to experiment, learn and share your small wins with the world. So if you are wondering what will be those small steps through which you can make a bigger impact, we have got you covered. Let’s get started.
1. Reduce your consumption
You may have probably read and heard this so many times, but how can one reduce their consumption? The whole idea about living sustainably is about changing your mindset. Being intentional with your choices is the best thing you can do because even clearing out things you don’t need will not change anything if you keep being in the state of ‘want’. It’s not about spending wisely, it’s more about stopping when you pick that bottle of Oregano and questioning, do you need that?
2. Have a good clear out
As we mentioned previously about clearing things out. Decluttering your homes is the best way to adopt minimalism, also it is the best way for you to realise what exactly you need. The best place to start looking through is your wardrobe! Declutter your clothes based on how many times you have worn them. Downsizing your wardrobe will make you more confident and stress-free every time you visit your closet.
3. Implement 3Rs
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. These are the 3 most important practices through which you can reduce the amount of waste you create.
Reduce - it means buying less and using less, and it is most important because if we don’t make waste in the first place then we save energy on production, we save energy in trying to convert it into something new, also it doesn't end up in the landfills.
Reuse - it means to use the products again and again, and especially using what you already have. Even if you can’t use it, someone else can, swapping and renting gives the whole method a collaborative approach as fewer things are produced and fewer get thrown away.
Recycle - is a process where we convert and use waste materials into other reusable products. Pay attention to those bunch of plastic water bottles, here is where your DIY skills can come in handy.
4. Buy Organic
Organic products and food are those which are made by using more environmentally friendly and animal welfare methods. These are produced without the use of synthetic pesticides & fertilizers, artificial chemicals, GMO, which makes buying organic better for people, animals and the planet. You can easily transition into buying organic, by changing your shopping habits. Look for brands that are selling organic food, apparels and even skincare products.
5. Zero Waste
Food waste is a bigger area to deal with if you are planning on a Zero-waste journey. Choosing plastic-free packaging for foods to composting leftover food can deal with lots of food waste. Remember the concept of zero waste is having less amount of waste sent to landfills, not 100% zero waste as it's nearly impossible to achieve in real life.
Paying attention and dealing with those everyday things that contribute to your waste footprint can quickly add up to something substantial in the long run.