Sustainable Living can not only help you but also grow your environment
Principles of Sustainable Lifestyle:
A. Eco-Friendly: Has a positive impact on the environment, and focuses on reducing waste of all kinds (may for instance be rainforest alliance certified, or certified organic)
B. Animal Welfare: Working for the humane treatment of animals and animal welfare. This does not necessarily have to be associated with a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle, and can include the humane treatment of animals in our meat industry.
C. Global Health Equity: Supports the health, workers rights, and environmental safety of people living and working in various parts of the world where exploitation is common.
D. Personal Health: Focuses on reducing harmful potential exposures on the consumer. This could include non-toxic skincare products, safe cleaning supplies, organic food, etc.
- TAKE AN INVENTORY OF YOUR PURCHASES
Think back over the past few weeks. What did you purchase? Most likely it included some online shopping, maybe some new clothes, food, cleaning supplies, soap/shampoo/conditioner, etc.
Some common categories of purchases for a person/household are:
a. Food Shopping
b. Eating Out
c. Clothes Shopping
d. Online Shopping
e. Cleaning Supplies
f. Paper Supplies
g. Skincare Products
h. Home Goods
- DETERMINE WHAT YOU CARE THE LEAST ABOUT
Now think about which category of purchases you feel the least connected to. Maybe it is your cleaning supplies, like who really has strong feelings about those right? We are going to start there.
You need to gain momentum when it comes to sustainable living, and starting with the easy things first is the way you will get this car running.
- START MAKING SMALL CHANGES MONTH BY MONTH
Start with the short term, when you plan to make small changes in a shorter period of time, you are more likely to stick with them and will naturally begin to feel more motivated by your choices. While it may be really tempting to try and overhaul virtually everything in your life all at once that just honestly is not realistic, and would be entirely overwhelming.
- GAIN MOMENTUM AND STEP OUTSIDE YOUR COMFORT ZONE
We are going to work on saying buh-byeee to our comfort zone and use the momentum gained making small, initial changes to really fuel some bigger shifts moving forward. This means that as you start to feel more passionate, and comfortable in the changes you have made, you are going to take a hard look at the things that are outside your comfort zone that you are fighting.
- IDEAS TO GET YOU STARTED
I hope that you guys already have some ideas in mind after reading through this post about how you would like to from more sustainable practices into your life, but just in case you are still feeling a little lost here is a list of 12 different ideas that you could work on adopting each month to help you embrace sustainable living.