5 Ways To Start Living Sustainably Today
It's no secret we are living in a time where mother nature is asking for our help almost daily to protect what we have so graciously claimed ours. When we start understanding we are merely guests here, we start appreciating what has been offered to us. Living sustainably can sound a bit daunting at first but there are ways to ease into this beautiful way of living. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither was living sustainably. Mindset is key. Telling yourself over and over it's too hard to do this...well then, it will be.
So what is SUSTAINABILITY?
In the words of Merriam-Webster
1: capable of being sustained
2a: of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged.
b: of or relating to a lifestyle involving the use of sustainable methods
Start with Homebase. What needs to change?
Once you start looking around your home and diving into all the possibilities, I suggest taking it slow. Go into this with an open mind but, if 5 things seem overwhelming, start with 1. Be gentle with yourself in making these changes. We promise we won't judge. Don't start throwing things away, this just adds to the problem. Use them to their max capacity and if possible, recycle. Then, replace that item with a sustainable alternative. We are definitely in the process of living a more sustainable life as well, so we are with you in these small steps that create big change. We encourage you to focus on what you can control and what you can commit to. New habits require the commitment to show up and be consistent. Once you start implementing these habits daily it becomes second nature and is now your lifestyle and not just a trend.
For the sake of time and energy today, let's start in the kitchen.
1. Reusable Food Wraps + Zip Lock Bags
The list of single-use plastics is extraordinarily long and it's time to end that relationship. We're just not that into you anymore. It's not me, it's you.
All of these can be washed and reused over and over.
2. Reuseable Coffee Filters
According to research done by Halo, every minute about 39,000 capsules are made worldwide, while 29,000 are dumped in landfill sites. This is equivalent to around 20 billion capsules produced each year and 15 billion capsules thrown away in nature.
3. Cleaning Brushes and Sponges
Those green and yellow sponges you have been using, and your mom has been using, and your grandma has been using for so many years are made of plastic. You are accidentally washing down tiny plastic particles down the drain into the sea. These tiny particles absorb many toxic pesticides that aren't able to be 100% filtered out. Who do you think eats those microplastics filled with toxic pesticides? Fish. Who eats fish? A lot of people. Enough to curb your appetite, right?
4. Zero-Waste Dish Soap
5. Compostable Garbage Bags
By cultivating these mindful habits, you stand to gain so much reward by the contributions you are now making to keep our planet clean. Go you!
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