Starting your sustainability journey

Conscious Life

Will 2021 be the year you consciously choose a more sustainable life?

Climate change is real. It had been in the background of my mind for years but I had the mentally of “nothing I do as an individual will contribute to any real change”. But over Christmas 2019, watching the devastation of the Australian bushfires unfold, it hit me. It affected me more than I ever thought it would. I went down a rabbit hole. Researching. Watching documentaries. As an individual it doesn’t seem like we can put even the tiniest dent in reversing the effects of climate change but together I believe we can make a difference.

What I can do, or what I am prepared to do, will look different to the next person. Each of us has different households, financial concerns, goals and values. There is no one size fits all approach to what you should or could change. But I encourage you to start thinking outside the box. Think about what you are willing to sacrifice. Think about where things come from and where they might end up 5, 10 or 50 years from now. “Progress over perfection” is my mantra when it comes to my sustainability journey.

Here is a bit of a framework to get you started. Many of us are hard wired to unconsciously make decisions based on convenience and cost. But is financial cost the only cost we should be focusing on?

REDESIGN. Don’t hold back on sending things back to a company or making a suggestion on how to make it smarter and better for the environment, more example more sustainable packaging.

RETHINK what you buy.

REUSE and choose items that can be reused over and over again. Before recycling anything or sending it to landfill, ask yourself: what could the life of this product be? This could be as simple as using a glass jar for food storage.

REDUCE meaningless waste by removing items from your life that no longer serve you but could be useful to some one else.

SHARE resources, food, skills and possessions with your communities. Sharing what we already own and borrowing what we don’t changes the story on what we see as waste.

REPAIR the goods you own, whether by learning a new skill or by supporting individuals and businesses who can. Companies should see the need to make items that are repairable.

COMPOST by choosing materials as close to nature as possible and setting up practices where these natural goods can be disposed of properly.

RECYCLE when the previous steps are unavoidable – make sure you do it correctly, and if in doubt, leave it out!

It really is like opening pandora’s box once you start this journey. Once you start to look at everything around you and question its origin and future it can really set you off into a tail spin. But like I said above, do what you can, within your own means to make small changes. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. 

In health and happiness,

Courtney

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