With a greater consciousness coming to the surface and demand for retail, product and produce transparency the next generation are leading the surge in our new consumerism habits.
In a recent post we discussed How to create your own sustainable wardrobe. But what if you want to kick your sustainability up to the next level? Lets dive into how some further simple changes you make can have a powerful positive impact on generations to come.
Use a minimalistic philosophy:
So often we go into purchasing things blindly or impulsively, so next time when going to make your next purchase there are 3 simple questions you can ask yourself before handing over your cash.
- Do I really need this?
- Do I already have something similar to this at home already that I can use instead?
- Will this improve my life?
By asking yourself these questions you allow yourself the time to take a breath and make a conscious decision as to the value the next purchase is going to give you.
Ditch the plastic straws:
Did you know that plastic never actually breaks down 100% and lets be honest straws are pretty useless in the big scheme of things. When there is no option for a straw we make do without and still drink our drinks none the wiser. So rather than accepting a straw say no or use a metal reusable straw for those times when you want to feel a bit fancy.
Want to find out more? Check out this kick arse women leading for change in Australia… http://www.1millionwomen.com.au/blog/meet-woman-aiming-ban-straws-australia/
Shop at local fresh food grocers:
When shopping for fresh produce and groceries shop local. By shopping local you are supporting a person, a family and your local community. They will have plenty of cardboard boxes to hold your fresh produce and often a lot cheaper than the bigger super market chains. Also take along your eco reusable shopping bags to carry all of your goodies.
Ditch the plastic produce bags:
Has anyone else noticed the excessive lengths that the bigger supermarket chains go to, to individually wrap produce in plastic cling wrap. Why? So a great alternative for those times that you do go into the bigger supermarket chains is to pick produce individually and use brown paper bags (the ones for the mushrooms) or use eco friendly reusable produce bags. There are light weight, can come in packs and take up little room in your handbag.
Making small changes to our way of living may seem difficult to start with but like any new behavior repetition is key to creating a new kind of normal.
Also talking about sustainability with friends and family will help shed light on your point of view, educate others and bring about discussion on how we can individually – collectively have a positive impact on our planet for generations to come.