Sustainable Living - One step at a time
Nothing or nobody can be 100% sustainable overnight, in fact there is not such thing called “100% Sustainable”. It is more about finding that balance between the social, economic and environmental aspects of your life.
It is indeed not an easy task to archive that balance as it might imply rude change in people’s habits and it is so easy to get carried away when our surroundings does not support sustainable initiatives. In the other hand we can not just change everything overnight, it’s impossible! This is not matter of have it all or have nothing!
When i have start studying t become a Sustainable Fashion Designer, i did not even know what it actually meant. Along the way the more i dicked into it the more i became unatracted to the fashion universe in itself. I always loved fashion but i had no idea upon how fast fashion and over-consumerism is destroying our planet. So i began to investigate more about sustainability and sustainable practices not only directly related to the fashion industry but all around. The more I learn about the topic the more my perception of the world and the people I am surrounded by changes.
Many of us can’t truly afford to make that dramatically change within our current lifestyle. Instead, it is better to make it as journey where you consciously and on your own pace implement and make sustainable choices on your daily life routine. By making this transition to be one step at a time! Each small piece of puzzle will eventually create a bigger picture of sustainability.
Besides, it might not be easy to find a sustainable version of everything you do or buy. Just take it slowly! Each and every choice we make throughout our daily routines has sustainable implications, and you can’t ultimately find the best solution for everything within a day. Step by step through time, you will discover fascinating things about the sustainable world, while learning a lot about yourself, your practices, preferences, and your ability to take actions.
This learning process also includes trial and error, and by making mistakes is where we usually learn even more and realise the better choices. Just give it time and you will see how things will start unfolding around you.
There is no perfect choice but rather better choices and there is always a way for improvements rather than dramatic changes. Sustainability is indeed a very complex field itself where there’s no right answer. So, remember that whatever you do toward a more sustainable lifestyle will impact our surroundings eventually and that is better to do something than doing nothing. Being active instead of passive! Begin your journey toward a more sustainable lifestyle by enjoying the things you love while becoming a better person.
Many of you might not know even where to start, or have no idea of what is going on around us and why is so important that we take actions, but don’t worry too much about it for now. Try to learn day by day how you can slowly implement better and conscious choices on your daily routine.
Here are some inspiration of where you can start, even though i believe that each of us has to find our own pace and do the things that make more sense for each of us:
- Take some time to watch the sunrise, or do daily walks in wild places, learn how to appreciate and respect the abundance of the mother Earth;
- Get involved in iniciatives around your community like for example Schools are always in need of volunterring work;
- Buy products made from recycled materials;
- Reduce the amount of trash you make everyday or learn how to sort it properly;
- Reuse, or repurpose items : remember that your trash could be someone else's treasure;
- Use water wisely or fix water leaks: leaky tap or toilet cistern that drips every second can waste a lot of water;
- Safe energy consumption: turn appliances off at the wall and switch off lights when leaving the room;
- Avoid buying or using harmful chemicals products in your home;
- Bring your own shopping bag when going to supermarket;
- When possible grown your own food;
- Be mindful of where your food is sourced and buy locally produced or organic products whenever is possible, while supporting local farmers;
- Wearing your clothes more than once to save water with fewer washes;
- Teach your children the importance of picking up trash and recyclables in your daily walks around the neighborhood and showing them the value of eating what’s available to them;
- Be always mindful upon your own actions;
- Choose products which don’t violate the rights and welfare of people;
- Learn how to appreciating everything nature has to offer , by enjoying and taking care of it as well as by practicing compassion towards all of its creatures;
- Learning how to interact with the planet in new ways through planting, growing and nurturing;
- Use public transport, walk or bike whenever it’s possible;
- Making old things new again, repurpose something;
- Using plastic-free packaging that is made of recycled and recyclable materials;
- Love and compassion toward people;
- Help people, do volunteering work at a non-profit organisation;
- Ask yourself: What is my motivation for being a conscious consumer?Over and over again! Until you will find an answer that suits your values.
Together we can all make a diffrence and help the environment, so the more of us step up, the bigger the difference we'll all make.
Photography by Inez Dawczyk