Sustainability is the hot topic at the moment and the future to turn into, at least if we want to continue living on Planet Earth, as things are not getting easy.
Being sustainable might not be seen as an easy task for everyone. In fact, there are several factors that make a product or an action sustainable and there's far more to analyse than just sustainability itself. But don't worry, I'm here to help!
A few concepts to keep
Sustainability requires that humans are able to coexist with the biosphere around them. That seems simple; however, there is a lot we are doing that is harming the rest of the planet's life, environment, and atmosphere. That's why Climate Change has been the main concern for the last 10 years and we need to act now. In 2016, The Paris Agreement was signed as an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the furthest reached so far, but there's still a long way to go.
Conscious living is embracing simplicity. We often ask ourselves why people act in a certain way, why things are the way they are. Having clarity where the problem lies is being aware of how we can change the result of the way we are living. What we are getting out of it depends on the change in our behaviours. Everything we do should be a conscious act, passionate, and inspiring.
To be ethical, it needs to be morally correct, with good values, fair, transparent, and without disrespecting human rights. In this post, I suggest a few sustainable documentaries, being one of them reporting exactly the issue around fast-fashion and how immoral it is. Watch it to understand better this concern.
Being zero-waste means nothing goes to landfill, nothing gets wasted. When it comes to food, this is completely achievable - cook only the quantity you will eat and use the fruit peels as house cleaning products - later I will explain to you how. This is a practice very much seen (and easier) between vegans, known as the more sustainable practice. Each day, a person who eats a vegan diet saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq ft of forested land, 20lbs CO2 equivalent, and one animal’s life.
Cruelty-free is as simple as not using any animal as guinea pigs to test products used by humans. No harm to any animal. The bunny label is the visual symbol that the product is cruelty-free.
How can I be part of the change?
Here's where the magic happens!
To start with:
+ Look around your house and choose to use what you have
+ Borrow from your friends and neighbours if it's something you don't use often
+ If it's something you use often, check if your neighbours if they use often or would actually don't mind swapping
+ go thrift shopping - there's plenty of second-hand items in need of a new home
+ is it something you can do at home?! A good opportunity to learn a new skill
+ okay...you need to buy brand new, then opt for eco-friendly or sustainable products, with natural or organic, repurposed, or recycled materials. Prefer local businesses and slow and conscious production; fairtrade and without forced labour. If you want to go beyond, check the packaging if it is compostable or recyclable; if the company is giving back to the planet or partner of an organization, like 1% for the planet. There's so much you can do, believe me!
There are so many old habits we stopped following that we now feel the need to adopt again. Let's do that and incentive and influence everyone around us to be more thoughtful too when acting, eating, choosing, buying.
I want to believe that I'm able to change the mindset of older generations that used to have a more sustainable life than us now, but somehow got lost along the way, introducing much more waste and unnecessary things into their lives. We are happier with less, we just need to be conscious of that.