Although yesterday was Earth Day, I believe that everyday should be earth day. I desire to do environmental awareness through performance art, yet the best place to always begin for now is my own life first. Minimalist living is definitely the perfect beginning!
The article also stated that much of the plastic that we think may be being recycled usually ends up in land fills for one reason or another. I recycle as much as possible, yet when I think of all of the items that I purchase that is packaged in plastic the cycle is endless. I’ve been thinking of more ways that I could create a smaller carbon footprint on the planet daily.
Here are a few changes that I plan to make before the month is over. When I get very busy I often choose price and convenience as the top priority. I’m realizing that the true priority should be creating a healthier planet for ourselves and future generations.
I was thinking of all the vitamins and supplements that I usually purchase that come in plastic containers. I plan to switch out my current vitamins for ones that have combinations of ingredients so that I am buying less bottles, and also products that are sold in glass bottles. I will also look for bulk size supplements that have less packaging.
Making so many of my own beauty products as well as household cleaners also uses less packaging. I am constantly reusing containers that I already have to store the products that I make. Making my own skin care, hair care, makeup, deodorant, household cleaners etc. allows me to use many of the same ingredients in different ways. Plus it saves me tons of money!
I already purchase bulk foods such as rice, lentils, beans, quinoa, etc. instead of prepackaged foods. I’ve bought both prepackaged and bulk foods lately. It takes a conscious effort to purposely purchase items with less packaging. I’m getting back on track!
Creating time and proper planning to take advantage of my local farmer’s market again will be a better choice than the convenience of grocery shopping throughout the week. I have been a bit lazy on this one thing even though I know better. By limiting the amount of times I go to the grocery store I also save gas and fuel emissions. Also choosing organic and local, not putting items in plastic bags that don’t really need it, and remembering to bring reusable shopping bags even for other shopping trips makes a big difference.
I’ve been sewing much more than I have in the past, and I do enjoy it. Although I’ve decluttered my wardrobe and hardly shop the way I used to, finding new ways to redesign or reinvent clothing items could be a great way to shop even less. A simple example is redesigning a stretched out leotard worn to my dance classes into a sports bra or athletic crop top. Creativity is probably one of the greatest ways to reduce our carbon footprint.
Living with less is probably the best way to have a lighter existence on the planet overall. Having less doesn’t mean living miserably. Everyone will have their own definition and qualifications for what minimalist living will mean for their own life. My overall perspective is if you do not use something daily, weekly, or even monthly, you may want to allow someone else to.
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