Sustainability, it’s all the rage. From tiny houses to electric cars, if you aren’t considering sustainability in your daily existence, then you are officially behind the times.
But what does it mean to truly be sustainable? Sustainability means meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Whoa. Think about that, the foundation of this principal is based in us using only what we need.
Imagine that. What would life look like if we only took what we needed?
After this past year and a half of COVID, I think that we can all agree that we need much less than we thought we did. Less time on screens, less time sitting in traffic, less clothes we don’t wear crowding our closet.
Less time doing unnecessary shit that we really don’t want to do.
But on the flip side of less is more. What do we need more of? Definitely more love, more empathy, more time together again. More of less.
I look around sometimes (especially here in LA) and wonder do we really need all this? Does one really need 3 houses? Or to tear down the 2000 SF house to build an 8000 SF one? What about an entire store stocked with 39 strains of weed and 27 kinds of gummies? I think not. One can only smoke one joint at a time.
For me sustainability is also about finding ways to maintain longevity. Right now in my life that looks like:
- Self care and a reduced level of commitment. Prioritizing & maintaining space for rest. I definitely don’t subscribe to the rise and grind mindset - these days it’s more rise and align if you get my drift.
- Plant based eating.
- Planning my meals, making a grocery list each week and buying only what I need.
- Buying as much as I can from farmers markets. We are so lucky here in LA to have bountiful markets and I take full advantage.
- Ditching as much plastic as I can. Only 9% of plastic is recycled - the rest ends up in landfills and sadly the ocean. These stasher bags are a game changer.
What about you? What are some of your favorite ways to practice sustainability.