By Myka

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 principle is based on us using only what we need. 

Imagine that. What would life look like if we only took what we needed? 

After the past 3 years 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, fewer clothes we don’t wear crowding our closet. 

Less time doing unnecessary shit that we 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 need all this? Does one really need 3 houses? Or to tear down the 1200 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 this:

  1. Conscious consumption. Buying what I need, not always what I want.
  2. 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 and compostable garbage bags are game-changers.
  3. Self-care and a reduced level of commitment. Prioritizing & maintaining space for rest. I don’t subscribe to the rise and grind mindset - these days it’s more rise and align if you get my drift.
  4. Primarily plant-based eating. I recently started adding some local, grass fed beef to my diet due to my severe anemia, and it's been a welcome change.
  5. Buying as much as I can from local farmers’ markets. We are so lucky here in LA to have bountiful markets and I take full advantage.

What about you? What are some of your favorite ways to practice sustainability? 

By Myka
Myka has always been enamored with beautiful things and making things beautiful. It’s what led her to Paris to study at Parsons School of Design, and subsequently landed her in New York. The desire to move beyond clothing resulted in working as a trend forecaster and stylist – curating trends and creating beautiful environments. Myka has lived in New York, Paris, Munich and Italy, tried her hand at furniture design and worked as an interior stylist and creative consultant and most recently a certified yoga instructor. A serial entrepreneur, her journey has led her to explore and discover different parts of herself. Eventually she landed in Europe where she spent several years before returning to her hometown of Atlanta where she opened WAX, Atlanta’s first waxing only studio and then BUFF, Atlanta’s first natural nail bar. She now resides in Venice, CA with her son and their rescue dog Piper.
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