How to develop a sustainable lifestyle through imperfect actions

 

While we are all here promoting a better living through a sustainable lifestyle, at the same time we should be aware of how to make the change possible and how we can genuinely contribute to save the planet. The best way to make our planet more sustainable is to encourage people to live consciously. However, it’s not easy to change millions of people’s habits. We should not judge others for not being perfect.

Transitioning to a zero waste living should be a slow process made by mindful decisions and practical actions. It takes time, effort and a lot of information to create a sustainable routine. Progress over perfection. The planet doesn’t need people doing random things, instead it needs someone who really takes care of it. 

Let’s start by analysing our daily routine. Is there something we could actually change? If so, the next step is to decide what to improve and modify. Although it’s very important to remember that every single action matters, we shouldn’t give up when circumstances don’t allow us to make the right choice. Imperfect actions teach us what we can actually do and what to improve. Here are six of them.

 

1. Buy plastic bottles

One of the easiest changes you can make is reducing plastic waste. When it comes to plastic production, we immediately think about plastic bottles. They are actually a big environmental issue because they cause a lot of pollution, becoming very dangerous for animals, especially sea creatures. Unfortunately some people don’t have options and they don’t have access to anything else. In this case don’t feel bad if you are still buying plastic bottles. Not all grocery stores sell glass bottles or have refillable water stations. Remember that the most important thing is to do what you can. 

 

2. Diy is not for everyone

Diy (do it yourself) is very popular especially for those who love to use natural ingredients, reuse old items or just save money. Searching on the internet you will find the easiest and greatest homemade recipes from cleaning to skincare products. Are they really worth the effort? You know the answer. I mean, some people love diy and they constantly spend time looking for new ideas, others don’t like to create their own things. If you are part of the second category, feel free to skip the diy, instead choose more sustainable alternatives to your purchases. 

 

3. Don’t go vegan

Our eating habits have a huge impact on ourselves but also on the environment. Although it would be better that everyone consumes less meat preferring a plant based diet, not everyone is willing to change their habits.  It’s actually very hard to completely swap to a more sustainable diet. It takes time, effort and a lot of research to get into a new eating lifestyle. Don’t go vegan just because it’s trendy, however try to consume more fresh produce and seasonal products, reducing daily meat consumption.

 

4. Don’t avoid plastic packaging

Even though many eco conscious brands are replacing plastic packaging with sustainable alternatives, it’s not obvious that everyone knows these brands and their products. For example hair care products: shampoo and conditioner bar soaps are the greatest substitute to the plastic shampoo and conditioner containers. If you are still buying hair products in plastic packaging, don’t worry! Being a conscious consumer requires a lot of information which is not always easy to find for everyone. 

 

5. New clothes are allowed

How many of you live close to a second hand shop? I guess not all of you. In some places, people don’t have many options when they decide to buy clothes, so they just go for new clothes and it’s totally fine. Besides the fact that it’s more sustainable to buy second hand garments and give up on fast fashion, at the same time there’s nothing wrong to follow fashion trends. 

 

6. Composting is not compulsory

Some people struggle to compost food waste because they live in small places or they don’t have a garden. Composting is something you should consider doing even if you don’t have enough space because it’s the best way to enrich the soil and give nutrients to the plants, but it’s not compulsory. However you can still make sustainable choices, even if composting is not your thing.

 

 

Aiming to a perfect sustainable lifestyle is not impossible but very hard. So don’t feel pressure if you don’t want to change everything in one time, because it’s a slow process made by conscious decisions. Imperfect actions are part of our everyday lives. Our goal is to adjust the way we live based on our needs. It doesn’t matter what you decide to modify, but it’s important to be aware of how you can help our planet and lead by example.