It doesn’t have to be all or nothing …
In my early twenties I worked part time in various health food stores for several years. I absolutely loved it and immersed myself in learning all things health and wellbeing.
I worked alongside some incredibly knowledgeable people and the more I read, the more I wanted to change my lifestyle.
I wanted to do away with everything plastic and switch from single use to reusable, I wanted to eat only organic and sustainably farmed produce …. I wanted to replace all of the skincare items and cleaning products I had and ensure everything in my home was free from toxins and harmful ingredients, and the list went on…
When I was still living at home, my family tried to keep up with all the changes and take on board the new knowledge I would come home and bombard them with! To their credit, they were exceptionally supportive when I overhauled our family home …. for the better of course!
My momentum was suddenly halted when I moved out of home and sadly realised I couldn’t sustain and afford everything I wanted to achieve. Every time I made a purchase for convenience rather than sustainability, I felt a little pang of guilt that I wasn’t practicing what I was preaching.
One day I stumbled across a quote that has stuck with me ever since…
“We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.”-Anne-Marie Bonneau.
I reframed my thinking to celebrate each small step I made to help the environment instead of feeling guilty for not being able to do it all. By doing this I was able to stay positive on my zero waste (low waste) journey.
So, my advice to you is that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. And it doesn’t have to be all the time. The fact that you are considering the environment and making conscious choices is what matters most.
If you are reading this, I am thankful that you are also interested in making a difference. So go on, make a small change to your lifestyle and if you’re comfortable doing so leave a comment to let me know what you have done. Remember, even baby steps count, just ensure your focus remains, and together we can all play our part in creating a more sustainable world.
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