Sustainable Living: Baby Steps To Going Green

Going green. Such a simple concept, yet so difficult to master. And why so? The answer is that humanity has grown complacent in a fixed mindset that small changes on their behalf won’t repair a big problem caused by billions of other people. It’s a feeling of defeat.

But, believing that one person can’t spark a big movement toward positive change is the reason that our fragile environment has become a breeding ground for global-scale crises such as pollution, collapse in ecosystems, species endangerment and global warming.

And for our environment to heal and undergo rehabilitation, fundamental change needs to take place—and that starts with a shift in consciousness. It can begin with one person. It can begin with you.

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To go green requires a reorientation of the mindset and modification of lifestyle—being eco-conscious takes effort and daily practice. We must keep reminding ourselves that we are part of something greater. We must constantly remember that we share this planet with other living creatures and that our children will one day inherit our problems if we do not cease today’s environmental vandalism.

Shift In Mindset

A mindset is a filtered view of the world that’s delicately influenced through a set of experiences. Everyone you’ve encountered, everything you’ve been taught, and everything you’ve seen, has had a part in shaping your mindset.

And although you’ve been “locked” into your current mindset for quite some time, it is possible to modify it. Many people are resistant to change because they fear it, so instead of making of a change, simply look at it as making a modification in thinking.

Simply realizing that you are a part of something greater is the first step in shifting your mindset. Acknowledging that you are a steward of the earth will help you embrace the concept of sustainability and motivate you to make wiser decisions—paving the way to a more sustainable future for you, your family and the environment.

Shift In Lifestyle

Lifestyle is defined as a way of living—and it is greatly influenced by the culture that’s shaped us since birth. And often times, our culture fuels the complacency that makes it so difficult to alter a routine. However, once you master a shift in mindset, it becomes easier to incorporate small, but significant changes in lifestyle choices.

Begin by assessing your current lifestyle. Think about what you do each day that might negatively impact the environment. And also think about the good choices that you’ve made and how you can make them more often.

Assessment

Begin inside the home. The kitchen and bathroom in particular are two living spaces that acquire the most waste. Assess all of the tangible items and determine which ones will forever exist in landfills. What plastic items do you purchase that can easily be swapped out with eco-friendly alternatives? Do you strive to save water and energy on a daily basis? Do you recycle?

Likewise, think about your experience outside of your home. What choices do you make in regards to travel? When you shop, do you take your own reusable bags and make purchase decisions based on need rather than want? Are you brand conscious and boycott environmentally abusive brands? Do you bring a reusable water bottle with you on hikes rather than single use plastic?

These are all great questions to ask yourself.

Modification

Once you acknowledge and identity areas of weakness, you can take small baby steps and implement gradual changes—both inside and outside of the home. And luckily, we live in an era where we have accessibility to a large selection of eco-friendly, sustainable, and zero-waste products.

Take a toothbrush, for example. For years, society has become accustomed to buying plastic toothbrushes—which have to be replaced at least every three months. About a billion people use toothbrushes—let that sink in.

Fortunatly, we have the option of swapping plastic for bamboo and other eco-friendly material. In fact, there are a handful of green companies like Koolerthings, that produce toothbrushes and other everyday products out of material like bamboo, and that’s a good thing—bamboo is durable, sustainable and biodegradable.

Make these kind of swaps all throughout your home, and you’ll make a significant impact on the environment in a positive way.

Conclusion

We have only one earth, and it’s populated with a plethora of living entities that rely on it. If we neglect it, ecosystems will continue to disintegrate, more species will become endangered, and our quality of life will dwindle. Become a good steward and help preserve our home—our children deserve it.


“When all the trees have been cut down,
when all the animals have been hunted,
when all the waters are polluted,
when all the air is unsafe to breathe,
only then will you discover you cannot eat money.”

—Cree Prophecy


13 thoughts on “Sustainable Living: Baby Steps To Going Green

  1. Great, thoughtful read. It’s so important to acknowledge we each have to make the conscious decision to do our part for the planet. While we stay in our homes during this crisis, the planet seems to be healing and thriving. I hope we can find a way to be a part of that new healing.

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    1. I agree with you. It’ll be great to spend time in outdoor social settings again, but it’ll be even better if people start making a conscious effort to be more environmentally friendly. I recently read an article that the Himalayas are once again visible because of decreased air pollution. I hope this trend inspires the rest of the world.

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  2. Swapping plastic toothbrushes for bamboo toothbrushes is a great practical example of small changes we can make. Do you know if they have to be composted to break down?

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    1. Yes, you can compost them, but it will take a long time for them to break down because Bamboo is rot resistant! It has natural anti-microbial properties which is great for items like toothbrushes. They will break down eventually, just not immediately like other items that you compost. Thank you for reading! Stay safe!

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  3. Thanks for bringing awareness and for the great tips. It is important to continue to strive to live a greener way.

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  4. I definitely agree that it takes a mental shift first! I think any major life change requires it, actually. We’ve been taking small steps to being more green, and still have a ways to go. But progress is happening!

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  5. I am an obsessive recycler and before coronavirus our family had started making it a habit to always use reusable bags, reusable cups, and reusable straws. But you are right. It is all about changing a mindset and starting small to develop better habits. Next habit change? Composting. I just have to figure out what to do with it.

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