With so much information available, it can be easy to be overwhelmed when you first start learning about sustainable living.
But the right mindset and preparation can make all the difference and will keep you moving forward.
So whether you’re planning on diving right in or just dipping your toes in the water, here are a few things to keep in mind as you start out.
1. Do Your Research
While you’ll never know everything, it’s good to have a bit of knowledge before you start making changes to your lifestyle.
Government websites and local environmental organisations are your best bet for facts and figures. While blogs, Facebook groups, Pinterest and YouTube are great resources for ideas and ways to apply your new-found knowledge.
2. Be Realistic
Sustainable Living covers practically every aspect of day to day life, but that doesn’t mean that you need to do it all.
Time, finances and other commitments will dictate what works for you, and that’s totally fine.
Make a list of things you’d like to change, then decide which ones are realistic and achievable.
Don’t worry if you can’t be perfect, the goal should be to do as much as you are able to.
3. Less is More
You don’t need to go crazy and buy every eco-friendly product in existence.
Much of sustainability is about reducing, so ideally try to work with what you already have.
Whenever you feel the urge to buy a new product, take a moment to see if something you already own could do the job.
Head over to my Sustainable Shopping guide once you’re done here for more green retail ideas.
4. Make Small Changes Gradually
It can be easy to get swept up with the excitement of new ideas, but try to be measured in your approach. Make any changes gradually over time and see how you go.
A small change that lasts a lifetime has a greater impact than several big changes that last a few weeks.
Sustainable swaps can be a great way to start small, check out my post for some greener household alternatives.
5. Try Things
Trying and sometimes failing is part of the learning process.
Don’t be afraid to test out different ways of doing things. If they work, great. If not, don’t get discouraged, try something else.
6. Find What Works For You
Sustainability looks a little different for everyone so don’t worry if can’t do all of the same things that you see others doing.
If you’re making a conscious decision to reduce your impact in your own way, that’s plenty.
7. Ask Questions
You’re not the first person to embrace greener living. In fact, you’re probably not even the first person in your own social circle. Reach out to those around you or to others online for suggestions.
Just talking about sustainability with friends and family will help you get your head around it, and also help spread the word.
8. Look Locally
The best way to be sustainable may vary depending on where you live and what’s around you.
When trying to make changes it can be helpful to consult local people and use local resources to figure out what works best.
9. Have Fun With It!
Environmentalism news can sometimes be a bit of a downer, and can make living sustainably feel like a chore.
While it’s important to understand the challenges facing us, it’s equally important to stay positive. Sustainability should be fun and interesting, and not just something that you have to do.
Below are just a few of the ways you can stay upbeat and enjoy sustainable living
- Learn new creative skills with some DIY and upcycling.
- Find new hobbies like sewing, knitting and embroidery.
- Become more resourceful and self-sufficient with cooking and gardening.
- Improve your health by walking and cycling more often.
- Learn more about the natural world and how it all works.
- Connect with your local community and make new friends who share your enthusiasm.
Using these tips and keeping a positive mindset will have you on the road to a more sustainable future in no time.