In with the old…

…out with the new!

It’s coming up to my one year anniversary since I took a minimalist pledge and started to make changes to my shopping habits. It’s not been perfect, I have absolutely slipped off the bandwagon on a couple of occasions. That’s ok. It’s all a learning curve and it’s just about working out what’s best for me.

2019 has seen an incredible increase in sustainability awareness. A movement that ordinary people going about their ordinary lives can and are getting involved in.

It’s mad to think that the smallest changes that you make can have huge impacts on the environment.

Loose vegetables in wooden box

2020 isn’t necessarily a *new year, new me* (vom), it’s a continuation of the hard work that I’ve put in for the last 12 months.

  • 12 months in and I’ve embraced my love for charity shopping and buying second hand. Something I used to feel embarrassed about!
  • I’ve managed to reduce the amount of crap in my home.
  • The products we use in our bathroom and kitchen have changed to be: a) sustainable and b) eco-friendly.
  • Recycling has become a huge part of our day-to-day lives. I do as much as I can to keep things from landfill.
  • Food shopping is undertaken with more thought to packaging and we try to buy local and organic where possible

The biggest change for me, is the change in myself. I used to be so drawn into consumerist rubbish. Adverts would always get me! Sales…the worst. The ‘want’ overtook the ‘need’ and I must have spent a fortune on things that I really didn’t have to have. Makeup and clothes were my biggest expenditure. Payday always saw me ordering something new to try and to be honest, if I went through my makeup now, I’d probably still have some of those impulse purchases (possibly even with the wrapping still on them). Shocking.

I’m so much more content now and the genuine realisation that I should only buy what I need has lifted a weight off of my shoulders. I still buy things, I’m just much more mindful now. Even on those days when I feel a little down, just browsing is enough.

Beach clean up, lady holding plastic litter

If you’re thinking of taking one thing into this new decade, I ask you to think about the future and what you can do to reduce your impact on the planet. This lifestyle isn’t for everyone but little changes really do make a difference. Even if it’s just a litter pick every now and then or getting involved in a beach clean up…or simply recycling better at home.

There are some great informative links below and even if you change one thing….thank you!

LINKS

Going Zero Waste

Recycle Now

Eco Bricks

Our Planet and What You Can Do To Help

Top 10 small swaps to help save the planet

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