The conscious way to low impact lifestyle
Be the change you want to see. It is that simple and you never question Mahatma Gandhi.
Take time to notice your habits and how much resource they require.
Be aware of where things come from and where do they go.
Follow the Ecological Footprint test to understand how large your footprint is. It will give you bigger picture of yourself and ideas where to start improving: test
Be aware - what do you eat, how do you shop and commute, what you wear, your beauty habits and so on.
Free space is the new black!
Do not waste and think of how to reduce you consumption.
Borrow and lend things, exchange and use secondhand. Take a trip to your local library and read books from there.
Think twice before you buy and if you do buy, buy less and buy better.
Refuse free stuff that you don’t need, like product samples.
Make a shopping list and stick to it.
Avoid using disposable packaging. Anything disposable if you come to it.
Reusable things are the thing. Replace your daily disposables with: reusable waste bags, steel or bamboo straws, beeswax wraps, cloth shopping bags… the sky is the limit.
It ain’t broken if it can be fixed. Repair and renew things.
Find new homes for stuff you don’t use
Donate to the ones in need. But be respectful. Donate clean not broken things.
Practice freecycling – giving something away free of charge, like your diaper pail to the neighbor who is expecting after your toddler is potty-trained.
Host or participate at a stuff swap party – make-up that doesn’t do the trick for you, dress one size too small, bunch of lightbulbs or that second toaster you got on Christmas, all things fit on a swap party. Unless it has a rule like book swap, clothing or kitchenware only.
Know where your things end up
Recycle your waste. On purpose we left Recycle out of the 3Rs and swap it with Refuse. Recycle, while better than just throwing out, is still energy consuming.
Compost. It's especially easy if you have green space of your own, like backyard.
Know what quality and standards are important to the seller that you have chosen.
I’m excellent. So what’s next?
You are at your best today. Let the new habits sink in and introduce something new tomorrow.
Bring it to the next level and see the world around you.
Participate in building community.
Encourage zero waste, spread the idea.
Pay it forward – pick up trash left by others especially in places where it affects nature directly, like forests, beaches.
Spend quality time with your family and friends.
Authenticity is an antidote to corporate goods. Make presents on your own or buy them from craftsman or domestic manufacturer.
Buy local and seasonal.
Cook on your own.
Grow your own food. No need to have your own potato fields but sprouting and growing herbs is a good start.
Don’t get defensive and know your grounds – why are you doing this?