What would you say is the biggest obstacle with sustainable living and how do you work towards overcoming it?
It can be really easy to fall into “eco guilt”. That is, not thinking you’re doing well enough. When I started trying to live low-waste, I had a lot of moments and meltdowns over not being perfect. I couldn’t understand how popular influencers did it. I quickly learnt that they don’t! No one is perfectly sustainable, and that’s okay. But it really takes some time to realize that and not let this eco-guilt discourage you from living a more sustainable life.
What are the biggest myths about living sustainably?
I think that it’s expensive. That was the whole reason I started my Instagram...I wanted to prove that you could be sustainable and low-waste on a budget. I was a university student at the time, so I couldn’t afford fancy swaps or gadgets. I had to go with what I had, and I think that’s truly the most sustainable route.
I also think that there’s a myth that it consumes your whole life. That’s so not true. I think at first it feels like that because you’re making new routines, but once you fall into habits, it becomes natural and it’s just a part of you and how you live, rather than your whole identity.
What is your advice for small, actionable steps people can take towards living a most sustainable lifestyle. Why should it matter to them?
In regards to being more low-waste, my biggest tip is to just take inventory of what you already use. Collect your garbage for a week (or even a month) and see what items produce a lot of waste, and how you can switch them out. There’s so much information online on how to swap to low-waste alternatives for common products.
Living sustainably matters because we’re in a crisis. And even small things you can do will make a huge difference. We don’t need a million people being perfectly sustainable, but a million just trying their best to do what they can!
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