Living a sustainable lifestyle is actually not that difficult because wherever you live, you could make adjustments. If you have read my posts on my natural health site, you will have learned that I love everything natural; nature, moving, food.
There is so much we can do without leaving much waste behind. I buy my vegetables and fruits in an organic shop or market, and I try to purchase only organic meat, knowing where it comes from and how these animals have died. For me, it is essential to know.
But I have to admit that I have also not given a thought to the idea of living healthy and sustainable for years, and still, I love my car driving around, feeling free and independent. I am a free spirit and love traveling and living in other countries; thus, I have often used airplanes and cars. My dream is still to be financially free and live in other countries, but I wouldn’t travel anymore for 2 weeks but like to stay for 6 months, or even longer. Being on holidays, we love to do sightseeing walking, so this is already something positive.
We all have to reduce our luxury and live a more simple life, by living simply, we can stop the pollution. The industry depends on our choices and will surely adapt to them if we decide to rethink our choices, want to be a consumer, or enjoy our lives. By this I mean really to enjoy, most people overconsume due to an empty life.
One century ago, people still lived a more quiet life at a slow pace, but now it is like people are in a centrifuge; faster, higher, more. There are no brakes!
It is my impression of life nowadays observing the people in my surrounding. Have you ever consciously reviewed what you possess? Do we need this all? Is quality not more important than quantity?
Living a sustainable lifestyle!
I believe we don’t need to be hippies living a sustainable lifestyle. We need a vision, and everything we add to help our planet is essential. It is impossible to live in caves anymore, and I am sure we can combine and include modern life with a sustainable lifestyle.
For example, by helping the bees and insects, we can take care of having more native plants and trees, which helps our bees to survive.
If you want to help the insects, you could leave your garden somewhat wild, with tree trunks and branches where they can hide, as well as in autumn leaving plants and trees uncut.
There are many possibilities to help animals and insects to increase their population; lastly, they are food for the birds and small mammals.
Fixing insects hotels on the housewalls will help them to survive the winter. In my blog about my garden, I have written about the possibilities of creating a fairy garden for the animals, insects, but also you.
There is so much reading material throughout the internet; you will certainly find something to join people from all over the world helping Mother Earth to recover.
If you would love to do something for your family or yourself, you might look into buying organic vegetables and fruits. Here in my neighborhood, some places further there are organic farms and markets where I can buy everything I need, and it is even cheaper than to buy in a supermarket. You will greatly improve your health and your environment and use the waste for your compost.
I love sustainable communities which live a green life, using no pesticides and herbicides, treating their animals well. We need more such communities and people burning for the planet, the only way to force the industry to adapt to sustainable production. Education is essential, in school, but also via TV, Internet and radio.
Newly-Made Products vs. Refurbished Products
Many new products come with many waste and toxins while produced, often leaving a devastating environment behind. Nearly all cheap produced items made in China and other countries do intoxicate rivers, forests, oceans, and the people working for our comfort. There is so much rubbish on this planet we can’t handle anymore.
Plastics are covering the shores of beautiful beaches or are found in the stomachs of fish or mammals. Microparticles are found in our bodily cells, even in fetuses. There are rivers colored and dead in China and India due to the fashion and furniture industry producing cheap clothes.
Little children are sent into narrow holes of cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to mine the cobalt for the batteries of our smartphones, laptops, and other electrical devices. This is child labor!
Women are exploited in Asian countries, being victims of our greediness in the fashion industry. There is so much going on; we can’t keep looking away because we still want to consume. The industry is earning a lot of money because we are feeding our greediness. If we could make choices to be content with less, industry would be forced to stop over-producing and shift from quantity to quality, sustainable quality.
It is our all fault!
Why not use the waste already present on Earth, recycling, refurbishing, and renewing? I try to reuse secondhand articles, like a refurbished washing machine, or smartphones, laptops. It works fantastic, and I know they are made from used parts of other devices.
It is not important to buy the newest Apple smartphone; I am content with a secondhand product. I do the same for clothes, and they are always still nearly new or not used. But still, we need to stop the over-production of products.
Fortunately, many beautiful people are producing sustainable vegan clothing and accessories, which are beautifully made. More companies join the sustainable movement and sell organic, sustainable clothes, a trend I do welcome very much.
We have too many items in our wardrobes and houses, so why not stop and stand still, rethinking the value of such items? I think it is an urgent call to enjoy what we already have instead of running around, consuming more than we need, creating more waste. Many companies are producing sustainably due to people’s demands for sustainable products, a trend that is great and necessary.
There is no need for all the medical materials and medications; eating healthily and using natural antibiotics is oftentimes enough, resulting in fewer antibiotical resistance. We could spare these essential medications for real infections instead of feeding them to animals and fish who are sick due to the wrong food they receive. All these medications, including the mass production of hormones, are polluting our water supply.
It is time to stand still and rethink, taking responsibility for ourselves and our environment, stopping to be dependent on doctors and pharmacies for our wellbeing, who are mainly interested in earning big money, not in our life.
Nature has so many beneficial plants to heal our bodies. We need to reflect on our roots and natural sources, knowing where we are coming from. If more people would buy refurbished, recycled products, our world might recover.
How to Avoid Plastic Packages?
It is a tricky one; it seems nearly impossible to avoid all the packages. If you go shopping in the supermarket, you will have more than half of your products wrapped in plastic, especially organic vegetables. Horrible!
I try to purchase products in glass or organically made plastic, which is not burdening the environment, or buying vegetables and fruits without using a bag on the organic market, whereas bread is wrapped in paper.
Organic cosmetics are available in sustainable containers made from recycled materials. Containing plastic particles in our bodies and brains signifies that we urgently need to stop using plastics, especially regarding our children and grandchildren’s future.
In Germany, people doing the grocery are allowed to leave plastic wraps and bags in the supermarket. It is a great idea to force the supermarkets to rethink their strategy, using fewer plastics for their products.
If more people leave the plastics in the shops, they are forced to pay the price for the daily flood of plastics, not the client. Let us be fully aware of our shopping pollution, avoiding every plastic bag and wraps. There are other ways of shopping, like in former times, maybe using glass or sustainable containers for our grocery.
It is a change we all need to get used to, and we will. Maybe you have some tips and ideas on how we can avoid using plastics. Let us know! 🙂 Together, we will have an impact, maybe leading to a cleaner environment.
Refurbished Electrical Devices- Do You Know?
I already have purchased the second refurbished iPhone, a washing machine, a sewing machine, and a television, and I am more than happy because they all work fine. Of course, I could have bought a new product, but why should I do that, knowing that refurbished second-hand devices are perfect ones. They are all quality products for little money. Our furniture is antique; we favor antique being more than two centuries old, which still were made from high-quality materials, mostly wood.
I will recommend to everyone buying refurbished devices, in this manner, we can contribute to less waste production. There are companies here in the Netherlands where you can buy nearly all electrical devices refurbished.
I have no idea how the situation is in other countries, but companies will adapt to recycling and refurbishing articles, even sofas and chairs if there is enough demand. You can purchase everything recycled and renewed.
There is such a flood of products in second-hand shops; people throw very much away that is not even used. Why should we pay a lot of money if these products are still as new and don’t cost much?
The demand creates the market!
We all can do so much for the planet by being content with our possessions and trying not to be greedy, enjoying instead of consuming. If we refocus on enjoying our lives, we will discover that there is not much necessary to be happy, especially not the consumption of materials. A good point is buying quality that sustains for years instead of quantity that is wasted within some months.
In this manner, we can control the production and waste of products into our world, including the avoidance of plastics in supermarkets or other shops. By leaving the plastic bags and wraps in the supermarket, we force them and the industry to rethink their attitude towards environmental pollution and wasting. In the end, it is the consuming client who makes the choices and leads the industry in the right way. Sustainability is the new trend, urgent needed, to save the planet, and finally us.
Please let me know how you cope with all the plastic and waste? Do you buy many products only to collect them in your house, or are you thinking about sustainability and buying organic or refurbished renewed products? Let us know by commenting in the comment section below!
All The Best,