Sustainability is a new topic, but it is so essential for us and the world. The beauty of sustainability leads me back to my youth. We had not much, but the consumption already began to develop having a face. The development of exploitation already had arrived, greediness, desire to have more, and more.
People could suddenly buy everything, they were consumers, and still, there was so much to receive and develop, no end in sight. But nowadays, the earth is after decades have passed, violated, raped, exploited, exhausted by the world population who has drowned her in consumption, leaving developing countries in poverty, in a huge amount of waste, not wanting to stop, being greedy for big money.
But what does it bring us if we have a world we can’t live in. In my youth, I have been very impressed by the speeches of the native of America who loved the earth, respected life, and didn’t think about exploitation but about sustainability( a word that had a natural meaning then). They were thinking for the generations to come, leaving a sustainable, healthy world behind them for their children.
How contrary the white man?
He didn’t think of his children, only of himself! He wasn’t interested in the earth, only in earning money! He didn’t respect the animals, only himself! So we did everything to ruin the earth; we all did, not one exception!
Desiring to travel, to have beautiful clothes, food, digital products, electrical devices, cars, etc., we have not been thinking about others. Every Christmas, people donate massive money, but the whole year they are drowning the planet in waste, exploiting other countries, increasing the climate’s disaster.
Still, they feel so great, having donated to poor people in the world. The dividedness of the human mind is worrying. People really think they have done nothing, but good things, showing me they are mentally lost. So many people comfort their guilty feelings by donating money but don’t stop damaging the earth. Can you imagine? I could do more to save our beautiful planet; I already do a lot, but not enough.
When Schindler, the industrial businessman in the Third Reich, started to save Jews from death, he said at the end of Hitler’s time that he was ashamed because he could have saved more people from death if he would have sold his car or his house. We still live a life in abundance, not giving up all luxury goods, but we can do more! And that is what we do.
The New World Label!
When I have been young, our world has been relatively simple, no digital products, no computers, no smartphones. There wasn’t so much waste, but then it began to explode, all the plastic, plastic shoes, handbags, electronic products, furniture, clothing, and so much more. The use of pesticides and herbicides has exploded.
We still bought cotton, linen, wool clothes, and leather-made shoes with a leather sole. Natural materials were normal. I know my parents bought meat from the butcher who has butchered animals from a farm he knows. The baker made his bread himself, tasted fantastic, no conservatives.
There have not been so many cars on the road. A farmer who used a horse to work on his field was still quite common, and only some years later, they used machines. I know how horses were pulling beer barrels; you wouldn’t see it anymore. Everything has changed. Greenpeace has started to fight to protect the Canadian forests, cut down on the paper and furniture industry.
Clothing was still coming from Germany or Italy. Industry only needed some decades to ruin the earth, driven by greediness. But we all have helped, desiring to have more, and more, buying and throwing away. To make more profit, the industry settled in Asia, south-America, and Africa to produce cheap products from non-quality materials selling them at higher prices. Climate changed, air, earth, water pollution, oceans full of plastics, leaving the producing countries behind in an environmental disaster. Disappearing forests, making space for the palm oil industry, fossil fuels used for energy, warming up the climate, etc.
Well, people have to rethink and change their lifestyles to save the planet. A new word that has been a normal condition in my youth has been born, sustainability. I still know the beauty of the quiet nature that I enjoyed so much as a child. We didn’t have so many cars, houses, and people.
The world population has increased, tourism branches, farming, production all have increased. In the Netherlands and Germany, the traffic jam has gone through the roof, leaving the air polluted. The industry is increasing air pollution in nearly all countries in the world. It is time to stop wasting and polluting and follow a plan.
While governments have a hard time working out a plan, many people try to figure out how to live sustainably, buying organic, refurbished, recycled products—a crucial step towards saving our Earth.
Affordable Sustainable Clothes
There are so many companies nowadays that produce beautiful, sustainable clothes. Actually, there is no need for massively produced cheap clothing that is full of dangerous chemicals. We need to stop consuming such things, being guilty of destroying beautiful countries with our greediness leaving people in an ill-making environment.
We are the ones to be blamed, not the people in these countries trying to make an income to care for their families. We keep such a system alive. If we would all be content with what we have, we wouldn’t need to exploit other people, countries, and the planet.
Even buying second-hand would decrease the burden on the planet. There is still lovely clothing in second-hand shops, sometimes not even used. I know several fashion companies making sustainable clothes, shoes, handbags looking gorgeous, modern, fashionable.
Peter Hahn, a German luxury fashion company that sells many designer clothing, these days also supporting designers producing sustainable fashion. More companies are adding to this trend, and I welcome them all! You can check out my fashion shop, where I made several pages with sustainable clothing, promoting several designers. Maybe you try them out and see how they look and feel.
Organic Natural Beauty Products
Another hot topic is organic natural beauty products made from natural ingredients without hazardous chemicals that burden and poisoning our bodies and the environment. That is not good! The body doesn’t recognize these chemicals and can’t detox, storing them in tissues, and organs, damaging our cells.
There are so many beauty products that are organic and natural. Using them is the better option, and you have shampoos, face oil, face creams, makeups, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.
You can make them yourself using natural ingredients you can buy online. I pursue you not to use chemical bombs, making you ill. I wrote several articles on organic cosmetics you can read here.
If you want to buy organic products, you find them everywhere on the internet, and they are affordable. Sustainable products are not expensive anymore. Of course, you can spend more money on them, but there are already cheaper brands also quality products.
Why is Sustainable Living Important?
We should not live in caves again, wearing a leather cloth, but ingesting the information and internalizing sustainability trying to choose healthy food, cosmetics, fashion, furniture, cars, electronic devices, etc.
If we don’t stop overproducing and wasting, we will finally drown our planet. It is not a supermarket where we can buy and consume what we want.
Our Earth has a delicate balance that must be maintained. We need to change our behavior towards consumption. I feel that we are not enjoying the beauty of our planet and God’s creation, but that we are just in the mode of wanting more, consuming, owning without noticing that we finally destroy our own environment. And the future of our children.
There are many possibilities to change our behavior, buy refurbished electrical devices, and travel in a sustainable way using the train, bicycle, or your feet. I have only to walk half an hour to the city center, anyway, the best I, but also you, can do; walking and cycling, increasing our condition and helping our immune system stay strong.
It is so important to be happy and content with what we have. Due to Covid 19, I see more people, even families with children walking in the forest, a great development, hoping that people will be more aware of nature, our treasure.
In my youth, we did a picnic altogether, and it was socializing and very energizing. We played games together, talking to each other, or we went to a dancing event. We can do so much without consuming, just being in the presence, enjoying ourselves and others. Living in Ireland, I loved to visit a pub in Dublin, meeting other people, and socializing. The Irish people are fantastic open socializing people, knowing to live.
Covid 19 has opened up a chance to us, stopping and rethinking, changing our course.
Let us create a sustainable world, without a flood of consumer goods, without all the chemicals that make us ill, without pesticides and herbicides, helping the insects reincrease population, and helping other animals depending on insects as a food supply. Preserving healthy earth for the next generations, teaching the children to respect the world they are living in! Saving the planet, the world we live in is a project we can only accomplish together.
What do you think about sustainability? I would love to read your comments on this topic!
All the best,