by alexandra dabage
In recent years, the word sustainable has been thrown around so much, people don’t even know what it means anymore. Often times we hear this when people refer to fast fashion, but sustainability is more than just changing the clothes you wear; it’s a lifestyle change.
Now, the word sustainability means the ability to exist constantly. Things that are not sustainable are items that limit our ability to exist. This is why when people talk about sustainability, we always hear about the effects fast fashion, cars, and more have on the environment. Sustainability is an extremely complex topic that holds endless layers of information to unpack, but for today’s post we’re going to keep it short and simple.
Upcycle Upcycle Upcycle!!
Upcycling is one of the best ways to be creative with getting the most out of your clothing. A lot of times, we don’t realize that we can still use the clothes sitting in our closet with a small upgrade. If you have jeans that are too big or too small, you can cut them on the sides, and insert grommets and chains to give them a new look. If you have an old graphic tee that is too big, you can crop it and bleach tie dye it. The pictures below reference these upcycling tips.
Not only is this a super fun activity, but it also lets you get the most out of your old clothes. You’re saving money by not having to buy new stuff while making steps to be more sustainable since you’re maximizing the lifecycle of your clothing!
Lower your meat consumption!
Not everyone can go vegan and not everyone wants to go vegan. But what we can do is lower our meat consumption to help combat the amount of carbon emissions getting put into the air. You can enjoy meat free days on certain days of the week, or just slowly try to cut out the amount of meat you eat a week. Just cutting out one portion of meat a week from your diet has an impact, and you’ll see an improvement with yourself as well. Processed meats like bacon or sausages increase your risk of death by stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. Instead of processed meats, try plant-based meals or some fresh fruit!
Mindful grocery shopping
Part of adapting a sustainable lifestyle includes becoming a conscious consumer. The easiest way to do this is when grocery shopping! Next time you grocery shop, take a list so you don’t buy too much stuff of what you don’t need. Buying too much can sometimes lead to more waste, since fresh groceries will spoil quickly and eventually end up in the garbage can. A list also helps make sure you get everything you need so you don’t have to make multiple trips to the grocery store in a week. Less trips means less gas being used from your car too!
These three ideas are great starters to adapting a more sustainable lifestyle. As you can see, when you start to be more mindful of your everyday habits, you get looped into an endless cycle of positive benefits. Some of these things you might already be doing in your everyday life without even knowing!
That’s all for this week, see you guys next week when we talk about lifestyle!