For me, minimalism is about being more mindful, living more intentionally and living a simpler and happier life. Since I started my simplicity journey, I am now more conscious of my day-to-day actions and try to act in ways which will benefit people and our planet.
These are some simple things to think about if you want to live your daily life a bit more intentionally.
Many fast fashion clothing companies exploit their workers so buying second-hand is much more ethical. Also, thrift shopping is sustainable and better for the environment. You can find great gems, which no one else owns and at an affordable price. What’s more, the money you spend at a charity shop goes to a good cause.
Considering you can’t find everything at a charity shop, the next best alternative is to shop from ethical companies. I found a couple of websites which provide a list of loads of ethical clothing companies, which you can check out here and here.
Making a wish list is really simple. Each time you want to buy something that’s not essential, instead of impulse buying, write it on your wish list and after a week or a month go back to your list to see if you still want it. Chances are you won’t.
Take your time to find a good quality product from an ethical company. Always chose quality over price. It’ll be cheaper for you in the long run, since good quality products last much longer.
In the past, whenever I didn’t make a shopping list I always bought food that I didn’t need and often forget things that I did need. A shopping list will ensure that you only buy what’s essential and will prevent you from having to make a second trip to the store because you won’t forget anything.
Organic food is grown without pesticides, synthetic fertilisers or genetically modified organisms. It’s the green option for the planet as it prevents such chemicals from contaminating soil and water.
Plastic and food
If food has an option of little to no plastic, choose that one. Plastic is a major issue and it’s best to try to avoid it whenever you can. Even though many plastics can be recycled, this can only be done a few times before they eventually end up in landfill.
Fairtrade products ensure that farmers and workers at the beginning of the chain get a fair share of money.
Buying local or from a farmers’ market has so many positives. There are very small air miles, which is much better for the planet. The food is fresher and you get to experiment with in season fruit and veg. Also, you’ll be supporting your local farmers.
Only heat the room in your house that you use most often. This will do wonders for your gas bill. For the other rooms, I like to throw on a nice, fluffy jumper and even wrap myself in a cosy blanket if it’s especially cold.
LED lights are much more efficient and use less energy than traditional lighting. This means that they have lower greenhouse gas emissions so are definitely the better option for the environment.
Public transport has a much lower environmental impact compared to cars. And trains are usually just as quick as taking the car. With public transport, you also don’t have to worry about parking. If you don’t have very far to go, try walking or cycling to do your bit for the planet.