I have been working towards being more sustainable in my ways over the past year. I have consciously made life changes for the better and even started my own sustainable brand. But I’m not perfect – and it isn’t possible yet to be 100% perfectly sustainable for me. My target is to be 50% more sustainable than I was in 2020 by YE2022. These last few weeks, I did slip a little and let myself off the hook. I have been a mess mental health wise which isn’t an excuse to not do my bit for our planet but it is one of the reasons I went off my usual ways. What did I do?
- I shopped for things that I didn’t necessarily need – I needed to buy black leggings but saw these really pretty aubergine corduroy ones from M&S (on 70% off) and gave into my crazy want and bought it. They are really comfy and I’m sure I’ll get a lot of use out of them but it was an unnecessary purchase which wasn’t even a sustainable one.
- I let myself get greenwashed – Greenwashing is when a company represents information in way that you believe that they are a green company or their products are eco friendly but they aren’t. Like I mentioned in my first point – I wanted to get black leggings since the 3 leggings I have all have holes in them that I have been ignoring for months. They are all also 3+ years old. Anyhow, I have a bias for H&M leggings – they are comfortable, cheap and last extremely long (all my old leggings are from H&M). So while browsing I found a pair of black leggings from H&M which they claimed to be are sustainable. What makes them sustainable? The cotton used in them is organic. But since they are are made of a mix fabric – it doesn’t really matter if the cotton is organic since it can’t be recycled. But I convinced myself to get the leggings anyways.
- I switched shampoos to a non sustainable shampoo – I have been using different sustainable shampoos and conditioners since December last year but unfortunately none of them worked for me. I have been having A LOT of hair loss for the past 2 months and ultimately I gave in and bought a non sustainable shampoo.
- I haven’t been vegan in 3 weeks – I’ve been craving a lot of desserts over these past 3 weeks so I let myself go a little and just enjoyed non-vegan desserts.
The idea behind sharing this is that just because you slip sometimes – it doesn’t mean you have to give up on the journey. A lot of people make it sound like leading a 100% sustainable life is easy but it isn’t. There aren’t sustainable options available always and sometimes the sustainable option just isn’t feasible. But as I say in all my sustainability posts – if we all become 50% more sustainable in our ways – all 7 billion+ of us – that would ensure a better planet for atleast the next few centuries. Maybe the future generations will have a chance at leading 100% sustainable lives because of the changes we make today! 🙂
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