The one good thing that happened to me in 2020 is stumbling upon the concept of sustainable living. While I’ve heard about green initiatives before, I wasn’t aware of lifestyle changes that I could make to help our planet. While I started off slow, first researching on this lifestyle and then slowly incorporating changes but I did manage to make a few major and a few minor changes to facilitate a sustainable lifestyle.
Change #1: No more H&M
This one hurt A LOT! I have been a HUGE H&M shopper over the past few years. 80% of my wardrobe is from H&M. My friends would joke around that I should be made a brand ambassador of H&M considering the amount of shopping I did from there. While I was aware of the non-ethical aspects of H&M’s supply chain including not paying their workers proper wages in third world countries – I wasn’t fully aware of the extent of how bad fast fashion was. Since H&M had their sustainable line of clothing – I believed (I was naïve) that they were a brand rapidly moving towards sustainability. But having sworn off fast fashion – it totally sucked to end my relationship with H&M. It hurt almost as bad as my last break up! 😦
Change #2: Alternate Menstrual Products
This one was an easy switch. I’ve never loved using sanitary napkins and tampons so I had an additional motive to look for sustainable alternates. Moving to period panties and menstrual cup was easy and a natural move for me. I haven’t used sanitary napkins over the past 4-5 months and I am super proud of this move that I’ve made. If you want to read more about my experiences with alternate menstrual products, checkout my post here. (Checkout period panties here!)
Change #3: Less Wastage
I’m not proud of this but I haven’t always been careful about wastage including food, water, electricity etc. I have failed to return many items that I’ve ordered online that I didn’t like or didn’t fit me. Overall I haven’t been the most conscious about wastage but this year I have tried extremely hard to ensure I don’t waste anything. Switching off lights before leaving the room, switching off the AC when not needed, not spending hours in the shower but setting an alarm to leave the shower in dot 5mins (the aim is to move away from showers but it isn’t possible in winters) and other such small but significant acitivities.
Change #4: Not buying plastic water bottles
Anyone that has travelled even a little has contributed to plastic waste in the form of the disposable water bottles. Starting last year – I made it a point to carry a metal bottle with me to ensure that I don’t end up buying a disposable bottle. I even force my parents to do the same now ! (Sharing the product link in case you are interested in buying this product – link)
Change #5: Moving to sustainable beauty products where possible
I moved to reusable bamboo make-up pads to replace cotton pads. I’ve recently started using bamboo brushes. I have also moved to shampoo and conditioner bars instead of liquid in plastic bottles. I’ve moved from plastic body mist bottles (why Victoria’s Secret why? :() to glass bottled mists (The Body Shop). While beauty products will take some time to find alternates to since I need to find products that suit me – I am trying to slowly find sustainable replacements for all products I use.
Change #6: Less consumption, less shopping & more reusing, recycling
Thanks to the pandemic, my shopping has reduced A LOT. I did move from clothes, fashion to household shopping but I try to buy sustainable products such as jute, bamboo, wood products. I have also moved to reusing the products I have and recycling them till I’ve gotten the best usage out of them.
Change #7: Being more conscious
I have become more conscious of my actions and I have started factoring in sustainability into my decisions. Eg: I recently wanted to buy a pair of jeans and I researched for a few days about different brands both local and global before making a decision about which brand to order from.
Change #8: Moving towards Vegan-ism
While I haven’t become gone full vegan, as of now I am vegan 3 days a week. I’m proud of the start that I’ve made since going vegan hasn’t been the easiest for me even though I am a vegetarian. I have tried to reduce my consumption of dairy and other animal based products. Here’s hoping I do better in 2021.
These are some of the changes I have made to my lifestyle this year. My goal is to be 50% more sustainable in the next two years than I was when I began my endeavors. I hope that people across the globe become more conscious of their ways and work together for the betterment of our planet. If you aren’t already, I hope you’ll make being sustainable a goal for 2021. ❤
Stay safe and go green! ❤️
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