Living Eco-Friendly Lifestyle With Less
When you hear “eco-friendly”, you automatically think “expensive”. Yes, the latest craze about going green and natural often seems attractive until you see how much it costs.
It seems that maintaining the same living standards as you are used to with the “eco” in front requires much more effort.
Fortunately, an eco-friendly lifestyle doesn’t just include using eco-friendly products, it helps you change the way you lead your life for the better without going hard on the wallet. All you have to do is take a minimalistic approach.
What Is A Minimalistic Lifestyle?
From the moment we are born, we become consumers. We want to consume more and more each day. Our parents go on shopping sprees and we scream for more toys while rolling on the floor at the nearest mall.
People have become obsessed with things. The more stuff you have in your home, the more successful you are and the happier you feel, right? Not really. When you think about having all the money in the world, you make plans for buying thousands of things. However, if you ask wealthy people, they’ll tell you that soon buying becomes boring.
So why do we spend our whole lives racing to get more things? Do we really need them? Or perhaps we just like the idea? The modern world forces the consumer mask on each one of us. Most people don’t even know how easy it is to take it off.
A minimalist lifestyle involves saying no to the stuff you don’t really need. Do you require 10 pairs of jeans, four closets (to keep the jeans you don’t need) or the 57th doll for your 3-month girl? Not buying useless stuff allows you to free up the clutter in your head and save the planet along the way.
1.Unnecessary Clothing: Stop Before You Shop
The stats say that people wear 20 percent of their clothing 80 percent of the time. Which means that at least half of the stuff you have in your closet is useless. It’s either outdated, doesn’t fit you well or just plain old. What can you do?
- Clean out the closets. If you haven’t worn something for a year, you won’t need it again.
- Make an eco-friendly move and donate the clothing to charity.
- Stop the next time you feel like shopping and think whether you really need the 6th pair of jeans or it’s the consumer in you wants to satisfy the shopping craving.
Once you stop buying unnecessary clothing, your wallet will be ready to spend money on pieces made out of eco-friendly materials.
2.House Decorations: Beauty or Clutter?
People tend to decorate their home with too many items. Paintings, statuettes, posters, and vases may look great but what they do is clutter your home. By purchasing useless decorations, especially those made out of plastic, you are forgetting about the environment. What can you do?
- Take a tour of your house or apartment and reduce the number of decorations by half.
- The next time you feel a terrible urge to decorate, consider decorations made out of eco-friendly materials.
3.House Cleaning Supplies: Do You Need Them All?
People like it when their homes are clean. Manufacturers love that fact. They design cleaning products for each room, surface, and furniture piece in your house. In reality, you don’t need such a big variety of cleaning products, especially those that contain chemicals. Most of the cleaning jobs can be done using baking soda. What can you do?
- Get rid of all the unnecessary cleaning products and never buy them again.
- Read up on simple eco-friendly cleaning solution recipes.
- Take advantage of eco-friendly cleaning services.
4.Hundreds of Toys: Is The More Really The Merrier?
Teach your children the minimalistic approach from birth. Children have a very short attention span, especially when it comes to toys. If you keep buying them in huge quantities, the attention span will be getting shorter. Teach children the value of toys and save the planet along the way. What can you do?
- Sort out the existing toys (perhaps you’ll need to do it while your child is sleeping to avoid a tantrum).
- Donate the unnecessary toys to charity.
- Agree with your kid to buy one toy a month or maybe only on special occasions.
Reducing the number of things you use on a daily basis can do wonders for the environment. Meanwhile, it can keep your mind clear and ready to enjoy other aspects of life besides consuming.