You wanna learn how to reduce your waste because you saw it on the gram? You wanna live in line with your values and be part of the solution?
Amazing! You should be so proud of yourself! But now you are wondering where you should start and believe me, I have been there. There are so many things we can implement and it’s difficult to know where to start or how to keep going. In that post, I’ll share with you my biggest lessons so you can shorten the learning curve!
How To Reduce Your Waste? Choose The Easiest Swaps For You!
I have been trying to reduce my waste for 3 years now and some swaps are much easier than others. I found that the easiest was to start with my bathroom and I highly recommend that you start there as well. Reusable bathroom products are easy to find, it does not require extra time from you (or very little), they are easy to use and most of the time, much healthier than the products sold in grocery stores.
I believe I began with my bathroom because I love skincare, so it was fun and easy to look for swaps. I advise that you start with what you like so it’s enjoyable. Once that is done, you will be ready to challenge yourself with what is a bit more difficult for you because you will have gained momentum.
Take it easy, one step at the time, have fun! There is no better way to be sustainable than doing it at your own rhythm.
Don’t Copy What You See Online!
According to me, it’s the main reason why being more sustainable seems so hard! Do you ever see content from ethical and eco influencers and say to yourself “great but I can’t do that”? I feel you! It happens to me all the time.
You go through your feed, you discover many lovely farmers markets on the other side of the world, you hear about brands from other continents and recycling methods that do not exist in your area. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great start because you find out about new alternatives but you do not see how it is applicable to you. But do not worry, it’s absolutely normal and I am here to help.
Of course I do talk about the brands I know and the tips I implement in my daily life but I don’t want my feed to only push information to you. I want to serve YOU, to help YOU with your OWN values and possibilities. Depending on your ethical priorities, your abilities and your environment, the actions you can take to be more sustainable will be completely different and I want that community to be a safe place to discuss various options taking you into considerations.
All Alternatives Won’t Work For You!
Sorry I know that it is not what you want to read here but I aim to be fully transparent. I want you to take eco-friendly initiatives but I am not going to lie, not everything will be easy and you will have to try a few different alternatives before finding the perfect product for YOU.
I have been trying to green up my beauty routine for almost four years now. I want it to be natural, vegan, cruelty-free and of course eco-friendly. After research, I found that a konjac sponge would be ideal. It ticks all the boxes. I bought myself one and used it daily with my face soap. I read so much good about how it helps with acne that I was excited about that miraculous product. Well after about 3 weeks, I had to come to the conclusion that it was not working for me. My skin condition actually got worst. So I decided to jump back to my previous routine.
Does it sound familiar? Did you have some big expectations about a natural and eco product you bought and ended up disappointed? Well that is 100% normal, just because we are all different. There is no one size fits all, in particular in terms of eco skincare. Do not give up, keep trying, you will find what works!
If you wanna shorten the learning curve and reduce your waste faster and easier than you would on your own, I invite you to join my 1:1 sustainable lifestyle coaching program.
Written by Marine Leclerc, founder of Attitude Organic