Sustainability is a topic that’s been floating around a lot at the moment. But it is not a trend, a phase, a fleeting thought- It’s important, and it’s here to stay. It’s an issue I’ve become progressively more invested in over the past year, and it’s a topic that I have actively avoided talking about online.
I’ve avoided talking about it because it scares me. I’m a very sensitive person and I do my best to avoid conflict wherever possible. I’m sure we have all seen or experienced the aggressive comments of a holier-than-thou activist, or the ‘witty’ jibes of the willfully ignorant. Unfortunately, writing about sustainability opens the door to a wave of potential negativity and that’s why I’ve put it off for so long. But it’s too important, and too necessary now, to put it off for any longer so I will have to suck it up and hope for the best.
Living more sustainability is a journey, it’s a process that takes time. We can’t be perfect, it is not possible to be completely sustainable, but we can make lots of changes to reduce our personal impact on the earth.
It is important to remember that some sustainable and ethical changes aren’t available to everyone, for a multitude of reasons: money, time, availability, physical ability. If there are limits to what you can personally do, please do not feel guilty about it. Focus instead on the changes you can make and any progress you have already made.
It is also important to remember that we do not fully know the people we see online, and we cannot judge another on their behaviour if we do not know their circumstances. We can of course help to recommend sustainable alternatives, and encourage and support others to make changes. But no lasting changes are made out of guilt. It’s unfair and counter-intuitive to shame and guilt each other.
There is so much I want to share on this topic, and I’m always learning more. So I just wanted to quickly introduce it here to open the door.
In my next posts I’ll be sharing what sustainability is and why it’s important, my personal journey to live more sustainably, examples of sustainable changes we can make with and without money, and how to cut down your fast fashion consumption.
If there is anything specific you would like me to talk about with regards to sustainability let me know in the comments here, by email, or on Instagram!