With a lot of new trends swooping over our daily lives, it’s high time that we get to know about the habits that we make, which in turn makes us. That being said, one of the most sustainable life choices that pretty much focuses on adding value to our lives and also, indirectly bringing benefits to the environment around us, is this new habit called eco minimalism. Although it was primarily related to construction concepts, eco minimalism is a practice of limiting consumption so as to preserve the environment.
Is eco-friendliness possible?
Going zero-waste is a major vibe because, with all the pollution cause and effects surrounding us, it has become necessary to reduce the amount of waste(non-biodegradable) as much as possible. This has influenced many people to choose fresh produce over packed, bringing their own coffee cups, bags to the supermarket, drinking from glass jars, and much more. The government has also added to this movement by declaring a ban on a huge list of non-recyclable plastic products.
The point of being eco-friendly and supporting sustainable products are well-known among people, but the average amount of consumption always takes off at a rocketing pace. Once you start to hoard such things, even though they are bio-degradable, organic, cruelty-free and other such fancy terms, they do not hold much value as you think they would.
Eco-minimalism is a habit that combines the cause of being eco-friendly with the purpose of bringing in things that add value to your life, make you feel happy and contented.
Of course, an organic bamboo brush or a naturally scented candle in a pretty glass jar is purely eco-friendly, but unless you need it or you would gain value from it, those sustainable products are just “trinkets” that you hoard.
The recipe of Eco-Minimalism
Besides the complex title, eco-minimalism is a rather simple and modifiable habit that can be included as a part of one’s lifestyle. It also helps one in identifying time for one’s passion, profession and contribution. With that being said, here are some “mantras” that are common among eco-minimalists:
- Simplify your life
- Buy mindfully
- Bring less, Use more
This can be simplified by asking just one question “Does this thing that I’ve been eyeing on for a long time, wanting to buy it, bring me joy? Does it add value to my life?” And if it’s a yes, buy it in a rather sustainable option. Remember, it is always better to choose quality over quantity!
What did I stop buying as an eco-minimalist?
Eco-minimalism is a habit that not only removes a lot of clutter from your life, but also makes sure that no clutter comes in. And the things that are bought, are of wholesome value and would add happiness. Here are some of the things that I had stopped buying (or swapped with a better alternative) as an eco-minimalist:
- Perfect produce: Those eye-catching bell peppers, flawless bananas, perfectly round potatoes and tomatoes will surely go into anyone’s basket. But what happens to the tainted apples and crooked carrots? They go straight into the landfill adding up to all other wastes we produce, though they are perfectly good for consumption! So, get those goodies and adore their perfect imperfections, and cook’em!
- Air Fresheners: Room fresheners, car fresheners, aerosols are simply packed with chemicals with those “nature identical” substances. With a number of alternate swaps and DIY’s available, it’s better not to hurt your nose with these overpowering scents which add up to the garbage. Honestly, who wouldn’t prefer nature over artificial scents?
- Paper towel a.k.a Tissues: The most common add-in we get with takeaway food or the “very convenient and absorbent” paper towels are actually a major clutter to the environment. Please please, please! Use cloth towels!
- Teabags: It might seem like a small thing, but with a lot of green tea drinkers amongst us, the amount of waste that ends up is ginormous! And no, they aren’t eco-friendly, they’re coated with plastics like PVC to retain moisture. The best way to reduce it is to get loose leaf tea and a stainless-steel strainer lasts a lifetime!
In a nutshell:
The perspective of eco-minimalism removes us from buying more products, which has a lot of benefits such as having more decluttered space, less anxiety and obviously, spending less money. The major goal of an eco-minimalistic lifestyle is to buy as little as possible, which in turn reduces to the smallest footprint on the Earth as possible. And as a wise man once said, “Love people and use things, because the opposite never works”.
Once you take a step to contribute to our mother Earth then soon you start seeing the positive benefits in your life. And along with external contribution for our environment it is always better to contribute some time for internal cleanliness. Click here to find out how you can have peace of mind in these tough times.