Once you make the mental shift towards sustainability, you’ll find that slowly everything will just fall into place.
When I first had Oliver I began to think about the world that he would inherit, and how different it was to the world I was born into as an 80’s child with wooden toys and landline phones and long bike rides before sunset.
By comparison Ol has been born into a much faster era made up of overstimulating technology, plastic toys and extreme advertising.
As much as I can I try to create family rhythms at home that are based on my childhood, and even my mum’s childhood as a nod to my Nan, however these days the reaches of technology and plastic are pretty prolific… When I grew up we collected shells on the beach, now we collect plastic.
As part of this journey I came across Zero Waste legend Bea Johnson’s interview on CGTN America (in a late night YouTube rabbit hole no less) – an unforgettable clip about how Bea and her family live without contributing waste to landfill.
Now I can say, years later, that once you set your sights on this sustainable way of life, it’s the little habit shifts that, over time, will bring you to a place where you know you are living true to yourself and your values.
I wouldn’t worry about the slip ups here and there; there will be times when you forget to order a milkshake sans straw, but this is the thing – we’re aiming for progress over perfection. It’s okay if you occasionally buy a block of chocolate when you need a treat, or you order a takeaway coffee when you get caught out without your own cup at the park (and you’re desperately in need of a coffee), these things will happen and I believe they can happen without guilt or judgement. My take is that sustainability has to be sustainable… for the long term, forever.
So give yourself a break – what’s important is the little habits that add up to a mindshift, and the small changes that add up to a movement.
Because once you arrive, one day you’ll just notice that you haven’t put your bins out in a month or so, or been to a supermarket for ages, and that it’s normal to bob down and pick up rubbish on the footpath, and you won’t feel odd bringing your own containers to the deli… eventually living sustainably will become…