Once you make the mental shift towards sustainability, you’ll find that slowly everything will just fall into place.
Rather than taking the extreme approaches you see on socials, 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…