I’m no Greta Thurnberg. I don’t have the courage to stand up and speak to the whole world, nor do I quite know how to radically change my life. My main conundrum is that I want to make a difference, I want to save the world as we all do, but what slows my motivation is that distant voice telling me that I’m simply too small. On one side I have friends thinking that I should do more and on the other, family who think I’m being ridiculous. This is why I have decided that 2020 is the year that I focus on changing my habits. I’ve accepted that I’m not going to instantly become vegan, lead a zero waste lifestyle and leave no carbon footprint. Our societies have raised us and geared us in the opposite direction. However, I am determined to maintain small differences. If we all make small differences, that makes a bigger difference than one vegan, than one person who is zero waste.
I want to start off my mentioning the brands that have inspired me this year. I highly recommend checking them out, you’ll thank me later!
- Sancho’s Dress, a beautiful sustainable fashion & lifestyle shop in Exeter.
- Lucy & Yak, sustainable dungarees capital, possible one of the greatest comfort discoveries ever!
- Peace With The Wild, check out their easy-to-follow videos on Instagram
I am open to an feedback on my thoughts, but these are the small changes I intend to make in the new year :
1. Reduce my meat consumption. I grew up with a Spanish mother who instilled in us the central values of food and family. I developed a deep-rooted love of food, but also an expectation that all meals contain meat. I intend to reduce my meat intake by 50%… Which is a lot, believe me!
2. Reduce my waste. This aspect I’m splitting into two parts. Firstly, reducing my use of packaging and not just assuming that everything can be recycled. Carrying a Tupperware box for takeaway food, always carrying a water bottle, etc. We all know these new tricks but remembering to integrate them into our daily routines is a whole other story! Secondly, my boyfriend and I have made a pact: no fast-fashion for the year. Only second-hand or sustainable garments.
3. Reduce my carbon footprint. This not only includes reducing flights, so taking the Eurostar instead of a plane to the UK etc, etc. This also means the carbon dioxide emitted from what I buy. Buying locally and sustainably, and supporting those who aren’t transporting their products from the other side of the world.
I know I should have implemented these changes a long time ago, but better late than never, right? I’ll write follow-up post later on in 2020 and let you know how these changes went and any tricks I’ve learnt. In the meantime, if anyone has any tips or questions, or if you simply, completely, and utterly disagree, I’m keen to improve so let me know!