Crafting Your Sustainability Journey: How to Start

Hi friends,

Welcome back to the blog! Today’s blog post is another sustainability topic. Coming off of last week, I discussed the problems with the fast fashion industry and the differences between fast and slow fashion. As you think about sustainability, it’s a topic that is broad and incorporates many different things in our lives. It’s every conscious decision we make to protect our environments and planet. So many of you have expressed wanting to take steps to live a more sustainable life, but like many of you said it’s often pretty overwhelming trying to figure out where to start. I’ve learned through my own journey that any small change you make is a step in the better direction. Small changes compound to larger ones and it takes building sustainable LONG TERM habits to drive the changes we need to protect our planet and environment. Cultivating these changes take time and it won’t happen overnight. Trust me that’s okay! I’m still continuing to make small improvements in different areas of my life and remind myself that this is a lifestyle change, not an overnight trend.

There’s so many ways to be more sustainable. There important thing is the start.

Continue to Learn

Are you looking to build a sustainable wardrobe? Learn how to thrift? Or live a more zero waste lifestyle? No matter the goal it’s important to continue to learn! I’ve learned so much about different topics from fashion, to zero waste products, gardening techniques, and more. So much knowledge is at our finger tips and there’s a way for all of us to continue to educate ourselves as we move through our own unique journey.

Fashion — There’s something for everyone

Thrifting is a great way to be more sustainable and it’s so much more cost effective than purchasing brand new clothing all the time. I love thrifting because it’s better for the environment, controls tons of excessive waste that winds up in our landfills, and allows me to build a unique collection of items to style! I’ve mentioned a couple of my favorite retailers on the blog already so be sure to go check out those posts on Goodfair and Depop. If you’re interested in more reviews from other brands let me know! I’m always on the hunt for new ones and I have a list of vintage sellers I’ll be highlighting as well. There’s literally something out there for everyone, you just have to be patient and do a little digging.

Rent Clothing: Renting clothes is also an alternative to purchasing new clothing! Special occasions are the perfect opportunity to rent items and accessories. Instead of paying hundreds of dollars for an item you may only wear once, you can save some cash and do better for the environment at the same time.

Upcycle/Recycle: Thinking about our clothing we often wear it until it’s time to throw it away or donate it. Did you know that by just extending the life of your clothing by NINE months

Around the Home — Create changes that will stick!

Be realistic in what you can change and set small goals / “Choose a Room”: Making the switch to sustainable products throughout your home won’t happen overnight! Instead, set small goals for what you want to change over time. One thing I’ve found helpful is to focus on a room. For example, in my kitchen I purchased a set of items one month and allowed myself to adjust to changes in my routines and habits. Instead of paper towels, I use reusable clothes. Instead of purchasing as many Ziploc bags, I opted for silicon storage bags as an alternative! For plastic wrap, I switched to reusable storage covers. I still have a ton of work to do and more rooms to cover, but I’m making progress in my journey to go zero waste and that’s really what’s most important. Now I’m focusing on my bathroom swaps like reusable makeup remover pads (I’m legit in love with these) and other ways I can eliminate bathroom waste. If you want an more in depth review of some of my favorite zero waste products, leave a comment below! I’d love to share more about the ones I love the most.

My favorite sites:

Outside the Home — Take a look around your environment

Are you as sustainable as possible outside your home? Do you recycle properly? Compost? Reuse plastic and glass containers? As you take an inventory write down and observe ways you can reduce waste outside as well. So much trash ends up in landfills and pollutes our environment, so if you could decrease the amount of waste your household generates by a percentage that’s amazing! I’ve tried to get my roommates onboard with doing their part, but these changes like everything else takes time. I have noticed a difference by reducing our waste and recycling properly already so my next goal is to begin composting so I can have fresh compost for my garden! My landlord also has chickens to it’s nice to know any extra food scraps can also go to them.

Your Community — Inspire and Help Educate Others

Challenge yourself and others: It’s okay to not know everything. Learning is what helps us grow and do better. Educating ourselves and sharing what we’ve learned can have the most tremendous impact. Inspire others and share what you know. The best part about this journey is we can all do it together and support one another along the way.

Educational Sites to Follow:

My favorite Instagram Accounts:

I want to do my part to help educate. Whether that’s sharing a blog post or a news story. Education is powerful.

So that’s it for today’s blog post! LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW if you found this post helpful for those who are looking to start on a more sustainable journey and may not know where to begin. As I’ve mentioned there’s really changes that we all can make to do our part to be better partners for our planet. It’s up to each and every one of us to help make changes, but these changes also have to fit your lifestyle. Don’t feel like you need to do everything. Start small and slowly incorporate different changes.

I’ll be back with more sustainability topics including some product reviews soon for items around the home, outside, garden and more. If there’s anything you want to see let me know! If you haven’t already subscribed to the blog don’t forget to do so. Your support and love helps me grow and allows me to continue my blogging journey.

xx,

Jazz

2 thoughts on “Crafting Your Sustainability Journey: How to Start

  1. These are such helpful tips! I like the idea of working through rooms slowly, that seems very reasonable and an easy way to tackle the job. I really am interested in targeting how I handle clothes, I hadn’t been conscious of how easy (and fun) thrifting would be as opposed to buying but I’m definitely going to start the switch.

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