What is a sustainable lifestyle?

Sustainability. It's a fashionable word right now, and it definitely gets thrown around a lot, but what does it actually mean to live a sustainable lifestyle?

 We don’t want to just say it; we want to authentically live it. But we’re all busy people, and life is hectic. So, what’s it all about? 

 The UN Environment Programme defines sustainable living as “understanding how our lifestyle choices impact the world around us and finding ways for everyone to live better and lighter”. 

 While that description may feel a little vague, it perfectly underscores how every person can achieve sustainability in every home. It’s not about donating all of your worldly possessions, going off-grid and living off the land (although that would be very sustainable).

 The modern sustainable lifestyle is simply a personal commitment to be mindful of the environmental impact caused by your day-to-day living and do what you can to make better choices. 

So, how can we put our money where our mouths are and practice sustainability realistically and authentically?

 It’s the little things that count. Small, purposeful changes to your daily routine all minimise your impact on the planet. Reducing your use of plastic by reusing or repurposing plastic bags, planting seeds from your fruit and vegetables to grow your own (free!) food, choosing Fairtrade products, swapping shampoo bottles for bars, making the most of what you already have and committing to minimising food waste; the list is endless. 

The critical thing to remember is that there is no set template for living a sustainable lifestyle. It’s a fluid term, open to interpretation. But what really matters is your mindset! If you’re actively considering the impact of your daily activities, food consumption and the products you buy, you’re in the club!