So, for those of you that don't know me so well, I've been interested in the environment for most of my life. As a child I begged my parents to start recycling, clever packaging has fascinated me for years and I even geared some of my university projects to feature my ever growing passion for our beautiful world.
But now, as a responsible adult, I feel the urge to act on my passion is stronger than ever and I've decided to take some steps towards a more sustainable life. No matter how big or small those steps may be, each and every one WILL make a difference.
Now, if you're like me you'll be stumped on where to start and full of Google search questions. How can I reduce my waste? Can I really live without? Why is everything plastic? Will I really make a difference? I don't believe there's a straightforward answer for any of these questions. We simply have to try.
And trying is exactly what I'm doing.
I'm a strong believer that one person can turn the tide, so here I am, sharing the ways I'm changing, the ways I'm saying no and the ways I'm saying yes. So together we can all say yes to a more sustainable future.
First step, inspiration.
When it comes to Sustainable Living, I find that inspiration is just as important as the actions you take. Lately I find a lot of my inspiration on Instagram. I love following accounts that are environmentally aware, whether that's ocean conservation, eco conscious shops & brands or simply other individuals interested in the same cause.
My favourites at the minute include -
@sealegacy and it's founders @paulnicklen and @cristinamittermeier a group of individuals dedicated to raising awareness and protecting our precious October. Anyone who felt inspired, or even just enjoyed Blue Planet II should definitely check out their accounts!
@hippieindisguise I've followed Danielle and her family for a long time and really look forward to seeing her posts in my news feed. Her simple, slow and eco friendly way of life is inspirational and the way this lifestyle has allowed her children to flourish is beautiful!
@iansnowltd is a beautiful shop that sells handmade, fair-trade products that's a simply B-E-A-Utiful! If I had a money tree, I'd buy everything. And I mean everything.
Yep. That's right. Netflix can provide inspiration! I know it's shocking, who'd of thought Netflix would amount to anything other than a good source of procrastination. But if you've not already seen the below documentaries, you need to ASAP.
Chasing Ice - this stunning film follows James Balog and his work documenting ice caps and how climate change has affected their shrinking. Even of the ice caps aren't interesting to you, you should still hit this up. I can't even describe how beautiful ot is to watch. It's just amazing.
Blackfish - while many of you have probably watched this already, go watch it again. This may not be directly linked to Sustainable Living but it does share an important message on how the entertainment industry treat our world's intelligent cetaceans. Also buy the book, the book is just as good and will open your eyes wider.
I find that the natural environment around me is a huge source of inspiration. Whether, like me, you live in the country and want to protect local habitats, or you dwell in a city and want to clean it up, where we live can really affect how we approach Sustainable Living. For me it's the beaches, and the rising levels of pollution. It's time to clean up our act, and clean up our beaches.
So that's it, that's my inspiration. Have you got any great eco friendly inspiration? Please share in the comments, I'd love to take a look!
I'll be sharing more posts over the next few weeks and taking a look at how we can all take a step in the right direction towards a more sustainable world. 🌍