How To Live A Greener, More Wholesome Life

by Alyssa Abel,
Contributing Author, Conscious Reminder

Many of us aren’t aware that sustainability and mindfulness are directly linked. The actions we take in our daily lives impact the environment around us.

Because of this, we must make attentive choices in each way we can. Here are a few green living tips to help you start leading a more wholesome life:

1. Buy Food Locally

Researchers estimate that 99% of farmed animals in the United States live on factory farms. There, livestock and poultry often endure less-than-ideal conditions, as they’re raised solely for their goods. A major part of a green lifestyle is supporting local farms and dairies. While this isn’t possible for all people, especially those who reside in cities, it’s incredibly important. You’ll know how the farmers treat their animals, and you’ll support small businesses in your community.

We should all try to eat less meat, but if you don’t want to go without it, buy it locally to reduce your carbon footprint. For fruits and vegetables, check if there’s a subscription service in your area. Usually referred to as community-supported agriculture, these programs connect suppliers with consumers. 

2. Shop From New Brands

Do you know who makes your clothes? Not many of us do. We head to the mall and pick out the cutest shirt for the lowest price. But it’s time to realize that where we spend our money matters. Fast fashion is an epidemic — men and women around the world struggle in terrible conditions to create clothes for the masses. They’re underpaid and overworked. 

You can help fix this problem by shopping at thrift stores and secondhand retailers. There, you’ll find quality used items for a fraction of the cost. Otherwise, look into ethical brands that source their materials sustainably and pay their workers well. As the saying goes, you vote with your dollar, so make as many eco-conscious decisions as you can.

3. Practice Self-Reflection

Rarely do we sit down and reflect on our lives. But such practices allow us to become more mindful humans. Take about an hour each day to meditate on yourself and your surroundings. You can do this literally, or find another form that suites you — like journaling or exercise. This action won’t automatically make you live a greener lifestyle, but it will help you connect with your surroundings more wholly. 

Most people continuously focus on their next step. While it’s fine to prepare for the future, it’s also essential to slow down — mindful living brings a new level of respect for the environment. Sustainability is all about making informed, moral decisions that benefit the planet and those inhabiting it. 

4. Create a Compost Pile

Why not give a little back to the Earth? Almost all food scraps can turn into nutrient-dense soil over time. Place a bin in your kitchen and put fruits and vegetables inside when you have leftovers. When it’s full, take it to your backyard and create a pile. Then, you’ll have the perfect ingredient for a luscious garden. You can also compost your scraps indoors if you don’t have a backyard.

A wholesome life is all about allowing nature to thrive, and you can do this right at home.

5. Limit Plastic Waste

Up to 12.7 million metric tons of plastic entered the ocean in 2010, and scientists predict this will increase by order of magnitude by 2025. This debris harms marine animals and marine plant life in drastic ways. To prevent this, try to do as much as you can to limit your use of plastics. Buy reusable containers and shop with canvas bags. When you order take out, leave the plastic utensils behind. 

Each small change can have a significant impact, as long as you’re mindful enough to recognize ways to make a difference.

A Sustainable World Relies on Awareness

There’s so much we can do to live a greener lifestyle. But first, we need to recognize the importance of eco-consciousness. The closer we are to harmony with nature and its ecosystems, the better choices we can make.

About the Author: Alyssa Abel is a lifestyle writer with an interest in sustainability, student life and wellness. Read more of her work on her blog, Syllabusy.

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