With climate change updates getting scarier by the day, I promised myself that this year I would make more of an effort to improve the way that I live my life. I really applaud people that can go head first into veganism or plastic-free living but I’m not someone that can adapt to things quickly. If I can have a transition period for change then I will take it and for me it’s the best way to do it to keep it sustainable long-term. Here are the small lifestyle changes I have, am and will be making in the present!
I’ve been saying I want to go vegetarian for years but with all the gut issues I’ve had, there’s never been a right time. Instead of going head first into it, I’m going to gradually cut down on my meat consumption and see how it goes. I’ve been trying some more alternatives recently and have loved all I’ve tried so far. The Linda Mccartney sausages and burgers being a firm favourite! The only issue I’m facing is if I have too much fibre in my diet, it really messes with my stoma. If you have any recommendations for alternatives or low-fibre meat free meals, please send them my way!
As far as small lifestyle changes go, I think this is a really great one from all angles. I realised a lot of my worries to do with cooking were related to meat and food poisoning so It’s gone hand in hand with cutting down on meat. I’ve been cooking fresh, healthy and flavourful food rather than just sticking things in the oven and I’ve been buying more local and fresh produce rather than mass produced factory food. I’m definitely not a natural cook, I’m a bit clueless when it comes to pairing flavours and foods but it’s something I really want to be good at and Jake is training to be a chef so I’ll have the best teacher.
I’ve lost quite a bit of weight in the past few months so my old reliable comfy outfits now make me look like I’m drowning in them a bit. As much as I’m embracing the new more petite me, It was actually getting me down as I felt a bit trampy, like I looked ridiculous and couldn’t really afford to just overhaul my wardrobe. I decided to go through my entire wardrobe and try everything on to see if I did have anything that made me feel nice. Much to my surprise I actually found a hell of a lot of items that I’d completely forgotten about that looked great.
I also found a fair amount of items that just totally weren’t me anymore and I’d never wear again so they’ll be being passed on to friends or going to charity shops. I also have a few pieces in “refurbishment” where I’m going to spruce them up a bit instead of giving up on them. You can totally do this to any item of clothing by sewing something new onto it, dying it or even making it into a different item (e.g. dress into a t-shirt).
I’ve always been a bargain hunter and I’m going to be even more so, now. If I’m being honest, I’ve never really been much of a second-hand kind of person when it comes to anything. I like things when they’re shiny and new. Upon spending more time on eBay and scouring through charity shops though, I’ve found beautiful pieces and at amazing prices. I’ll be uploading posts showcasing more quirky fashion in the coming year and I’m excited to style second-hand clothes and pieces I’ve re-vamped myself! Another alternative is vintage clothing shops but they tend to inflate the prices quite a bit.
This is definitely something I’ve really improved at but still have a way to go with. Back when I had a fair amount of money left in my bank after bills each month, I’d be really quite impulsive with my spending habits and was kitted out in new clothes and new makeup every month. As money has gotten (a lot) tighter, so have I. This on top of realising that experiences in life are a lot more important to me than material things. I’d much rather save my money and see the world or invest in my future than buy a few new outfits! Saying that, you’ve got to treat yourself every once in a while.
If I see something that’s not necessarily a necessity (e.g. clothes, shoes etc.) and want to purchase it, it’s very rare that I do so straight away. I’ll leave it a few days and if I’m STILL thinking about it and know I’d get enough use out of it, only then will I figure out if it’s in my budget to buy it. Someone once told me that you should think if you’d use it as many times as every pound you spend on it, only then is it really worth it. Obviously not relevant in every case but I think it’s actually quite decent general advice. Despite making these small lifestyle changes, I am also an emotional shopper and I know plenty of people who can relate, so I do think there is such thing as an emotional need as well as a practical need. Sometimes that new jumper will really cheer you up so it’s okay to give into that sometimes.
I never realised that 50% of the things we put in our recycling bins actually don’t get recycled, it goes into landfill. It actually upset me hearing that as if I’d known this before then I would’ve tried to do a lot more to re-use things that I thought at the time would be better to recycle. I always save boxes, packing puffs and any packaging I get sent PR stuff in to re-use and send things off in when needed. I’ll also be starting to re-use any empty candle pots for an array of things like miniature vases, craft projects or maybe even start to make my own candles! Everything I go to throw out or recycle now I will be seeing if there’s anything I can re-use it for. If anyone has any other tips or websites/youtubers they know of that focus on this and have great ideas then please let me know!
Will you be making any small lifestyle changes this year to reduce your carbon footprint?