I wish I could be basic, and the story of why I can’t stop caring

I wish I could be content making a little bit of money and immediately spending it on overpriced clothes at Vineyard Vines.

I wish I could get a latte at Starbucks and not worry about where my straw is going to end up.

I wish I could worry about having a shiny new handbag instead of questioning the marketing schemes of retailers and the dangers of fast fashion.

Life certainly seems like it would be easier to be more materialistic, but it is too easy to get sucked into the never-ending trap of always wanting more than I have.

Is this the life you’ve been waiting for?
Or are you hoping that you’ll be where you want with a little more?
“Ask Yourself,” Foster the People

As I learned in the Minimalism documentary on Netflix, people tend to live a pay grade above what they actually earn. I’m glad that I’ve snapped myself out of buying things just because they’re cheap, but I’ve found that there are basic individuals in all communities.

In the fitness community, there are people more concerned about buying the newest workout tops and leggings than having a healthy relationship with food and exercise. In the outdoorsy community, there are those who pose with their pristine Chacos and synchilla pullovers who don’t consider the ramifications of constantly buying chic hiking boots.

There are ways of being eco-friendly and addressing world issues no matter what your interests are. It costs nothing to be conscious of how your decisions affect the world around you. Perhaps you could pay a little more attention to where your clothes are being made or choose the fruit with less wasted packaging.

Small things that I do to make a small difference:

  • Turn off the water in the shower unless I’m rinsing
  • Always bring a reusable bag to the store
  • Bring travel mugs to coffee shops
  • Say no to straws at restaurants
  • Order my ice cream in a cone
  • ALWAYS use a reusable water bottle
  • Say no to plastic produce bags – there are reusable alternatives and we have arms for a reason!
  • Buy foods in large quantities to save packaging
  • Use old notebooks with extra unused pages

Although making these changes seems minor, every little bit helps.

Long-term goals I have for myself include turning a normal car into an electric one, eating only local fruits and vegetables, and buying only loose-leaf tea.

 

What are some changes you can make?

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