Debunking Sustainability Myths

Today, we’re setting things straight by debunking 5 common misconceptions about living sustainably.

1). It won’t make a difference

It is so easy to get caught in the mindset that your actions aren’t making waves in the world, because that’s what society tells us. Don’t fall into the trap that tells us that we aren’t doing enough. Instead, live into the hope that we can make a difference, and become unified enough to see and celebrate that change. One quote that always inspires me to do my part is,

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it” -Robert Swan.

2). It’s expensive

This myth is just blatantly false. I can’t tell you how many times the three R’s of sustainability (reducing, reusing and recycling) has saved me money. For example, I no longer have to buy disposable makeup wipes. Instead, I bought a pack of 16 reusable cotton rounds for $12 and i’ve never looked back! Trust me, in the long run your wallet will thank you for spending your money on products with a longer lifespan. Living sustainably has also saved me money on clothes. As you all know thrifting has become one of my favorite ways to shop. Cute and affordable fashion, what’s not to love?

3) It’s just a trendy fad

Yes, sustainability can often be mislabeled as a lifestyle fad that only hipsters and Chaco-wearing, tree huggers subscribe to. This is false as well, media outlets often portray sustainability this way but, it is far from reality. Just be aware that as sustainable efforts have increased, misinformation has increased as well. Sustainability should be the no-brainer default lifestyle because of all of the lasting opportunity it yields, let’s spread that message instead.

4) It’s inconvenient

I won’t lie, finding a place to recycle your products can sometimes be a struggle. But that doesn’t mean it’s inconvenient. Inconvenient sounds like an excuse to me. Instead, I encourage you to instead look at it as intentional. Intentionality is synonymous with conscious, deliberate, purposeful. And, I don’t know about you but, those are all words that I want my lifestyle to embody.

5) It has to be extreme

At Simply Sustainable Life we believe any change is the step in the right direction and that’s something to celebrate. So, take the pressure of yourself to be perfect. You’re going to make mistakes and an adjustment process is to be expected but, show yourself some grace and patience during this process. Sustainable living is a lifelong journey of acquiring knowledge, skills and tools to be more conscious consumers.

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