Beginners Guide to a Sustainable Lifestyle

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Sian Thomas

I'm a trained teacher and mama to three awesome children. We are a family of expats, travelling the world every couple of years for new adventures. Right now, we live in Vienna, Austria. I'm passionate about helping mums worldwide navigate the early years of parenthood.

beginners guide to a sustainable lifestyle

I work with mums to help them embrace and enjoy the early years. I absolutely LOVE what I do – let me help you too.

This week, I have invited Elinor Thomas of the sustainability blog, Sustainable Elle on to share simple steps to a sustainable lifestyle.

I’m sure most of us have started to really consider our environmental impact over the last few years but when you’re in the midst of parenting little ones, it can feel hard to take those extra steps. That’s why I really love Elinor’s stance: she believes in progress over perfection and has heaps of ideas on how we can all make progress over on her Instagram page too.

Here’s what Elinor suggests

A Beginners Guide to a Sustainable Lifestyle: (H2)

A few people have asked how I started this sustainable lifestyle journey, and in all honesty – I have a long way to go. It is kind of never ending, as we are all learning on the way. Some people change their diet; some buying habits and some reduce their transport usage by walking or biking or even taking fewer holidays. There is no ‘one size fits all’ and I feel ANY change no matter how small should be admired.

It’s easy to be hard on yourself, but celebrate those small wins!

Start small:

Change one thing i.e. bamboo loo roll, and then once that is habit try something else.  Just change one or two things to begin with – and soon it will just become ingrained in daily life. Small steps in my eyes are pretty powerful.

Once you get used to a few of the smaller habits, take a look around your house/room and see what you can change next.

Maybe much of your food shop is wrapped in plastic. Make a challenge to see how much of your food shop you can buy plastic free! I actually did this the other day and it made walking around the food shop far more interesting… (Ha!)

OR perhaps you could go room by room.

I have started with the bathroom, made easy swaps like bamboo toothbrushes and loo roll then soap hair care and now onto the final one – safety razor! To think all the plastic I have ever bought still exists somewhere is a little scary, so anytime I want the convenient or easier choice; I think to myself… do I want this to end up in the sea potentially harming wildlife? And I surely do not.

My point is… there is no perfect time to start a sustainable lifestyle – we all have a carbon footprint no matter what we do, but we can minimize it by making better choices. I choose to travel, though I know it comes with a big carbon footprint so when I book my next flight, I will be offsetting it. This isn’t perfect but its something.

One of my favourite quotes:

“We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.” – Anne Marie Bonneau

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I hope you enjoyed this introductory post to a sustainable lifestyle – why not add it to your Pinterest board and refer to it again later?

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