Saturday, July 7, 2018

it isn't easy being green

In my quest for simplicity I've decided to try and be a bit more green. But it has not been easy.

I know that consuming less helps and I've been doing that. Somewhat. And recycling helps. And I've been doing that too.

But trying to find items that are made locally, made sustainably, are eco-friendly, and function as well as those that aren't any of the former is HARD.

Everything seems to be mass-produced, made in a country not known for their sustainability, or has some element of plastic involved.

I'll never be zero waste - I'm too much of a consumer. I do enjoy the conveniences of things like disposable razors, microwave meals, tea in bags not bulk, pre-made (if eco-friendly and non-toxic) cleaning products, toilet paper, and paper towels.

But trying to keep my home as green as possible is a challenge. And shopping trips for necessities has become enormously stressful and hugely time consuming. Even when shopping online.

There is so much packaging that comes with even the littlest things I buy - and even when it is recyclable it's still such a huge waste of resources. And while there is less packaging if I buy locally, the amount of fuel used to travel between shops in my area seems like it is a less green option than buying online.

Buying in bulk can help with packaging, but as someone who's trying to live minimally, it's not the way to go, either.

I try to convince myself that every little bit helps - and I suppose it does in some ways, though it doesn't ever quite feel like I'm helping enough.

And right now my pursuit of living a greener life seems to contradict my goal of living a simpler life.

I'm going to have to try and figure out a balance, I suppose.

To be continued...

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