It’s not an easy conversation, but we believe it’s one that we should have.
Everyday, we hear news of another species being endangered, garbage from other countries landing on our shores, and the dwindling (and alarming) amount of time we have left to fix the damage done to our planet.
We know it can get overwhelming. And sometimes, we just want to curl up into a ball and cry too.
While we believe that big changes should come from systemic action, we know that we can all contribute in minimizing waste and living more sustainably in our own ways. That’s why we at Renegade Folk try to minimize waste wherever we can in our production process (say hello to our Upcycled Series). We’ve got a looong way to go, but we do hope to make our process and our customer’s shopping experience more sustainable.
And we encourage you to do the same - to make little changes, wherever you can, that can help our environment. We know it’s not easy, but we believe that even the smallest steps can go a long way.
We reached out to Aryann Avenido (@aboutaryann), an advocate to living a more sustainable lifestyle.
Leading an eco-friendly life can be daunting. What are your top three tips to getting started?
1. Know your why
Your why is going to be your backbone. It’s the reason you will keep coming back to when the journey gets tough (and it will be very hard). It doesn’t have to be profound or groundbreaking - it just needs to be true to you.
2. Consume Consciously
Buy less and consume consciously. They say that the most sustainable items are the one you already own and that’s true! Living sustainably isn’t about buying new things to replace everything that you already use that isn’t plastic-free or reusable. It’s all about being mindful of the things we consume and putting to good use what we already own.
3. Refuse Single-Use
Refuse anything that will be thrown away after just a few minutes or days of being used because these disposable items that are most likely made of plastic won’t decompose and will be here on the planet longer than us. Instead, bring reusable with you that will make it easier for you to refuse such as a reusable coffee cup, water bottle, or cutlery.