Minimalism is a powerful tool used to help individuals reflect on the importance of living a complete and meaningful life based on personal values. These values can be work or family life, or hobbies like disc golf and cricket. One universal value that is positively impacted by the incorporation of…
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What is Minimalism? Some perceive it as a dogmatic practice for monks or an analogous pious religious role. Some think of minimalism as a tool to save money, or a conscious effort to reduce consumption for the environment. The truth is minimalism is a matter of lifestyle and preference that drives oneself into finding what the word means. Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus have traversed the continent to help others find “their own” answer to minimalism. The pair are known as The Minimalists, and their definition of minimalism is:
“a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important—so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom”– The Minimalists
The definition may resemble that of a Gautama Buddha quote. Thoughts of mindfulness and self-identity can be traced to what minimalism is. To live a meaningful life, is to live a life full of lasting happiness and growth. It is the ability to know what quality values you encompass. Having actions aligned with one’s values can lead to a more fulfilled and intentional life in which you are able to contribute to yourself and to others. Aligning one’s actions with their value’s can eliminate distractions, the superfluous, and disparities that affect quality of life. The minimalism life is a life full of joy and experiences, disregarding the tangible.
One of the most interactive and cost effective ways to switch out products in your home with more environmentally and health friendly alternatives is to make them yourself. DIYs give you control over what environmental exposures you put on your body and in your home as they allow you to control the ingredients, cost, and packaging of the product. Check out Green Jax Project’s blog post on Eco-Friendly DIYs!
Composting can be a fantastically frugal way to reduce your waste and your impact on the planet. Composting helps divert waste from landfills and creates a highly valuable and nutrient-rich product that can be used in your own garden, or gifted and sold to neighbors, friends, family, etc. There are endless ways to compost, and although most of them are outdoors, composting can be possible indoors as well. This page will list resources for both outdoors and indoors composting, so choose a method you prefer and get experimenting!
Holidays are a blast for many people around the world, no matter their religious affiliation or beliefs. Whether, it’s Easter, Hanukkah, New Years, or Beltane, holidays are a great way to spend quality time with your loved ones and eat plenty of delicious food. However, holidays can be some of the most wasteful days of the year. Between the food waste, the presents, and all of the plastic wrap, holidays can fill a trash can in a matter of minutes if you’re not careful. If you want some tips to reduce your waste during the next family party or holiday, check out this blog post by the Green Jax Project!
Meet Brianna Kilcullen, a sustainability consultant who has worked with major brands throughout the U.S. Hear her story about her journey in sustainable fashion and how she started her own company in the sustainable textile industry. Visit the Green Jax Project site to hear what she has to say about sustainable fashion!
Often, when people talk about being more environmentally friendly and buying better products, they inevitably bring up the common misconception that environmentally friendly products are expensive, and therefore an environmentally sustainable lifestyle must be as well. This is far from true, as most environmentally conscious changes are actually cheaper and an environmentally sustainable lifestyle involves purchasing less, not more. However, companies looking to make a profit often Greenwash their products and increase the price to make consumers purchase those items.
This is why people believe environmentally friendly products are more expensive. True environmentally friendly products may be more expensive, but they are usually meant to last several years to a lifetime as they are often made of metal, glass, wood, and other materials that to not degrade or break as much as plastic.
Oftentimes though, the best changes people can make are free. This page will list free resources and guides to becoming more sustainable without spending money.
Easy Changes –
- Say no to to unnecessary single-use plastic like straws, cups, plastic bags, and to-go containers
- Bring your own bags when shopping anywhere (grocery store, mall, farmers market, etc.)
- Use the library
- Turn old sheets, towels, and clothes into cleaning rags, produce/shopping bags, handkerchiefs, or napkins
- Wash your clothes less (obviously excluding underwear and socks)
- Wash your clothes on cold (tap cold) and dry on the lowest heat setting (hang dry if you can)
- Avoid products with palm oil
- Buy unpackaged when possible
- Walk and ride a bike more if possible
- Bundle up when it’s cold instead of turning the heat up
- Use your leftovers
- Regrow food scraps
- Grow your own herbs (start a garden!)
- Unplug electronics when not in use
- Repair before replacing
- If you have a yard, start composting food and yard scraps
- Learn useful skills like sewing, soap making, gardening, or mechanical repair from places like YouTube
- Reduce your meat and dairy intake. Try meatless Mondays or go vegan for one week out of each month
- DIY skin and other beauty/body care products
- Eat more fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, etc.
- Go paperless on all your bills
- Pick up litter as you walk to places
- Make your own coffee and tea