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Guest post: Three easy steps towards a more sustainable lifestyle

Written by Sarah Williams, owner of Canadian ethical shop Truest Co.

Going towards a more sustainable lifestyle and buying ethical is far from unachievable. It really doesn’t have to be hard. The trick? Everything starts from focusing on small changes. The first thing to do is incorporate new habits into your day-to-day routine.


We know “doing your part to save the planet” sounds like a HUGE task, but all you need is a roadmap for making it happen. It helps to turn it into manageable lifestyle tweaks.  All of a sudden, you’re not only doing your part as a global citizen, but you’re setting an example and leading the way. So how do you get there?

 

Get rid of one-use products.

There are SO MANY great products out there that can replace all of the one-use “stuff” we use in our daily lives. Often times, we don’t have a second thought about it. Take a moment to actually look at what you use in your life and what you consume on a daily basis. Try to find greener alternatives for them.

For example, plastic food wrap has an amazing alternative in the market today: beeswax food wrap. Not only is it reusable, but it actually helps your food last longer (no one likes brown avocados). The wrap is designed to actually help your food breathe. Oh, and it’s all natural!

One place you can find the wrap is at Truest Co., along with a selection of other re-useable food storage solutions.

Read your labels.

Read labels and know what they mean. Make the choice to buy cruelty-free. Pay attention to fair trade labels and start favoring products that are natural and toxin-free. One of the biggest

Sustainable lifestyle: who made my clothes?

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arguments against living and consuming ethically is that ethical products are more expensive. But that’s not necessarily reality. Quality products across all markets are pricier than the bare basics.

And even then… ask yourself what has made it so cheap. Whether it’s that face moisturizer at the drug store or that shirt from your favourite department store, ask yourself “what am I really paying for?” “How do I want my buying habits to impact the people making these products for me to consume and impact my body and impact the health of this planet?” Read labels. Then make the choice.

 

Think minimalist.

This one’s pretty simple and it does wonders for living a more sustainable lifestyle. When you train yourself to think “have less, live simply”, you automatically consume less. It happens without even noticing it. But even better than that, you just feel so much better. Lighter, even. Less complicated. Happier.

You surround yourself by quality pieces that mean something, that you find beautiful and useful. So what can you do to start today? Simplify your life. Think about what matters. Think about who you want to be as a global citizen and as a consumer.

Be the role model using your buying power. Donate or re-use clothing you don’t want anymore. Someone else might need them. You have the opportunity to design your life. Fill it with quality, meaningful products, relationships, and more experiences.

 

Oh, and love. Love everything.

 


Written by Sarah Williams, owner of Canadian ethical shop Truest Co.


Sarah Williams is the owner of Truest Co., an online brand that sells curated gift boxes and Canadian-made, ethically sourced products to fellow Canadian young women looking to live a more ethical and sustainable lifestyle. Whether it’s all-natural deodorant or reusable food wrap, the products you need to help you make a lifestyle change that benefits you, your community and your planet can be found in their General Store. Trusest Co. also spreads the love of gifting by pulling together their bestsellers into Gift Boxes that will help you share your ethical lifestyle with family and friends.

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