Adopting a sustainable lifestyle does not mean you must relinquish all earthly possessions and retreat to a teepee in the woods for the remainder of this lifetime (although admittedly, this option does hold some appeal, no?).
When I tell people about the "greener" aspects of my life — whether it's my plant-based dietary choices, eco-friendly household products, or recycling and reuse habits — they often respond by saying, "I could never give up [insert pleasurable product/activity]" or, "That's way too much effort for me."
Their responses prove that sustainable living clearly has a somewhat unfavorable, uncomfortable connotation, and this presents a huge problem. Holding on to such hesitation is like closing the curtains on a play before it even begins because you think you will most definitely not dig it.
From my love for animals as a child to my studies in sustainable fashion in grad school, I've become increasingly interested in finding ways to adopt more healthy and earth-friendly habits. After lots of geeking out with green reading materials and documentaries, I've learned that it is possible to make sustainability an accessible way of life instead of a confusing chore.
Taking small steps toward this type of mindful behavior can be simple and — dare I say it? — fun. Let's debunk a few green misconceptions and explore the simple ways you can set yourself up for sustainability.