What Does Living More Sustainably Actually Mean?

Kira Simpson

Everything we consume is reliant on earth’s natural resources – water, energy, trees and fossil fuels. Sustainable living means living in a way that avoids depleting those resources.

It means living on the Earth as lightly as possible – meeting our needs in the present without compromising the needs of future generations.

Sustainable living means understanding how our lifestyle choices impact the world around us.

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There are so many ways you have can an impact – with your food, in the kitchen, how you shop

In a practical sense, it’s about doing what we can to reduce our waste and generally consume less in our day-to-day life and making different choices.

There is no one ‘right’ way to live more sustainably –  ‘there is no one-size-fits-all green lifestyle’ – because living a sustainable life looks different for everyone – you just need to find what works for you, your lifestyle and your family – and implement practices that are sustainable for you.

The sustainable living movement tends to focus on us making changes to our personal lifestyles – and they are important. But it’s also important to know that governments and big corporations have a lot of responsibility – and most of the change needs to come from them.

It’s also really important to note that our individual choices are shaped and constrained by the system we live within.

You might not have a bulk food store in your town, you might live in an apartment and can’t compost, or you’re overworked and time-poor so packaged foods are the most convenient option for you – and that’s ok.

Participating in the world as it is, does not disqualify you from trying to improve it in any way that you can.

Doing something is what’s important. The environmental movement will only grow when there are more of us taking part and being part of the solution.

Living slower and with intention 

I tend to associate sustainable living with slow living.

When I started making more sustainable lifestyle choices, it was a gateway to more intentional living – something that helped me become not only more mindful of my impact – but what I was actually spending my time and money on.

For me, living more sustainably is not only about reducing my waste and remembering my reusables – it’s about living slower, reminding myself of what’s actually important in life, savouring moments and finding happiness in the small things and not stuff.

And when you do slow down, and become more mindful of what you’re purchasing, sustainable living means saving money.

Because you’re living more intentionally, buying less disposable items, buying less in general, and indirectly your health will benefit because you’re eating fresher foods by reducing plastic packaging.

Sustainable living course

This is part of the intro to my new course “How to Live Sustainably in a Way That Fits Your Lifestyle” where I share

  • Easy to implement, practical tips and guides to help you start making lifestyle choices that are kinder to the planet
  • A tonne of information on ways you can make sustainable swaps in your everyday life without sacrificing the things you love
  • The blueprint for a sustainable lifestyle that will save you money and time and serve you for the rest of your life

This course is for anyone who wants to learn how to have an impact through your own small daily actions – all it takes is a few simple swaps and forming some new habits. You can find it here.

Kira Simpson

Kira Simpson is an environmentalist and sustainability educator. She started The Green Hub in 2015 and has since grown to become one of Australia’s largest education platforms dedicated to helping people live a more sustainable life, talking about the big environmental issues like climate change, plastic pollution, and fast fashion – showing people how they can have an impact through their own small daily actions and how to be part of the bigger environmental movement.