Is sustainable living reasonable?

I make no effort to discover where my purchases or their components are sourced, and once I dispose of them, I make no effort to check where they go.

I want to save the world as much as anyone else.

I want the trees and animals to be healthy, and the sea and sky to be clear.

My carbon footprint isn’t massive. I don’t own a car, and I fly once every few years.

But I haven’t made a big effort to live sustainably. I’m ashamed especially to see the amount of single-use plastic I buy and waste.

The truth is that buying off a shelf and throwing in a bin, is too easy.

I make no effort to discover where my purchases or their components are sourced, and once I dispose of them, I make no effort to check where they go.

I have access to recycling bins and so I usually dispose of my rubbish responsibly. But disposing of so much single-use plastic shows that at my core, I’m not a responsible consumer at all.

With a little more effort, a little more money and yes, a little less convenience, I would be able find alternatives to many of the single-use items I use.

Whether their prices are always sustainable is another issue, and ultimately, I know that living much more sustainably isn’t too feasible right now. 

So, what should I do?

I know that I can try and make small changes. I can reduce the number of bottled drinks I buy for example, and I can also find a place to refill my liquid soap instead of constantly buying new containers.

I could also choose to adopt a vegan diet. It’s no secret how destructive the agricultural industry is to ecosystems and the environment.

“Going vegan” would be a big step towards living more sustainably, but that is a psychological battle which my conscience is yet to win.

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