Sustainable Living

Minimalist Lifestyle: Be More Animal-Friendly and Sustainable For Less

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Is having a minimalist lifestyle the key to live a more sustainable and animal-friendly life?

My story with minimalism started when I realised being vegan is not just a diet, but a lifestyle. I have been vegan for about 6 years now and I started my blog in 2015 as a way to connect with other vegans in the community.

Through these interactions, I found that having a minimalist lifestyle is the best way to start your journey and to become more conscious.

 

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So now, I invite you to take 5 minutes to get some rare nuggets of conscious lifestyle wisdom, it’s worth it!

Make It A Lifestyle, Not A Diet

My boyfriend, Adam, was a vegetarian when we first started dating. 9 months into our relationship, after 10 years of no meat, he went full vegan.

He never pushed it on me, but I was so intrigued by his lifestyle and compassion for other beings on this planet, that I went vegan shortly after. At first, it just started as a diet.

When you eat vegan or plant-based that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a vegan. The definition of Veganism is:

“A way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.”

So, it took me a while to be fully vegan. It’s interesting because I can only speak for myself but it took me some time to unpack the whole thing.

And by that I mean I didn’t realize how many ways that animals were being exploited. I also was unaware that the leather industry was not a by-product of the meat industry.




The 2 are completely separate. I really started educating myself on what it means to be vegan and I stand 100% by the lifestyle and I will never go back. And so should you!

How To Go About Creating A Minimalist Lifestyle 

I used to consume a lot, but, as of late, I have really tapered off. There is so much waste in this world and fashion is one of the biggest pollutants. Therefore, having a minimalist lifestyle is so important, especially when it comes to fashion. 

So, I have stopped supporting fast fashion, which is most of what I used to buy. Every now and again, I will pick up something from a thrift store that may be from one of those places and I feel ok about wearing it because it is second-hand.

 

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Also, be more selective about shopping in general. Which is hard when you really love clothes but do ask yourself “do I really need another top, jeans, pair of shoes?”. The answer is mostly no. But if I DO need something, I try and only buy sustainable clothing.

I think every person needs to do their due diligence into any product, be it fashion or cosmetics, about how it was sourced and where it came from. No one is perfect but knowledge is power.

So ask questions and do research!

 

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Being More Sustainable Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive 

It can be but it doesn’t HAVE to be.

Second-hand shopping is probably the best way to be sustainable and it’s always cheaper than buying new. Also, if you buy less, you save money. Which is what the minimalist lifestyle is all about. 

I personally am happy to pay a higher price when I know the workers who made it are getting fair wages and the brands are transparent about where the money goes.




However, it’s important to point out that there is always room for improvement in any industry. I think we need to continually look for ways to bring products to consumers that create less waste, are ethically and sustainably sourced, are long-lasting and at a price point that don’t break the bank.

Influencers And Brands To Watch 

1. Moby is certainly an influencer, who’s been vegan for 32 years. Furthermore, he has a restaurant that gives 100% of the profits to charity and he has been working to help animals forever. He is #goals.

 

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2. Elizabeth Jones is constantly out in the trenches doing INCREDIBLE activism work. When you see what she’s up to, it’s jaw-dropping. If only we all did that level of work, imagine what the world would be like.

 

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3. Sophia Esperanza is an influencer who I love. She has this massive following and she uses it to promote veganism. She is also ridiculously stunning and has incredible taste in clothes.

 

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4. Animal Hope and Wellness is a rescue out of Los Angeles doing a lot of activism for animals, as well as trying to change legislation. Videos of animal cruelty get sent to them, and because of their reach, they’re able to track some of these monsters down and have legal action taken against the offenders. Lastly, they’re also going to disaster areas to help animals.

 

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5. Logical Harmony is my go-to for finding out if cosmetic companies are vegan and cruelty-free, meaning there are no animal products used and they are not tested on animals.

 

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Daily Habits For a More Conscious Lifestyle

Meditate every day and use the Waking Up app by Sam Harris. Indeed, it’s such a simple thing, but can alter your day-to-day thoughts and behaviours and improve your mental wellbeing immensely. It’s truly been a game-changer for me!

Secondly, ALWAYS try to have a reusable cup with you that you take to coffee shops, etc. The other benefit of that is that you will usually save money on your hot drink too!

Most cafés offer discounts to people that bring their own reusable cups, as they know how damaging the plastic/cardboard cups are to the environment. 

 

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Personally, I’m also always trying to cut down on the amount of trash we make in our household. We have a long ways to go but I’m getting better all the time.

That being said, always remember, progress is better than perfection.

Take it easy on yourself and just try to have a more minimalist lifestyle. And do your best every single day!

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