It has been nearly a year and a half since the last update on my minimalism journey, so it’s time for another one. Not much is new on the minimalism front – I’m nowhere near perfect, but at least I know where my problem areas are, and I am always trying to do better. I often think about Florie’s blog post about the Spiral Upwards when I start to feel discouraged about having bought yet another eyeshadow palette, and then I feel a little better. I have also begun to dabble in making other “green” tweaks to my everyday life.
Adjustments I have made lately
- I now use KeepCups or ceramic mugs instead of takeaway coffee cups.
- I have switched completely to compostable dog poop bags.
- I’m working on eating less meat. For now I have started eliminating meat from my breakfasts and lunches, and my goal is to only eat 5 meat meals a week.
- I bring my own water bottle most places.
- I nearly always carry a reusable shopping bag.
- I switched to paper/bamboo cotton buds.
- I have bought reusable bamboo cutlery and a glass straw. I haven’t had the chance to use them yet, but I plan to!
- I’m quitting plastic razors and am getting a safety razor once my current stash of “regular” razor blades runs out.
- I either bring my own lunches to work or buy package-free ones from the cafeteria.
- I have switched out some of our regular cleaning products with ones I make myself.
- I have unfollowed all the Instagram and Youtube accounts that continuously update me on all the new beauty products I should be buying.
- I started the Instagram account @shitibought 6 months ago to keep track of, indeed, all the shit that I bought. It’s been an interesting journey in accountability and/or shopping-induced shame.
- I switched from liquid to bar soap.
- I decided not to get more ear piercings (I have 8) because the healing phase requires endless amounts of cotton buds, cotton pads and tiny plastic containers of sterile saline.
- I have stopped coloring my hair.
- I had to stop using my Diva Cup, but I used one for 6-ish years and will forever be preaching the gospel of the period cup. I had nothing but good experiences with mine.
- I’m working up the courage to bring my own cloth bags for fruit and veggies in the supermarket. The fear of being perceived as a weirdo or get a stern talking to (guys, I’m nearly 33) is real. I’ve got some handbag dustbags that would be perfect for veggie shopping. #MyCarrotsAreGucci
- I got very excited when the chairman of our condominium announced that we were getting a compost bin, but I don’t think that counts as we don’t actually have it yet. Hey, I’m trying to score points here.
I also realized that I have been doing something very green for a long time already without realizing it – I hang dry all my laundry. We haven’t had access to a dryer in nearly a decade and I honestly don’t miss it.