Finding Your "Why"

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Finding Your "Why"

It's officially over a month into the New Year, so I  wanted to take a moment to check in on those New Year's Resolutions! 🎉 If you're going strong still, you're a rock star. If you're struggling and needing some extra motivation... You're here with most of us normal people! 

Something that helps me is focusing in on the "why." Especially when it comes to the resolutions I make for my family and our sustainable journey.

Why did you choose a sustainable lifestyle? What motivates you to make the decisions you do for you and your family? Our "whys" motivate so much about our lifestyles and pinpointing them can help give us clear direction and make the strongest decisions for our families. 

I know this is not always cut and dry, many people probably fit into several areas - I know that I do. I also know that keeping my long term eco-friendly goals in mind helps me choose between two (or three... Or ten 🤣) good things to find the BEST choices for my family. I'm going to list out the most prominent "whys" I can think of... Let me know where you land or if you have a motivation to add to my list! I'll talk about mine at the end 😊

Environmental Impact

 

I believe this would include reducing plastic, zero waste lifestyles, energy efficiency, and organic lifestyles. The motivation here is to lesson your carbon footprint and keep our earth beautiful and natural. Some areas this motivation is seen is through using reusable diapers, wipes, and towels to reduce landfill or choosing shampoo bars to avoid single use plastic shampoo containers. Other great ways to accomplish these goals may be by shopping for second hand clothes and driving less. 

Low Tox

Low Tox motivation would be to eliminate or decrease the amount of toxic chemicals that your family comes in contact with topically, inhaled, or ingested. Some ways to implement a tox free lifestyle may include personal care items like toiletries and skin care, using all natural cleaning products, and eating organic. 

Cost Efficiency 

 

A budget is a big motivation for reusable products. Single use items like plastic baggies, disposable diapers, and menstrual products add up over time! While sustainable products often have a start up cost, they save money over years and help break cycles of consumerism.

Sensitivities and Allergies

Sometimes this goes along with a tox free lifestyle, but it can also add another dimension. Some people, and especially babies, have sensitivities to products that are natural... For example, coconut oils, baking soda, and some fabrics. In these situations it's important to track ingredients and it's great to have different options.

Minimalism

Minimalism is the choice to use and own less things. It focuses on finding joy in more limited items and living a simpler life. A minimalist mindset often looks for a few high quality, reusable products to replace frequent purchases or high quantities. Some minimalist choices may be open ended or imaginative toys, a high quality all purpose cleaner, coconut oil for multiple purposes, and grow with me clothes for the kiddos. 

Sensitivities and Allergies

Sometimes this goes along with a tox free lifestyle, but it can also add another dimension. Some people, and especially babies, have sensitivities to products that are natural... For example, coconut oils, baking soda, and some fabrics. In these situations it's important to track ingredients and it's great to have different options.

My "Why"

So honestly, I am a mix of several of these motivations. My biggest motivation and resolution this year is to simplify and prioritize my life. I want to simplify the amount of things I have and the amount of waste I'm creating. I guess it mostly fits into minimism and the environmental impact categories. If something is eco friendly and multi purpose it is a big win for me. I also try to use the least amount of chemicals with my family, especially when it could be easily absorbed through skin. I find then generally speaking, cutting down toxic chemicals also benefits the environment so that's a double whammy.

At the end of the day, I always ask myself if an item fits into our budget. I would do everything fully organic and handmade and tox free if I had an unlimited budget, but that's not my situation. Therefore, I choose to prioritize what things are long term financially sustainable and create a simple and healthy home for my family. Then I decide the quantity according to our budget.

What are your priorities and how do you make your decisions? Do you have any additional "whys" for your lifestyle?

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