Over the years I have talked about how we are venturing towards living the simple life; we make what we can, bread, washing detergent, stocks, etc, we have a small veggie garden and buy predominately local.
My wardrobe is all second hand, as are J’s and Elliot’s, this is mostly because I like the hunt and I hate going to regular shops. I hate the busy, the vast number of shelves filled with the same t-shirt, the repetitive clothes over and over, and walking through shopping complexes seeing shop after shop trying to sell you the same thing. I opshop for the joy of the find, because it’s cheaper and I like to use my imagination when putting together an outfit of all thrifted pieces.
We try to limit the amount of rubbish that we create in our home, and would love one day to have no single use plastic here.
More and more, I am finding that the terms ‘simple living’, ‘zero waste’ and ‘minimalizm’ are all being linked. Just because you’re one, must you be the others, and if you’re this, then you must be that. But for me, that just isn’t the case.
I’m not a minimalist, we don’t have a lot of stuff, but this is due to our small house and lack of space. My wardrobe is over flowing, no Project 333 here.
I’m not living zero waste, and honestly, we probably never will. We use cloth bags for shopping, don’t buy cling film, and are quite conscious of what we buy in packets. BUT we’re more focused on our budget (which we’ve recently had to revisit) than on zero waste.
I understand that often the three labels are closely linked, and often those who are looking to simplify are also passionate about the environment and enjoy living with less. People who are focusing on living a zero waste life style make a lot of their households items to avoid bringing single use plastic into their home. But this isn’t always the case.
I’d love to know your thoughts on living one, or all of these labels. Do you associate them as being one in the same? Or do you ignore all the labels and go your own way?