Do I need to become vegan or start doing yoga? Should I throw away my all stuff to become a true minimalist? Should I delete all my social media accounts to have healthy social relationships?
No. It is okay to find the balance between believing in your principles and acting on them. You decide what impact you want to make on your life. Because making changes, is not easy.
Taking on a sustainable lifestyle should not make you feel like what you are doing is never enough. Besides, turning your life around is not something you do overnight. It is a daily practice with a lifelong perspective. You’ll need guidance and inspiration. It’s a learning process to live by. You become a sustainable seeker.
Unfortunately, there is no how-to guide to start a sustainable lifestyle. Because it depends on your current lifestyle and the outcome you seek. Taking control of your life is a path you follow, and you will be picking up on truths and principles along the way.
Lets us first agree on what a sustainable lifestyle really is. Living your life in a sustainable way means that your decisions of today meet your current needs preserving the ability to meet your needs of the future. Similar to sustainable development we can define 3 areas:
Every life decision you make would fit into one of these 3 categories. Your work could have an impact on your financial situation. But could also change how you relate to other people.
You adapt to a sustainable lifestyle by keeping these 3 pillars in balance. So that driving up your economic pillar should also benefit your social and environmental outcome. Or changing your ecological impact should not harm your social life or decrease your personal finances.
We don’t want to tell you what to do. There is no right or wrong. Instead, we want you to understand the root of the problem and then find a way to act on it.
There are some leading organizations and personas that can guide and inspire you. These organizations are privately held and usually start from an individual initiative. They don’t focus on selling services or goods but they talk about truths. So you can make better decisions.
This list is a guideline and is always incomplete.
Center for Humane Technology
Tech platforms make billions of dollars keeping us clicking, scrolling, and sharing. Just like a tree is worth more as lumber and a whale is worth more dead than alive—in the attention extraction economy a human is worth more when we are depressed, outraged, polarized, and addicted.
Certified B Corporations
Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.
Fairtrade’s approach enables farmers and workers to have more control over their lives and decide how to invest in their future. As a leader in the global movement to make trade fair, Fairtrade supports and challenges businesses and governments while connecting farmers and workers with the people who buy their products. By choosing Fairtrade, people can create change through their everyday actions.
Minimalism is a lifestyle that helps people question what things add value to their lives. By clearing the clutter from life’s path, we can all make room for the most important aspects of life: health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution.
Fridays For Future
The goal of the movement is to put moral pressure on policymakers, to make them listen to the scientists, and then to take forceful action to limit global warming.
One Project is a non-profit initiative working globally with communities to design, implement, and scale new forms of governance and economics that are equitable, ecological, and effective.