Spring is here and with it; it’s gorgeous sunshine, change in colours – from browns to greens, and from monotone to a plethora of brights. It also brings change in foods we eat and change in our personalities as, lets face it, winter brings out the hibernator in a lot of us.
So we feel spring is the perfect time to introduce you to our absolute favourite minimalist, mother and wife, zero-tox enthusiast slash expert – Simone Penn.
Simone has been following a low impact lifestyle over the past few years and has some pearls for us to learn.
Sustainability, unfortunately, can sometimes be so overwhelming and unrealistic that it’s just not actually very sustainable.
This is a summary of the sustainability changes Simone has made, and maintained, in her life over the last few years.
‘I think it’s so important to be realstic when it comes to these things. There are SO many things I’ve tried and left behind and I want to be upfront and authentic about that. I’ve genuinely tried almost everything you can think of in this sphere, and I sincerely think this list is the easiest and most realistic way to live a gentle-footprint, healthy, and sustainable life; here in Johannesburg, South Africa, circa. 2019’.
Here is Simone’s gospel-esqu checklist:
This is an easy yet so handy aspect that cuts down your waste incredibly and creates a positive product from it [compost for your garden]
Chemicals suck. For so many reasons.
They make things expensive. They are packaged in plastic. They affect our health, water supply, and the planet. And they’re also not necessary.
Ladies and Gentlemen: Bicarb and Vinegar – “The celebrity couple of sustainability.”
3. Ban single-use.
Truly can’t emphasise this enough. When did we loose ourselves and become a ‘throw away nation’? Choose to re-use what you have, reinvent it, re-purpose it, re-fill it and re-cycle it when it has finally come to the end of its life.
4. Buy in paper or hard recyclable plastic (yes, I said plastic).
How readily Recyclable a product is is important aspect to consider today. Waste miners have also changed the entire perspective and game of recycling.
5. Shop local/second hand.
Every single item we own has a carbon footprint. A quantifiable, negative impact on this planet. A theft, if you will, of precious and irreplaceable resources. Reduce that by not adding the weight of a transatlantic flight to said footprint. Even better if it’s been used before and now finding new life instead of making its way to a landfill.
Support small businesses that empower people and grow our economy. Not just the big super chains.
6. Mend things.
7. Check your lightbulbs.
Obviously one wants the electricity bill to be lower so there is more money for the important things in life … like family. So replacing from 60w to 3w light bulbs is just simple maths.
8. Share a bath.
Same same but with bath water.
9. Flush like a Captownian.
Every bit counts
10. Buy unpackaged fruit and veg
the less single use plastic the better!
And some extra for good measure;
11. Imbue everything with kindness and positivity.
12. Be realistic, as the incredibly inspiring Bea Johnson says “We may never reach the ‘zero’ in Zero Waste but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.