8 Small Steps to Sustainable Living
Recently I travelled over to the United Kingdom to go to a little festival called Glastonbury, you might have heard of it…. Just in case you haven’t, it attracts just under 200,000 festival goers and is one of the World’s biggest and best music festivals. But there is also a whole lot of other cool stuff that happens over the 5 days on Worthy Farm.
With the exception of technical and security staff, the majority of the festival is run by volunteers (aka love). Mostly people who have been to the festival before and just want to be a part of keeping the magic alive. This creates a vastly different approach to pretty much everything. People are there to have a good time and share the love that they have of the festival – and it shows!
Aside from this and the ridiculously huge lineup of great music, Glastonbury also hosts 60 acres of healing and spiritual sharing. The Green Fields were filled with many sources of spiritual and practical inspiration for me. From workshops on laughter, to thought provoking political demonstrations, my heart felt like it was lit up in flames as I wandered around. So many ideas for change and suggestions for ways of living that weren’t based on consumerism and competition!
I thought I’d share with you all just a little list of things I learnt in the Green Fields that I have been incorporating as much as possible at home, I hope that some of them are useful to you too.
- Choose to live with less stuff. I’ve been de-cluttering more and more every day since I returned.
- Consume less plastic. I missed plastic-free July because i was away traveling. But have been trying to reduce the amount of plastic that comes into my house. Swap to milk that comes in glass. Choose fruit and veg that are sold loose. Stop using plastic bags. Seriously stop it.
- Compost your kitchen waste. Your garden will love you for it.
- Find out where your electricity comes from. How is it generated?
- Consider investing in an ethical superannuation fund. This was a revelation for me. Be aware of where your money is going.
- Switch to eco-friendly cleaning products. This includes stuff you use to clean yourself.
- Embrace Permaculture – see photo. It’s not as difficult as it sounds.
- Give love. Be proud of who you are. Dance more. Life is better because of YOU xx
I’d love to hear how you take care of the Earth, feel free to post your comments below.
About Kerryn Nilsson-Linne: Kerryn is the director of West Coast Wellness, where she coaches clients to reduce stress, overcome addictions, eat well and relax more. Kerryn’s mission is to “encourage and inspire others to value their bodies and live a life they love”.