Doesn’t it seem that suddenly everyone wants to be seen as ‘green’? Becoming more sustainable and being environmentally friendly is the new aspirational megatrend that celebrities, businesses, and governments are jumping onto.
But what does being sustainable and living a sustainable lifestyle mean?
Well, the answer is it is both difficult and confusing.
It is really hard to be completely sustainable – unless you only live off organic food you grow, in a home that doesn’t use any unnatural energy resources, plus you never buy anything, and your work doesn’t harm the Earth!
How we become more sustainable is unique to each of us because we all have very different lifestyles.
Making better choices
For example, if you are a frequent flyer for work but don’t buy many clothes, reducing travel is the area where you need to look at the most.
Someone who works from home but loves fast fashion might be best off addressing their shopping habits.
Essentially you need to examine your home, diet, transport, services, and purchases, identify the big problems, and swap to a better choice.
Additionally, we might think we are making changes to be more environmentally friendly but then find out that our choice isn’t so green after all.
For example, we could swap our washing powder to tablets that don’t come in a plastic tub and say, “yay, less plastic.” Though, we might fail to investigate how the chemicals in the washing tablets affect our waterways.
There isn’t one easy solution that fits all. On top of all that, we have busy schedules, budget constraints, we get distracted, and often we don’t know where to start or what to do!
Luckily there is one way you can achieve a more sustainable lifestyle. That is by employing a Sustainable Life Coach.
So why is a life coach a great way to help you become more sustainable?
Sustainable Life Coaches are your support system to create new habits and shift to an eco-conscious mindset.
A Sustainable Life Coach will help you come up with a personalised plan with achievable targets for the short, medium, and long term. It is then up to you to put this into action!
Making changes to your lifestyle requires some time and effort – although usually only around two hours per week.
Just like hiring a trainer at the gym, a Sustainable Life Coach holds you accountable and encourages you to reach your goals.
If there are any ‘roadblocks’ or barriers to becoming more sustainable, they help you navigate around them.
They are also there to cheer you on and celebrate your wins!
Here’s how it worked for one coachee. Her long-term goal was for her home to be plastic-free.
However, she felt overwhelmed and didn’t know where to start. Together with a Sustainable Life Coach, they created small steps that she could achieve once a month.
Initially, the plan only focused on one area of the coachee’s home, the bathroom.
The coachee began with the easy exchanges, e.g., using shampoo and soap bars. But she felt stuck when it came to managing her period. She tried a menstrual cup, and it wasn’t going well.
The coach helped her realise that sustainability isn’t about being perfect and that what works for others might not work for you! Plus, there are many alternatives, including bio-degradable sanitary wear, period pants, and reusable pads.
As a result, the coachee decided to persevere by trying some different sustainable options and, in the end, found a workable solution.
After a few months, the bathroom was indeed plastic-free, and the coachee felt empowered to tackle the rest of her house.
Becoming more sustainable has many benefits. It can be very rewarding and give you a sense of achievement.
There are also opportunities to find your tribe – like-minded individuals and community groups who are also on a sustainability journey.
It also builds self-confidence and could even help you find a purpose in life.
Being more sustainable can even become addictive!
Sustainable Life Coaching
To get clarity on how your lifestyle can be kinder to the planet, you can contact a Sustainable Life Coach today.
About the author: Annie is the founder of ‘The Sustainable Life Coach‘. She has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from the University of Leeds, a Masters in Conservation Biology from Manchester Metropolitan University, and a Life Coaching Diploma from the New Skills Academy.
You can contact Annie at thesustainablelifecoach.com or on Instagram: @sustainablelifecoach
Photo credits: ED