The art of minimalism

Minimalism has taken us by storm over the last few years. Yet it still remains surprisingly niche. Even more so, minimalism isn't promoted as a planet friendly lifestyle; but it should be.

The best way to describe minimalism to us, is a lifestyle of simplicity that helps keep body and mind clear as well as helps support the beautiful planet we live on. Keep reading to find out how leading a minimalism lifestyle can help your carbon footprint.

" The key is to buy better quality that lasts longer - higher quality items don't end up in land fill after one season! "

First and foremost - don't throw out all your stuff in a minimalism purge - you'll regret what you threw out and will without a doubt repurchase almost everything you threw out without. Minimalism isn't a punishment but rather a more simplistic way of living.

Reduce, reuse, recycle

It goes without saying: sustainability and minimalism go hand in hand. By reducing the amount of items you purchase in a year, you end up re-using and recycling what you do have. In the United States, returned purchases alone equate to roughly 5 billion tonnes of waste and about 15 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This doesn't include purchases that are thrown into landfill (usually within 6 months of purchase date). Being more selective of what you purchase has an impact on how much you purchase and therefore how much ends up in landfill.

Style and grace

If we're not buying as many items it means our wardrobes are super limited right? Wrong! Build a capsule wardrobe and you'll find you have up to 200 outfits using a handful of items.

The basics:

1. Cut down your wardrobe to 40 items or less (this means shoes, bottoms and tops). Accessories such as belts, scarves and earrings don't count.

2. Mix and match these items for the whole season.

3. Don't buy anything else until the end of the season.

4. Towards the end of the season, start thinking of your next capsule - you may need to buy more, you may need to not buy that much. It all depends on a) what season you're going into and b) the quality of items you've purchased.

The key is to buy better quality that lasts longer - higher quality items don't end up in land fill after one season!

Waste not, want not

Too many of us are guilty of buying 2 weeks worth of groceries, expecting to "food prep" only to eat take out with friend and leave unused ingredients in the fridge.

Our currently food supply chain requires 10 calories of energy to produce 1 calorie of food. Australia is sitting at about $20 billion worth of food waste each year. Our current system is broken. However, you can help reduce the amount of food waste that ends up in landfill. Head to OZ Harvest on excellent pointers to help lower your food wastage this year.

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