Preserve our Environment, Stephanie Kilgast

As the heads of 150 countries are meeting in Paris for the future of humanity, we are watching eagerly every step they make, in the hope they will choose humanity and the preservation of our home over money.

That is all good and great, but knowing the past years those meetings were rather disappointing (to say the least), our future is in our hands.
And it is our responsibility, each and everyone of us, to make better choices for ourselves, our kids and the rest of the world.
So here a short list to get you started or encourage you to continue. It isn’t about sacrifice, but about the joy to know you are being the change you want to see.

1. Eat Less Meat
I almost have to laugh at that one, as I’ve been saying this so often this year, and am in the middle of a heated discussion about veganism in our forums, that I fear I’m very much getting on your nerves with this.
But maybe, this will start a little ball to roll and you will change your food habits, like we did.
Read more about the impact of meat on the environment here.

Mexican Food Miniature Sculpture by Stephanie Kilgast

Black beans burritos for a delicious meatless meal 🙂

2. Buy Less Clothes & Repair Yours
Most of us don’t need new clothes, our dressers and wardrobes are full to the brink with clothes, many of us buy clothes that they never wear or wear just once.
And even if we wear our clothes, if they get a small hole or something rips, we do not bother mending it.
So buy less, buy smarter and if something needs to be repaired, do!
Read more about the impact :
Environmental Impact of the Clothing Industry
Fabrics & Environment
Mending techniques :
True Darning Tutorial by Wool & Chocolate
Beautiful DIY patches by Karen Barbe
The technique I use to darn my socks

Darning Socks

How I mend my socks and make them look even more fabulous!

3. Produce Less Waste & Recycle
When buying your grocery, bring your own bags, buy in bulk, choose items that can be bought without packaging. (farmer markets are a great way to buy your veggies and only use your bag)
Ask for no bag. When you go to your local bakery, bring your own reusable (washable) bag with you and hand it out for your bread.
Prefer cooking from scratch rather than buying ready meal. (it’s a lot tastier as well)
For more inspiration :
Zero Waste Home
Trash is for Tossers

4. Overall Consume Less
Less car more walking, use electricity only where needed, be careful with your water use.
This is very personal, as we all have very different lives. Some cannot survive without a car, some need a lot of electricity to heat their home, etc.
Think about what you consume and where you can reduce consumption without freezing to death or dying of hunger. 🙂
Read more :
Your water footprint according to your food habits
How to consume less

5. Don’t forget yourself
It’s easy to get crazy and try to change everything at once, get overwhelmed and stop altogether because it seems too much to bear.
Rather, approach everything with baby steps. Choose one thing to change and work on that, once it has become a routine, pick another thing to improve.
You are working on the long run. Breaking habits takes times, so be kind to yourself and cut yourself some slack.

xx

Stéphanie

13 thoughts on “Preserve Our Environment

  • November 30, 2015 at 2:49 pm
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    I’m doing pretty good in all compartments except the waste aspect, still way too much trash 🙁

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    • November 30, 2015 at 3:21 pm
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      It’s really difficult to keep the trash to a minimum, especially when you’re a crafter or artist.
      But awareness is key 🙂

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  • November 30, 2015 at 3:00 pm
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    This should be a common knowledge, but sadly its not the fact. For years I have been trying to get better everytime?, I don’t eat meat, rarely fish. Shopping happens locally or growing as much as I can. Recycling clothing, no car but bicycle, … Still, ones a year I need a flight. I haven’t gotten to the point to hitchhike home ? . If everybody does a effort, it would change big time.

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    • November 30, 2015 at 3:21 pm
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      It’s not about perfection but about intention. Knowing what is the best way to live and pointing in that direction. We all have our weaknesses or pleasures that are too hard to part from. But should be aware of them and indulge with care.
      🙂

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  • November 30, 2015 at 3:48 pm
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    I think every little step helps…if only everybody could see that…most people seem to give up even before trying.

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  • November 30, 2015 at 9:09 pm
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    Hello Stéphanie, I love your thought provoking articles. It is awarnes that counts and thinking about the actions. I am far from perfect, but trying what I can.

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  • November 30, 2015 at 9:45 pm
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    Pretty good at recycling and taking care of waste over here, we even have our food waste sent to be made to biogas. Can’t think to not eat meat, though trying to reduce the beef. And very conscious about the consuming clothes and general stuff.
    Baby steps, and if everyone does it, the world is a better place.

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  • December 1, 2015 at 5:53 am
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    oui!

    ce matin en pt déj j’écoutais les compte rendus et premiers débats d’hier

    j’aime à croire que cette fois eux aussi vont commencer à changer des choses

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    • December 1, 2015 at 8:21 am
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      haha! hm… pardon 😀
      L’espoir fait vivre 😛

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      • December 2, 2015 at 6:07 am
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        ben non encore auj j’aime à y croire

        sinon
        … eux et nous

        ch un peu

        TOUT est possible

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        • December 2, 2015 at 9:01 am
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          Je crois en nous et à la capacité des masses à changer. Je le vois tous les jours.
          Par contre, non, je n’ai pas d’espoir par rapport aux politiciens.

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  • December 1, 2015 at 11:00 am
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    The nice thing with most attempts to consume less, cook from scratch, save water & energy is that it also saves money. Sadly for most this is the main reason, but it is a start..
    The climate conference is one big farce though, nothing much comes out there. And once again Belgium gets the fossil prize, nothing has been done or prepared there, and they just halved the rent Suez has to pay for keeping their ancient nuclear reactors open.
    Very happy to read many superrich are teaming up to see what they can do. Google already cools most of their data centers with natural resources, saving loads on energy, cooling costs more than heating..

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    • December 1, 2015 at 1:02 pm
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      Like any other thing we wish to see improved. The more we talk about it, the better the chances are for many to join in.
      I agree on the meeting being a huge farce and have no real hope about that meeting.
      But seeing the many reactions of the masses, I am hopeful for our future.

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