Reductionist thinking has had its criticisms when it comes to our approach to caring for people and planet where the call is for holism.
However, we’re going to reclaim some of the positives of reductionism as a way of reducing complex systems to their smaller parts. Because, let’s face-it, we aren’t able to fix our wicked sustainability problems single-handedly
When you can reduce your values based mission to live life in #sustainablestyle into manageable steps it’s much easier to avoid #ecooverwhelm and keep your #sustainableself holistically balanced.
Let’s look at some ‘reduce’ ideas framed by our values motivators.
REDUCE BASED ON VALUES MOTIVATORS
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ANIMAL WELFARE AND COMPASSION MOTIVATORS
- The need for plastic packaged vegan plant proteins by opting for pulses/grains that can be bought without packaging
- Pet waste impacts by using compostable pet waste bags.
- Animal suffering by signing petitions on issues you care about .
- Oceanic microfibre plastic pollution by washing your synthetic alternatives to wool jumpers in a wash bag.
- Self pressure to be a ‘perfect’ vegan/vegetarian. There’s enough stress out there in the world, you do things your way!
ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY MOTIVATORS
- Packaging by shopping at food stores that allow you to bring your own containers
- Your work hours and spend more time in nature (for leisure, inspiration or volunteer work)
- Screen time by using the settings built into your phone to manage use.
- Consumption of new item by shopping second-hand first.
- Your need to shop by growing your own vegetables
SOCIAL EQUALITY MOTIVATORS
- The secrecy around sex trafficking, slavery and bonded labour by spreading awareness about these issues.
- Your personal care products. Can you find ones that support social causes (loads of beauty brands and hygiene products support social causes).
- Social comparison. You don’t need to compete or compare. Just love who you are and where you’re at.
- Loneliness and boredom by volunteering at a charity or group that supports social causes
- The societal connotations of clothing. What do your clothes say about you and do you judge others based on what they wear?
SIMPLICITY AND STREAMLINED LIFESTYLE MOTIVATORS
- Clutter in your home and save time cleaning.
- Travel time, fuss, and emissions by working at or near home and sending kids to schools in walking or school bus pickup distance
- Energy wastage and bills by automating lighting and heating/cooling using smart tech or timers
- Stress and time wastage getting dressed by adopting a capsule clothing system
- Storage needs for bathroom chemicals and time spent cleaning by using a steam cleaner or swapping for multi-use cleaning products like bicarbonate of soda