At the time I was living with my partner/husband with no children in the horizon. So I sat him down and had an honest discussion about what I believe in and how I think we should drastically but gradually change our consumptive life and led a simpler and more joyous living.
We both aspired to the path and agreed to do it in a way that will be lasting and not a short lived change.
The first changes we did were:
- Make a conscious decision of buying from market instead of supermarket to bring home less packaging
- Taking our shopping bags with us when we go for the weekend market haul
- Reusing plastic bags that were ending up in our house despite our best efforts
- Try to buy locally
- Religiously recycle instead of landfill
- Start and strive to make most of the food, bread, jam and in general our eating supplies ourselves in the house
These changes were conscious for about couple of years, when we were quite comfortable with them and they felt an essential part of our life style, more like a habit ingrained in our unconscious. However, being both immigrants-I am from Iran and my husband is from Colombia-we had visitors from overseas where consumption is unfortunately still mistaken as a sign of opulent living. So our attempt to have a simpler life was perceived as lack of economic means or outward stingy. It took me a while to change the dynamics and educate my immediate family on disadvantages of massive consumption but more on that in future posts.