7 Ways To Share Your Sustainable Lifestyle With Your Partner

A Low-Plastic Partnership

I’ll just say it: zero-waste living feels more difficult to achieve when there’s two of you. Twice the shopping, twice the transportation, twice the single-use plastic waste 😱 Add in pets, and it’s a whole new ball game.

这也意味着你必须忍受很多妥协更多,当你没有确切的同一页作为合作伙伴上。也许你已经对使用浓缩清洁,以减少塑料瓶垃圾容易被感动,但尚未取得了飞跃,从单一使用牙线精选的东西稍微更可持续的切换(是的,这正是我的情况)。 

I believe that sustainable living, like minimalism, ethical shopping, and intentional living, is a lifestyle change that is best approached with moderation and patience.

存在具有另一组手来帮助DIY项目和农贸市场拖拉的好处,并且还有一个嘴帮你吃的食物的每一点你做。然而,关于迈向更加可持续和低的塑料移动生活方式的讨论所涉及的不仅仅是一些方便的互换:它需要长期的,根深蒂固的例程重大动荡。

我认为,可持续的生活,喜欢简约,伦理购物,故意生活,是一种生活方式的改变,这一点最好以温和,耐心走近。告诉别人简单的“退出使废物”感觉难以接近和恐吓。相反,我投球,你开始与婴儿的步骤,如果让你在船上合作伙伴,低浪费的生活对你很重要。

Here are the steps I’m secretly (and not-so-secretly) taking with my spouse so we can reduce our reliance on single-use plastic, and hopefully reduce our overall carbon footprint. (These tips, with some little adjustments, also work for roommates or bffs if you’re not romantically entangled at the moment!)

1. Talk it out.

Start by talking about why it’s important to you—make sure the conversation stays relaxed, positive, and aspirational, avoiding any judgment or criticism. Explaining why you’re excited about it and outlining what you want to get out of a more sustainable lifestyle is a lot more tangible than just saying “we should try to be less wasteful.”

Talk about why it’s important to you—make sure the conversation stays relaxed, positive, and aspirational, avoiding any judgment or criticism.

这也是建立预期的好时机。无需设置它们的高入手,零浪费的生活方式并非一蹴而就。相反,做出这样消除塑料产品包装袋,而每星期至少一个杂货店之旅或每月服用一个长途到回收中心的计划。再加上,这样有助于缓解成,如果你或你的伴侣较大的事情简单的目标才刚刚开始。

2. Create simple systems.

这给我们带来的下一个点:建立简单的方法来获得成功。不管你做在一起,或你自己的,更换更可持续的选项常规步骤。例如,如果你想抛弃的一次性杯子和餐具,溜到去杯子和一些银器到你和你的伴侣的午餐袋每天早晨。或者,收起半打可重复使用的购物袋在你的车,所以你会永远拥有他们,即使你忘记了(如果你喜欢我什么,你已经在你的房子太多的手提包,反正大家注意:请停止与免费的购物袋。)

If it’s time to ditch plastic wrap or foil, add some beeswax wrap or glass tupperware into your budget for the month; make space for it, even if it means you’re the only one taking the first steps. The implementation comes easier once the tools are in place.

3. Lead by example.

You’re not going to wake up to the perfect sustainability partner one day out of the blue. You won’t even wake up as the perfect sustainability partner on most days, so lead by example and just do the best you can.

It’s a real relationship-saver when you skip the nagging and opt to go about your own business in the most sustainable way you know.

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4. Turn it into a date.

使可持续发展成为性感加少许环保的天赋您的下一个约会之夜。显而易见的选择可能包括DIY天,你做自己的自制肥皂,蜡烛,或其他家庭必需品(连饭准备,以避免未来的粮食浪费)。或者,如果您需要家居用品,服装,还是送礼,伸头针对thrifting和复古一天的购物;发现奇怪旧货店的珍品在一起总是使一个有趣的冒险。

更有创意的日期可能包括在社区花园志愿(或出租自己的阴谋了充满夏日的日期想法)或海滩清理。也许你走路代替开车或骑共享在当地啤酒厂的第二天;不管你做什么,保持开放的心态有关小掉期,你也许能做出减少碳足迹。

5. Make it a gifting opportunity.

I mean, who doesn’t like getting presents? I know I do 🙋 Maybe you gift your partner a zero-waste shaving set, or all-natural self-care products like shampoo bars and bath salts in glass jars. A bento box for lunches, a tumbler in their favorite color, or homemade soup or baking mixes they can whip up in a hurry.

The key here is making sure it’s something they’re interested in adding to their routine. If you try to force it, you may end up with a gift that goes unused and some (potentially) hurt feelings for both of you.

6. Know that it’s not all on you.

Spend an afternoon practicing empathy and kindness, and (bonus!) you’ll feel those ripple into your relationship.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from the sustainability space, it’s that small individual changes must be accompanied by immense structural, governmental, and corporate changes. I love a baby step, but it’s essential that we recognize these steps are not available for everyone. Let’s start by cranking down the interpersonal judgment around waste and no-waste habits, and then stand up for global change.

所以在实际的社区,寻找合作伙伴起来的精神头到社区活动,清理,或致电当地和国家代表关于对您最重要的问题。志愿者如果可以的话,在那里你可以,这个世界需要的不仅仅是与塑料的问题更多的帮助。花一个下午的时间练习同情和善良,和(奖金!),你会觉得这些纹波到你们的关系。

7. Leave room for error.

最重要的,是好的。不要指望零次浪费的习惯,形成瞬间,并允许替代一些空间。我不会抛出一个合适的,如果我的丈夫回家用塑料生产包装袋,尤其是在天在我的兔子没有一个单一的菠菜叶子吃了。或者,如果他的礼物我一个塑料沉甸甸的礼物,我感激和优雅迎接它;有足够的挑剔和消极,所以我只是给那个进入我家的寿命最长可能的塑料工作。 (不错,但真的中性笔的100包,使更好的每一天我的生活。)

和我当然不是完美的;我的美丽货架上满塑料瓶,我用纸巾自由地餐巾纸,几乎购买任何有机的。我的经历,牙膏的常规管就像是我的工作,我喜欢从网上零售商是 - 将 - 不被命名良好的为期两天的传递。它总是,总是一个过程,所以你不妨邀请你的伴侣(或BFF)一起为胜利和失败,因为在一起总是更好。

What are your favorite sustainable practices to engage in with your partner?


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Emily Torres is the Managing Editor at The Good Trade. She’s a Los Angeles transplant who was born and raised in Indiana, where she studied Creative Writing and Business at Indiana University. You can usually find her reading or writing, caring for her rabbits, or practicing at the yoga studio. Say hi on Instagram!