Here at Flora & Fauna, we strive to reduce our carbon footprint and live intentionally with the choices that we make every day. None of us are perfect – in fact, nobody is! So, we’ve put together this blog post to inspire you to take the step away from materialism and start living a more meaningful life; a life where possessions and material wealth don't dictate your happiness.
Start living with less
Why should you move away from materialism and start living a simpler life with less?
For your self-identity and overall happiness: Your identity isn’t what you wear, consume or own. It’s what makes you, you – it’s your ambitions, hobbies, principles, skills, and experiences in life.
Living with less means you can focus on the more important things in life; like serving others, mastering a hobby, fostering new relationships, developing skills, creating awareness for social and environmental issues, and ultimately, figuring out who you are without the possessions.
To escape the materialism trap: It’s been well-documented that material possessions and wealth can provide happiness when it helps to bring people out of poverty. However, once all of our basic needs are met, buying possessions does not lead to more happiness.
To take control of your finances: Having a rough day? Look anywhere: TV, billboards, social media – and it’ll tell you to do one thing: spend your money. The next time that you're faced with this dilemma, work out why you want to go on a shopping spree or completely redecorate your house. Is there a source of stress that is unaddressed in your life?
To use fewer resources: Buying less and buying good quality items that will last is a more sustainable way of living. Purchasing less clothing, furniture and goods mean fewer resources are used and there's less accumulated waste. Can you imagine if everybody simply purchased less stuff?
So what next?
You’ve decided that you want to start living with less – here are some simple, practical tips to get you started on your journey!
Make, thrift, swap, borrow or use what you have
Ever seen The Buyerarchy of Needs? It’s a great visual resource (and a little play on Maslow's Hierarchy of needs) created by Sarah Lazarovic to demonstrate how we really have a few more choices to make when we need something. Essentially, the last thing you should do is purchase a new item.