My Journey With Living A More Sustainable Lifestyle Hasn't Been Easy, But I Won't Let That Stop Me
Start writing a post

My Journey With Living A More Sustainable Lifestyle Hasn't Been Easy, But I Won't Let That Stop Me

This journey will last a lifetime.

girl in nature

Entering my first year at university, I had one goal that I wanted to achieve - find ways to be able to live more sustainably. I currently attend Florida Gulf Coast University, a university rich in nature and promoting sustainability. FGCU is one of the nation's greenest campuses. It landed in 32nd place in The Princeton Review for Top 50 Green Colleges in the United States. I am glad to attend such a university because I have learned so much from peers and professors about living a more sustainable life at home and on campus. Within my interactions, I have been able to attain environmentally-friendly utensils which I now carry in my bag 24/7.

This goal was prompted when I acknowledged the climate change crisis we are currently facing in our world.

We all know the level of severity climate change has on our current planet and future lives. Yet why is it that most don't partake in trying to live cleaner lives? The truth is that it isn't something we'll master in days or weeks. I learned what I was doing that was contributing to this crisis and found ways to lessen my footprint. This acknowledgment has opened my eyes and let me teach others to live more sustainably, as well.

It would be a lie to say that I haven't messed up throughout my journey. Figuring out how to be environmentally aware takes trial and error. We all need to be willing to learn.
It takes 1,799 gallons of water to produce a pound of beef, and after knowing this, I reduced my meat intake. Since then, I have completely cut meat out of my regular diet. This is simply how I have grown within my journey - I find alternatives to daily items I use, such as using bamboo toothbrushes instead of buying the plastic ones. I discover different brands that are more eco-friendly in comparison to companies that thrive off of fast fashion. The list goes on and on with small things we can do, one person at a time.

With these small changes I have made in my life, I feel better and more productive. It's important to start small and find ways to make our lives more sustainable. We may not be able to do everything that we set out to do when it comes to becoming more environmentally-friendly, but it doesn't hurt to try.

Here are some of my favorite sustainable clothing brands:
Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Alone At The Met

I survive a day alone in NYC.

Wikimedia Commons

It was six in the evening. I was sitting in the courtyard of a Renaissance-era Italian villa, glancing around at the statues, most notably one of a boy removing a thorn from his foot. Despite the supposedly relaxing setting, I was incredibly anxious. My phone was at less than 5 percent battery, and once it died I would be completely disconnected from my family and peers, alone in one of the largest art museums in the country.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

College 101: How To Ease The Back To School Blues

Getting back into the school groove when you just can't seem to let go of summer.

Beyond The States

With fall classes just beginning, many of us find ourselves struck with summer withdrawals. Especially for those who refrained from taking courses over the summer, it can be quite difficult to get back in the swing of things. Fortunately, there are various ways to help make the transition back to college as smooth as possible.

Keep Reading... Show less
Dating Apps

We Met At A Bar

Salvage what you can; if you can't, it's alright to walk away.

We Met At A Bar
Anne Waldon

We met at a bar.

Keep Reading... Show less

The Mets And Me

They may be the worst sometimes, but this baseball team has given me more than I could ask for.

Rich Schultz/Getty Images

On September 3rd, 2001, a sea of children littered my home's navy-carpeted den to watch baseball during my dad's 40th birthday extravaganza. A baseball game flickered on the TV, and a red and blue bubble of a scoreboard sat in the bottom right corner of the screen. The New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies were in a wild game at Veterans' Stadium. As I, a five-year-old boy with a jumble of curly blonde hair, sat in the back of the kid clump, I wondered which team I should root for. After a long debate with myself, I decided that I should root for the team that's winning (duh). But, as the ninth inning rolled around with the Phils maintaining a 7-5 lead, some magic occurred. The Mets put up five runs in one frame, stunning the Phillie fans in the room and winning the game 10-7.

Keep Reading... Show less

Which BTS Member You Are Based On Your Star Sign

If you love BTS, I'm sure you relate to one or many of them in several ways. This star test will help you learn more about which member you are most connected to.

Which BTS Member You Are Based On Your Star Sign

Astrological signs tell a lot about a person. Do you ever wonder what your BTS bias star sign is? Is it the same as yours, or or are you more like one of the other amazing members? Take a look and find out what yours (and the members of Bangtan) says about you.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments