Keeping Up With the Joneses Does Not Help the Planet

Day 346Merriam-Webster defines keeping up with the Joneses as, to show that one is as good as other people by getting what they have and doing what they do.

We are all familiar with the phrase and most of us, at some point, have been guilty of doing it. It’s not always easy to avoid and more times than not we might not even know we’re taking part.

If we are always trying to keep up with what other people have and what they are doing, we will find ourselves purchasing things we don’t need and maybe even participating in things we would rather not. In the end it is a great deal of waste.

By taking on a more simplistic way of living, we can avoid the competition and the unnecessary purchases and accumulation of stuff.

A minimalist lifestyle is the process of identifying what is essential in your life and having the courage to eliminate the rest. When you remove the unnecessary, you free up your time and capacity to focus on the things that truly matter in your life. Less is more.

Minimalism does not mean you have to get rid of all your belongings or never purchase new things. It does mean that you will take time to consider if the stuff in your life makes you happy and has a purpose. It means you’ll take the time to consider if the items you’re purchasing are necessary, quality made and maybe, go a step farther, and ask how it impacts the planet.

For all we know the Joneses are broke and not very happy. So, there’s really no reason to want to be like them. We don’t need the extra stress and the planet doesn’t need all that extra stuff.

Tomorrow, interactive initiatives that will help you live a more sustainable lifestyle.

Less Stuff, More Experiences this Holiday Season

Day 330 – The holidays are a wonderful time of year. However, it’s also the time of year, where we produce the most waste. Between, the extra food, the wrapping paper and the need to make room for more stuff, we find ourselves tossing more in the trash.

I had an idea to help alleviate the amount of waste my family produced this holiday season by asking them to come up with gift ideas that involved more experiences than stuff. I even came up with a list to help inspire them.

A few of the suggestions included:

  1. The Movies
  2. Trampoline Park
  3. Escape Room
  4. Cooking Class
  5. A Play/Musical
  6. Golf Outing
  7. Nail Salon
  8. Sporting Event
  9. Museum Admission
  10. Amusement Park Pass

The kids used a website called So Kind Registry, to share their gift ideas with family. The site was created to encourages the giving of homemade gifts, charitable donations, secondhand
goods, experiences and more. My kids definitely need to work on the concept of less stuff and more fun, as I found items on the list along with a few experiences. The hope is that with each year, we can increase the requests for more experiences and less stuff.

Tomorrow, a cool way to protect your bike from the elements.