Changing your lifestyle and adopting a Slow Living philosophy is easier than you think.
Whether it is about buying groceries, preparing a meal or shopping online your actions come from a need or a desire but often are not necessarily linked to a value.
Instead, by switching to Slow Living, every choice you make is deeply routed in your core values. But hey, no pressure! Adopting a Slow Living philosophy does not mean switching to a stressful and restricted life. Instead, it means that every choice you make can be more conscious, mindful and informed.
By following 4 easy steps linked to the 4 Slow Living core values you can make the transition to a slow living almost effortlessly, you just need to know in which direction to look!
Sustainable is the first core value and step of the Slow Living philosophy. To switch to a more sustainable lifestyle, start by buying products that do not have an impact on the environment or on our health.
When you are buying a product, first look at the following things:
How is it packaged? Will I be able to recycle this package?
How about the object itself? is it durable or disposable?
Are the materials natural or synthetic? are they eco-friendly or do they contain chemicals?
What is the origin of the product? who is the manufacturer? is it a local product or is it a multinational product?
Step 2 of The Slow Living process focuses around the “light” value. Light means switching to a more minimalistic and therefore light approach to life, including choosing quality over quantity.
- Avoid complex.
select products that do not have a label overcrowded with complex and chemical ingredients. Depending whether you are buying food, clothes or other daily material necessities, you would be looking at different things.
- Choose light mobility.
Try to walk or cycle as much as you can as opposed to taking a car or public transport. Of course this is not always possible, so choose light mobility when you are in a position to do so.
- Try to avoid unnecessary spending.
Instead of purchasing products you don’t really need, be selective and buy high-quality and long lasting products that will accompany you for a long time.
Organic means products that are grown naturally without the aid of toxic chemical such as pesticides, fertilizers, GMO.
Organic production respects natural systems and cycles. Biological and mechanical production processes and land-related production should be used to achieve sustainability, without having recourse to genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Source: Eu Law on Organic Production: An Overview, Agricultural and Rural Development, Organic Farming
When buying organic, look for the right certified organic labels. As organic produce can be quite expensive, buy organic wisely:
- Read the labels according to the country’s regulations.
US regulations are different from EU regulations on what is required to be labelled as “organic” or what percentage of the ingredients is required in order to place a “organic” label. To learn more
- Find the right balance and define your priorities.
Buying organic can be quite expensive and often even confusing. Buying organic does not mean purchasing everything that says organic, but rather making more informed and conscious decisions when shopping. For example, EWG publishes a yearly report on what food is usually best to buy organic, and what food not, differentiating between the “Clean 15” and the Dirty Dozen“.
- Buy local, connect with people.
One of the best ways to live a slow and more sustainable life is by going out there and connect with people involved in the production of the products you are going to buy. Discover local farmer market or local food markets where small producers and enterprises can share not only their products, but their stories with you.
- Discover organic online shops and communities.
Another great way to buy high-quality organic produce is to connect with organic online communities. Buying online gives farmers and startups the opportunity to connect with a wider audience. We are, in return, able to purchase healthy produce by consciously selecting and connecting online. It’s a win-win!
The online market is huge and can be difficult to select reliable and ethical shopping platforms that respect the values of the slow living. That is why we have carefully selected, tested, approved and featured online websites that are in line with our slow living philosophy.
Slow living means also adopting a wasteless lifestyle by switching to a zero-waste routine. Try to avoid unnecessary packaging as much as you can, avoid disposable and choose reusable instead. The goal of the “zero-waste” movement is not to send anything to the landfill, and to create a system where everything that you are using can be re-used rather than tossed.
- Buy reusable rather than disposable.
Try to purchase products that have less packaging as possible. Avoid items packaged in materials that cannot be recycled or will be hard to recycle. When you can, choose to buy loose products and second hand clothes.
- Think long term.
When buying something always think about the future that the object and its components will have. Will you be able to recycle the packaging or the actual object? Could it have a second life by gifting it or selling it if and when you won’t need it anymore?
Instead of sending organic waste to the landfill, reuse it to create a compost that you can then use to grow your own little indoor or outdoor garden. It is good for the environment and one of the best ways to naturally grow food, even on a smaller scale.