A minimalist lifestyle – The Hindu


I recently went to the grocery store shopping for my monthly necessities. I tried to filter plastic-free products out of concern for the environment, but it was impossible as almost every product was wrapped in the material. As a result, although I want to live a sustainable life, I am unable to do so.

The minimalist way of life is often referred to as “basic life”. Mahatma Gandhi promoted this way of life and the idea has spread widely.

It calls for a conscious change in lifestyle instead of being driven by social patterns and reducing consumption, wealth and working hours. Individuals who adopt this mindset are trying to expand their independence and improve their eating habits.

The fewer belongings you have, the less worry you have. Thus, living a minimalist life is good for physical, mental, and financial health.

Famous minimalists like Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus have helped promote minimalism through documentaries, podcasts, and national tours. They include rules like 90/90 in their teaching. Take a look at your possessions. Select an item, have you used it in the last 90 days? Or will you be using it in the next 90? If not, then it’s okay to let go of it.

Once in a lifetime try to go minimalist for at least a month. The least we can do is delete unwanted emails that are stored on numerous servers around the world. The servers are stored in large data centers that use a lot of electricity every day. And electricity is still generated from fossil fuels, resulting in global carbon emissions. So the connection is clear: e-mails cause greenhouse gas emissions.

According to the United Nations Environment Program’s Food Waste Index 2021, the world produces 931 million tons of food waste each year, 569 tons of which comes from households. The rest is in the hospitality (244 million tonnes) and retail (118 million tonnes) sectors. The average global household produces 74 kg of food waste per capita annually. The average household in India throws away 50 kg of food a year.

In addition, fast fashion generates a lot of non-degradable waste as polyester is widely used in the fashion industry. I understand that being fashionable is essential for Millennials and Generation Z, but we can promote sustainable fashion by promoting local brands and clothing made from sustainable fibers.

Another step in introducing a minimalist life is to incorporate the benefits of minimalism into the educational system and reward students who choose to care more about the environment.

In this way, we can contribute to achieving the goals of sustainable development with small individual services.