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Living Sustainably by Freddie Wong

Wellness Sustainability
We are all connected. All living things are ineffably interconnected one way or another. Respecting the natural rhythm of all things brings harmony.

Our actions bring reactions. Even if we turn a blind eye trying to avoid the truth, the reality is that what goes around comes around. Karma is inevitable.

Our lifestyle options confront us, no matter what. For example, over consumption means that many plants, insects and animals are near extinction, the ozone layer is thinning and seasonal changes are diminishing.

If Mother Earth is in harmony so will we be. Being mindful and being willing to play a positive part in the sustainability movement is the only way forward.

What to do

I choose to teach the next generation by example - reduce, reuse, recycle.

  • In my bag, I always carry my lightweight shopping bag, reusable utensils and cutlery.
  • I use handkerchiefs instead of tissues.
  • I focus on being more mindful with my daily life, avoiding impulse purchases.
  • I buy groceries with minimum or no packaging.
  • I always plan ahead with shopping - only buying what's needed, ignoring special offers or bulk buys.
  • I separate our waste, and always recycle.

My carbon footprint

Our carbon footprint is another big area; be it through transportation, food consumption or other lifestyle options.

  • Whenever possible I only buy local produce and eat less meat.
  • I dry clothes naturally, and avoid fast fashion.
  • I switch off appliances after use rather than using standby mode, and ensure sensible use of electricity.
  • I use only organic, environmentally friendly, biodegradable toiletries/cleansing products that contain no micro beads. Soda and vinegar are my two top-of-mind choices.

Add greenery

I find gardening sparks joy, rekindles our nurturing spirits, and brings forth life.
Plants are so beneficial, they absorb CO2 and release oxygen.
Better still, bee-friendly plants are vital to the healthy ecosystem facilitating pollination.