The pressure of having to live the “perfect” environmentalist lifestyle is overwhelming and, frankly, turns off a lot of people from even trying. Truth be told, nailing every marker of sustainable or otherwise green living is unattainable for most people. For a multitude of reasons, the reality for most people is that it’s just not possible to live in a zero waste, self-sustaining home or stop driving altogether or compost every food scrap.

But the inability to do everything shouldn’t stop you from doing something.

Your personal habits do matter. The little things add up — because individual action leads to collective action. There will always be someone greener than you, but don’t let that stop you from making changes to your lifestyle that will help the Earth heal in your own small way, too.

If environmentalism is new to you, that probably means that you’ve recently had a moment of reckoning with the current state of our planet. You may have had a moment of realizing just how dire the situation is, and you want to step up to the plate and solve the world’s problems. 

Don’t feel like you need to go big right away. We want you to join us for the long haul. You need to make changes that will be sustainable over a long period of time, not necessarily radical changes that might lead you to burnout quickly (although a radical change is great, too, if you’re ready!)

It’s tempting to want to sell all your possessions, move into a tiny home, and start farming all your own food. While that sounds awesome, you can also try incorporating small changes into your routine, maybe one or two a month.

The goal here is to change your habits that make the biggest impact. There are many, many small changes you can make to help the environment, such as adopting a minimalist mindset, recycling, and investing in reusable products. When you’re ready, take on some bigger changes, but don’t forget that everyone starts small.