10 tips for a sustainable lifestyle in 2023

10 tips for a sustainable lifestyle in 2023

As a sustainable jewelry label we at Maren Jewellery think every day anew about protecting our wonderful earth in the best possible way - with ecological work processes but also privately with a sustainable lifestyle. We are therefore happy about every other company, but also about every individual who wants to walk the path to a more sustainable future together with us.

A new year is a wonderful time to establish new habits in your everyday life and live more sustainably. Most of us would probably like to lead a more sustainable lifestyle in theory, but in reality we often fail to implement it. We may be too stuck in our previous routines and processes. Change - even the smallest change - requires a certain amount of effort. On the other hand, the climate crisis, dwindling resources, animal suffering and growing mountains of garbage remind us every day in the omnipresent reporting that we actually have to act. To make it a little easier for you to "get started" and take small first steps - maybe just one - towards a more sustainable lifestyle, we would like to give you some really simple tips below that can be applied to almost any everyday life without much effort.

Tip 1: Second hand or sustainable labels

Since the topic of fashion is probably the most obvious one for us, we'll just start directly with it: The ecological and social consequences of fast fashion are devastating. To be well dressed or even to pick up one or the other trend, it does not always have to be fast fashion. Often you can find even as good as new goods in the second hand store, because, for example, someone got something as a gift or - unfortunately - bought what she *he* does not like. In addition, there are now many Slow Fashion labels with a diverse selection, so that there is a more sustainable alternative for every taste. Our Maren Jewellery is also thought out sustainably down to the smallest detail. So it is even possible to afford luxury items like jewelry without harming our environment.

Tip 2: Jute is your friend

Provisionally pack a small bag - of course, this does not necessarily have to be made of jute - in each of your bags and backpacks. This way you are always prepared for spontaneous shopping and do not have to resort to the plastic or paper bags from the stores.

Tip 3: No packaging

You don't necessarily have to go to the nearest non-packaging or zero waste store, because you can also reduce packaging material in the supermarket. Bring your own net for fruit and vegetables or simply wash your groceries thoroughly at home and you can confidently leave the plastic bags hanging on the rack. You can also take your bread to the bakery in your own bread bag. That way you save another bag.

Tip 4: The path as part of the journey

Driving: Stressful, exhausting and often we are annoyed by the other participants of the road traffic. The train offers an alternative that should not be neglected. You can use the time actively. Be it to answer a few mails in peace, to read a book or simply to take a little nap. In addition, you have the opportunity to take a closer look at the landscape that passes by outside without having to concentrate on the traffic. Check out our journal on mindful travel and discover beautiful and sustainable destinations.

Tip 5: Relaxation through meal planning

Who doesn't know them: impulse shopping. We spontaneously buy too much and useless things because we are ravenously hungry. You can avoid this risk through good planning. At the beginning or end of the week, think about what you need for the coming days and what you want to cook. This will not only save you money and waste, but also time, because you can do everything in one trip to the supermarket.

Tip 6: Seasonal calendar as a helper and eye-catcher

Buying seasonal fruit and vegetables, perhaps even from your region, protects the environment and usually also your wallet. The transport routes are many times shorter, the working conditions more transparent and the goods are often fresher. On Etsy you can find beautiful seasonal calendars from small artists and illustrators. During our research, we also came across printable versions or creative puzzles. In this way, you can see at a glance which fruits and vegetables are in season and can adjust your meal and shopping plan accordingly.

Tip 7: Organic waste or compost

Waste separation sounds tiring at first, but it can also be simple and straightforward. Separate the organic waste from the rest in a separate bucket and dispose of it in the brown household garbage can. If you want more, no problem! There are separate compost containers for balconies as well as for apartments. These do not stink and some even look really chic. If you have your own garden: Even better! Start in a quiet corner with your own compost pile and begin your own little cycle.

Tip 8: Straw? No thanks!

Honestly, do you use the straw in your drink? Most of the time you stir it briefly and then turn the straw aside or take it out of the glass altogether. And the worst thing is, in the mass straws cause mountains of plastic waste, which often find their way into our oceans and there become the doom of animals. Say with your next order directly that you do not need a straw. At first, it's just a simple sentence with a small effect, but collectively it means a lot of plastic savings.

Tip 9: Consume mindfully

And as a last general tip: Consume CONSIDERATELY AND WATCHFULLY. Look carefully where the things you consume come from, what the ingredients are, how they are packaged and who has worked on them under what conditions. This applies to clothing, food, furniture, jewelry and basically everything you consume. And always ask yourself if you REALLY need what you are planning to buy. Maybe there is a more sustainable alternative such as a second hand option, a loan option, or what you already own can be repaired with a little help. If you are interested in our jewelry, please have a look at our WeMind initiative or read our Sustainability Report. This is the only way to ensure that we meet your requirements.

Tip 10: A mindful newsletter

And last but not least: To stay up to date on what's going on in the world of sustainability and to receive helpful tips on the topic on a regular basis, be sure to subscribe to our mindful newsletter. As a thank you for your interest, you will also receive a small discount code from us for your next purchase! You can unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time and without giving reasons. The easiest way to do this is by clicking on the "unsubscribe" link, which can be found in every newsletter.

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Frequently asked questions

Can my sustainable lifestyle make a difference?

Honestly? This question has probably been asked by everyone at the beginning of the path to a sustainable life. And this question comes up again and again when you look at the unfortunately often sobering news about our climate and the like. And yet: every step is a step in the right direction and makes a difference. And with your actions, you in turn inspire others who begin to question their own behavior and in the best case even adapt your sustainable lifestyle.

Isn't a sustainable lifestyle much more expensive?

That doesn't have to be the case. As you can read in our tips, you can even save money with some of our tips for a sustainable lifestyle. For example, if you start making a meal plan for the week, you'll make fewer impulse purchases and throw away less. Furthermore, there is almost always a sustainable alternative to buying new. You can often find something used, borrow it from family or friends, or even repair it again. Embark on the journey, without pressure or expectations, and you'll see that a sustainable lifestyle is not more expensive.

Written by: Franka

Franka is a freelancer in the fields of marketing and communication and lives with her small family in Munich. She tries to consciously organize her everyday life in order to gradually integrate more sustainability into her life.