Ha! Thanks man. I’ll let you know!
The thing with the sustainability stuff is that I feel like as much as you strive to make your consumption more sustainable, you’ll always find some other aspect of your life that is less sustainable than another. Some people find that daunting and resort to the “oh well, I guess I’ll do nothing” response, but I think that’s a bit of a cop out. It’s just another thing to keep in mind and strive to do some part of it a little better. You’re never going to be perfectly sustainable in all aspects of your life, but educating yourself and putting the effort in is really important. Food is an enormous thing that I think many people don’t even realise has wider consequences than just your calorie intake, but aside from that, my partner and I are especially conscious at the moment of making sure our clothes are from ethical sources with a conscious, sustainability-focused ethos. We try to buy vintage clothes more now, and support smaller brands who’re based in the UK or Europe which focus on the things that are important to us (shout out storyMFG, olderbrother, finisterre, Patagonia, Haeckels for cosmetics, etc).
Back to food tho (I am totally derailing this topic… maybe we should split it as I feel that it’d be a really interesting conversation to have on lines!), buying local food in the UK is a bit tough because nothing is grown here in winter. The berries and greens in summer are great, but most stuff is from the EU and a lot in winter is from South America and South Africa, so we’re just selective about whether we really need something from there, and just try to stick to stuff from Spain and Holland because at least they’re reasonably close, even local by Australian standards. Australia is actually quite good for this kind of stuff because up in Queensland they can basically grow anything year round.
I also think as far as cutting out meat/dairy/whatever goes, it’s always been a process for me. I don’t think having a date where you go “I’m veggie/vegan now” necessarily works for everyone, and there’s a certain amount of pressure that comes with that to maintain it forever and ever lest you be a FAILURE! I think that’s bullshit, and I think longevity is much more important for these kind of changes to have any impact, whether that’s on your health or on the environment. A few years ago I said “I don’t really eat meat anymore,” and I ate meat every now and again. Nowadays, I can’t remember the last time I intentionally ate meat, but I still say to people that I don’t really eat meat anymore, because I think the stigma that comes with saying you’re vegetarian or vegan is annoying and also makes people more combative in their response to it. People seem to be a bit more willing to talk about their consumption because of that, and I think it’s important to point out that animal rights aren’t the main reason a lot of people stop eating meat or go vegan (not that they’re not a good reason to!). I still get all the fucking “but what about bacon?” comments… Just have to ignore it.
Anyway, this got way longer than I intended it to, but I think there are just lots of small things that make a big difference, and the things that are better to buy/consume will be different in every place depending on what you can get locally. I love talking about this stuff, and would’ve split into a different topic but I can’t figure out how to!