Here at Summit Sustainable Goods, you may have heard us say “Finding Your Summit.” But what does that mean exactly?
At Summit Sustainable Goods, Finding Your Summit means choosing zero waste goals that are achievable for you. This last part is crucial. Choose a Summit that is both a guide and never feels overwhelming. Choose a Summit that provides you with small, measurable, and concrete steps towards living a more sustainable life, no matter where you're starting from.
As 2020 comes to a close (can I get an amen?!) and we look toward 2021, it’s a great time to set some resolutions for the upcoming year. After some internal reflection, I’ve set my own personal Summit for 2021. I will focus on switching one product that I use and shifting one daily practice towards sustainability. I’ve combed through my home to decide what my product switch will be. This year, I’ll be purchasing any clothing I need from either an eco-conscious company or buying second-hand. This product switch will promote sustainable clothing companies and ensure that my dollars are supporting the environment.
In order to decrease plastic use, my practice change will be to limit the plastic that I take home weekly from the grocery store. After sifting through my last few trash bags to audit what exactly I am throwing out, I realized that most of my trash comes from food packaging, so I’ll tie up my resolutions with a goal of decreasing my trash by 25%. From opting for package-free produce to getting familiar with the bulk sections at stores near me, this switch will help limit the amount of plastic I need to recycle or toss into landfill.
When setting new goals, it’s important to give yourself plenty of time to adjust and grow. Sustainability and life change is about progress, not perfection. It’s about creating change that ultimately lasts, so I’m taking it slow and steady. I’m giving myself the full year of 2021 to meet these Summits I’ve created, and will create more when I feel ready.
As we bring in the New Year and look ahead to 2021, what will your Summit be? How can you create concrete, measurable goals with a realistic time-frame that will help you live a more eco-friendly lifestyle? What product switch and practice change will you choose as your goals? At Summit Sustainable Goods, we’re happy to assist you in finding your own personal summit and helping you in your journey to meet your sustainability goals. From products to tips and resources, we’d be honored to take the trek with you.
Happy New Year, folks. Here we come, 2021!
-Carrie Martin-Haley, founder