Conscious living by Blue Ollis
Here at Ever Wonder we get to meet, collaborate and be inspired by many different people who are on their way to more mindful and more conscious living as well as we are. So we decided to share some of these inspirational snippets of their lives and insights with you!
We are starting with an interview with Blue Ollis. She is an advocate of living sustainably, mindfully and cruelty free. What we love about her is that she has an incredibly holistic approach to promoting green living in all areas in one’s life, whether it would be in a kitchen, bathroom, exercising, shopping or inner alignment – everything that she does, she does it in a simple and conscious way.
1. What does ethical and conscious living mean to you?
Everything is ethical and everyone holds ethics, but conscious living means aligning your ethics with your actions so you can live in harmony with your self and your surroundings. My ethics, for example, are to live so that I may tread lightly and leave a minimal footprint on this planet, leaving a thriving world behind for future generations. My ethics also include causing the least amount of suffering to others whilst I’m here which is why I live vegan and work towards a more circular economy at home every day through low-impact living and mindful consumerism.
2. Why and how did you go minimalist?
Minimalism is a controversial topic because it manifests differently for each person. Fundamentally it means living with only the things that bring value to your life and letting go of anything that doesn’t serve you. So for me my journey into living more intentionally began when I moved out of my mother’s home. Going through my things and deciding what was worth taking with me, worth the effort of moving and keeping in a small space, was fundamental to my growth within the minimalist movement. Since then I’ve been periodically sorting through my things and deciding what I truly need in my life to thrive. Turns out, less really is more.
3. Were there any particularly difficult challenges when you first decided to become minimalist and how did you overcome them?
The main challenge for me when it comes to minimalism is living low-impact / zero-waste. Although these lifestyles go hand-in-hand and can support each other, they can also rub and cause a little conflict. My zero-waste lifestyle has me wanting to keep old jars and containers so they don’t end up in landfills, but my minimalist lifestyle has me wanting to throw away anything I’m not currently utilising. Altogether this challenge has me consuming less and being more mindful of everything I bring into my life which supports both my minimalist and zero-waste ethics.
4. What are the main three ethical swaps you think every single person should and could do in order to have a positive impact on the planet?
Going plant-based is the single most impactful thing someone can do to stop and reverse climate change. Animal agriculture is the leading cause of green house gas emissions… more than all transport systems combined! Not only that but it’s also causing mass extinctions, clean water wastage, world hunger, deforestation and an incredible amount of waste. If we want to live sustainably this has to be the first step to leading an eco-friendly life. Travel is also important to think about, especially flying and driving if this is something you do regularly. Get a bike, take public transport when possible, walk and travel to your holiday destinations by boat or train. And third, shop sustainable when it comes to clothing. Buying second-hand is the best option as we really don’t need to manufacture more clothing and it can be a lot of fun to find gems in thrift shops, clothing swaps and vintage stores. If you need to buy something new, make sure your money goes to sustainable brands that are fair-trade, ecologically sound and create quality goods that will last a long time.
5. Where do you get your inspiration from?
I love learning about how I can improve myself to align better with my values. I watch documentaries like Cowspiracy (Netflix), Land of Hope and Glory (YouTube), A Plastic Ocean (Netflix), Our Planet (Netflix), Black Fish (Netflix), The True Cost (Netflix) and What The Health (Netflix) as well as following inspirational people on social media like Andrea of @bezerowastegirl, Immy of @sustinablyvegan, Gittemary of @Gittemary and Max of @Maxlamanna and read books that keep me motivated like ‘Eating – what we eat and why it matters’ by Peter Singer, ‘Eating Animals’ by Jonathan Safran For, ‘Living Downstream’ by Sandra Steingraber.