When I look back through the years, as long as I can remember, I am discovering I’ve been an unconscious minimalist for a very very long time. At least when it comes to the physical aspect :D Emotionally I still have a long way to go :D
Whatever and however you want to spin being green, it’s about consuming less. It’s not about buying the latest green gadget or car, or clothes, or whatever… It is about dealing without them and without their non-green equivalents. For example - in my country people drive cars. Like a lot. The bigger, the noisier, the better… Some complex left from communism times I guess. I’ve never ever understood it. Sofia - our capital and where I live, is hell to drive in. I would rather walk and use public transport. In the last 10 years there have been very few times when I regret not having a car.
Clothes and shoes - I’ve never been a fan of having lots of them… I’ve noticed I tend to wear mostly a few, which I feel most comfortable and cozy in. I also do a clean up of my wardrobe once or twice per year and always manage to get rid of a lot of clothes - I go by the rule that if I wore it two times that year, I can live without it - my mom makes sure the clothes get to people that need them. Excluding here of course evening dresses, and a few more official clothes that I need for when I have to look presentable :D
Books - that has been my passion for so many years. I’ve been a vigorous collector. And that’s gone now, that I have my kindle. It’s absolutely perfect to read from, the battery lasts forever, I can underline passages and quotes directly in it, and I have access to every single book I will ever want to read. You can’t imagine the freedom I feel since I got it.
Bottom line is I am a conscious minimalist now. I enjoy it. I have a loooong way to go of course, cause this is a never ending journey, but I love the freedom of it, and the knowledge I am leaving ever smaller ecological footprint. Be the change you want to see in the world - I see this more often now, quoted by different people. I somehow managed without effort. Because, when you think of it, what do you really need to be happy and feel good?