Danica Ratte shares her story of culture and personal discovery as part of Biome's Blog Program. If you have an interest in sharing your stories with our Biome community, please contact Tracey.
A Traveller's Journey to a Sustainable Lifestyle
Living in Vietnam
The climate in Vietnam is very hot and humid, so investing in good quality clothing like breathable merino wool from New Zealand and sustainable brands focused on quality and artisanship, were extremely important, and made living there easier. The Vietnam weather is pretty consistent year round, with really only two seasons - the dry season and the wet season. I only needed three - four outfits that I could cycle through each week. I got around on motorbikes, therefore I would often stick to a pair of flats, and I tried to avoid heels and flip-flops at all possible costs! Working out of cafes or handbag and textile workshops didn't require me to put on a suit or fancy dress, so I kept my wardrobe extremely simple, keeping only the basics.
If you are living in a foreign country you HAVE to indulge in the local food culture! Which also means you are spending less time in the grocery aisles and are not as tempted to pick up things that are processed and packed full of sugar. While it is quite hard to come by anything organic, I often visited the local markets to pick out fresh produce. In between eating exotic Vietnamese dishes, I made salads and whipped up my staple- guacamole and pico de gallo for lunch.
Moving Back to Australia
Now that I am moving back to Australia, I am excited to have access to more eco stores, like Biome, and to start making my own personal healthcare products like toothpaste, shampoo and body scrubs. I have been inspired by those who live a zero waste lifestyle, so I would also like to start implementing some more changes in my own life. Through this process I have learned several things:
1. Living sustainably is a process- this lifestyle takes some transitioning time, requires research, and an understanding of what you stand for.
2. Living a sustainable lifestyle is defined in many different ways- you can choose what you value.
3. Try not pressure yourself or feel bad about not being able to achieve everything all at once - be kind to yourself, and understand that everyone goes through their own journey.
I truly believe that I am now happier, healthier and more motivated to achieve my dreams, because of the strong foundation that my sustainable lifestyle has created for me. I'd love to hear about your journey! Please share what you have learned in the comments below.
Follow Danica's story: Travelling to Sustainability Part 2.
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