The Fight Against Consumerism
Our society today revolves around one thing: consumerism. It’s what the modern world is built on. It’s what fuels our economy. We’re at a place in our history when we must begin to reverse the effects of decades of overconsumption to survive. We’re here to show you that we can collectively achieve this through financial independence and sustainable living.
Consumerism has become a way of life over the last 100 or so years. It’s something that we aspire towards without knowing it, and it’s become a part of our culture and our identity. It’s been telling us that it doesn’t matter what our bank statements say, we still need to have it. We need it NOW and at any cost. Whatever it may be.
Consumerism has caused debt to run rampant in many different forms: student debt, housing debt, consumer debt, the list goes on. The complex network of consumerism has taken hold of us as slaves to unlimited economic growth.
We need a way to combat this, to break free…financial independence and sustainable living.
Let’s take a deeper look at the second part of that, “sustainable living”.
What is Sustainable Living?
We’ll use the definition established by The United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).
A sustainable lifestyle minimizes ecological impacts while enabling a flourishing life for individuals, households, communities, and beyond. It is the product of individual and collective decisions about aspirations and about satisfying needs and adopting practices, which are in turn conditioned, facilitated, and constrained by societal norms, political institutions, public policies, infrastructures, markets, and culture.
Essentially, it’s a lifestyle that allows us to exist at a certain level of comfort indefinitely within a balanced environment. This is the idea that we can thrive as a species within the capacity and limits of Earth’s life support systems. It allows us to satisfy our needs and aspirations while living within our means.
You’ve likely heard many reasons why it’s important to consider this type of lifestyle. We’re guessing they’re all of the gloom and doom sorts (environmental catastrophe, global warming, social injustice, etc).
Instead of focusing on the negatives, this site will focus on the positives. Everyone can benefit from this lifestyle.
Unfortunately, most people think that they need to sacrifice their quality of life to do it…
We’re here to tell you that’s just not true! You CAN build wealth on a normal salary, live sustainably, and feel great doing it. It’s just a matter of knowing HOW.
Speaking of building wealth, let’s move to the topic of Financial Independence.
What is Financial Independence?
Financial Independence is freedom from money.
It’s the idea that you are free to work on your passions without having to worry about that next paycheck. When you are financially independent, you have enough money to sustain yourself indefinitely.
You can choose to work (or not). For many people, this means leaving your day job and traveling the world or starting a new business.
If you’re new to financial independence, don’t worry. This website will show you why it’s so powerful and how you can achieve it.
Financial independence is an incredibly powerful tool to combat consumerism. We love this movement, it’s done amazing things for people and communities. Pioneers like ChooseFI, Mr. Money Mustache, the Mad Fientist, JL Collins, and many others have revolutionized the secrets to building wealth on a “normal” income. They have done such a great job popularizing it and making it accessible to many people around the world.
Financial Independence has empowered us to take the next step in the fight against consumerism.
We just want to take it a little further to incorporate sustainability into our lifestyles.
The Intention of this Website
At Saving Our Green, we have just begun to scratch the surface for many of the strategies identified here.
We will use this site to document our journey to financial independence through the lens of sustainability. However, it’s so easy to slip back into old habits…
So, we also want to use it as a way to hold ourselves accountable. We are not perfect.
We hope that readers will be able to learn from the challenges we faced while making this life transition. Of course, the reality is that some things need to be learned by doing, so we encourage our readers to try what works best.
The hope is that this site will become a comprehensive guide for anyone pursuing a financially independent and sustainable lifestyle. It will be updated periodically as we gain knowledge from our own experiences, and from the experiences of our community.
- Provide data-driven strategies to empower change to live a financially independent and sustainable lifestyle.
- Collect and circulate financial independence and sustainable living strategies from the community.
- To make these strategies accessible to as many people as possible.
So with these goals in mind, we’ve gathered the most useful strategies to incorporate sustainability into financial independence.
Based on those strategies, we’ve assembled,,,
The Pillars of Financial Independence and Sustainable Living
These pillars are the overarching topics that we will write about extensively on this website.
We are well aware that not everybody has the resources financially or locationally to adopt some of these approaches. For instance, some strategies may work better for people living in the city, and vice versa for people living on a homestead in the country.
By all means, we encourage cherry-picking anything that works for your situation. One small change can make a big difference!
We are going to do our utmost to provide accurate and data-driven information. Therefore, the strategies provided will be based on research from publicly available information in addition to community sourced strategies.
Above all, we believe that sustainability must be approached with complete integrity, as anything less would be doing ourselves a tremendous disservice.