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Challenging My Wasteful Lifestyle Habits

It was really rewarding to take what I was learning in class and use it to make significant lifestyle changes

– Andres Nagy Ossa, SUSTAIN 2S03 2017

Challenging My Wasteful Lifestyle Habits

Photo Credit: Reta Meng

I’ve always been passionate about sustainability and how I can reduce my ecological footprint.

When I found out that McMaster offered courses and a minor in sustainability, I jumped at the opportunity and enrolled in SUSTAIN 2S03. As part of the course, we got to choose a semester long lifestyle challenge, where we changed one aspect of our lives to be more sustainable. My lifestyle challenge was to go plastic-free. It was a rewarding and satisfying experience to take action by challenging the wasteful lifestyle habits that had become so ingrained and a normal part of everyday life.

After learning more about sustainability and identifying ways that I could incorporate sustainable behaviour into my daily life, I found myself using my reusable mug much more often and being thoughtful about purchases I made. I would use my mason jar at Bulk Barn to stock up on dry foods, use glass jars that I can return for a deposit, and take the paper alternative wherever possible (which I would compost after). It was really rewarding to take what I was learning in class and use it to make significant lifestyle changes. I would encourage any McMaster student that has an interest in sustainability from a health, economic, societal, or environmental perspective to enroll in a sustainability course!

Andres Nagy Ossa, SUSTAIN 2S03 2017