One of the great gains a simpler lifestyle brings, in my opinion, is increasing your sense of social responsibility.
When we buy less, we often buy items of greater quality when we do buy. We realize that the initial cost may be more than that of more common, readily available, cheaply mass produced items.
Once we get past that, we find they are also more likely to be (1) of better quality, (2) ethically sourced and manufactured, (3) more durable and lasting than less expensive ones and maybe, hopefully, are made and sold in ways that (5) make our world a better place. Using business models like these companies is a good start. They not only help by providing better working conditions and, of course, the livelihood that goes along with it but while promoting their wares, they can even raise the quality of life for people.
Another practice to consider is being more conscious when you accumulate new things. Bring your own reusable bag(s) and give feedback to companies that overdo their packaging. They want you as a consumer and more often than not, will appreciate your input.
Be more aware in many areas of your life. I work for a law firm a few days per week, notorious for eating trees (using paper), and manage to keep things digital whenever possible, we use paper on both sides, recycle much of what we do generate, and use reusable mailers for document delivery/return.
If you’re reading this post, I may be preaching to the choir (Amen, Awomen) because you’ve got your reusable bag(s), water bottle, coffee cup and perhaps cutlery! I love you, Man/WoMan. People are taking notice as you move and groove through life and adopting these habits is infectious. You wise soul, you.
Sometimes less is more and sometimes more is more.
For me, personally, I get more time because I don’t have to replace items very often;
I have more money because I rarely buy on impulse;
I have more resources to give to causes I care about;
I have more worthwhile experiences because doing more things trumps constantly shopping; and
Lastly, I have more contentment because I live as I choose and choose as I live.
Applying Mindfulness is always a good practice and remember, it’s all practice; remember to stay malleable.