Written by Brooke Bettis 

 

Let’s talk about Sustainability. Now within the last decade, this word has been the buzz around town. There are a lot of broad definitions but the most digestible is; Sustainability is the ability to meet all of the needs of our current generation while also maintaining/preserving the earth and resources enough for future generations to meet all of their needs. This sounds like a big thing and while it is, it just takes a little extra time to achieve.

 

A lot of people look at sustainability as something out of reach for everyday life, when in actuality there is so much you can do to be the change and make sustainable life choices without having to live completely off-grid (That is a great way to live sustainable though)

 

The major three principles of sustainability are Social Justice, referring to more person-to-person equality and sharing. Then there is Environmental Protection, this is the most notable of the three and it refers to environmental awareness and preservation. Lastly, we come to Economic Development, which is based on the business side of society and how you can help the economy for future generations.

 

You can take these principles into account and achieve sustainability in a multitude of ways.  From only using a water bottle to planting 100 trees you can help us and the future us while also maintaining this beautiful planet we exist on. So let’s discuss 5 quick ways you can start being eco-friendly and sustainable in everyday life!

 

  • Carbon Footprint

Rather than a tip, this is just a reminder. You have a carbon footprint! A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases (including carbon dioxide and methane) that are generated by our actions. Long story short every action affects it. We can all try to make our carbon footprint smaller to help the earth.

 

  • The Electricity

Start unplugging and turning off your devices and appliances. This can take your energy bill down over time and lighten your carbon footprint.

 

  • Buy Organic Food Products

Farmer’s markets, organic stores, or even your backyard are all places where you can get fresh and cut the cost and amount of waste that goes into purchasing chemically processed foods. You can also use your leftovers and create compost for your garden!

 

  • The obvious one Use Less Plastic:

This is something everyone knows but it’s still one of the leading issues that threaten the health of our planet and marine life. This can mean that you stop by plastic bottled goods and just use reusable (preferably glass) bottles/containers. Using fewer plastic-wrapped products is a good place to start as well. The plastic we use only ends up in landfills or our oceans so cutting back the sheer amount of plastic you use every day can make a big impact over time!

 

  • Eco-Friendly products

Start to look out for everyday products from cleaning spray toothpaste and start to incorporate them into your everyday life.

 

Remember this is a big concern in our lives so we have to try and do everything we can as individuals to be able to work with one another to make sure our Earth and our society are suitable for our children and their children going forward. One little change can start a chain reaction!

 

Sources:

  1. https://resource.temarry.com/blog/examples-of-sustainable-development-in-the-us
  2. https://youmatter.world/en/definition/definitions-sustainability-definition-examples-principles/

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