I have been sharing a few tips on a "zero waste" and "sustainable" lifestyle but realized I've never touched upon the importance of sustainability.
That being said, let's talk about what it means to be "sustainable" and why we should care about it.
What Does It Mean to Have a "Sustainable" Lifestyle?
According to Dictionary.com, "sustainability" means "the quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance."
Simply put, I think it means to act in a way that will protect the environment from any further damages and make sure our future generations will have access to the resources they need.
This idea does not have any boarders or boundaries, it should be shared and valued cross the globe.
In 2015, the UN summit announced the Sustainable Development Goals and each participating county started to implement measures to improve the environment by 2030.
Why Should I Care About It?
Our plant has hundreds and thousands of problems, and we might not have the same privilege to live in a comfortable environment in the future.
If we all keep spending resources and harming the nature at the same rate, our problems including climate change, sea level rise, disruption of ecosystem, natural disaster, pollution, depletion of resources, deforestation will only get worse.
The current common lifestyle not only has negative impacts on the environment, but also creates social problems such as poverty, hunger, water shortage, inequality, plague, and more.
If you care about your future and the generations to come, we need to reevaluate our lifestyle and take a part in improving the environment.
"It's a planet-wide problem, I can't do anything to change that," you might say.
However, you are a part of the problem, and yes you can make a change.
For example, according to the 2019 research, Americans produced 773kg (approx. 1704 lb) worth of waste per year, which is the highest number in the world.
The U.S. population accounts for 4% of the global population, but the waste produced accounts for 14%...
If we, as individuals can cut back on the waste we create, that will eventually lead to reduced waste and alleviate the negative impacts on the environment.
How Do I Become More "Sustainable"?
There are so many things you can do on a daily-basis.
You can be mindful of the energy usage around the house and conserve whenever possible. Turning lights off, organizing the fridge, composting food waste, washing clothes with cold water are just a few ways you can limit the resources used.
I also posted a few articles in the past on tips to reduce plastic waste so go check them out as well :)
You can also choose the products that are produced "sustainably."
There is a wide range of sustainable products, and those include cruelty-free cosmetics, ethically sourced clothes, organic produce, and more.
These products also lead to environmental protection and improvements on human rights.
I will share more about how to determine if the product was created sustainably, but a few good indicators/labels are:
Animal Welfare Approved
Leaping Bunny Programme
I know it was a short guide to sustainability, but hope you were able to learn something new!
If you have any questions or wanna know more about the sustainable lifestyle, feel free to DM me on Instagram or leave a comment❤️
Let's make the world better, starting with things we can do right now.
Thank you for reading :)