Being mindful of how we treat and look after our planet is something that most of us are taught from a young age: make sure you separate your recycling, don’t run the shower for too long, don’t litter as it will upset wildlife and the list goes on.
Having clean air, natural resources and a non-toxic environment are pertinent to a healthy community. When thinking of sustainability three things spring to mind:
- Environmental Protection: Our interactions are only sustainable if they don’t end up destroying the environment and the further natural resources we require to function. This form of protection requires us looking in detail at how we use our resources and ensuring that we minimise the negative effects and behaviour that positively impacts the environment is maximised.
- Social Development: Our well-being and the longevity of society is apart of the mix of what sustainability stands for. Ensuring that people have access to basic resources, that their health is being protected and that they enjoy a good quality life within a sustainable environment is critical, even more so as time goes on. People only tend to express interest in topics which they are educated about and understand, therefore carrying on the discussion past school education is essential.
- Economic Development: Sustainability without economic development simply cannot succeed. In order to encourage individuals, communities and businesses to invest in more sustainable resources there must be an incentive; of which further extends the long-term advantages that sustainability brings.
All of the above can be a huge minefield and increasingly overwhelming, especially when technical terms come into play. In more human terms, by being sustainable you are ensuring a better and cleaner life for future generations. This could potentially increase research into further ways we can use nature’s materials to live; much like todays current trend of bamboo household items. Bamboo creates more oxygen, is stronger than traditional Oak wood, requires less water to grow and there are no harsh chemicals needed. But still, how can you make small changes in order to lead a more sustainable lifestyle?
Here are 5 ways to become more sustainable…
- Don’t cut your grass so often; the bees and other pollenating insects love it!
- Avoid plastic packaging where possible. Even those easy to use plastic food bags. They’re not needed!
- Switch them out for re-usable pouches or boxes, plus this can save you a lot of money in the long run.
- Meat and dairy productions are responsible for 14.5% of climate change gases. By cutting down on the amount of meat and dairy products you consume is not only beneficial to the environment but also better for your digestive system.
- Ordering organic veg boxes helps to keep pollinators safe from harsh chemicals. It will also help you cut down on plastic waste in your home. Alternatively shopping at your local greengrocers will cut down your household plastic usage and help your community and smaller businesses.
- Switch your light bulbs to LED! Not only are they brighter and last a lot longer than traditional light bulbs but they also typically use 75% less energy.
There are so many more ways to lead a more sustainable lifestyle so if one of these options does not work for you, then there are tons of other things to consider. A greener life is a happier one.