5 essential tips for a sustainable future
The covid-19 pandemic that hit the globe in 2020 beginning has changed our lives in an unprecedented manner. Experts suggest a remarkable shift in people's attitude towards sustainability, and Gen Z is at its epicenter. Covid caught us by surprise, and its waves swept people across the globe.
The move towards sustainable living has pushed businesses towards sustainability — offering services encompassing the fundamental value.
Recent studies highlight Gen Z shoppers' demand for sustainable retail and purchase decisions based on values and principles - personal, social, and environmental.
Let's take a look at the fundamentals of sustainability.
What is Sustainability?
The Brundtland Commission's report of 1987 by the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED) first introduced the concept of sustainability as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
UCLA Sustainability Committee defines sustainability as: "the integration of environmental health, social equity, and economic vitality to create thriving, healthy, diverse and resilient communities for this generation and generations to come. The sustainability practice recognizes how these issues are interconnected and require a systems approach and an acknowledgment of complexity."
Sustainability, in a nutshell, is a balance between the environment, equity, and the economy. As a result, sustainable practices promote ecological, human, and economic well-being. It is based on an integrated approach that “that takes into consideration environmental concerns along with economic development.”
Why is sustanability important?
Sustainability enhances our quality of life while also safeguarding our ecosystem and natural resources for future generations. Sustainability is linked to a company's holistic approach, which considers everything from manufacturing to logistics to customer service in the business world. Going green and sustainable is not only good for business; it also enhances the long-term benefits of an environmental focus.
But what can we do as individuals – part of a more extensive community?
Five quick and easy changes that you can incorporate easily in your daily life:
1. Community garden:
How about you join a community garden or start one if your neighborhood doesn't have one. Participating in a community garden is a great deed. It creates green space in your vicinity and paves the way for a sustainable habit of growing your own vegetables organically. Green spaces can uplift your mood and offset carbon emissions. Plus, it creates a platform for community members to bond and work on something together.
2. Minimalistic life:
Minimalism doesn't mean giving up. It means owning products with maximum use. In simple terms, let's not be a hoarder! A minimalist lifestyle highlights having fewer possessions. Based on the philosophy of incorporating things that we most value in life while giving up on the one that poses distractions. It involves a lot of recycling and being pro to sustainable products - sometimes supporting brands that promote sustainability. It disrupts the idea that happiness means the accumulation of things and sticks to the concept of keeping the essentials. Minimalist lifestyle encompasses the fundamental idea of living with commodities that one really needs.
3. Fossil Fuel:
Most of the energy today is produced from fossil fuels. For example: in the United States, fossil fuel is the primary source of energy. The scientific community has raised alarm regarding this since long because burning fossil fuels lead to tremendous amount of pollution. But as an individual how can you contribute? Plan out your day in an efficient way. Plan your errands efficiently. Explore fun options such as cycling and carpooling with friends. They can become indulging hobbies.
4. Product Selection:
Purchase products that align with the concept of clean and natural living. Browse for products with these labels: toxin-free/nontoxic, vegan, plant-based, cruelty-free, etc.
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5. Reusable Containers:
Invest in reusable containers that will sustain your eco-friendly habits to avoid plastic boxes. Universities and schools often campaign using lunchboxes to pack food, cute tumblers to carry your coffee or tea.
When ordering takeout from your favorite foodplace, you can select aesthetically pleasing reusable food containers — from collapsible silicone bowls to stackable stainless steel bento boxes.
In short, don’t go extra on anything whether it’s a house, car, or clothes. You can apply the concept of sustainability in everything. And your everyday lived experiences will become examples of sustainable living.
Kickstart your sustainable living path with our five easy tips. Explore our range of products that can accompany you in your journey of sustainable living.
Author: Somrita Ganchoudhuri