What Is Sustainability?
Sustainability focuses on meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
(UN World Commission on Environment and Development)
The concept of sustainability is composed of three pillars: economic, environmental, and social—also known informally as profits, planet, and people.
This one is the most popular and familiar. It is about how people and businesses can be more sustainable to the environment and animals, and how they can protect future for the next generations. For example, focusing on reducing their carbon footprint, packaging waste, water usage and more things which can help support out planet.
It is about how we take care of society, and how our society is sustainable. The role of society is very important, because it is us, we are the society, the people who need support as well as environment. Practically, this means we should contemplate human rights, workers rights, justice, diversity and democracy.
Economic sustainability necessitates a different perspective to sustainability, the ability to generate wealth. For sustainable economy, we should reflect upon whether economy growth is achievable, and try to ensure a distribution of wealth.
Wasted food is a growing problem in our modern society. In 2017 alone, almost 41 million tons of food waste were generated, with only 6.3 percent diverted for composting from landfills and combustion for energy recovery. By cutting down on your food waste, we can not only help environment, but likely social issues such as food poverty.
Support local small business
Small businesses help the economy to grow in a sustainable way. By shopping in local stores we can further reduce our environmental impact by lowering our carbon footprint.
Buying plastic-free packaging can dramatically change the impact you're having on environmental sustainability both in the ocean and on the land.
Quality over price
Personally for me it is very important first to stop and think about the quality of the item I wanna buy, it might be linked to the values of the company I wanna buying from and the quality of the product. That's why by spending that little bit more, we could contribute to better workers rights and the use of ethical materials, in addition to supporting the economy.
Check Certificates and eco-labels
When buying product, it is important to check their certifications and eco-labels, such as Fair-trade, Vegan, cruelty free, FSC, MSC etc. These labels help the sustainability of society and the environment, by ensuring certified products are produced humanely or by only using sustainable materials.
All tree pillars are important, and there's more then one-way to be sustainable consumer.
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