The definition of sustainability is the quality of not being harmful to the environment, or depleting natural resources and consequently supporting long term ecological balance. As individuals, we can all make small changes to our routines and habits which would have a positive affect on the environment, the climate and other species.
These changes ensure that we reduce our individual footprint.
- Reducing your consumption of meat and unethical produced food e.g Pay attention to labels on food packets (Fair Trade logo)
- Using renewable energy alternatives
- switching to solar panels for your home
- Going paperless/ plastic free
- turn paper-bills, newsletters, marketing, offers, vouchers and general snail mail to electronic copies.
- Invest in a reusable bottle
- In order to avoid grocery shopping waste, buy your own reusable totes bags or jars and visit stores and farmer markets.
- Morrisons are offering 100% recycled bags for groceries and fruit. The supermarket claims it could save 150M bags from being used.
- Tesco has also ended its use of 5p bags, providing ‘bags-for-life’ with the money raised going towards financing environmental projects across the country.
- Recycling and reusing.
- despite 71.4% of UK packaging waste being recycled, the amount sent to landfill has increased by an extra 446,000 tonnes since 2013 — a 15% increase and an equivalent waste weight of 2,230 blue whales
- Grow your own produce
- Donate unused items; clothing and everyday objects is already a considerable improvement towards a more sustainable life.
- before you shop, try to identify items in your wardrobe that you can up-cycle
Ultimately, every single action we do has either a positive or negative affect on the planet we live on. Individually, each person should be conscious of this and make copious choices daily.