Sustainability and sustainable living are currently major issues for concern as it is becoming abundantly clear how much our actions affect our environment and climate. Sustainable living is the process where we assess the impact of our actions on society and the environment and ensure that any natural resources used as a result are replaced.
We can choose whether to replace these resources or avoid using them at all. We can find alternative practices and products that are sustainable and can even make the decision not to support companies or individuals that do not endorse sustainability. Sustainable living can be achieved by changing and adapting our attitude towards the environment and taking an active part in its renewal.
Sustainable living is the practice of reducing your demand on natural resources by making sure that you replace what you use to the best of your ability. Sometimes that can mean not buying something that is made using unsustainable processed or materials. This can involve changing how you do things so that you can start becoming more environmentally responsible.
There is no longer any doubt that climate change, global warming and environmental decay are real and their impact on human and animal lives is potentially disastrous. By maintaining a sensible attitude towards sustainable living we can actively reduce our carbon footprint or environmental impact, possible in many cases by making simple lifestyle choices. Day to day activities like using public transport more often, reducing energy consumption and managing waste intelligently will all seriously contribute towards reducing your environmental impact, making this planet habitable for future generations while safeguarding our precious environment.
Choosing to use products that are sourced and manufactured sustainably is a key component of sustainable living. Ensuring that the raw materials are sustainable involves verifying if they are renewable and ascertaining that they can be replenished by planting or recycling. Bamboo is a good example of a renewable resource that is not cultivated using invasive practices that may damage the environment or the society relying upon it.
The easiest to way to avoid using non-renewables is to consume less. By reducing the need to buy new products there is less strain on our valuable resources and consequently less waste. Reusing items, or upcycling them for another use is a clever alternative to dumping and prolongs the inevitable need to recycle.
Always recycle old glass bottles, plastic containers and metal cans at your local authority facility, breaking the demand to unearth new raw materials for manufacturing. Scrap yards are often overlooked but they will take all used metals, will often collect and will pay you for the valuable resources you are providing.
Sustainable living can be achieved with a little thought and an active interest in the way we do things. Opting for wood over plastic, refusing unnecessary packing and walking to work are all minor changes but when applied locally they will significantly contribute towards the global campaign to make society more sustainable.