To live a sustainable lifestyle means that you consider environmental aspects, economic stability, and social factors such as ethics when making decisions. In 1987, Sustainable development was defined as – “Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Whether you decide to participate in meatless Monday, support your small local business or choose only to drink ethically sources coffee, every change makes a difference. By living a sustainable lifestyle, you are conscious of the long-term goal for our planet.
The three pillars of sustainability
Sustainability is broken into three pillars: environmental, economic, and social. The environmental pillar tends to be the one that gets the most attention, with the misconception that Sustainability = Environment. Each pillar holds equal importance; however, from personal experience, environmental changes tend to be the easiest way to move towards a sustainable lifestyle. Focusing on reducing your carbon footprint is vital when looking at the environment. By making small, simple changes, you can have a positive impact on the global ecosystem.
The economic pillar is all about business growth and development. It emphasizes profitability and employment. By supporting local small businesses, you can help them grow, which in turn enables them to develop their business and offer more employment opportunities locally. The economic pillar helps ensure that small communities don’t get left behind and are allowed to progress and advance.
The social pillar is also known as the “People Pillar” and related to wellbeing and ethics. In 2015, the General Assembly adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Within these goals, the focus is placed on people. No hunger, no poverty, equal opportunities, and gender equality to name but a few. Before making a purchase, you can conduct some online research which will help you determine if the brand is one you wish to support. Do they ensure that their supply chain is free from child and slave labour? Are they paying a fair wage? Do they offer equal opportunity with a business model built on diversity? These are questions you can ask yourself. If you cannot find the answers you are looking for online, then you can reach out to the organisation. If they are slow to respond or give vague answers which are unsupported, then you may decide to reconsider your purchase.
30 ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle
To help you move towards a sustainable lifestyle, here is a list of 30 simple changes you can make to get started.
1. Purchase in a travel mug for your coffee
2.Carry reusable cutlery with you
3.Ditch the plastic water bottles and invest in a reusable bottle
4. Get to know your waste bins and understand what should and shouldn’t go into each
5. Remember to bring your Bag for Life with you when going to the shops
6.Switch to solid bar shampoos with reusable packaging
7. Use a menstruation cup
8. Start using compostable bamboo toothbrushes
9. Make the move to natural ingredient cosmetics
10. Cut back on baths and shower instead
11. Use environmentally friendly cleaning detergents
12. Use rechargeable batteries
13. Move household bills to online
14. Use energy-efficient lightbulbs
15. Do Meatless Monday
16. Apply the 20minute rule, walk where you can if it takes less than 20 minutes
17. Learn eco-driving techniques
18. Take public transport.
19. Use E-tickets when flying
20. Carbon offset our flights
21. Stop purchasing products containing palm oil
22. Use vegan makeup brushes
23. Shop local and support small business
24. Take a staycation in Ireland
25. Choose to eat Bord Bia approved produce
26. Buy your vegetables from your local farmers market
27. Volunteer your services to help a new business get set up
28. Drink sustainable coffee
29. Embrace slow fashion
30. Commit to supporting local charities
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At The Sustainability Strategy, our ethos is that every individual has the opportunity to make changes to their lifestyle that can help ensure a sustainable future for the next generation to come. Every change, no matter how small it is will be for the greater good and benefit our plant. This blog aims to build a community that feels free to openly discuss their environmental views. If you enjoyed the content and would like to get involved in the Sustainable growth conversation, I would love to hear from you. I would love to hear from you. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Instagram.
Keep it Green,