“The most sustainable way is to not make things. The second most sustainable way is to make something very useful, to solve a problem that hasn’t been solved” a quote by Thomas Sigsgaard gives us a glance into the very concept of sustainable living.
Like every other habit, the idea of sustainability needs us to start living a sustainable life, where we need to be accountable for our acts and take care of where we lack.
The first and foremost change we need to make in our lifestyle is to adopt the habits in our everyday living styles in our homes.
The three core principles of sustainable development are Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. By following this principle, we can see that a significant step toward change is to reduce the consumption of available resources while making the best use of all the current resources.
Followed by reducing consumption is the step toward reusing the available items. Instead of hoarding things to use later, we should develop habits of reusing items that can be used. Items like clothes, bags, pots, etc., can be used multiple times till their lifetime is over. They can even be passed down to others who can make better use of the things instead of buying new things, reducing consumption in an overall scenario and reducing the carbon Footprint.
Finally, recycling is the path to a sustainable future. With a focus on sustainable development, we should start focusing on recycling items for further use. We should also support recycling by buying recycled products and help develop an overall recycling-friendly livelihood. Since more and more companies are joining the race to create more and more products out of recycled items, we should also start supporting the things built on recycled products.
Adopting digital media instead of print media will reduce paper waste and produce the same results as the latter. Transforming the workspace into a digital one will also help reduce the overall output. Using more efficient electrical appliances can be an excellent way to support this endeavor.
We could also focus on concepts like carpooling or sharing transportation means to reduce the overall emissions. Using public transport to travel is a much more eco-friendly way to reduce emissions per person. This also helps us use public traveling facilities to their fullest capacity while reducing overall emissions.
Another option is to opt for EVs instead of fossil-fuel-based vehicles when buying a new car, as it will lead to lesser emissions and is a much more efficient system.
Going vegan can be a significant step towards a sustainable future. A vegan lifestyle will help us be better in touch with nature and reduce our carbon footprint while developing a healthier lifestyle. Using disposable items is a big no when following a sustainable lifestyle. Instead, form a habit of using metal straws and other cutlery for everyday use.
To have a better future for ourselves and future generations, we need to develop a sustainable lifestyle and instill this behavior into future generations so that the rapid decline of nature and its resources can be stopped and today’s mistakes don’t turn into misfortunes of tomorrow.
Article Credits: Shalbin Benny