What does living sustainably actually mean?
The word “sustainable” pops up a lot. But for many of us, we’ve become so accustomed to hearing the term that somewhere along the lines it started to lose all meaning.
Some people say living ‘sustainably’ is about finding balance. For me however, I struggle to relate to this. What is balance? And are you saying that I’m emotionally disconnected somehow because I’m unsure of whether I’m living ‘sustainably’ enough… am I even doing right?
Here is one definition of ‘sustainability’ that sits well with me, or rather “sustainable development” as defined by the World Commission on Environment and Development;
“…forms of progress that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.”
And as benefits-of-recycling.com have broken it down – sustainability comes in 3 forms…
“Practically, sustainability refers to three broad themes, economic, social and environmental, that must all be coordinated and addressed to ensure the long term viability of our community and the planet.”
How then do we live sustainably?
There are numerous things that you can do to reduce your carbon footprint, but in keeping it basic, try these:
- Buy quality products that last,
- ‘Less is more’ – Cut the crap that you’ve bought thinking you’d find a use for it and recycle it now. Instead try living with fewer things of higher quality.
- Help out our farmers by buying local,
- Switch your electricity supply to HerdPower – 100% Renewable Energy.
Sustainable living should not have to cost you more…
We’re all aware that ‘greener’ products pitched to us as being better for us often cost more than their standard equivalents. The reality is, whilst many of us want to live more sustainably, some can afford it more than others. The question is, if by living sustainably we are making the world a better place, preserving the planet for our children, and theirs to come – then why should we have to pay a fortune to do something that’s better?…Something that’s for the great of good?
The answer; we think you shouldn’t have to. That’s why the Herd is rallying together people who share the same lines of thinking. Tell us what products you want changed – it can be as simple as offering an eco-friendly mobile phone plan to your current $49/month unlimited cap plan. We’ll do the leg work for you to ensure you get these better products at the same price, if not for less, as what you currently pay.
We shouldn’t feel trapped by price, but empowered by people power – join The Herd community to have your say.
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