As sustainability consultants, we are exposed to a world of customers that are interested in energy efficient solutions and practices. Sustainability is sometimes a by-product of energy efficiency. When you think of sustainability, what comes to your mind? Climate change has been on many news outlets and fueled countless passionate discussions. One of its underlying issues, is the lack of integrating sustainability in our day-to-day lives.
What does it mean to you? Here is how the Webster dictionary defines the word sustainable:
of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged.
We can take an example. Imagine you own a car. The car manufacturer designed the car to be able to carry a maximum load of 200lbs. If you want to carry 400lbs, you can decide to make two trips (sustainable), hire another car to carry the other half of the load (sustainable) or decide to carry it all in your car. What would be the consequences should you decide to carry 400lbs at once in your car? It might not be readily visible but over time it might affect the structure of the car and make it unusable.
What causes a resource to be depleted by humans? It could be a variety of factors, such as lack of knowledge or greed. Obviously, sustainable practices may be applied in many spheres of life such as the environment, family, friendship, health, etc. This article will focus on one of these areas: the environment.
Why not start in your backyard!
What are some sustainable practices? One of them is reducing the amount of waste we produce each day. To start with, why not try composting? This will reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfills and create a by-product that enriches the soil.
Better yet, if you use that compost in a small garden, your plants will thank you by being more generous.
Another way to reduce waste is to limit the amount of packaging that you take away from a store. Why not bring a reusable bag? Sometimes I have a reusable bag but still use plastic bags for vegetables. It is a habit I am trying to break. If you are already in the habit of carrying reusable bags, great. What about using one at the bakery? Bringing your coffee cup for a refill? Prioritizing a store that sells in bulk?
Small steps will help you reach bigger milestones. The key is implementing small changes, one at a time. Stay tuned for more sustainability tips in our next article!
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- Desjardins – sustainability