Why You Should Incorporate Sustainable Values Into Your Daily Life
Now more than ever, there’s a focus on being eco-friendly. Everywhere we look, companies like Nike and Apple are releasing buzzword-filled promises of using “clean energy” and valuing the environment. As climate change, pollution, and plastic waste are becoming more urgent, it makes sense that these gigantic corporations with an influence around the globe would want to operate more sustainably. With that said, why is it important for us as individuals to incorporate sustainability into our daily lives?
It protects the environment
Chances are, you don’t need to be shown statistics to know that this is one of the hottest summers on record, you can feel it in the air. As temperatures continue to rise, we are really beginning to see (and feel) the effect that our consumer behaviour is having on the world around us.
A report by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) found that the average person in the UK throws away about 400kg of waste each year. That includes food waste, single-use plastics, and packaging from your latest Amazon order. This waste almost always ends up in landfills, where it releases toxins and greenhouse gases into the environment around it and never breaks down.
Those gases can really speed up climate change and the dangerous side effects that come with it, like the floods seen across the globe these past few weeks.
Our choices today affect future generations.
Sustainability also includes the idea of meeting our present needs without negatively affecting the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It only makes sense to want to leave the Earth better than we found it, for our children, grandchildren, and beyond. Adopting sustainable values now makes it possible for people in the future to live in a clean, comfortable world where they don’t need to struggle to find resources or support themselves
So, how can you do your part to help?
One solution is to shop more sustainably, whether it be for your beauty regime, pantry, or wardrobe. In skincare, that simply means choosing products that will meet your skin needs, without harshly impacting the environment or safety of humans. For example, all Gaia&Vie packaging is either recyclable or biodegradable and is sourced from UK suppliers, making your skincare better for the planet (and your skin).
In terms of clothing, the rise of platforms like Depop or Poshmark has made it easy to buy fashionable clothes and accessories secondhand, without using any more resources.
But the easiest way to start living a more sustainable life is to start small. While some avoid “going green” because they fear the cost is too much, many sustainable options end up saving money in the long-run. Maybe that’s by turning lights off when you exit a room or turning off the water while brushing your teeth. Doing this can help you shift slowly into a more conscious lifestyle, without getting overwhelmed. Remember, any action is better than inaction.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sophie Szymula is an undergraduate marketing student at the University of Florida. With a love for learning and creating, she is focused on making engaging content. In her free time, she loves photography, working out, and reading. If you'd like to see more, you can find her on: