What is sustainability?
We hear the words ‘sustainable’ and ‘sustainability’ almost every day. But what does it mean exactly? Is it about people and culture, our environment, or jobs and money? Is it about cities or the country? Is it about you and me or is it something for other people to worry about?
Sustainability is about all of these things and more. Sustainability could be defined as an ability or capacity of something to be maintained or to sustain itself. It’s about taking what we need to live now, without jeopardising the potential for people in the future to meet their needs. If an activity is said to be sustainable, it should be able to continue forever.
20 EASY sustainable tips
- Say no to junk mail.
- Receive and pay bills electronically.
- Turn off electronics when not in use.
- Use less disposable items.
- Collect and save water.
- Take shorter showers, with a bucket at your feet.
- Upgrade to energy efficient lighting.
- Re-wear your clothes, buy from the Op shop.
- Recycle whenever you can, inside and outside of the house.
- Walk or bike wherever possible, enjoy family bike rides together.
- Say NO to plastic bags & take your own reusable bags.
- Stop buying bottled water – use a refillable bottle.
- Buy cheese that doesn’t have slices individually wrapped.
- Decide what you want before opening the fridge.
- Batteryback™ is a free Vic. Govt. service that recycles old & used household batteries
- Hang clothes on the line instead of using the dryer.
- Recycled art materials help teach children, environmental sustainability.
- Use a worm farm or composting bin to reduce food waste.
- Talk with the children about electricity and encourage them to turn off lights.
- Empty the children’s unused drinking bottles onto the garden.