What is sustainability day?
Sustainability day shines a spotlight on the biggest environmental issues we are all facing and what we can all do to fix this together.
Of course we should all be more eco-conscious every day but sustainability day highlights the importance of ‘change’ to those who may need more of a push to change their habits for the sake of the environment's future.
So what is sustainable living?
Sustainable living is about reducing the amount of earth’s resources that you use. We, as humans, are currently using energy, producing resources and creating waste at a rate that isn’t sustainable for the earth’s future. These factors cause pollution and climate change which is harming the environment, wildlife and humans. So why are we still risking all these important things? Chris Madden's illustration of a man eating the world is very fitting here.
What are the best ways to live more sustainably and reduce your carbon footprint?
There is a wide array of things you can do to be more sustainable and take responsibility for caring about the planet we live on.
- Lowering the amount of energy you use. There are small steps that will make a big difference, such as turning off lights, switching off appliances that are in standby and not being used, and turning the heating off (use a nice warm blanket).
- Use renewable energy where possible. If you have the power to change your home’s energy source, opt for solar panels or change your fuel powered car to an electric powered one.
- Go vegan (or at least eat less meat). The production of meat is one of the world's biggest contributors to climate change and the pollution to land and water.
- Don’t waste food. If your food has gone off don’t just throw it away, use it as compost. If you’ve got left-over food from a meal, eat it the next day or freeze it.
- Grow your own produce. If you have access to a garden or an allotment growing your own fruit and vegetables is a great way of avoiding the use of fossil fuels from transporting food to supermarkets.
- Switch to eco-friendly products. This is a big one, don’t buy single use plastics. Eco-friendly products, such as Georganics, Dame, Bazoo - check out out blog post on sustainable bathroom swaps - save you money in the long run as you don’t have to keep replacing them. Saving your wallet and the environment.
- Don't buy into fast fashion. Opt for eco-friendly fashion brands, such as Lucy&Yak, who use organic materials and dyes as to not harm the environment. If you no longer wear an item of clothing, don't throw it out, donate it.
Remember: Reduce, reuse, recycle!
Recycling is a big one for us, as we at Georganics are based in Brighton (a lovely seaside city) but recently there has been a bin strike and the city’s rubbish has been piled high. The scenes were so haunting, seeing how much waste people produce and how little people recycle or use reusable products or use zero-waste stores. Hopefully the scenes of the streets piling high with rubbish over the last few weeks will be a wake up call that once your rubbish is out of your home, it shouldn’t just be out of sight, out of mind.