Much has been written about the concerns leading scientists have about massive population growth, climate change and diminishing natural resources on planet Earth. But why should we become part of the solution?
Here are just five reasons to live more ‘sustainably’ in 2020.
Our planet deserves our care
The biggest reason of all, of course, is that we only have one planet!
We owe it to future generations to be considerate custodians; taking good care of its beauties and wonders, rather than stripping them to meet our own needs, without a second thought.
We need to manage natural resources better
The earth has a finite amount of natural resources. That’s not just in terms of much-discussed fossil fuels and the urgency of finding alternative forms of energy. There are even concerns that the amount of food we can produce isn’t keeping pace with growing demand.
Sustainability makes life better today too
Making things ‘stretch further’ can lead to improvements in the way we live now, not least in providing a more confident future and the peace of mind that we’re ‘playing our part’. Lessening our reliance on ‘things’ and long carbon-guzzling journeys can also help us to focus more on everyday experiences and joys.
Sustainability can be cost-effective
This is possibly one of the least discussed aspects of being more careful with our manufacturing processes – including energy efficiency – and also our buying habits as consumers.
Being more sustainable saves money!
It’s easier than you think
Following the eco-friendly ‘Rs’ – refuse, rethink, reduce, re-use, repair, recycle and repurpose – can be a series of simple steps to make us ‘greener’ (and manage household expenses better).
The perfect example is buying our durable, sustainable children’s pants with their innovative reinforced knees. This covers off ‘rethink’ your purchases, but also means you’re buying clothing that lasts much longer. This creates a ripple effect of environmental plus points.
What’s the opposite of careful, sustainable buying decisions? Joining the ‘throw-away age’ that uses and discards goods without a conscience, which also adds to landfill issues!