What is Sustainability?
Before you become more sustainable, you need to know what 'sustainability' means. Sustainability is the idea that people's actions have consequences. Watch this quick video to find out more.
Learn about the ways that sustainability is defined
How can we be more sustainable?
So now you know more about what sustainability is, your next question is probably 'how do I become more sustainable?'. Starting small makes a difference. Below are some simple ways you can incorporate sustainability into your daily life and in the classroom.
You could also try the 30 Day Sustainability Challenge and ask others to do the same.
Make the planet great again
Making better choices about what we buy and trying to reduce waste can have a huge impact. Less waste produces less energy. Reduced landfill means fewer greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to the climate crisis.
Some ways you can reduce your contribution include:
- Turning off lights/appliances that aren't in use
- Going paperless
- Using public transport, biking or carpooling to work
- Buying items with less packaging
Reusing conserves resources and reduces waste. It causes less pollution than recycling or making new products from raw materials. It also makes useful and important items available to those in need or who can't afford to buy them.
Some ways you can reuse include:
- Using reusable tools such as water bottles, cutlery or straws
- Buying and giving to second hand shops
- Making old items into new
A range of materials can be recycled today. Many recycled products are now on the market. Making products from recycled materials uses less energy than if raw materials are used.
Some helpful tips to help you recycle include:
- Composting your food
- Compressing waste such as bottles/cans will allow more room for recycling
- Keeping your recyclable items clean stops contamination