Sustainability simply refers to the ability to meet our needs without compromising the ability of future generations to be able to fulfil their needs. The sustainability movement has become much more popular in recent years due to a number of factors such as climate change, fossil fuel shortages and other factors which have raised concern for the environment. Sustainability has three pillars: environment, economy and society, also referred to as people, profit and planet; each of these pillars must be considered to create long-lasting, effective sustainable solutions.
Trying to live a more environmentally-friendly, sustainable lifestyle doesn’t require a complete overhaul, making small changes regularly makes it much easier. There is now a wide variety of more sustainable alternatives for almost any product you can think of, and sustainable brands have emerged which prioritise both the planet and consumers’ pockets.
Consumers becoming more sustainable and environmentally-conscious has forced companies to make changes. This has seen trends emerge in terms of businesses adopting more environmentally-friendly practices, such as linking executive pay to sustainability (ESG), responding to climate change through carbon-neutrality and developing more sustainable supply chains.
What changes have you made to live more sustainably? What have been your best sustainable swaps?
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Sources: McGill, The Sustainability Institute, United Nations, You Matter