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7 Reasons Why Sustainable Living is Important

I talk a lot about how to live a more sustainable life and what you can do to reduce your waste and ultimately live more sustainably – but why is it important? Sustainable living is not just about the turtles or the tonnes and tonnes of plastic we are throwing into the oceans or the kilometers of landfill all over the world. It is about so much more than that. Each one of us have our own reasons for making the change to a more sustainable lifestyle but if you are still wondering why it is important these are 7 reasons why sustainable living is important to me (and why they should be important to you too).

Before we diving into the reasons why sustainable living is important, let’s take a look at the 3 important pillars of sustainability.

  1. Social : This is built on the idea that everyone, everywhere has the same access to resources without having to compromise on their quality of life.
  2. Economic: This pillar relies on larger corporate companies making ethical and sustainable decisions about how they manufacture and distribute their products.
  3. Environment: This is what we are doing to protect our natural resources and everything that is associated with that!

See, it is already about more than just the plastic straw or growing your own veggies.

7 Reasons Why Sustainable Living is Important

  1. Our natural resources are protected and conserved. When we use less, we need less which means less is produced which in turn conserves those resources that are non-renewable, like fossil fuels and other energy sources.
  2. Air quality is improved. If we have less factories polluting the air and less cars driving around, the quality of air will improve dramatically which in turn will see an improvement in the overall health and well-being of people.
  3. When you eat better, you are healthier. When you start paying attention to what foods you are putting into your body and reduce the amount of processed foods in your diet, you will start to see a difference in your health. Eating a more sustainable diet, not necessarily a vegan diet, is kinder to both the environment and your body.
  4. Waste is reduced. Have you ever been to a landfill? I haven’t, I have driven past one and each time I drive past it, it grows exponentially. This means that the waste we are producing is taking up more and more land that was inhabited by animals (or even people). The less waste we all produce, the less space is taken up by landfills and the more space we have for other, more productive and positive things.
  5. Human behaviour needs to work with (not against) the natural ecosystem. Large corporates put the needs of the consumer and the desire for profits at the forefront of what they do – nearly always at the expense of the ecosystem around it. Factories and shopping malls are built with little regard for the natural ecosystem that lived their first. Sustainable living means that business and nature find a way to work successfully together.
  6. We need natural resources. We need Mother Nature. We need food to eat and water to drink. If we ruin the land and use all the water – what will happen? Protecting our environment is not just a hippie movement – it is essential for our survival.
  7. Sustainability is about growth in harmony with the environment. Creating sustainable economies is about creating a safe and healthy world for future generations and ensures positive growth.

Is living a more sustainable life something that is on your radar? What changes are you making?

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  1. Amber
    8 September, 2021 / 6:31 am

    This article speaks to me deeply. I have been focused on consuming less and educating my own children on the importance of the environment.

  2. 8 September, 2021 / 7:55 am

    Yes to this! Couldn’t agree more. We should all be thinking about this and in our family we are constantly making tweaks towards this.

  3. 8 September, 2021 / 10:36 am

    I absolutely agree with every point. I realized, on my own skin, that it is good for me as well as for everything around me. It is a vicious circle of good.

  4. 8 September, 2021 / 1:35 pm

    We’ve been working on reducing our waste a lot in my house recently. We are down to one trash bag per week at the most. I hate to think of how full the landfills are and where it will go next.
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    8 September, 2021 / 2:29 pm

    So many are trying to live a more sustainable life. It’s great to see posts like these that help promote this.

  6. Catherine
    8 September, 2021 / 7:27 pm

    Great article! Sustainable living is so important and it also saves money! Thanks for sharing.

  7. 8 September, 2021 / 10:55 pm

    We have practiced sustainable living for as long as I can remember. These are all great points.

  8. 9 September, 2021 / 8:51 am

    We try to live sustainably – which also often saves us money in the long run – but it’s hard to think that one person can make a big difference in the world and that’s what I struggle with.

  9. Rosey
    9 September, 2021 / 12:28 pm

    I agree. Taking care of our natural resources is a duty and a privilege. Too many people overlook it as being their responsibility at all.

  10. 9 September, 2021 / 10:48 pm

    Sustainable living is so important and I try to practice as much of it as I can with my family by cooking from scratch, using clean products and teaching my children to value the environment through recycling and reusing items

  11. Rosey
    20 September, 2021 / 5:05 am

    We do collectively and invidually create so much waste. If everyone did their part it would make such a huge different, with just minimal effort.

  12. 21 September, 2021 / 8:13 am

    I couldn’t agree more. I think we all have a duty to care for our planet.

  13. Monica Y
    21 September, 2021 / 3:14 pm

    Reducing waste has been a challenging on our home, but we keep trying to help the environment somehow

  14. Lily
    22 September, 2021 / 9:07 am

    These are great reasons to live more substainable! I am being more mindful everyday!

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