defining sustainability for yourself

Sustainability can be one of those topics that you either love hearing about, or hate hearing about. But with all the green washing companies do to seem sustainable or reverse the unsustainable ways in the eyes of consumers, how do we really define sustainability? And what does it mean to you?




The true definition of sustainability is to be maintained at a certain rate or level. Essentially sustainability is about maintaining a stable environment. But what about when it comes to environmental sustainability and the impact our choices have on our current environment as well as the future?


There are many ways that sustainability factors into our everyday lives. I think about when I'm starting my day at 6.30am. I wake up, have a shower [hello water consumNption], brush my teeth [more water consumption], and wash my face [you guessed it, water consumption]. And that's all within 10 minutes of me getting out of bed. Let alone everything else that I interact with throughout the day or the resources I use. So it may seem helpless to try and change any of my habits when all of them are so integrally entwined with using resources. But I like to think that there are habits and behavioural changes that do make a difference.


For example I always bring a reusable water bottle. I also have a reusable coffee cup. And most days I pack my own lunch so I eliminate excess take out wa