Breaking Down Sustainable Living
Of course, if asked, anyone would want to be environmentally friendly, and contribute to a more sustainable earth. No one is intentionally trashing our planet, or hoping to kill species of animals. So why isn't this more of a reality? What's holding us back? Sustainability and a green lifestyle is hampered by the lack of products and materials being offered on an attainable level for the average consumer. Therefore, even if the desire is there to contribute to bettering our environment, it just isn't a realistic option. And here's why...
The majority of ideas of going green or converting to sustainable materials come to us commoners as a lofty idea of saving our planet and ending global warming. But without a grounded, down-to-earth reality check, they will stay just that; really great concepts with no practical application on the ground level. In the spirit of being realistic, to put it into the plain language it looks like this:
In order for sustainability to truly function, this graph by demonstrates this perfectly. There are 3 pillars that need to be addressed properly: Social, Environment, and Economics. Now, see the points where all 3 intersect? Obviously being sustainable is the goal so it's smack in the middle of the three. The other intersections are the necessary objectives for the center (sustainability) to be achieved. Unfortunately, that's also where it falls down, and why it's not completely realistic for the average person to lead a more green lifestyle. Let's break this down:
Basically, there have to be options for our environment that have sustainability through renewable resources and processes. But they have to also be both economically affordable and within the realm of typical social constructs. For example, renewable energy for your house, such as solar, is an excellent option for you to contribute a more sustainable future. However, that option is much more expensive than traditional options, and for most, is just too much to be considered. Or, some products that are made from sustainable materials like bamboo are not within stylistic ideals, practicality, or comfort that consumers are going to buy and are still much more expensive as well. This is where the 3 pillars are not intersecting, and, therefore, not allowing a more green lifestyle and sustainability to be more accessible on a personal level.
So, there are certainly ways to live greener through recycling, responsible water use etc. But when it comes to more sustainable options, they might not be as easy to achieve. Hopefully, as time goes on and advances are made, these options are more readily accessible. For now, keep an eye out for products that do fit realistically into your life and budget.
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