Everyone loves a good origin story.
Every single item we consume has a history of how it was created from resources the planet provided. Some items use far more resources than others, create more pollution during or after production and may take varying amounts of time to break back down, if ever, into something that will feed back into the planet in some way. This use of resources is resulting in huge changes to the planet’s land surface, the oceans and our atmosphere. There’s no denying that we are pushing it and that climate change is occurring but with enough effort on the part of humankind we can still make changes that will reduce and mitigate the future disasters that are bound to come. But we need to act now (30 years ago, really but hey..).
There’s a lot of (mis)Information out there.
People want to learn how to make simple changes in their lives to reduce potential contaminants in the home and garden, and reduce their carbon footprint. Reducing plastic use is simple to do with a few changes. Making better choices around food buying can help a local community have access to farmer’s markets and community gardens.
Ethical considerations are also a factor when choosing sustainable goods. Cheap clothes are often made in appalling and dangerous conditions in less developed countries, where the workers are paid minimal wages for long hours in unsafe buildings. Mining for precious and rare elements for electronic gadgets causes a great deal of suffering. Through education we can influence our friends and family to make more ethical and environmental choices.
Together we can investigate ways to help set you on a road to a more sustainable life without getting distracted by paranoia and pseudo science.