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Sustainability Partners

sustainability of Earth Sustainability, by definition, is the ability to avoid depleting the natural resources so that ecological balance is “sustained”. People are choosing to reach a level of sustainability through using a variety of means. They strive to learn how to live life in a greener way and it is something that we could all benefit from doing more of.

Why Sustainability Matters

SustainabilityWe live in a world that provides everything we need for our survival. Earth provides warmth, water, trees, oxygen, foods, and much more. However, each year, our needs increase and the earth is, at times, unable to keep up with the growing demands that we place on it. Some things that are renewable, such as the sun’s power can be captured and thus lessen the impact of power plants. This can allow the other resources to rebuild and ensures that it will be available to our future generations. Without attempting to create a better balance of what we use and what we salvage, our future generations may not have access to the natural things that Earth should be able to provide with ease. This makes it harder for us all to survive.

Reaching Sustainability

helping-earth-thrive-through-sustainability.jpgThere are a lot of things that each and every family can do to help the sustainability movement. You can purchase an environmentally friendly vehicle, use solar power, and much more. It goes beyond the big things, though. You can use greener lawn care products, live by the 3 R’s, (reduce, reuse, recycle), use products for cleaning that are earth friendly, and more. Most all manufactures today attempt to make products that cause less damage to the environment. They are all trying to reduce our carbon footprint and it only takes a little effort for you to find the products that work, without causing damage.

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

Everyone knows that it isn’t always easy to upgrade to new things as a way to protect the environment. It is not necessarily affordable for every homeowner to upgrade to solar power and it may not be practical to purchase an electric car, just because it seems like the right thing to do. This does not mean that you cannot help in other ways to lessen our impact on the earth. For instance, you can shop at yard sales and thrift stores to buy furniture that you can recreate and turn it into something usable rather than purchase new items. If you have things you no longer want, you can give it or sell it to someone else so that they can repurpose it. Instead of buying all of your food from the grocery store, why not consider buying locally grown vegetables? This will cut down on the food transportation industries and chemical usage, and more.

All it takes is for you to think about the things you are using on a daily basis and you can start to improve the environment by cutting out the wasteful things that you use each day. You can stop filling up the landfills, promote local businesses, and do a variety of other small things that will help our world be sustainable for all future generations. It is a part of what the Natural Step Framework is all about. It is a program that was adopted by La Crosse,  Wisconsin in 2007 and it has since become a master plan that works for their local government.