What is sustainability?
The word sustainability is on everyone's lips these years. But what does sustainability really mean, and how do you act most sustainably when there are so many different aspects of sustainability to take into account? We hope to be able to make you a little smarter about that here.
What does sustainability mean?
In more formal terms, sustainability is about balancing the resources that are consumed and the resources that are conserved or recovered. In relation to environmental sustainability, we must therefore take good care of the Earth's resources, so that the Earth can also be a good place for us to live in the future. It requires consideration for people and the environment and great awareness in the choices we make - not just today but every single day far into the future.
How do I get started with acting more sustainably?
There are many ways to incorporate sustainability into everyday life, and our list below is far from exhaustive. It does, however, offer a number of suggestions on how you can easily get started with acting more sustainably, and hopefully you will also gain a greater understanding of what sustainability is and that even small changes in habits can have a big impact.
15 tips for more sustainable everyday habits
- Think before you shop and reduce your consumption by buying only the essentials.
- Repair what you have or recycle rather than buying new.
- Take the bike or use public transport instead of the car.
- Eat less meat and replace with more vegetarian or vegan meals.
- Take shorter baths and turn off the water while you lather up.
- Turn off what is not in use and avoid electronics on standby.
- Choose organic and preferably the Fairtrade label when you shop for groceries, and look for the Swan label and the EU flower when you buy cleaning supplies.
- Shop locally and by season rather than buying lots of foreign goods that have to be shipped here.
- Avoid food waste by becoming aware of your shopping habits, making a meal plan and maybe grabbing a day of leftovers at the end of the week.
- Bring your own thermos cup or thermos jug on the go instead of choosing the cafes' to-go solution.
- Hang the clothes for airing rather than washing, if the clothes are not really dirty.
- Limit air transport, and perhaps take a holiday at home in lovely Denmark rather than going abroad.
- Avoid single-use products (especially plastic) by, for example, using buckets for food storage, bringing fabric nets with you when shopping and investing in steel or glass straws that can be used many times.
- Wrap gifts in fabric scraps, or use the gift wrap several times so that it doesn't smoke directly in the container after one use.
- Think in terms of quality when you buy clothes, toys, interiors etc., so that you avoid becoming part of the "use and throw away" culture.
Everyone can do something, and it doesn't have to be that difficult at all. In fact, it can be fun to think sustainably, and it can be quite a sport to think about new habits and alternatives that protect the environment.