How sustainable is sustainability ?
Tuesday, August 02 2022
How sustainable is sustainability ?
The term “sustainability” gets thrown around a lot these days, but what does it actually mean? And more importantly, how sustainable is it? In this article, we explore the definition of sustainability and some of the key issues surrounding it.
Plastic Waste Management
It's no secret that plastic waste is a huge problem. Every year, millions of tons of plastic end up in our oceans, where it does serious damage to marine life. And even though recycling can help reduce the amount of plastic waste that ends up in landfills, only a small percentage of plastic actually gets recycled.
So what can we do to reduce our reliance on plastic and make sure that more of it gets recycled? One idea is to encourage businesses to use more sustainable packaging materials. Another is to put pressure on governments to pass laws and regulations that promote sustainability.
But ultimately, it's up to each of us to change our own habits and consume less plastic. We can start by refusing single-use plastics like straws and shopping bags, and recycling the plastic we do use. Every little bit helps!
The term “sustainable” is often used to describe practices or products that are environmentally friendly or that don’t use up natural resources. But what does it really mean to be sustainable?
The key to sustainability is the idea of the circular economy – an economic system in which waste and pollution are designed out, and resources are used over and over again.
In a circular economy, there is no such thing as waste – instead, materials are constantly reused, repaired, and recycled. This closed-loop system keeps resources in use for as long as possible, and reduces the need for new materials.
The concept of the circular economy is gaining traction all over the world, as businesses and governments alike recognize its potential to create a more sustainable future. In 2015, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation released a report detailing how the circular economy could contribute $1 trillion to the global economy by 2025.
There are many different ways to put the circular economy into practice. One example is using recycled materials in manufacturing. Recycled plastic can be used to make everything from clothes to furniture to car parts.
Another way to put the circular economy into practice is through product design. Products can be designed for Circular Economy.
The term “sustainability” is often used when discussing the environment and natural resources, but it has become increasingly popular in other areas as well. Businesses, for example, often talk about sustainable practices or sustainable growth. So, what does sustainability mean?
The definition of sustainability is the ability to maintain a certain process or state over time. In other words, it’s about meeting present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. When applied to the environment, sustainability means finding ways to use resources without damaging or depleting them.
There are many different ways to approach sustainability, but one common thread is the idea of reducing our impact on the planet. This might involve recycling and composting, using energy-efficient appliances, driving less, or eating locally grown food.
Sustainability is often seen as a long-term goal, but there are many things we can do right now to make a difference. Every little bit helps!
RAHUL PODDAR is Managing Director The Shakti Plastic Industries and one of the largest and oldest plastic recycling companies in India. Rahul is a thought leader and speaks and writes at various national and international forums