It’s no secret that immense amounts of waste play a large role in weakening our ozone, making large geographies uninhabitable, and diminishing natural habitats. They also lead to public health crises and toxic living conditions for populations in lower income brackets, whose only option is to reside near these foul-smelling, unsafe landfills.
But amidst all of this “trash talk”, there is a silver lining. Sustainability.
Sustainability when it comes to waste management is our ability to reuse, recycle, and repurpose our waste to serve the same function repeatedly, or new ones altogether. The outcome is less waste and healthier options for humanity.
One such way of achieving sustainability is through the diversion of food and compost waste to farms for application in managing crops. Just think about it: a world where the very thing that was once killing us slowly, redirected to become a key ingredient in our survival. That is sustainability done right.
Another wonderful example of sustainability in action is responsible and biodegradable manufacturing. In a sense, this means that the packaging, containment, and possibly even the product itself are made in a way that has a minimal, net zero, or positive impact on the environment where it’s produced. The product and its pieces are also then able to be reused or recycled, or in the best situations, left to biodegrade rapidly, leaving no trace behind.
Finally, sustainability extends beyond the environment, and into the homes of our friends and families. When sustainability is put into practice correctly, communities benefit from an increase in GDP, fair labor job opportunities, and practices where what once brought harm to their quality of life now enhances it.