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May 25, 2021 3 min read
We are all familiar with the saying ‘you are what you eat’ but what if we tell you that the impact of our consumption extends far beyond us?
Firstly, it is important to highlight that sustainable consumption and production is about systemic change, applying a lifecycle thinking approach, taking into account all phases of resource use in order to do more and better with less.
Our world is designed to maximise consumption - as Singapore became more affluent, our consumption also ballooned and so does our throwaway mentality. Large scale reforms can only be achieved by policy makers and businesses.
Because we are in an environmental crisis: biodiversity loss, plastic pollution, deforestation, air pollution, global warming, food and water insecurity, public health crisis just to name a few.
We are also the last generation with a real opportunity to do something.
As humans we gravitate towards maximising immediate benefits and convenience for self. Sustainable consumption involves understanding the impact that our choices have longer term consequences on other people and our planet.
Studies show that as humans we make a whopping 35,000 choices per day. Imagine the change we can drive if some of these choices are made with sustainable consumption in mind.
These are the most impactful things you can do to help the environmental crisis and sustainable consumption.
While this will unlikely drive systematic change, making small decisions in our own lives can still make a difference.
Did you know that at Minimakers, we practice sustainable production – read our commitment to reduce, reuse, and recycle here.
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