For me, sustainable living is to live as much within a closed-loop and with as little waste as possible. This means limiting food waste, and composting and reusing items as much as possible, before even considering tossing something into our recycling bins. I repair and repurpose items before they are composted or tossed in the trash. And if I have to buy something, I look for an used, refurbished, and thrifted item first.
Living sustainably not only is better for the earth, it's actually also better for my wallet. And frankly, for my immigrant family, sustainability was a way of life and way of saving money before it became fashionable for the privileged. I just educated myself more about various intersectional issues related to sustainability, and made more conscious changes.
Sustainability isn't what a lot of companies and corporations want you to believe. They want you to buy their green-washed and eco-washed products. It's not about product swapping. It's about trying to increase your positive impact while lowering your carbon footprint. Sustainability also isn't just about climate change. It's intersectional and also about systemic and institutional injustices, and speaking up for changes in those areas as well.
Intersectional environmentalism "advocates for both the protection of people and the planet. It identifies the ways in which injustices happening to marginalized communities and the earth are interconnected. It brings injustices done to the most vulnerable communities, and the earth, to the forefront and does not minimize or silence social inequality. Intersectional Environmentalism advocates for justice for people + the planet.”
-- Leah Thomas
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