Sustainability. What is it? For the sake of definition and understanding the meaning, I am referencing Wikipedia “Sustainability is the capacity to endure. In ecology , the word describes how biological systems remain diverse and productive over time. Long-lived and healthy wetlands and forests are examples of sustainable biological systems. For humans, sustainability is the potential for long-term maintenance of well being, which has environmental, economic, and social dimensions. Healthy ecosystems and environments provide vital goods and services to humans and other organisms. There are two major ways of reducing negative human impact and enhancing ecosystem services. The first is environmental management; this approach is based largely on information gained from earth science, environmental science, and conservation biology. The second approach is management of human consumption of resources, which is based largely on information gained from economics.”
This is a common word amongst companies, marketing ads, college campuses. It is a way to persuade consumers that their products are better because the company that sells the products is using techniques or products to help the environment. “Going green” is a slogan that I hear frequently as I walk among college campuses and I notice the population of recycle bins increased. How can I make the difference? I try to recycle as much as I can. I also have over the year started purchasing green cleaning products that I use frequently without the worries of hurting the environment as much and there is the benefit that it doesn’t bother my allergies.
“Eco friendly cleaning supplies help the quality of life by radically reducing the use of chemicals in personal care and cleaning. Natural organic products are increasingly in demand by consumers who understand the impact of their choices on health and the environment. Creating a clean, healthy home is a priority as well as environmental responsibility.” (Norwex)
In the Atlanta, Georgia area there has also been an increase in the awareness of helping our environment, which includes suggestions for people to carpool to work and receiving incentives for doing such, like earning $3 a day to carpool.
I live in the Metro Atlanta area and have found these stores to be helpful in my purchasing of green cleaning products.
Kroger, http://www.kroger.com/Pages/Default011.aspx 3300 Hamilton Mill Rd Buford, GA 30519 Store: (770) 614-1081 Pharmacy: (770) 614-1086
Whole Foods, http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/duluth/ 5945 State Bridge Rd Duluth, Georgia 30097 Phone: 678.514.2400 Fax: 678.514.2410
An online website that I have also found helpful is www.norwex.com