Saturday, May 21, 2022

Sustainability 101: You Don’t Need To Be Greta Thunberg To Make A Difference

Sustainability goes beyond segregating your waste and being into recycling. It’s not just about saying no to single-use plastic or investing in metal straws. It’s more than just “a cool/good thing to do.” Let’s take a look at why you don’t need to be a Greta Thunberg, a Leonardo DiCaprio or even an Elon Musk to make a real, sustainable difference in this world.

What Is Sustainability?

Globally, an increasing number of multinationals and international corporates and organisations globally are joining the movement. WeWork has banned meat in their offices in a bold move to save the planet. Tesla urges the move to hybrid cards. Starbucks has banned plastic straws. QNET’s parent company has banned single-use plastic in all of our offices, events, and conventions.

The Environment is on everybody’s mind and social responsibility and sustainability go hand in hand. So, what is sustainability?

According to the UN World Commission on Environment and Development, “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Simply put, it is HOW we use the earth’s natural resources in a balanced way so that we’re not creating environmentally harmful waste, and we’re leaving enough for the generations to come.

What Is Zero Waste?

A goal that is not only ethical but also efficient and economical, Zero Waste is a goal for all of us to follow. It’s a guide for us to change our lifestyles to imitate natural cycles so that we don’t create unusable waste. A Zero Waste Lifestyle means that all discarded materials are suitable to be resources for others to use. Practically, this means managing how much you consume and how much you throw away.

Sustainability 101 - 5 R's (1)What Are The 5 R’s Of A Zero Waste Lifestyle?

There’s enough study to show the far-reaching impact of living a zero-waste and sustainable lifestyle. But there is a simple formula to follow when it comes to making real and sustainable differences in our lives. These are the 5 R’s of a zero-waste lifestyle – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot. And the bonus R = Repair instead of buying new.

QNET’s Sustainability 101 Series

As a green company that is also a vegetarian company, we are committed to eco-friendly and sustainable practices in everything we do. On the corporate side, we are committed to various changes – including banning single-use plastics in all our offices, events and conventions, switching to sustainable product packaging, and partnering in various eco-leaning RYTHM activities.

We don’t want to stop there. We want to arm you with all the knowledge and tools you need to make a sustainable change in your own personal life. The Sustainability 101 Series is our way to do just that. Stay tuned to QNET over the next few weeks to read about the little steps you can take to do your bit for our environment.


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