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The bottom line for being sustainable

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When researching sustainability, there are many little pieces and snippets to be found on how to make certain aspects of living sustainable: from HVAC systems to green cleaning products to organic pet food. All of these pieces are important to living a healthier life with a tiny footprint. But what are all these little snippets pointing to? What’s the ultimate connection? To be one who lives sustainably is: to know where your purchases come from (to know exactly where every little piece came from) and to know that everything that makes up that purchase was acquired through methods and means that you believe benefit all and the earth (and not just with money because money doesn’t benefit the health of the earth). This means that one doesn’t buy a diamond ring unless the dealer can tell them where all the metal came from, how it was mined, who mined it, that the managers of the mine are taking care of all and the earth, maybe have some pictures. You need to know that no part of your food required the clear-cutting of jungles to plant a single breed of a more profitable tree. You need to know that your bottled water did not come drained out of a bullied neighbor’s backyard pond. You need to know that heating your home did not require someone else to move out of there because their air and water has been poisoned.
“Out of sight, out of mind” is not a mantra that exists among those who live sustainably. It’s not all about having cleaning products without bleach or food without pesticides. It is knowing that providing for the health, well-being, and happiness of those we care about does not negatively affect anyone or anything else. Living sustainably is about supporting the effort to only positively affect the earth. This is also why ‘living sustainably’ is not enough. Complete sustainable living would have a neutral effect on the Earth and we need a positive effect. The air needs to be getting cleaner, the water clearer, the soil deeper, and our bodies healthier.
This is also why voting with your dollar is so important.

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