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How Can You Contribute to Sustainable Development?

Overconsumption and exploitation of natural resources have always been a problem in our society, since the onset of industrialization in the 1800s. However, as we are moving forward in the 21st century, we are observing some remarkable eco-friendly movements and sustainable practices that are being employed to cope with the situation. Having said that, to actually make a positive impact on the environment we have to start contributing individually, otherwise, things might go out of hand real fast!

Therefore in this article, we will discuss some of the things that you can do to contribute to this approach to sustainable development.

Clean Water and Sanitation

Most of you might know that around one-third of our earth's surface is covered with water, however, a very tiny part of that is available for usage. Even then wastage of water has been one of the major problems in various countries, and most of this exploitation is done by businesses and manufacturing industries.

If these industrial sectors start taking action towards the conservation of water, it could make a huge impact on spreading awareness among the common population. Apart from that, it could also help to set a standard for proper water hygiene and sanitation around your community.

Provide a Healthy Working Place

We know that our working population spends a major part of their lives grinding in the workplace environment. Therefore, it becomes the responsibility of businesses to take care of their workforce and promote good health and mental well-being. These elements might seem like secondary factors, however, these are quite essential for optimal productivity and long-term economic growth. You can consider employing health and fitness programs in your workplace. This will also help you to promote better collaboration within your team. And, if you want to take it a step further, you can filter out your B2B partners depending on how much they care about the health of their workforce.

Give to Projects that Support the Sustainable Development Goals

As a business owner if you want to really create an impact then you should take every opportunity to assist with the sustainable development goals by giving to projects that promote sustainable practices. You could either opt for multiple projects or choose to focus on a single one; it will depend upon your requirements. In case you don't have that time to work on more than one project you can try approaching any third-party organizations and partner with them, who can help you with this goal.

Sustainable Cities and Communities

Especially since the beginning of the 20th century, a lot of people have been migrating from rural areas to urban areas in search of work or better opportunities. And this migration tends to put pressure on the food and resources of these urban cities. To cope with this ever-increasing need for natural resources these cities have to be more sustainable. And, businesses being major consumers of these resources, should start relying on renewable energy sources, such as solar energy, wind energy, or even biofuel. This will help to reduce the stress on the energy sources in that area and will ensure a more sustainable future for its population.

Encourage ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Apart from the problem of over-exploitation we also have to deal with the wastage that we produce every day. According to statistical studies, India produces around 63 million metric tons of waste products annually. And, one major contributor to this wastage is the usage of non-biodegradable plastic bags and bottles we use in our day-to-day life.

If your business uses plastic bags or containers to package or deliver your products, then you can consider switching to green reusable bags. This will also help to spread the necessary awareness about these reusable bags and encourage your demographic for reusing those bags. On top of that, you can also employ a system for rewarding your customers who are bringing their own bags.

Final Thoughts

It doesn't matter whether a business is small, medium, or large, as they will always have some influence over their audience and can use that opportunity to bring a change. And, the first step towards ensuring a better tomorrow is to conserve the resources that are accessible to us today. We hope that going through this article has changed your mindset, so if you also love your environment then try implementing sustainable practices whenever technically or economically practicable.

Also read- What can we do to decrease air pollution in our environment?

__________________________________________________________________________________ Author- Ramesh Chaurasia A superior and highly experienced entrepreneur in the field of business for quite a long time now. Also, a philanthropist, author, and public speaker who believes in working towards the overall well-being and betterment of society as a whole.

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