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Sustainability simplified

At its core, the idea of sustainability is a simple one. It’s about knowing where things come from and where they go after we’re done with them, and making sure that we can live like this indefinitely-without harming the planet in the process. In physical terms, it’s about making products that are meant to last, and being mindful of the materials used in their construction so as not to deplete resources or leave a footprint that harms the environment.

From an economic perspective, sustainability means planning for long-term stability-making enough profit to continue providing services and maintaining infrastructure in a way that doesn’t take advantage of employees or customers.

From a social perspective, it’s about ensuring that those who do the work have the resources they need to support themselves comfortably, and that all people have access to the goods and services provided by a sustainable society.

A sustainable society is one in which every person has enough to meet their basic needs without depleting resources so that other people may do the same. It’s about creating systems in which everyone has access to things like food, water, shelter, education and opportunity so that everyone can be productive members of society without having to sacrifice their health or well-being. This requires creating structures within society that provide these things without taking advantage of anyone along the way. If anything were taken advantage of by any part of the process – such as food sources being over-farmed or workers being underpaid – then this would not be considered sustainable.