Updated: Apr 28, 2019
We're all familiar with "he said, she said" where there are different opinions and if you truly want to understand what's going on, you need to hear both sides.
Sustainability is no different. There are truths and myths floating around out there and it's hard to discern what's real, what's fact, what's opinion.
Here are Six BS Facts about Sustainability everyone thinks are true. Let's pull back the curtain on a few myths that need to be retired.
1. Putting the environment's needs first, negatively impacts my bottom line
Ahem, that would be false. Once you start reviewing your expenses for waste management, resource/utilities usage, raw materials, you'll find a multitude of environmental solutions that reduce your expenses, not add to them. #environment
2. Sustainability data is too young and can't yet be proven
If you're still sitting on the fence waiting for definitive proof, guess what? We've had it. For a while. We have decades of stats, multiple continents with the same problems, and thousands of leaders saying the same thing. The knowledge is here and isn't going anywhere. #climatechange #globalwarming
3. Installing solar is too expensive
That may have been true years ago, but not anymore. The investment tax credit (ITC), also known as the federal #solar tax credit, allows you to deduct 30% of the cost of installing a solar energy system from your federal taxes. The ITC applies to both residential and commercial areas. Find your State Incentives here.
4. Now that China isn't taking our plastic, I should stop recycling
Incorrect. Continue with your current behavior unless your waste management company tells you otherwise. Yes it's correct that China and India are no longer taking our plastic waste, but waste management companies will continue to remove your waste & recycling products (what they do with it after they pick it up, is for them to determine). #plasticfree
5. One person cannot make a difference
We have thousands of years of history which completely fly in the face of that statement. One person with passion, and a message, and a voice to be heard, can absolutely make a difference. One person can make an impact with family, friends, coworkers, the community, social media, and beyond. If you believe in the environment and keeping it safe, you'll find the confidence and shout it from the rooftops! There are many of us who are listening and joining you.
6. The only thing I have to do is recycle - that's good enough
Not exactly. As Earth's headcount and trash production grows exponentially, simply recycling isn't good enough. We have to stop it at the source and reduce our purchases and consumption. Most importantly we need to teach the children at home and in schools about the earth's situation and where it's heading, and teach them about the options of how to make a difference. #reducereuserecycle