The Eco Cause
Sustainability is defined as the capacity to endure, and it speaks to how biological systems remain diverse and productive over time. Essentially, it’s the responsible use of natural resources and practices for the long-term maintenance of the environment. As our population continues to grow, naturally, organic ecosystems decline and so sustainability is striking that balance between our need to advance as humans, while minimizing the potential negative impact it has on our environment.
When we learn about intriguing environmental facts such as 57% of paper consumed in the US is recycled each year vs. e-waste only seeing 18% recycled from the 200 million e-waste items thrown away, or that US data centers see an annual energy consumption growth of 24%, we have to wonder how and what really impacts the environment? When we see 4 million trees planted daily by the forest products industry and hear that 70% of toxic waste in US landfills is e-waste, is going “paperless” and increasing computer usage really going “green?”