Personal Sustainability Plan 101: What's Yours?

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
Aug 25, 2011 12:00 PM ET

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Compa…

The web is full of information and advice on personal sustainability, sometimes to the point that it can put one into information overload.  However if you are looking for a ‘how-to’ path to personal sustainability, you are more likely to discover a variety of definitions, perspectives, and approaches to applying general sustainability concepts. While general concepts can be used to describe the broad topic of ‘sustainability’, our personal consulting experience has led us to understand that each individual has a unique and personal story in the pursuit of a sustainable lifestyle.     In a recent post, Finding  the ‘You’ in Your Personal Sustainability Plan, we discuss how what works for one may not be the right fit for another.  Personal sustainability truly is about defining what works for you. So, what IS a personal sustainability plan?    To begin, a sustainability plan is about making and sustaining a change in your life that you can be inspired and passionate about.   In the last few years, climate change discussions have inspired the global community to start taking action.  In our personal consulting, we work with clients seeking to take similar action and do their part to reduce personal impacts.   Keeping it simple, a sustainable lifestyle is about making choices and taking eco actions and can be categorized in different areas of our lives.  
  • Protect natural resources: start by rethinking consumption patterns for energy and water needs and identify ways to curb unnecessary consumption.

  • Limit waste: start by eliminating food waste.  Pre plan your meals, buy in bulk, and prepare what you need.  Compost and turn your old food into healthy soil.

  • Purchase items with the eco awareness in mind.  Purchase products with minimal packaging or sustainable packaging.  Products that can be reused before recycling offer more environmental value.

  • Become an educated consumer: Buy local, buy fair trade, and purchase items from sustainable businesses.

  • Inspire others: adopt a green attitude

  How can you take the next step from knowledge to personal action?  Click here to read about your personal sustainability plan.   

Home to one third of the earth's trees, the Taiga is the largest land-based biosphere and encircles the globe. Its immense oxygen production literally changes the atmosphere and refreshes the planet. It is this continuous renewal that has shaped Taiga Company's vision to drive similar change in the business world. Taiga Company seeks to be the "oxygen for your business".