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Environmental and Sustainable Theory and 4 R’s

Environmental and Sustainable Theory and 4 Rs

Environmental and Sustainable Theory and 4 R’s. 

In the last segment of this series we looked at the Sustainable Revolution – what it is, and what it means.  

We discussed a few quick & easy strategies that a business owner in the food, beverage or hospitality sector can implement in their business to ensure that their business becomes part of the Solution.

In this segment of the series, we briefly look at:

  • The Environmental Theory
  • The Sustainable Theory
  • A brief overview of the 4 R’s of Sustainability

The Environmental Theory:

The environmental theory looks at ways to identify the intricate connections between humanity and the environment.

Whilst seeking to find solutions on how all life forms can harmoniously co-exist on earth for a pro-longed period of time without causing collapse, mass destruction, devastation, degradation or extinction.

Delving into questions of ethics, sustainability, and the intrinsic value of nature.

The Environmental theory addresses the complex relationship between human activities and the natural world, aiming to safeguard the planet’s health and sustainability.

The Sustainable Theory:

The Sustainable Theory which formulates a large part of the Sustainable Revolution looks to identify solutions in the form of goals that can easily be adopted and implemented by people, consumers and businesses.

All components play a vitally important role.  

Sustainable = Social + Economic + Environment

Fundamentals of Sustainable Theory Goals:

  • There needs to be a focus and emphasis on all components.
  • Each component should have an equal standing. 
  • Not ignoring or undermining one component for another. Maintaining a state of equilibrium – balance across all components.
  • By not addressing one of the components, this will create a negative impact on another component and vice versa.
  • All areas need to be Sustainable in order to be Achievable.  

To summarise:  The Environmental and Sustainable Theory and the 4 R’s all need to be addressed simultaneously.

All Sustainability Goals need to focus Equally on Social, Economic and Environmental goals and objectives.

The entire structure is intricately connected, By only focusing on one component, the entire structure is at risk of collapse.

Social – relating to society. 
Social organisms, including humans, live collectively in interacting populations.

Economics ‘a social science’ that studies the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. Economics focuses on the behaviour and interactions of economic agents and how economies work.

Environment – the surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal, or plant lives or operates.  Environment can be defined as a sum total of all the living and non-living elements and their effects that influence human life. While all living or biotic elements are animals, plants, forests, fisheries, and birds, non-living or abiotic elements include water, land, sunlight, rocks, and air.

The 4 R’s of Sustainability – focus on solutions that can quickly and easily be implemented by people / consumers  and businesses.

Easily achievable sustainable goals that can have a positive impact on people and the environment. 

The 4 R’s of Environmental Sustainability:

The 4 R’s of Environmental Sustainability are:

  1. Reduce = Reduce what you use.  Make smaller or less in amount, degree, or size.
  2. Reuse = Reuse an item for it’s original purpose (Used / Second Hand) or to fulfill a different function.
  3. Recycle – breaking down of used items to make raw materials in order to manufacture new products.  
  4. Recover = Recovering means to transform wastes into resources. I.e. recover plastic bags into plastic trolleys or plastic furniture.

In the next segment of this series, we delve a bit deeper into two of the most important components of the 4 R’s namely Reduce and Reuse – Key to Sustainability.

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