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Social + Environmental Sustainability

Social + Environmental Sustainability

Def: Meeting our present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

While most people primarily associate sustainability with environmental conservation, it is about people and the health of our communities too.

The assumptions that many people carry, that the Earth is separate from us and therefore exploitable, are paralleled by assumptions that some people, cultures and social groups are different and inherently disposable.

Issues that impact the environment have impacts on the people who live there as well. As the impacts of environmental issues intensify and disproportionately impact vulnerable and marginalised populations, it has become increasingly harder to ignore just how interconnected issues of social and environmental justice are, and how consequential they have become. 

But, there is hope, and Adrienne Rich put it perfectly when she wrote “So much has been destroyed that I have cast my lot with those who, age after age, perversely, with no extraordinary power, reconstitute the world”.

There’s no better description for the world what we’re seeing right now. Humanity and businesses are coalescing to reconstitute the world and at Origins Co, we’re casting our lot with companies who are committed to creating a more equitable and prosperous future for both our planet and its people.

To do this, we carefully hand-select our brand partners to ensure they have social and environmental values at the core of everything they do. And, we use those values to provide complete transparency through our Badge System to help our customers shop by the values that matter most to them.

While there’s always more to be done, if we can change our mindset away from ‘doing less harm’ and direct it towards ‘doing more good’ we can change our behaviours and leave behind a world better than the one we have inherited.
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