In 2015, the leaders from 193 countries made a big promise that by 2030, the lives of billions of people were going to get better with no one left behind. The blueprint for achieving this was built upon decades of work by the United Nations and is formally known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It consists of 17 goals that aim to end global issues, such as climate change.
The main causes for climate change are due to burning fossil fuels, transportation and industrial pollution. All of this releases gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O), which are known as greenhouse gases. These gases trap heat from the sun and warm the earth, causing an imbalance to our ecosystem. As a result, ice caps are melting faster than it can manage, which increases sea levels, displaces billion of people living near the shore, causes loss of habitat and so on...
The SDGs is a helpful guide to make sure that everyone hits all 17 goals by 2030, and that means getting more than 9 billion people to take action. As you can imagine, it’s not that easy.
At Baçura, our focus is to make an impact on these goals:
- SDG 5: Gender equality - There aren’t enough women CEOs in the world. We donate part of our profits to support women so that one day, more women can become future girl bosses.
- SDG 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns – We only produce clothing on-demand and produce a product that you'll love. We believe that if you love the clothes you’re in, then you’re more likely to wear the f*** out of it.
- SDG 13: Climate action - Clothing accounts for an estimated 6.7% of global climate impacts. We choose fabrics that have minimal impact on climate and we donate to help fund forest restoration projects within Australia.
- SDG 14: Life below water – Textiles are the primary source for micro plastics to the oceans, so we don’t use any synthetic fabrics like polyester.
- SDG 15: Life on land – There will be 9 billion of us by 2030 and the way we source, manufacture and consume things will have considerable impact due to the rapidly increasing consumption and increased population. We only make things that are 100% compostable.
The world is interconnected and so are the SDGs. One goal cannot be achieved without the other. It may not be obvious, but the clothes we make and the clothes you buy are intrinsically linked to the SDGs. You can make a difference starting from now.
Here are some ideas to help you get started:
- Wear clothes again & again, then mend when torn
- Wear clothes that are 100% compostable
- Air dry your clothes instead of using a machine
- Buy minimally packaged goods
- Eat less meat, poultry, and fish
- Offsetting your carbon footprint here
- Stop paper bank statements and pay your bills online
- Use a refillable water bottle and coffee cup
View The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World
How is the world is tracking on the SDGs?
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EPA: If we continue with how we’re going, temperature could rise to 3-5°C by the end of the century.
SDG Tracker: Measuring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals
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