Sustainability: What Is An Ethical Lifestyle?

By Nur Sorfina Admara

Environmental changes will happen naturally because of many illicit human actions and negative effects are being felt and often progressively scrutinised, their results are getting to be critically serious.

If individuals keep on practicing their current habits or with propensities to do so, there will be a lot of changes to our environments, it will become irreversible, and difficult for us to live in such a bad environment.

Hence, the point of the article is to survey and review the foundation of the sustainable development worldview by the way of life of responsible consumers.

To engage within the wrangle about how a lifestyle is maintained can be done by re-examining the hypothetical framework of a sustainable lifestyle. There are many types of lifestyles such as healthy lifestyle, slow living lifestyle, smart living lifestyle, and low-carbon lifestyle based on consumer behaviour patterns by each individual. 

It is generally a personal choice instead of an organised social movement in Malaysia. Ethical lifestyle is a branch of economical living in which the person makes a small arrangement of their lifestyle changes in order to constrain their impact on the environment.

Making the choice to begin to live morally can be as simple as starting to reuse, buying local products that use natural ingredients, and switching off lights when clearing out a room or consuming less sugar.

Many individuals out there have been reusing or recycling their product waste, utilising renewable resources in their homes such as replacing driving with cycling because it is a greener mode of transportation for them.

Based on the 2019 data from the Department of Statistics Malaysia, an average Malaysian household monthly expenditure is about RM4,534. Spending money on unnecessary things may make you feel way better about yourself. However, you might make imprudent financial choices when you’re encountering lunacy or hypomania.

In the event that mental wellbeing influences your capacity to work or ponder, this might diminish your monthly income.

Even though every lifestyle has its own definition and is based on a wider or smaller degree to economical improvement, none of these lifestyles mentioned is universal, those behaviour of consumers who are responsible and conscious, require a long-term process and preparation and to a large degree depends on individual, political and marketing variables.

At last, there are many assessments out there that we can utilise, indicating how to face challenges that can contribute towards improvement, and upgrade prominence of maintainable lifestyle.

Within the long-term, our society will get the benefits from progressing environmental quality in the water or air such as lesser landfills, and expanded renewable energy sources. Economical activities can make a genuine distinction in society and our environment.

Being committed to maintainability will diminish our carbon footprint and the sum of poisons discharged into the environment, making it secured and safe. When we decide to live a sustainable lifestyle, the whole world gets the benefits and gets to live in clean, more solid living conditions. ***

(Nur Sorfina Admara is a student in Department of Business Administration, Kulliyyah of Economic and Management Sciences (KENMS). The article is part of ‘Responsible Consumerism’ course. The views expressed here are those of the writer/author and do not necessarily represent the views of IIUMToday,)

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