A Head Chef designs the menu for a restaurant, catering company, etc. and sources all the necessary ingredients. By choosing ingredients that are local and in season, a Head Chef can have a big impact on the sustainability of his or her service. For example, shortening the distance that your food travels to reach your plate reduces the amount of fuel needed to deliver your meal.
Washing and dying hair, a Hairdresser sends a lot of chemicals down the drain every day. As such, it’s important that the shampoos, conditioners, dyes, etc. are used sparingly, and are as eco-friendly as possible, to minimise their environmental impact.
Most manufacturing companies require all their materials to be printed, but paper accounts for thousands of tonnes of waste every year. The overconsumption of paper leads to deforestation. Printing Machine Operators can take responsibility by completely adopting the “reduce, reuse, recycle” principles with regard to their ink cartridges, e-waste, and paper use. They can also guarantee the energy-efficiency of their printers.
Fashion and textiles is one of the most polluting industries. For a Fashion Designer, ensuring product sustainability is difficult, as a fashion item’s life-cycle is long and complex. However, choosing ethical and environmentally friendly materials at the beginning of the process can support the sustainability of the product throughout its life-cycle.
In many cases, people can positively impact the planet even more from their homes than through a professional occupation. As a Homemaker, adjusting the consumption of your household is critical. A few examples of sustainable practices include using natural alternatives to cleaning products and pesticides, minimising plastic consumption, and buying energy-efficient appliances.
Bar and Café Owners can practise responsible consumption –and show customers how it is done – by using minimal packaging, sourcing local, organic and seasonal produce, recycling waste correctly, controlling portion sizes to reduce food waste, etc.In addition, they can incorporate several vegetarian and vegan options into the menu.
While pottery is very durable and can last for centuries, making it sustainable in terms of longevity, the production of ceramics is highly energy-intensive. As a Potter, you can use non-toxic glazes where possible, and an energy-efficient kiln can also act as a heater for your home or workplace.
Second-hand shops are sustainable in various ways: waste and pollution are reduced, and the socioeconomic impact is greater, as earnings usually go to a charity. Second-hand Shop Managers inherently support sustainable consumption; they can further this by donating any unsellable goods directly to the people who need them instead of throwing them away.
As the tourism industry continues to grow every year, it is increasingly important for Hoteliers to run their hotels responsibly. Suitable sustainability initiatives vary from place to place, but every Hotelier should work to reduce waste, conserve water, use eco-friendly cleaning and laundry products, implement energy-efficient systems, etc.
Part of an Interior Designer’s job is to source furniture, products, and construction materials, so he or she should do this responsibly. They can insist on reclaimed or recycled materials, consciously place windows to maximise the use of natural light, and use non-toxic paint and untreated wood, among other ecofriendly materials.