If something is sustainable it should last forever.  To sustain something is to keep and support it for the future.
 

Sustainability at home

Recycle, sustainable, globe © digitalart Free Digital PhotosA sustainable item should last for a long time, if not forever.  For example, which of these actions is more sustainable?  Answers are at the bottom of the page.

1. When I go to football or netball practice I take a
    

a. new water bottle every week
    

b. re-fill my own reusable bottle

2. When we run out of milk at home do we
    

a. walk down to the shops for some more
    

b. jump in the car and get there fast

3. I need some paper for school so I buy
    

a. whatever paper looks good

b. recycled paper that has already been used

For more tips on sustainability see our factsheet Environment - how can we help protect it?

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