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There is no shortage of sustainability content out there. So, how do you know what's legit?
The good news is there are a few core frameworks that can help you filter the fluff from the trusted material.
One of those frameworks is commonly referred to as "the SDGs". SDGs stands for Sustainable Development Goals. The United Nations (UN) developed the SDGs in 2015 as a part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In a nutshell, the agenda is the worlds' shared blueprint to end extreme poverty, reduce inequality, and protect the planet by 2030. And given the UN developed it, you can trust it's backed by evidence, practical commitments, and—best of all—action.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (the SDGs) are the heart of the agenda and include:
It's an epic framework. Can you honestly apply these development goals to your daily life, though? The answer is: yes!
You are already ahead of the game if you know they exist. But more, take a look at the companies you purchase items from. When you look on their responsibility or sustainability pages, do they reference the SDGs or similar credible frameworks? Are their goals aligned with scientific data and NGO (non-governmental organization) best practices? Or does it feel "fluffy"?
At SOL VAE, our environmental responsibility practice currently aligns most with SDG #12: Responsible Production and Consumption. We are looking to deepening the ways we can further align with SDG #3: Good Health and Wellbeing, SDG: #5 Gender Equality, SDG #8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG #13: Climate Action, and SDG #14: Life Below Water. For instance, our hybrid bras are made with regenerated nylon recovered from fishing nets and other discarded materials that would otherwise disrupt marine environments.
We pour our hearts into our environmental responsibility practice. Take a look at all the ways we are working to provide you with the honest sustainability transparency and progress you deserve.