Sustainable development goals: A Blueprint for a Better Future

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In 2015 the UN launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a powerful roadmap for achieving a truly sustainable future.  There are a total of 17 Sustainable Development Goals that address a wide range of interconnected issues all surrounding 3 key areas; people, planet, and profits – from poverty and hunger to climate change and environmental degradation. They recognize that a healthy planet is essential for human well-being, and vice versa.  Since today is Earth day, what better day to talk about these sustainable development goals, what they are, how far we are from reaching them, and what we can do now to make a difference.

What are some of the main Sustainable Development Goals that align with Earth Day?

The below seven Sustainable development goals are key because they all directly relate to our planet and areas that we here at Inphorm are dedicated to doing our part.

  • Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG 6): Access to clean water is a fundamental human right and essential for healthy ecosystems. Earth Day is a great time to reflect on our water usage and explore ways to conserve this precious resource so we can meet this Sustainable development goal.
  • Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG 7): Transitioning to renewable energy sources like solar and wind power is crucial for combating climate change and ensuring a sustainable future for our planet. Earth Day can inspire us to support policies and businesses that promote clean energy.
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11): Our cities have a significant environmental impact. Earth Day is a chance to consider how we can create more sustainable urban environments through better public transportation, green spaces, and responsible waste management.  Our current manufacturing partner is focused on sustainability which means they go the extra mile by incorporating solar panels for energy generation and implementing a wastewater recycling system, both crucial steps in fostering cleaner ecosystems.
  • Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG 12): Our current consumption patterns are putting a strain on the planet's resources. Earth Day is a call to embrace a more mindful approach to consumption, focusing on reducing waste, reusing and recycling materials, and supporting sustainable businesses. At Inphorm we are very cautious to only produce a small number of garments for each style so that there is no waste leftover.
  • Climate Action (SDG 13): Climate change is the most pressing environmental challenge of our time and probably the most popular Sustainable development goal. Earth Day is a moment to push for bold action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and invest in climate-resilient solutions.  One way we here at Inphorm are working to reduce GHG is by partnering with Ecocart to allow our customers to offset their carbon emissions with each order.
  • Life Below Water (SDG 14): Healthy oceans are vital for regulating our climate, providing food security, and supporting countless marine species. This Earth Day, let's recommit to protecting our oceans from pollution, overfishing, and acidification.  One way we at Inphorm do this is by choosing recycled polyester fabrics.  Each garment saves anywhere from 6-8 plastic water bottles from ending up in our oceans and killing our marine life.
  • Life on Land (SDG 15): Forests, oceans, and other ecosystems play a vital role in regulating our climate and supporting life on Earth. Earth Day is a chance to celebrate biodiversity and advocate for the protection of our natural world.  This is why Inphorm has decided to give back to the  Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary project located in Cambodia.

How far are we from reaching these Sustainable Development Goals? (h1)

We're considered "woefully off track" to achieve the Sustainable development goals by the 2030 deadline according to this United Nations article here Challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic, financial limitations, and a lack of urgency have hindered progress.  According to Bond, there have been setbacks in some areas, and progress is uneven across different countries. 


However, there is still hope! Here's why:

  • The remaining years can be used to accelerate progress if there's a renewed global commitment
  • The SDGs serve as a clear roadmap, and many countries are actively working towards them.
  • According to this UN article, there has been some success since 2015 with improvements in key areas, including poverty reduction, child mortality, electricity access, and the battle against certain diseases.  If you’d like to see the exact progress with each goal use the SDG Tracker by Our World in Data

What can we do now with sustainable development goals to make a difference? 

  • Educate yourself: Learn more about the SDGs and how they connect to the environmental challenges we face.
  • Reduce your footprint: Make small changes in your daily life to conserve resources, like using less energy and water, reducing waste, and buying sustainable products.
  • Support sustainable businesses: Look for companies committed to environmental responsibility and fair labor practices like we are here at Inphorm.
  • Get involved in your community: Participate in clean-up drives, support local farmers markets, or advocate for policies that promote sustainability.
  • Spread awareness: Talk to your friends and family about the importance of protecting the planet.

Earth Day is a powerful catalyst for change. But true sustainability requires a continuous commitment. By working together and embracing the spirit of the Sustainable Development Goals, we can build a future where people and the planet can thrive together.  Remember, every action, big or small, contributes to a healthier planet for all.

Which SDG is most important to you and why?  Comment below.

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