Decoding Sustainability Jargon


At Supreme Creations we know that sustainability can be confusing. There is a lot of jargon thrown about, and it’s hard to know what the hell anyone is on about. We thought it would be helpful to make a glossary of these new sustainability terms, and define them in an easy, simple way so that you may use this as a reference point when talking, reading, or thinking about sustainability.

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Sustainable or sustainability, put simply, means meeting our own needs without compromising the planet, environment, or the ability of future generations to meet their needs. It’s something that can be continued or a practice that maintains a condition that does not affect any of these three things. An example of sustainable is the practice of reduce, reuse and recycle


Compostable means that a product is capable of disintegrating into natural elements in a compost environment, leaving no toxicity in the soil. For example, non-animal food scraps are compostable.


Biodegradable means anything that is capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms and thereby avoiding pollution. For example, wood and paper products are biodegradable.


Upcycled means any discarded objects or materials that are used in such a way to make a new product in their current state. For example, taking an old chair and adding a new cover to it would count as upcycling.


Recycled/recycling means converting waste into a reusable material. An example of this is plastic being recycled to form new plastic or plastic-based materials.


Organic refers to food/farmed materials that are produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial chemicals.


Vegan refers to things that containing no food or other products derived from animals.

Decoding Sustainability Jargon

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