1 able to continue without causing damage to the environment:
The government should do more to promote sustainable agriculture.
the sustainable use of rainforest resources
Cycling is a totally sustainable form of transport.
2 able to continue for a long time:
The party is promising low inflation and sustainable economic growth.
sustainability noun [uncountable]
WORD FOCUS: environment WORD FOCUS: environment
good for the environment: environmentally friendly, eco-friendly, sustainable, recyclable, biodegradable, renewable, organic

people who want to protect the environment: greens, eco-warriors

things that cause harm to the environment: pollution, greenhouse gases, global warming, acid rain, deforestation

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