One of the greatest challenges of this age, perhaps the greatest, is balancing the impact on the planet and there is no one way to achieve it!
The important thing is to know that actions on different scales are needed to achieve a balance. There is much to learn, so we bring the experience of a Hauser who cares about the planet: Natalia Restrepo or Tali, as her colleagues call her.
Tali began separating garbage and cans, felt a connection with nature and at the age of 13 she took the initiative to her home. Today, as a UX researcher at La Haus, he continues his green responsibility initiatives.
She has been learning through other people, from reading and even through networks that promote ecologically-based initiatives. For Tali everything is a search.
Tali’s habits to take care of the planet: Reuse, recycle and consume wisely
A plastic or paper bag, a cup of coffee or a mask does not represent any imbalance, but do you know how many you use in a month, in a year or in a single cafeteria?
Since the 70s, the massification of materials such as cardboard and plastic led to the introduction of objects that are only used once and for a few minutes into the culture!
With the explosion of designs and colours, along with the ease of use and low cost, their growth was generated in equal measure of these as waste. The impact of washing a cup when buying coffee or reusing bottles is much less than that of single-use objects, which we call disposables.
It is very difficult to think of an aspect of life in which we do not use objects of this type, either because of their packaging or because of their own material. That is why Tali, among other actions, loads her cup of coffee and collects the water from the shower while it heats up. There is something that she finds interesting and that is that ideas like this also impact her friends and close circles.
From his experience, he recommends:
- Dispose of Ziploc bags after just one use: prefer long-lasting, multi-use items.
- Use disposable cutlery: Load your own cutlery and, to keep it light, choose ones that are made of bamboo.
- Use plastic and paper bags, because making them uses a lot of water unnecessarily: opt for cloth bags.
- Using Isopod, takes time to decompose naturally and cannot be recycled in any way.
- Buy packaged products: The refill technique from different green markets is much better.
- Use packaging for fruits, many already have their own biodegradable packaging.
What you can learn:
- Different composting techniques take advantage of the nutrients in the waste to feed your plants. They serve the eggshells, the paper of the cheese, the shells of all the fruits, the gravel of coffee, of tea and their paper filters.
- To identify different businesses related to recycling. For example, there is one that gives you a bucket just for compost, then picks it up and after three months they return it to you already converted into compost that you can use for your plants.
- To make plastic bricks by stuffing all plastic packaging into bottles.
- To identify the types of plastic to take them to recycling centres so they can become materials such as plastic wood.
Tali confesses that in addition to compost, recycling and reuse, it is important to create consumption habits that stimulate you to achieve that necessary balance:
- Buy your food by weight or in bulk.
- Learn to identify brands with environmental responsibility.
- Learn about organic grooming products.
- Recognize the impacts of different foods that you can measure through their C02 or water footprint.
- Consume locally.
Choose your battle!
It’s not about points, it’s about learning! And there are a thousand ways to do it. In the real estate sector, there is also a way to reduce the impact: sustainable developments.