Sustainable Urban Living
by Pedro Rodriguez
The opportunities we have make a positive change to our daily practices in order to make them more sustainable are vast. If becoming a vegetarian or vegan sounds a bit too radical for you, just including more local produce and seasonal food can be a good start. Reducing our carbon footprint is about choosing where to invest our money: consumers dictate production so start by supporting local businesses that provide more sustainable options.
EL INFINITO Cultura Permanente, seeks to demonstrate different ways and provide new examples of how we can improve our shopping habits and “waste” management practices so to create change, not only for our environment but also in socio-economic models for present and future generations.
Here are some tips and tricks that you can start practicing at home or see for yourself at our headquarters, which has been converted to a sustainable living community & urban garden center.
Reduce: Do you really need it? Why am I buying this? How many work hours will pay for this? Our consumer power starts when we are conscious about our spending and consumptions habits. Take into consideration the packaging and its life-cycle. Are we using a natural resource that is renewable? Is it biodegradable? Is this product local or imported? In El Infinito we support local producers at every opportunity and we take our own cup or plate when buying street food.
Refuse: Refuse any and all items and their packaging that will end up in the landfill after a single use, or without the ability to be composted, reused or recycled or are toxic in any form from production or disposal. Fair-trade and farming practices are also important considerations.
Reuse: All items you bring into your life came with a purpose, if for some reason you won’t use them anymore, consider donating them to people who might need them. Here are some examples of new items we have built out of reused materials: furniture, tables, chairs, stools and many other things.
Compost: All compostable goods, food scraps like, egg shells, fruit and veggies skins, dry leafs, grass cuttings, and all of the organic waste can be turned into rich fertilizer, so compost it!
Recycle: If you did all of the above, surely you know well about this one, but in case you want to learn more about how to separate certain items and where to send your used paper, glass, aluminum and metals, and plastic, come to Infinito to see how!