Living Sustainably – Episode 7

June 24, 2020 by Nilanjana Dey


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How many times have you thought about ‘living sustainably’? Making solid changes in your lifestyle and consumption habits to help make the world a better place?

But it is not always easy to do, is it?

That’s exactly what this episode of Vitra is all about. How you and I, and everyone in this global community can make big impacts through small changes and huge mindset shifts!

I, Nilanjana Dey, host of Vitra, sit down for a conversation with Meenakshi Sharma, Founder at Use Me Works, to discuss what sustainability means, how we can make sustainable living a part of our households, and why we must first start to think differently. From small steps to big ideas, this episode covers how upcycling can help increase the shelf life of products while cutting down on waste, why economic sustainability should also be a focus area, and how by going local, we can at least begin to heal the current environmental landscape.

About Guest:

Meenakshi Sharma through her organization ‘Use Me Works‘ is working on the concept of upcycling and with the help of her women crafters team, upcycles more than 200kgs of waste every month by turning them into utilities, accessories, decor, and installations.

She also educates and trains people to be responsible towards their waste by teaching them how to make utilities out of it and to create a mental shift to see waste as a resource.

So what are you waiting for? Get started on your journey with sustainability and give this episode a listen. We all can make a change. We all can make our planet better.

Resource: Simple Practices for Sustainable Living

Time Stamps:

2:00 – Understanding sustainability

5:14 – Why individual action is necessary

7:45 – Meenakshi’s journey with sustainability

10:23 – How can sustainable practices be inculcated in children’s lives from a young age?

13:16 – Why a mindset shift is necessary when considering sustainable living

18:32 – Responsible use and treatment of resources

19:51 – Current scenario and acceptance of sustainability

22:41 – Staying true to one’s purpose in life and re-evaluating the meaning of ‘success’

28:38 – Challenges along the way

32:08 – Importance of economic sustainability and how Use Me Works is facilitating it

37:42 – ‘Green Hacks’ by Meenakshi Sharma

43:04 – Little steps go a long way

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