What I wanted to do was work that improved our way of living and also made a positive impact on the environment, and at that time there was very little going on that was focused on sustainability.
I found a job that I thought was making a positive impact and would be exciting to work at. At this factory, household and industrial waste was burnt for electricity and city heating. The job was great, but seeing the constant stream of trucks dumping their load made me realise the huge amount of waste we are creating and I realised this isn’t the answer. This system wastes resources and puts CO2 in the atmosphere. I realised that somehow our system needs to change to stop creating so much waste.
I read a book called ‘Cradle to Cradle’ and this changed my whole perspective, and gave me an optimistic vision that I had been looking for for a long time. With these principles we could make products and processes that are healthy, continuously reuses resources and actually regenerate natural eco systems.