3Rs of Sustainability: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Culture and Heritage
Sustainability, Global Environment
Panel Discussion
Wednesday, 5th June 2024
From 10:30am to 11:30am (UAE)
AED 125 (Inclusive of Tea and Refreshments)

Details

After our successful collaboration at the prestigious COP28 UAE - United Nations Climate Change Conference, Avid Learning, the cultural philanthropy arm of the ESSAR group and a leading arts and culture programming platform, is back in Dubai with a stronger commitment to driving social change. This World Environment Day, be a part of a thought-provoking panel discussion with industry leaders and experts as they share their insights, innovations, and actionable strategies for a greener future.

Join us as these inspiring leaders take us through success stories demonstrating the power of sustainability. 


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3Rs of Sustainability: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
3Rs of Sustainability: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
3Rs of Sustainability: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
3Rs of Sustainability: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Faculty

Marita Peters

Marita Peters

Executive Director of Surge for Middle East

Marita Peters Marita grew up in Dubai and has witnessed the city's evolution. In her current role as Executive Director-Middle East at Surge, a water non-profit organization, she fulfills her desire to help others through her volunteer work. Surge’s mission is to end the cycle of poverty by providing safe water, sanitation, hygiene, and menstrual health solutions to those in need. The Dubai chapter has grown steadily since its establishment in 2013, and Surge’s broader mission includes raising awareness about water conservation.As a budding environmental activist, scuba diver, and novice beekeeper, Marita spends much of her time learning about various issues, including the mainstream education system, sustainable agriculture, plastic pollution, and their detrimental effects on the planet and our health. She volunteers with various local organizations, has taught the Eco Club at her children’s school, and is generally involved in activities that bring attention to these important subjects.

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Murtaza Asgar Balasinourwala

Murtaza Asgar Balasinourwala

Managing Director, Anid Turnkey Projects

Murtaza Asgar BalasinourwalaMurtaza, a passionate interior designer and sustainability advocate, runs an interior fit-out company in Dubai. Known as the "Wood Doctor," he creates artistic products using locally discarded trees, such as Damas trees. He has received an award from the Dubai Municipality for his innovations using waste materials. As an Industry Advisory Board Member for the School of Design and Architecture at MAHE Dubai, he conducts educational workshops for various schools and supports social causes through his innovative use of reclaimed wood.

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Anu Ganesan

Anu Ganesan

Eco Conscious Homemaker

Anu GanesanAnu is a homemaker who runs a zero-waste kitchen and is passionate about an eco-friendly lifestyle. She shares her hacks on blogs and Instagram, making sustainable living accessible to everyone. She believes that sustainability should not be a lofty ideal followed by only a few people but an essential practice for everyone to help tackle climate change.She has been on this journey of sustainable living for over 10 years. She composts kitchen waste on her balcony and makes enzyme cleaners at home using kitchen scraps. Food is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, and managing food waste can reduce up to 8% of human-created greenhouse gas emissions. It is also an area where individual actions can make a significant difference. She is dedicated to teaching people how to compost and manage kitchen waste in every home, guiding and supporting them throughout the process.

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Collaborations

Pekoe Tea & Bread Bar
Pekoe Tea & Bread Bar


Blog

3Rs of Sustainability

The 3Rs of Sustainability - Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle - have become increasingly important in the 21st century as we strive to manage waste and combat climate change. At the heart of these concepts is the goal of resource efficiency and reducing environmental impact.

The first ‘R’ - Reduce - focuses on decreasing the production and consumption of resources. This involves being more mindful of our purchasing decisions, opting for products with less packaging, and generally consuming less. By reducing our demand for new materials, we can lessen the strain on natural resources and the energy required for extraction and manufacturing.

The second ‘R’ - Reuse - encourages using something again, either for its original purpose or by repurposing it. This could involve repairing items, passing them on to others, or finding creative ways to give them a new lease on life. Reusing helps extend the lifespan of products and reduces the need for new materials.

The final ‘R’ - Recycle - involves converting waste materials into new products. This process helps recover valuable resources and reduces the amount of waste that ends up in landfills or the environment. Recycling is a crucial component of the circular economy, where waste is minimized, and resources are kept in use for as long as possible.


World Environment Day

World Environment Day (WED) has a rich history dating back to the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment held in Stockholm, Sweden in 1972. This landmark event drew global attention to the pressing environmental issues facing our planet, setting the stage for the first World Environment Day celebration in 1974 in the city of Spokane, USA. Since then, WED has been observed annually, with a different host country selected each year to lead the global commemoration. This rotating hosting model allows the event to highlight diverse environmental challenges and solutions from around the world. The significance of World Environment Day lies in its ability to reconnect people with nature, raise awareness about critical environmental issues, and drive action to protect our air, water, and land. The theme and slogan for 2024, which will be hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, focuses on land restoration and solutions for desertification and drought.


Sustainable Innovations

Sustainable innovations are reshaping the world, as businesses and individuals make intentional changes to their lifestyles and operations. These green innovations are driving positive transformation by prioritizing long-term social and environmental impact alongside economic profit. Sustainable practices are becoming increasingly prevalent, from green buildings that mimic nature's designs to composting and recycling initiatives that reduce waste. Solar panels, hydroponics, and 3D printing technologies are enabling more efficient and eco-friendly production. The Internet of Things and smart vacuum cleaners are empowering consumers to monitor and optimize their energy usage. Innovative materials like vegan leather are emerging as alternatives to traditional, resource-intensive products. And the principles of biomimicry - learning from and emulating natural systems - are inspiring groundbreaking solutions across industries. As the world faces pressing environmental challenges, these sustainable innovations offer a path forward. Businesses and individuals can drive long-term, positive change by making conscious, responsible choices while creating economic value.

 

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