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GET TO KNOW US: OUR SUSTAINABLE HABITS

Small habits can go a long way, that is what we firmly believe at Staiy. We would like to introduce you to four members of our team, all from different departments, and share their sustainable habits with you. 

Words By Mayra Quispe Trejo 

08/11/2020

Be the Reason You Live Sustainable

Sustainability. This one word has a significant impact on our current society and its challenges. Preserving the environment and making continuous efforts to maintain a long-lasting world to pass on to future generations has become a crucial responsibility.

Our world is facing one of its hardest times, as climate change is a reality that is affecting all of us. What can we do to keep our planet alive? Can small steps lead us to big changes?

At Staiy, we believe that every step counts. In that sense, we, alongside our brand partners, have made a commitment to sustainable fashion. We offer a fashion platform that sells sustainable pieces and through our magazine, we share ideas about living a sustainable lifestyle.

As we believe in leading by example, our talented team is also committed to creating a more sustainable world. In this article, we show four interviews with members of different divisions. They share with us their sustainable habits and how these actions impact their day to day lives.

First, we have Lukas Preining, a new brilliant writer working for the Editorial Department. After that, we have Israa, a young graphic designer, member of our Communications Team, Patrick Da Silva, Chief Technology Officer and finally, Chiara Latini, our Product Manager, Creative Director and one of the co-founders of Staiy. 

Let’s meet each of them and find out more about their sustainable habits!

Lukas Preining: Writer

Interviewer: Could you please briefly introduce yourself and state in one sentence what your sustainable habit is?

Lukas: My name is Lukas Preining, I am 21 years old, I study Geography at the University of Vienna and I’ve lived abroad for a number of years. I enjoy the mountains and forests of Vienna, try to go hiking as often as I can and have been training wilderness survival at a dedicated institution in Tyrol for the last 12 years.

The main sustainable habit I want to focus on is composting and growing my own produce in a semi-sustainable cycle.

Interviewer: What is your inspiration for the habit you learned and why do you think it’s important to keep on doing it?

Lukas: My great grandfather was an avid gardener and passed this passion on to my mother, who passed it on to me. We compost all the organic waste from our household and use the results as the foundation of our vegetable patches. The compost usually decomposes for about a year, before it is buried underneath the old soil, so that the roots of the produce we grow on the flower beds can reach the nutrient-rich soil while ensuring that it continues to be actively decomposed by earthworms and other bugs, releasing the nutrients into the soil and allowing the produce to grow. We also fill the vegetable patches with other decomposable waste from the garden, such as cut grass, branches and hedge trimmings. This creates a semi-sustainable cycle that only requires water and care to produce vegetables for us to consume in summer, reducing the amount of fresh produce we need to purchase during the summer months to nearly zero. I think it’s important to continue doing this and to pass it on, as it reduces the carbon footprint caused by the transportation of produce to our home to zero, creates a thriving ecosystem in our garden and eliminates the need for fertilizers, thereby avoiding pollution of the groundwater and ecosystem due to excess nitrates or other nutrients in the ground.

Interviewer: why do you care about sustainability and what was the first thing that made you care about it?

Lukas: Sustainability has always been a cornerstone of my life, in retrospect, as my parents sought to impart me with a reasonably sustainable lifestyle, even from a young age. My first conscious experience with sustainability, outside of what I knew from my daily life, was probably in Grade 7 (about age 12) when sustainability and ‘green’ was a focus of the school I studied at for a 6-week unit. At the time, I realized the difference in lifestyles and how my parents had instilled in me the concepts of recycling, avoiding waste and buying locally, before I was ever aware of the impact and meanings of these concepts. I really started to care and be interested in the topics surrounding sustainability when I was about 15, as Geography became a more defined subject in school and we started to learn more about how the planet, ecosystems and global warming work. Geography has always been an interest of mine, and as I study at university I become more acutely aware of the dire situation we are faced with and the consequences of carefree lifestyles on this wonderful planet we call home. This motivates me to do my part both at home and in my academic field to attempt to preserve nature so that our children have the chance to live and connect with it like we did.

Israa: Communication Team

Interviewer: Could you please briefly introduce yourself and state in one sentence what your sustainable habit is?

Israa: Hey, This is Israa, Graphic Designer and a member of the communication team at Staiy! My sustainable habit is collecting and recycling various random objects or materials and placing them as decorative elements in my space!

I normally either collect used materials from friends or family before they get thrown away or purchase used decorative ornaments from flea markets and I try to creatively combine those together for a nice touch of beauty in my room! Not only does it benefit the planet by reducing material waste, but also helps bring my creativity and vision to life!

Interviewer: What is your inspiration for the habit you learned and why do you think it’s important to keep on doing it?


Israa: As a young creative, I have always been a fan of gathering very dull or even unappealing elements and combining them together into functional aesthetically pleasing designs!


Interviewer: why do you care about sustainability and what was the first thing that made you care about it?


Israa: I am growing to be more and more conscious right now of how important sustainability is due to how imminent the current environmental situation is. As such, I try as much as I can to reduce my footprint by not buying and consuming more, but rather consciously, and of course, creatively recycling what’s already out there!

Patrick Da Silva: CTO

Interviewer: Could you please briefly introduce yourself and state in one sentence what your sustainable habit is?

Patrick: I’m Patrick, CTO at Staiy. One sustainable habit I took was to support companies that have sustainability in their mission, such as Staiy and others like Tier Mobility, WILDPLASTIC, The Ocean Cleanup, etc.

Interviewer: What is your inspiration for the habit you learned and why do you think it’s important to keep on doing it?

Patrick: More companies like this need to exist, because only when working as groups will we get the greatest achievements; individuals can do a lot, but not as much as what they can do together as teams.

Interviewer: why do you care about sustainability and what was the first thing that made you care about it?

Patrick: The science is clear, we’re doing damage-control right now when it comes to the climate and biodiversity. That’s my number one focus right now, to have as big an impact as I possibly can, which is why I joined forces with Staiy in the first place.

Chiara Latini: Creative Director

Interviewer: Could you please briefly introduce yourself and state in one sentence what your sustainable habit is?

Chiara: I’m Chiara. I’m the Creative Director of Staiy and one of the co-founders. My sustainable habit is to only opt for high-quality products in every sphere of my lifestyle, from fashion to beauty to home and beyond. The reason why I chose to do this is that I know that my investment will be worth it because the products will last longer, my happiness will be higher, my health better,and I will feel better towards the environment and the world.

Interviewer: What is your inspiration for the habit you learned and why do you think it’s important to keep on doing it?

Chiara: The inspiration actually comes from a struggle I used to have. I have always been in love with the fashion world. I was doing a lot of shopping because I really loved being unique, having my own style, always discovering new products and new brands. The problem is that when I was younger and didn’t have my own salary, I prefered to shop for lower quality pieces. They were costing less and investing less money into every single product made me feel like I could have more of them. So I started shopping for a lot of things. What I discovered is that, after one year, I was looking at my wardrobe and I didn’t like anything I had, because I always had the fear of missing out. I knew that I could always get something new, as the cost was low and the pieces I purchased did not really have a unique style. They were just nice, but after one day, they would not be nice anymore. This was partly because putting them in the washing machine would ruin them and damage the material. As a result, I did not enjoy wearing them anymoreSo in the end, I was like, taking off things from my wardrobe, filling up like these huge bags of products inside and I was giving them to charity and I was always feeling bad when I looked at these huge bags. And I was like, thinking if I put together all the money that I invested into these pieces, I could have maybe had like one-tenth of these pieces, but they would have stayed in my wardrobe. I would have looked so much better because they would be so much more unique, more high quality. In that moment I realised that I should change my habits. And now, when I look at my wardrobe, I have less pieces, but I love each one of them and I will never throw them away or even give them to someone else. All of the pieces bring me joy and have value to me. I know that I put a lot of money behind it, and it was an investment worthy of it. So yeah, it just makes me feel better not to contribute to the waste.

Interviewer: why do you care about sustainability and what was the first thing that made you care about it?

Chiara: So the very first thing was when I traveled to Copenhagen. Being an Italian in a country that was sustainable was very interesting. When I moved to Berlin, I started to recognise certain things but I wasn’t yet 100% in it, so when I traveled to Copenhagen, I was shocked by how people were living there. How they were caring about taking bicycles rather than cars and how a lot of their shops had products that were made differently, with sustainable practices in mind. I started to see that there were options to live better, and I was no longer happy with simply being content with what I had and how I lived. I saw that there was an opportunity for self growth and I dove head first into learning about how I could change my lifestyle. I changed the way I chose produce, cleaning supplies, and the clothes I’d buy. I started looking into the sustainability of brands rather than just picking something at random off the shelf. Soon, I became a touchpoint to sustainability for my friends. I saw them getting interested in sustainability as well, and that made me very happy. I wanted to keep inspiring others and showing more people how easy it is and how important it is for us to make these small changes.

Our four team members have opted to take sustainability actions into their lives in different ways. However, all of them have one thing in common: the concern for our environment and finding personal daily basis solutions to the problem. It is important not just to be worried about the environment but to take action even if they seem small. 

At Staiy, we believe in change and that is the reason why we are one of the first platforms for selling sustainable fashion and beauty products. Our commitment to our clients goes beyond the work we do, it is our philosophy, having sustainable habits is possible and we prove that by displaying the experiences of our four team members.

We as a sustainable brand, encourage all our clients and readers to make sustainable daily choices and promote others to do so. Living a sustainable life is not just good for the environment, it is also helping you to live a healthier life.

What about you? Do you have a sustainable habit? Share it with us!