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A sustainable attitude

A sustainable attitude
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Bea lives in an apartment in one of the liveliest districts of Milan, in the southern area of the city. In the evening, at the end of the day, she loves to go out on the balcony with her roommate Diego, to watch the sky that turns red and colors the windows of the buildings and the whole surroundings.

They often like to go on the rooftop of their building together with neighbors, to spend summer evenings in company. They have set up a space with a large canvas to project movies on it, and an area with tables, cushions and chairs, where to organize aperitifs and dinners.

However, their favorite corner is always that of the shared garden. Bea and Diego are both very sensitive to eco-sustainability issues, and they thought that a shared orchard, accessible to all people living in the building, could be a great idea.

For them, sustainability does not just mean being sensitive to environmental issues; they have chosen to embrace it as a daily and whole life approach. It means always thinking about the kind of impact that our every little action will have; it means being able to see beyond, to see the future, to imagine how it will be and what the life of those who will come after us could be. For them, sustainability does not just mean being sensitive to environmental issues; they have chosen to embrace it as a daily and whole life approach

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It means always thinking about the kind of impact that our every little action will have; it means being able to see beyond, to see the future, to imagine how it will be and what the life of those who will come after us could be. With few but important actions, Bea and Diego can benefit themselves and the community too.

Thus, as part of adopting a reduced impact approach to their lifestyle, Bea and Diego have brought this sensitivity to their relaxing moment too: the daily coffee time.

At the end of the day, after preparing their usual coffees, the two collect the coffee pucks of their espresso machine. Once cold, they put in a hermetic box. The morning after, when the city is still sleeping, they take the box and go upstairs on the rooftop. Coffee pucks are a perfect way to fertilize flowers and plants: they are ecologic and at no cost!

Small steps for big changes, right? Even a simple action like preparing and enjoying coffee can have a major impact on the planet. Not only the coffee pucks can be recycled and used for various things, from gardening to beauty care. Also, opting for fresh coffee beans, pre-ground coffee or paper pods over other methods can save resources. Little actions can change the world and help the planet. We can do good to ourselves, and to everyone…one coffee at a time!

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