Taking Care of The Planet And Others, It Is Taking Care Of Ourselves.


CANDICE

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SUSTAINABILITY CONSULTANT, PARIS



What does it really mean to work in sustainability and why choose that path? For Candice, it's not only about being conscious of her environment but also learning how to see beauty in it. She talks about her drives, her views on fashion and feminism.You have questions for her? Ask anything you want to know at the end of the article!


WHAT'S YOUR MISSION AS A SUSTAINABILITY CONSULTANT?


To help companies and territories reinvent themselves towards a more circular and participative approach of their concepts, business model and operations, working through 3 pillars : Environnement, Social and Economy. Working in sustainability is creatively bring people to change their vision and practices and to find the best balance between those dimensions when they decide, when they choose, when they design something. 


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Nature fulfils all of the functions of art: it makes me happy, it makes me think, it makes me understand things and inspires me.


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WHY DO YOU CONSIDER THIS MISSION TO BEING IMPORTANT?


Because we are not only working on protecting the Earth but also on preserving the ability of human beings to be fulfilled in their life, which cannot happen in an unfriendly, uniform, lifeless environment. Life becomes rich when it is filled with diversity and harmony - when we are able to see both in the world. Caring for our environment is directly linked with our ability to being happy, healthy, stimulated and connected to others. Taking care of the planet and others it is taking care of myself/ourselves.  



HOW DO YOU THINK CHANGE NEEDS TO OCCUR? 


On a global scale, this change can only come from a combined effort from businesses and state leaders working hand in hand. It is frustrating to realise that despite the countless flags raised by scientists, politicians and activists, sustainability is still not a natural urge for most leaders.


Change will also come from each of us questioning our choices, rediscovering the breadth and power of our individual and intimate decisions, weather at work or in our personal lives. That is why keeping education and keeping the conversation going, showing the feasible, fun, aspirational aspect of change are so important. I share a lot of information and advice on my blog Pamplemouss (for the French speakers ;-)

 

The very first step as an individual or an enterprise: get to understand what is my environmental print and start reducing it step by step in a playful way. It may sound like a big program, and it is but is actually more like a game and it can even get really addictive as you reinvent all your life by doing things in a more conscious way!  


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Beauty sometimes lies in moderation and uniqueness, doesn't it ?  

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Shall We Get Personal? 


And By The Way...



WHAT DOES FASHION MEANS TO YOU?


Mixed feelings. For myself it means a quest for elegance, coherence, day-changing details and unique pieces that stay fashionable over time. As a system, it means too much: use of non renewable ressources, need for accumulation and a dangerous uniformisation. Beauty sometimes lies in moderation and uniqueness, doesn't it ?


HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE FEMINISM?


An attitude of women as well as men that value their feminine traits of character (sensitivity, openness to the world) as much as their masculine traits (need for action and self affirmation). We all have both in ourselves, why let 50% of our abilities unexploited when balance is so important?


 

WHAT FORM OF ART INSPIRES YOU THE MOST?


I’m always getting the strongest emotions from Nature : sunlight on a water green door, the sound of the wind and birds in the trees, the infinite variety of smells offered by a rose garden... Nature fulfils all of the functions of art: it makes me happy, it makes me think, it makes me understand things and inspires me.

 

Candice is wearing the Laptop Bag Ocean Blue. 

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What Is The Little Arrow Your Follow Everyday?


This is a good one! I guess my own little arrow is actually shaped as a circle. My will for continuous improvement, for harmony, for connections with people and elements... Everything that makes me move forward. 

To Go Further


1. Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of A Reluctant Businessman, Yvon Chouinard (book) - a beautiful, inspiring book for doing business, caring about people and the environment, and delivering fun and performance as a result.

2. Wasteland, Lucy Walker and Vik Muniz (documentary) - linking the power of social, environmental and art projects in Brazil. 

3. A Wealth Of Flows, Ellen MacArthur Foundation (book) -on circular economy, I love the title of this book that refocus on flows and system metabolism.

4. Business Lessons From A Radical Industrialist, Ray Anderson, CEO of Interface (book) - a guide for environmentally improving your industry step by step and make money out of it.

5. Pamplemouss, Candice's blog for the French speaking readers :-) 




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