Melissa Díaz Segura, M.Sc. Eng.: Life Cycle Thinking | On the House #23

In this episode, host Gabriella Joustra is joined by Melissa Díaz Segura, an experienced Senior Consultant specializing in Life Cycle Assessment and Circularity with more than 8 years of expertise in sustainability and environmental engineering

Are you interested in adopting sustainable practices and reducing your environmental impact at home? It is actually astounding how simple household management practices can influence one’s environmental footprint.

Join Gabriella Joustra and Melissa Díaz Segura as they delve deep into the difference between life cycle thinking and carbon footprint, offering valuable advice on integrating life cycle thinking into daily household management.

Meet Melissa Díaz Segura

Melissa Díaz Segura is an LCA and EPD Senior Project Manager, a Circular Economy Consultant, and the Founder of the Footprint Initiative. She has more than 8 years of expertise in sustainability and environmental engineering.

About the episode

In this episode of On The House: Household Management Insights, Melissa Díaz Segura defines household management as the activities required to run and maintain a household efficiently. She draws a similarity between the environmental footprint and the human social footprint. Melissa also states that awareness of the human environmental footprint encourages people to make responsible decisions and reduce their negative impact on the environment.

Melissa further emphasizes the importance of understanding the human environmental footprint, introducing apps and tools to help consumers gain insights about companies’ environmental practices. She states that the life cycle assessment methodology evaluates the environmental impact of products from raw materials to end-of-life, displaying how people can make a drastic difference by choosing products with lower environmental footprints and responsibly disposing of them.

Melissa points out that although recycling is perceived as a primary solution for pollution, its effectiveness is limited. She sheds light on the idea of a circular economy. According to Melissa, although plastic bags have a more efficient manufacturing process, they also have a higher environmental impact in the long run.

For Melissa, mindful consumption is the best way to reduce environmental impact, as it reflects conscious consumerism and critical thinking about the necessity of purchases. She suggests reading the labels of products upon purchasing them to address the overwhelming feeling of questioning every purchase. Her perspective manifests the shared responsibility between consumers and producers in promoting informed choices.

Throughout the episode, Melissa emphasizes that the circular economy industry trend advocates being more eco-friendly and nature-inspired. She encourages people to reduce waste by opting for organic materials that create value instead of going to landfills.

Melissa ends the episode on a motivating note: Although it might be overwhelming at first, critical thinking about environmental impact can become a habitual practice. She also highlights local governments’ efforts to spread awareness about recycling and waste management practices to enhance circular economy initiatives.

In conclusion

This episode explores how household management significantly influences people’s environmental footprint, with consumers’ actions impacting the planet. It encourages people to consider being mindful of their choices and adopting a circular economy mindset for a healthier and more sustainable environment.

It also pushes people to question their purchases, reduce waste, and support companies committed to sustainable practices, contributing to a greener future.

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