This is my story,
I am sure you will agree that it is as unique,
as your own story
My history of sustainability started in 1972, ten years later it became also a story of sustainability & shipping containers. At that time I was 10 years old and was doing a trip through Israel with my family, being that young and coming from a different culture, one thing, among many others, captured my attention, it was a small black device on top of every roof of every single house in the middle of the Negev desert. When I asked my father, who was an engineer, he gave me the explanation that those were solar collectors to heat the water in places where people didn’t have electricity. I never forgot about this anecdote, it followed me during all those years until 1980 when I had to build an office in an inhospitable place and a friend of mine came to me with a novel idea to build it with shipping containers. I was reluctant at the time, but everything was falling into place within the sustainability movement, solar collectors, and repurposed shipping containers. Another stage of my life was beginning, the era of shipping containers and sustainability. From then until today I adopted it as a way of life and a way of living. I formed a company named Habitat Container in Argentina to design and build shipping container houses, years later I moved to the USA to do the same.
I am sure you must be wondering what is the relation between one thing and the other. Well in the meantime I became a firm believer that climate change was due to humans, and I was convinced that I had to do something stop it.
Did my actions change anything? I believe that my actions together with the other 7 billion actions made by the seven billion souls that live on planet earth, which by the way should be called planet water, will do. There are two versions of the relationship between land and water on planet earth. The first one is more general, about 70% of Earth is water while about 30% is land (US Geological Society). The second one is the more specific 71% of Earth is water while 29% is land. So with that responsibility of saving the world, I started to think about how could I help.
Using the three pillars of sustainability, Reduce-Reuse-Recycle, I came to the conclusion that Reusing repurposed Shipping Containers, was the solution, and in a combination with solar power, solar heaters, and all the green stuff, promoted by the green movement, wouldn’t do any harm. And that became the purpose of my life.
(Typically, repurposing is done using items usually considered to be junk, garbage, or obsolete)