17 Jan Running Journal on Circularity / January 2018

“It’s a photo that I wish didn’t exist but, now that it does, I want everyone to see it. ”
Justin Hofman

A   new year arises, bringing joy, happiness, but also an urge to act. While sustainability, circularity and consciousness have made it to our daily vocabulary, concrete impact and actions are still rare species. Highvisioned’s running journal gathers initiatives that struck our attention, values that we believe in, actions that shock us, and much more. Let’s make 2018 a year full of achievements, for us all and for the planet.

The allegory of our oceans

A seahorse swimming with a discarded cotton swab: it summarises the current state of our oceans. This picture was captured by the photographer Justin Hofman in 2017 in Indonesia, who said about his snapshot: “It’s a photo that I wish didn’t exist but now that it does I want everyone to see it. What started as an opportunity to photograph a cute little seahorse turned into one of frustration and sadness as the incoming tide brought with it countless pieces of trash and sewage. This photo serves as an allegory for the current and future state of our oceans.”

Our oceans and seas are the garbage of our planet: by natural rain flows and sea currents, all litter, leaked oils, debris… end up in oceans. This dramatic journey contains an even more dramatic truth: at this pace, the plastic in water will weight as much as fish by 2050.

It’s not too late to reverse this trend. Highvisioned supports ocean preservation initiatives and promotes changes in consumption: from refusing plastic to reconsidering eating animal products, we need to ask ourselves what does kill the oceans. Probably not this little cute seahorse.

Best TV program ever

David Attenborough keeps on amazing us. His latest series, Blue Planet II, is one of a kind of TV series. Showing, on one hand, the marvellous life inside the oceans, we all learn tremendous insights on animals we will probably never see with our own eyes. On the other hand, it shows with subtlety the enormous impact that human actions have on these fragile ecosystems. From female whale’s milk being contaminated by plastic leaks and pollution to albatrosses confusing plastic with food, found later dead with bellies full of plastic, Attenborough shows to the masses what is too often left for scientists only to bear. Mainstream media has now more than ever a fundamental role in driving consumer behaviour change.

 

Eating vegan on Mallorca

Highvisioned went on Mallorca for a much needed re-energising retreat. While immersing ourselves in the five elements of our macrocosm (and getting high on readings about Ayurveda), we went on a quest to find out: where and how can you eat organic, local and vegan on Mallorca?

In a nutshell, it was not easy, perhaps specially as it was low season. Here our top three:

1. Ziva To Go in Santa Ponca and Palma: with the headline “It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle”, this coffee place proposes everything local, mostly organic and vegan. We very much liked it. Only—major—damper: all the food comes in biodegradable or compostable packaging. While it may sound great (biodegradable, yay!), waste is waste, and single-use packaging requires to take out planet’s resources for a few minutes’ usage. A big no-go on our current planet; it’s the wrong solution.

2. Restaurante Vegano Bon Lloc in Palma: with a 15€ lunch menu, 100% vegan, this bistro-style restaurant made our bellies very happy while wandering in Palma’s old town. With local and mostly organic food, the place encounters long queues and requires reservation. The type of restaurant you wish to have in every city. What would make it perfect: being 100% organic.

3. Cooking at home: once again, Highvisioned’s crew and its friends realized that cooking at home was the best way to get organic and vegan tasty food on Mallorca. Having cooked a 100% vegan New Year’s eve dinner, we all enjoyed quality time with a perfect sunset, in the most beautiful sunset garden.