It is worth to buy the latest electronic gadget instead of increasing the ecological footprint that involves the production of this technology? When we need something, the best option is to buy second-hand or take it lent, so it did not create any contamination in the manufacture of any object. If we need to buy something new, we can help by purchasing less toxic product, with the least exploited available product that lasts longer, instead of chopping the bait with disposable and cheap consumer goods. I realize that it may not be easy to choose the most expensive option in our times of economic uncertainty, but if we buy fewer things altogether, many of us can face paying an extra cost for a product that is less toxic and which last longer when we have to buy something. And what about recycling? Is it not the solution to our problem? Recycling is a double-edged weapon. Recycling seeks to return the materials to the production cycle of the industries that use it again. It reduces the amount of waste and the pressure to remove more material mine. That's good. But you can add problems. The products contain toxic chemicals and recycling perpetuates its use. Any electronic gadget recycling involves organic contaminants and heavy metals, exposes workers to noxious fumes and creates a toxic byproduct. In addition, recycling is often presented as a panacea to the problem of waste. Many customers cheerfully taking the plastic bags and things packed too much, knowing that they can recycle them. But, in fact, that plastic is exported to other countries–normally, impoverished countries – to be reprocessed in factories which do not comply with the laws of workplace safety or environmental. Recycling serves to reduce our consumptive guilt while we add an environmental problem abroad. Reduce, reuse, recycle. The reason why recycling is in third place is because it is the last thing we should do with our stuff. First, we reduce the things we buy, let's pressure manufacturers to eliminate toxins from their products, we reuse and share things, and only when it is not another option, then recycle. How our constant waste of materials encourages an unfair and unsustainable economy? Often the things that add to economic growth undermine human and environmental well-being. The indiscriminate felling of forests to make propaganda for the mailbox, in addition, economic growth. Each new car accident, cancer, prison built and incinerator built, case increases growth, even though they undermine our well-being. We want growth, but not pollution and ecological debt. We want growth of healthy kids, safe transportation, clean energy, food that nourish. As individuals and as a society we need to redefine the idea of progress beyond our consumption of materials to include all those things that we actually become more safe, healthy and happy. Can you share some experience where people are doing things differently? There are many! There are programs called garbage zero seeking that products should be designed to reach a safe reuse or recycling. The biomimicry, which consists of learning solutions from nature to produce structures that are safe for people and the planet. For example, some scientists are studying how barnacles created glue that is non-toxic and resistant to water. Or how the spiders create their strong fabrics to body temperature. There are many solutions waiting to be discovered and implemented. And finally, do you feel that we are going to change by will or by obligation? We are on the verge of provoking the collapse of biological systems on which we depend. Many communities around the world are in danger of losing their water supplies. The newborns are arriving in this world precontaminados with industrial and agricultural chemicals. It is not a good record. We are facing a serious situation. Many scientists say that less than 10 years are to take serious action on climate if we want life to continue on this planet as we know it. Others say that it is already too late. I'm not ready to give up, there is still hope. But every day that we don't do anything, is a little mine that hope. Mariola Olcina, Ecologistas en Acción.