(*) By Juan Luis Landaeta

Objective 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

The accelerated rhythm of growth that has made possible a more globalized and interconnected world proposes a big threat: excessive consumption. Each year, an estimated one third of food produced ends up rotting in the bins of consumers or retailers or spoiling due to poor transportation and harvesting practices, while almost 1,000 million people are undernourished.

If the world’s population would reach 9600 million people by 2050, we will need three planets earth to provide for us. And even today, more than 1,000 people do not have access to potable water.

Sustainable consumption and production aims at doing more with less. It requires a systemic approach and cooperation among actors operating in the supply chain, from producer to final consumer. It involves engaging consumers through awareness-raising and education on sustainable consumption and lifestyles, providing consumers with adequate information through standards and labels and engaging in sustainable public procurement, among others.

By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources; substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse; and ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature, among other goals. It is everybody’s responsibility to achieve a more sustainable world.

Here we share some of NEXSO Solutions that come from different places throughout Latin America and that are creating unique and valuable Solutions to achieve more sustainable consumption and production patterns. We invite you to learn more about them here:

APP Scaner to Detect Solid Waste, from Redir, Venezuela: A tool to detect plastic waste. The tool is integrated with mobile phones and allows to locate waste, providing real time data regarding the volume and location of the solid waste.

Greendy, from Aura Sustentable, Argentina: First app that offers a centralized platform with earth friendly products, service and recycling centers .

Mercado de Pequeños Productores, from Asociación Civil La Tierra Sabe, Argentina: Neighborhoods markets for artisans and small producers, enabling a direct consumption of healthy products, with no chemical production, and based on a support network that includes social networks and other populations.

These three initiatives are part of NEXSO platform, and are examples of innovations and opportunities for the region.

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(*) Collaborator. Writer and Ambassador of Ashoka Venezuela in New York. He is a lawyer from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello and is currently part of the Creative Writing Master Degree of New York University. Associate Editor of ViceVersa Magazine.