Among the various types of projects there are ecological projects that are related to the use of natural resources. In its most classic definition, are those that are oriented to the development of responsible practices with environments and the design of solutions for the conservation and good use of these resources and the environment in general.
This does not mean that ecological projects are limited to actions such as garbage collection, the care of forests or green areas, recycling, energy and light saving or responsible consumption of products.
Also included in this category are those initiatives that include the construction of intelligent buildings, ecotourism or even ecological art.
Ecological projects: variety and singularity
This indicates that the category of ecological projects is broader than at first appears. The topic of the explorer or volunteer with a backpack cleaning the beaches is not exactly accurate.
An example of the variety of this type of initiatives can be found in the work of the British artist Jason deCaries Taylor, who at the beginning of 2016 dipped some cement statues with neutral PH in the sea of Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands. His intention was not only to exhibit his unique sculptures, but also to help the figures, over time, become habitat for marine spices.
Ecotourism also falls into the category of ecological projects. In most cases, the promoters of this practice incorporate activities related to gastronomy and the responsible consumption of food.
Main characteristics of ecological projects
Just as an industrial, construction, computer, chemical or community project has certain characteristics that define it, ecological projects differ from others by including elements such as:
- Recognizes the elasticity of the natural environment. That is, he knows that every medium can be intervened by the action of man. However, take care that such intervention is not harmful.
- It seeks to repair or restore ecosystems. Most of the ecological projects focus on the restoration of places, zones or regions that have been affected by the action of man or nature itself.
- They have a holistic view of reality. For the director of ecological projects, the premise is one: “Everything is in everything”. That is, you can not intervene an aspect without this having consequences on the entire environment or ecosystem. Any action generates certain consequences.
- Recognize entropy as a natural cause. However, at the same time it has the awareness that ecosystems and the environment in general are predisposed to destruction and natural deterioration. The matter, then, is to delay as much as possible this process.
- Understands the environment in a broad sense. Projects of this type do not only focus on actions for the care of the environment such as recycling or conservation of natural resources. They also worry about different elements that intervene directly or indirectly in this area, from air quality to our consumption model.
Three examples of successful ecological projects
The day to day is full of examples of ecological projects that have been successful and that, in some cases, have become benchmarks for the development of similar initiatives. Let’s see three examples of them:
a) Eco-Cycle, long life to the cowboys:
The trouser brand Nudie Jeans offers its customers an exclusive service for repairing trousers. The idea is to return the used jeans and in return get a 20% discount on the next purchase. With this, Nudie Jeans helps save the water and energy that are used in the manufacture of a pair of jeans before going on sale.
b) Archiblox, ecological house:
This project plans the construction of several modular homes that generate more energy than they consume. Being prefabricated, the houses of Archiblox take advantage of sunlight almost 100% and are able to preserve it thanks to its thermal walls. The project also plans the construction of larger obas with bricks that absorb CO2 and reduce air pollution.
c) Sky greens, vegetables in vertical:
Thanks to a closed hydraulic system, this initiative conceives an innovative way of growing vegetables in vertical structures, which means that it is able to save 5% of the water used in a traditional crop and does not use fertilizers or other types of chemicals, crops.