Samesame believes in an eco-culture, based on values such as sharing, community, creativity, respect, and sustainability. For these reasons, we could not turn a blind eye to what is currently happening in the natural world around us. We are committed to reversing this existential and planetary crisis, by finding sustainable and long-term solutions.
We have been working hard to substantially decrease our carbon footprint, by introducing many different structural and lifestyle changes, such as the products we use, to the waste we produce. These changes apply to all apartments at samesame, our food and event space Insitu and both our co-working spaces, BECO and Esquina.
Below, are some of the improved short-term habits we are happy to share with you:
We supply co-livers and all other spaces with sustainable and biodegradable hand wash and dish soaps. We also refill these empty detergent and soap packages, thus avoiding plastic waste. Solid package free product alternatives are also possible by request.
All new kitchen tools are sustainable and/or biodegradable. Older, previously existing tools are reused and kept.
We supply co-livers and all other spaces with recycled, plastic package free toilet paper, paper towels and napkins, as well as recycled/biodegradable waste bags.
Mostly all waste is recycled, composted or reused. We have partnered with circular economy initiatives that help us reuse some of our waste such as wine corks and glass bottles, for example.
Plastic waste is kept to a minimum and recycled.
Organic waste is used for composting that in turn will help us grow our own produce.
We’ve partnered with an eco-sustainable and plastic-free laundry service company for our bed and bath linen weekly wash.
All our taps have been adapted to have a lower water pressure, in order to reduce water waste.
All our lights are energy efficient.
Posters are available in all spaces and apartments with important information in regards to recycling, composting, package refilling and saving water and energy.
We openly communicate with co-livers about the impact of our choices and encourage the use of plastic-free products such as solid shampoo, solid shower gel, solid deodorant; bamboo toothbrushes, etc. The same goes for fashion, mobility and groceries.
We will create a green city map with a list of recommended sustainable brands, initiatives and shops available for anyone looking into these options.
All products served at INSITU are seasonal and organic, as well as mostly plastic-free. We search consciously to ensure most of them are locally sourced, and that all imported products are ethically sourced, such as spices, tea, coffee and cocoa.
We have available a range of homemade fermented food and drinks, such as kimchi and kombucha. Fermentation isn’t only healthy for our gut but also allows us to sustainably store seasonal ingredients throughout the year without the use of energy.
We encourage a plant-based diet by reducing our meat and dairy consumption at INSITU. An increase of plant-based meals would drastically minimize the earth’s carbon footprint. Nonetheless, when served, all meat, fish and dairy are sustainably and locally sourced.
At INSITU, we plan on hosting unique dinners with special guests who will present sustainability related themes, in order to foster inspiration, learning and dialogue within our community.
We are working to soon open our own sustainable and organic grocery shop, located at samesame entrance. Here we will apply the same principles of sustainably, ethically and locally sourced, low-packaged goods.
We will host events focused on sustainability that engage both co-livers and the public. Some ideas we are about to manifest are organized beach cleanups, Lisbon bicycle city tours, hikes with outdoor yoga, meditation and workout sessions, sustainable agriculture workshops, natural candle making workshops, among many other ideas.
Let’s get back to the roots. Take a look at the etymology of the word ecology. The prefix eco- comes from the greek oikos meaning “house” or “home”. This brings to light our true, existential home – the earth. Thus, it reminds us that sustainable or ecological thinking is all-inclusive: it encompasses not only our individual lives and businesses, but also our communities and the whole world.
Every little action helps and we believe all of us are responsible for doing what we can to save the earth – our home. Therefore, we would love to have you walk beside us on this incredible path of (e)co-living.