Lívia Humaire, creator and mentor of Global Ecological Transitions has extensive experience in modifying and analyzing production chains, considering not only the material and all the transformation steps involved, but also its associated social and economic impacts.
Livia has a university degree in Geography and since 2014 she has worked within the principles of the Zero Waste movement. When she founded the first Zero Waste project in Brazil, in São Paulo (2018) , she prepared and established a network with more than 80 local suppliers. From cosmetics to cleaning products and products for a life without plastic, she brought together in one space, after intense curatorial work, products that met the principles of eco-design and circular economy.
Livia guided and trained small producers to make changes and adjustments to their products in order to comply with the "Zero Waste" criteria of her new business. In this way, more than 600 products were validated in the initial stage of the project, which was revolutionary in Brazil.
Currently Lívia is committed to studying how to scale up transitions to reach entire societies. She is dedicated to the creation and development of the theme "Ecological Transitions".
"I believe that the production chain, the backbone of our social consumption system, needs to undergo real and deep changes. Our analysis should not be limited to whether a product is made of plastic or not to decide whether to consume it. We need to go beyond. We must know how it was made, the origin of its raw material and how its end of life takes place. We need to develop mechanisms on which we can rely to support environmentally clean, socially fair and prosperous projects that keep biomes alive and preserved. We need to support projects that are in line with the regeneration of the Earth and that are promoting changes guided by real 'Ecological Transitions'." (Lívia Humaire).
Maila is Mechanical Engineer with extensive experience in structural analysis. Active in the aerospace industry since the beginning of her career, she worked as a structural engineer in Brazil and for different multinationals. In 2011 she founded, together with two partners, an engineering consultancy in Basel, Switzerland.
In 2014 she watched an interview about “Zero Waste” movement with Lauren Singer and made her first “Zero Waste” commitment: to observe the plastic waste produced by her family for the next three weeks. The result was worrying! From there, the “Zero waste” commitment had turned into a change in the family's lifestyle and habits. One step at a time, they changed their choices and consumption habits and managed to reduce the production of household waste by about 80%.
Motivated and inspired by the “Zero waste” movement, Maila saw interest in the movement growing in the city where she lives, Basel - Switzerland.
In 2017, she participated, together with a group of Swiss volunteer entrepreneurs, in the design, development and materialization of the first Zero Waste store in Basel . Since its opening, the store has been a great reference for city residents and has inspired many people through the “Zero Waste” transition.
In 2020, with Livia's arrival in Basel, Maila was invited to participate in GET and accepted with immense motivation.
“Is it really sustainable for Europeans to only consume products 'produced' in Europe? To answer this question, we need to go further and evaluate the entire production chain. Where does the raw material come from? What social impact does it have in its place of origin? What economic impact does it have at the source? How are the product and raw material transported? All of these issues need to be considered. Indicators are a way of mathematizing these issues in order to bring clarity to the strengths and weaknesses of the production chain for a given product. Only then will it be possible for the final consumer to make a truly sustainable choice.” (Maila Schiavon).
Markus Thomas is an architect and art director. He is currently deepening his knowledge of renewable energy in a master's degree at Fachhochschule NordWest in Switzerland.
He participated in the whole process of founding the first Zero Waste space in Brazil alongside Lívia. He was the architect responsible for the entire project and the sustainable work of the space with the reuse of materials and processes. He also researched, installed and managed all the store's control systems and was responsible for the integration between the physical and virtual space in the Brazilian project.
At GET, he is responsible for information technology. Markus is also responsible for managing the entire process of importing products from Brazil, including all necessary documentation and compensation.