First declared in 1970, Earth Day is now an annual event held on April 22 around the world to support and promote environmental protection. In the WorldSkills community, some former contestants share their views on how business skills play a role in saving the planet.
Emmie Lindblad, a 24-year-old beauty therapist from Sweden, said she believes even the smallest individual changes can be effectively noticed if it snows.
In high school, Lindblad will study economics until facial treatment in a salon led her to change career paths.
“As a beauty therapist,” she said, “you can help others feel better about themselves and offer them time to relax.”
At the Gilda International School of Beauty, where she studied, she was taught ecological practices and the efficient use of materials.
“Teachers have taught us to never use more products than we need for treatment, and we have always had specific amounts of things like cotton pads,” she said. “We learned about the importance of reducing our waste.”
Lounges use single-use materials to maintain cleanliness and sterility.
“But we found out that if you can use reusable materials and tools, you have to,” Lindblad said. “Our main rule is to use as much material as necessary but no more than that.
Lindblad won a Sustainability Award for Beauty Therapy at the WorldSkills 2019 competition in the Russian city of Kazan.
In her current job, she is implementing other green initiatives.
“My co-workers and I decided to use and sell only one or two brands, so when we need a resupply, we can place a mass order to avoid small deliveries that can damage the climate,” Lindblad said.
Lindblad contacts many people and said she believes her duty to keep the Earth can be handed over.
“We are the future,” she said. “This planet is for our children and grandchildren, and it is our responsibility to keep it alive.”