We had the good fortune of connecting with Norangela R. B. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Norangela, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
Acqua & Ink’s core values are focused in reducing the impact of our activity in our oceans and the planet. We know that our business activity (by using paper that comes from trees) is part of the problem, that is why we work responsibly in searching for alternative materials such as cotton rag (a byproduct of the textile industry recycled into handmade paper), rejecting plastic in all instances of our production and supply chain (that would otherwise end up in the ocean) and offsetting our paper usage impact by planting a tree after the completion of each project. Our objective is not only to be as sustainable as possible but also to use our platform to give back to our global community. When we use our business as a model of sustainibility we are seeking to inspire others to do the same. We have been inspired by NGO’s that work hard for the protection of our environment: one we support with parts of our proceeds is Acoana, an NGO that for three decades has implemented projects of biodiversity conservation, malaria, telemedicine and traditional indigenous rain forest sconservation practices in the Guayana Shield in Venezuela. We have known personally this NGO for a lifetime now and we know the positive impact of their efforts and love for the Y’kwana people. It might seem far from us but the natives of these ancestral lands are the guardians of one of the biggest and most vital rain forests of the world. We know that when we are able to help them with livelihood items such as fishing hooks, flashlights for night hunt we are keeping them away from ilegal mining that has devastating impact on the trees and forest in general.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My journey has been quite a ride and has given me lots of satisfaction. I lived in South America until my early twenties where I got my Architecture’s degree. I then moved to Milano where I worked as an architect for five years, being by nature a risk taker I decided to work on post-tsunami reconstruction efforts with NGOs and the United Nations in Sumatra/Indonesia where I ended up living in remote locations for about five years. After the South East Asian chapter not being able to continue travelling due to motherhood I later decided to start a company in California where I now reside with my family. This new company would allow me to turn my watercolor art and design sensibility into a proffitable business. Acqua & Ink started in an organic way, even though I’m constantly evaluating ideas and more ideas of possible projects, A&I is the result of one of those thoughts, one of those paths. My biggest challenge was to reinvent my self into a different persona and get to know the ropes of a different industry, to not want to give up all the rest of those interests. I belive one should have the possibility of doing several things in parallel so for now I’m giving this mixed model a try. The unique story of my background is often used as inspiration in my work.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love taking out of town visitors to the architecture iconic houses circuit in Los Angeles. Eames house in Pacific Palisades, Schindler’s house in West Hollywood, Richard Neutra’s VDL house in Silver Lake, Hollyhock House (Frank Lloyd Whright) …the list goes on. Love Matador Beach, Malibu lagoon, any hike in the Santa Monica Mountain, a must visit to the Broad in DTLA finishing with some mole or tacos in Olvera Street after checking out Siqueiros “America Tropical” mural.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I love the work of 5Gyres. This is an NGO committed to reducing microplastics in the ocean. They do research and raise awarness on the impact of plastic in our planet.
Linkedin: Norangela Romero Bevilacqua
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