By Tinia Pina
Angellist is how we met and after several interviews with Anisha, I soon realized that she was driven by the same principles that led me to start pursuing Sustainability Management at Columbia University and to later start Re-Nuble. Her previous experience in sustainability and product development at Unilever given their commitment to fund and catalyze sustainable solutions coupled by her tenacious ability to problem solve gave us confidence that we would soon be in good hands.
1. What inspired you to want to work with Re-Nuble?
Re-Nuble’s mission of creating sustainable solutions for agricultural waste management resonated with me due to my long-term interests in the industry. I have been drawn to the sustainable agriculture industry since high school when I produced a documentary on the local food movement as a school project. I also led an anaerobic biogas digestion project team at the University of Michigan, so I am familiar with the production of fertilizer from waste inputs.
Additionally, learning that the company is founded and led by a female CEO was icing on the cake. In an industry so dominated by male leadership, it was refreshing to meet Tinia and see such strong female leadership.
2. Do you have a green thumb and how do you practice it?
To be completely honest, I have more of an aspiring green thumb than a practicing one. I currently only have one plant in my apartment, and it’s an air plant, requiring very little upkeep. I am hoping to start growing some tabletop herbs and microgreens, especially so that I can try out our products as a customer!
3. What does a Sustainable NYC mean to you and how do you envision Re-Nuble fitting into that vision?
Ultimately, I’d like to see a NYC that is much more self-sufficient, in terms of transportation, food, and energy. As such a small area of land with such great needs to satisfy the population, there is currently a very large footprint required to get all required resources to the city. I’d like to see an increase in the use of renewable energy sources (especially solar), more localized agriculture through vertical and urban farming, and more reliable, low-emission public transportation, ultimately reducing the need for cars and trucks on the island.
4. How do you practice aspects of a circular economy/sustainability at home?
Whenever possible, I try to purchase bulk, zero-waste items in reusable containers. I also use reusable bags for shopping and recycle consistently. I’ve even been known to carry around aluminum cans or plastic bottles until I find the proper receptacle. I have a vendetta against disposable water bottles and carry my reusable bottle with me nearly everywhere I go. I also have a dog, and try to buy his food and treats in bulk, and purchase biodegradable waste bags.
5. What would you like to see Re-Nuble do differently for cities that other companies or brands have failed to do so or have not invested the efforts in creating?
I think a lot of companies these days are using the term ‘circular’ or ‘circular economy’ without actually thinking about end-to-end solutions for their whole process or product lifecycle. Re-Nuble’s mission has this type of thinking already ingrained in the business model, which is great, and it’s definitely a departure from the way a lot of companies are handling this. As long as Re-Nuble continues to incorporate circular processes and regenerative technologies, I think we’ll be operating in sustainable place.