A passion for sustainability

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Meet our Saints! We were curious who wears our Basics, and why we're such a good match. So we decided to go investigate! Today we met with Saint Isodoor.

What can you tell us about yourself?
I live with my family in Haarlem, where I've lived all my life. It's a great place to get away from the busy streets of Amsterdam and it's close to the beach and some beautiful nature reserves. My wife grew up a stone’s throw away. We have a young daughter and a second child on the way.

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What do you do for a living?
I work for a company than gives training in leadership for other companies and organisations. What I love about my job is the sustainable principles we instill in our trainees. We look at every important aspect. A big part of that is people's well-being, as well as protecting nature and the environment. This way we can help companies to develop and grow on all fronts.

"It feels like I have a much better quality of life"

You're wearing our Basics, what made you try them?
When it comes to sustainability, the penny dropped while I was travelling through America. There were highways where people were sitting in traffic across 6 lanes, yet the carpool lane was completely empty. It was astonishing to see people wasting hours of their day, every day, even though there was such a simple solution. Apart from that, the nature reserves were so impressive and beautiful that I decided there and then that I didn't want to take part in destroying them. Since then, I've been very concious about what I buy and how I treat my environment. The funny thing is since I've been living with less, it feels like I have a much better quality of life.

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What are your personal ambitions and passions?
I’ve played the drums in various bands and orchestras since I was a child. I gave it up a few years ago, and have since gone back to karate. It gives me a lot more time at home, and it's a nice way to let out some of daily life's frustrations. I started karate at a young age as well. It taught me to stand my ground and is still one of my favourite hobbies.

"I don't really have a bucket list, it's more of a life goal."

Is there anything on your bucket list?
I don't really have a bucket list, it's more of a life goal. There are so many things in life that we can't control, which can get in the way of that feeling of freedom and personal development. I think about this a lot, about finding ways to get that experience and make as many free and moral choices as possible. I'm already very conscious about it in daily life, and hope to use it to keep growing as a person.

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What's something you would love to do one day?
My daughter's name is Maya, and even if it's pretty much about the name, I would love to see the Mayan temples one day. I think it would be fascinating to see the workings of such an old civilization, and I imagine that the temples themselves are very impressive. I would want to go with my whole family though, so it won't be for a while. Plus the fact we would have to fly there bothers me a bit.. But I think it would be an amazing adventure!

Thanks for being a Saint Isodoor!