Culinary enthusiast and former chef, Erika was born and raised in the US by hippie parents: a Swedish father and American mother. From a young age, she was interested in eco-responsible projects and other struggles against consumerism and the production of waste. Before moving to Switzerland in 2018 to pursue a master’s degree, she worked for an American NGO, working directly with farmers and food banks, while advocating for programmes and policies to increase sustainable development, reducing hunger and food waste.
Yves was born and raised in Switzerland by parents who are also well versed in ecological and social issues. Passionate about outdoor sports, he traveled the world to pursue his passion, but discovered the negative impact development was having on ecosystems and societies. His work as a geography (and physical education) teacher in Geneva, led him to take an interest in sustainable development and enabled him to promote its values to his students.
He realised that, without being perfect, small changes to his routine could make a big difference. So, with the help of Erika, OuiCycle was created: helping their neighbours to live more eco-responsible lives.
As I’m always under time pressure, I need all the help I can get when it comes to shopping, cooking and proper recycling, so I happily agreed to test OuiCycle’s services just before Christmas 2019.
I was already impressed by the professional email telling me exactly when my delivery could be expected between 17h and 20h on a Thursday. The email also reminded me to prepare my recyclables for them to take away with them – (glass, PET, aluminum and returnables such as bags, jars and bottles. They will even sort it for you and if there is a deposit to refunded, will take it off your next order or refund you.
If you’re not there, you can leave the recyclables on your doorstep and provide instructions of where your food delivery should be left.