BELatina’s Best of the Week: Zero-waste Entrepreneurs, The Marias, and More

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Here’s a recap of the news you may have missed this week in BELatina’s daily content.


Although we go into the weekend with disturbing news about the impact of climate change, here at BELatina, we spent our week telling stories that can change the world, one step at a time.

From Maria Vasco’s zero-waste store to Eric Garcia’s book on autism, these are the best stories of the week.

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Maria Vasco’s store is at the forefront of eco-responsible entrepreneurship

We started our week by sharing the story of young Colombian Maria Vasco’s zero-waste store in Boston. While looking for a class to fulfill a science requirement, Vasco landed on environmental science and quickly fell in love with it. Read more about her Uvida store here.

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The Marias returned to the stage and did not disappoint us

Our writer Jeanette Hernandez took us to the front row of the psychedelic band The Marias concert at the Ford Amphitheater last weekend. Read more about this band and its frontwoman, Maria Zardoya, here.

Secretary of Energy of the U.S. Department of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm BELatina Latinx
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We spoke with Secretary Jennifer Granholm about clean energy and inequality

Our editor Guisell Gomez spoke with U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm about the impact of climate change on communities of color and what the Biden Administration is doing about it. Read more here.

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We continue to wonder about Frida Kahlo and the fetishization of indigenism

One of our most discussed articles this week, written by yours truly, had to do with a thorny reflection on the construction of the identity of the surrealist artist Frida Kahlo. Read our dissection here, and let us know what you think!

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We spoke with Eric Garcia about autism and the Latino community

To close the week on a high note, our editor Guisell Gómez spoke with writer and journalist Eric García about his new book We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation. Read this important discussion here.