Think Bank

Are you like me, thinking that banks are part of the dark side? Luckily it does not have to be that way.

There are quite a lot of alternative banking solutions. Have a look at Triodos Bank, for example. Your money is going to be invested in environmental and organic businesses, social entreprises, microfinance, culture and ethical businesses. Does it sound good? Well, it is true. Their motto is “We only lend your money to people and businesses that work to make the world a better place.”

What does this mean for you? You get your account, your online banking, your maestro- and credit card. You can save, spend and move as much money as you want. The only thing that changes is that you are helping social businesses at the same time. Triodos exists in The Netherlands, Germany, Spain, the UK and Belgium. But I am sure there is also an alternative bank in your country.

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6 thoughts on “Think Bank

  1. Random true example: you open an account with them = they plant a tree for you in a forest that cannot be ever sold, taken profit of, manipulated or bought by anyone in any way. “As a way to thank you for your support, we thought of compensating some of your CO2 emissions”, they say. Absolutely everything is GREEN with them. I don’t know about you, but my money is literally on Triodos.

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  3. Another alternative to modern banking here in the US is called “time banking.” This represents a healthy shift away from fiat currency and towards something akin to a barter economy. In a time bank you deposit not units of money, but hours of your skill. You can also withdraw hours of someone else’s skill. This allows you to trade an hour of writing for an hour of driving, an hour of plumbing for an hour of gardening, etc. The list of skills is limited only by the available skills of the time bank members. This is a particularly effective system for low income or high unemployment situations, in which skilled or simply willing people have both time and needs. Time banking has become popular here; you can read more here: http://timebanks.org/

    • I love this system, a friend of mine told me about it. It’s pretty big in France he said. I’ll have to find one around here when I get back from Bangkok, it’s a good idea!! Oh and it’s obviously worth a post 😀

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