Most of the chocolate we consume is produced in Africa – strangely enough we like to call it “Swiss” or “Belgian” Chocolate. I can tell you that there’s no chocolate plantations in either of those countries. Rather, chocolate grows in Western Africa in countries like Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire or Liberia – rather conflict-struck countries. Continue reading
After looking at the relationship between the economy and the environment, today there is a new factor coming into the mix: consumerism.
In the face of climate change and environmental degradation, it is now evident that every aspect of our existence must be analysed for the long term well being of our species. Continue reading
Now, be honest: how many layers has your toilet paper?
Grist recently reported that “we’re now using more trees for toilet paper than for newsprint.” What is true for the US is most probably not very different from other western countries – and it’s definitely not only due to the slowly dying newspaper industry. Continue reading
I understand how when you go to the shop, you have a cheaper and a more expensive option. But – like the economists who should keep us away from crises – shouldn’t we look a bit further than the short-term investment?
That gives you a certain responsibility to take these aspects into account when you buy a product. That makes it rather complicated. Now, I have finally come across a tool which helps you to look Continue reading
Today (or yesterday in the US in order to remember Black Friday) is Buy Nothing Day. The idea is to give the ever spinning capitalist system a break at least for 24 hours. Continue reading
Whenever I buy, let’s say a new computer (don’t worry, it doesn’t happen that often), I do a thorough research taking all aspects into account: quality, price, how things are produced and what the company stands for.
I would love to do the same for clothes. But how do I go about? Continue reading
You might be thinking “so what?” and pointing out that our No Impact really had no impact on the world (more on that topic coming soon!). But it did. For us who participated it has changed a lot. I will keep on doing a lof the distances by foot, simply because I realized its faster. I will keep on buying local and keep the level of waste down. Continue reading