It’s Not In My Budget

“I can’t afford to buy organic, fairtrade or sustainable.” – that’s what people love to say. But what do they actually mean by that?

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?

I just stumbled over an article by the Good Human who explains how: “Given the fact that cheap goods don’t last long, are easily broken, are potentially full of toxic ingredients, Continue reading

Every Little Piece

Let’s face it. It might be simply up to you and me to save the planet. We are gonna have to think out of the political box.

I’m going to be blunt here. I propose that we can stop Global Warming in our kitchen. It might need many kitchens, but if that’s what it takes, let’s get on it. Continue reading

Once is Not Enough

I am definitely a freak. Disposable stuff freaks me out. Whenever I get to a party or a get-together I don’t really know what to do.

Of course I’m not allergic to plastic. Rather, I simply cannot stand the idea of something being used just that one time. At the parties we eat on disposable plates with disposable cutlery and drink from disposable glases. My – and I’m sure also your – grandparents would probably cry seeing that kind of waste.

But really, isn’t the disposable lifestyle just about what is common today? Continue reading

How is Your Waste Doing?

What is your relationship with waste? Do you think you do not have any? Well, think again and then read on.

The United Nations Environment Programme UNEP has published a report on waste. It is a visual reminder of how much we produce.

The report nicely points out “the word ‘waste’ is related to the way we behave in the context of the Continue reading

War of the Sexes – I

I’m curious to find out who is – in general – friendlier towards the environment: men or women?

We will start with a big minus on the female side. There are some products only we women use and there are a couple of issues around them (men: keep reading, it might be helpful to know about these things). Continue reading

Bag it

News from the plastic bag front. There is a new documentary out there asking “is your life too plastic?”

This movie got it all. It tells us more about the plastic bags we are trying to avoid and the politics behind it. It also goes into the recycling topic. Finally, you will get more on how plastic is destroying our oceans and how it is bad for health. Continue reading

Day 2: Trash

Not buying anything is not so hard for a week. But the second challenge which started today is tricky: not producing any waste.

The idea is to see how unnecessary are all the things we throw into the trash-bin every day. In other words, it means taking responsability and control of the amount of waste we produce. What happens to the things when we dispose of them? Continue reading

Kosmos 9 goes No Impact

Many of you might know No Impact Man from his book or the documentary. Starting tomorrow will be your chance to make a step towards your own personal No Impact Lifestyle.

The Yes! magazine is organizing the No Impact Week starting Sunday September 18. It means Continue reading