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The first steps.

Changing your mindset.

Sometimes making sustainability feel useless, because  you feel that your actions make no difference. But  through this center you may change your view of a more sustainable world.

When each individual implements a few practical tips, this can grow into one collective community of sustainable thinking people.

Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Now that the end of the world is insight … no, we should not make it that dramatic, but we must now turn the switch. Fortunately, there are more and more people who realize this and contribute to change in their own way. The Green Life Center does not want to force anyone to adjust his lifestyle, these are choices that only you can make yourself.

We do, however, want to provide insight into the problems that currently play a role and how you could contribute to a solution. There are many adjustments to apply, so that your emissions are drastically reduced. We will describe these through individual blogs. Do you have a practical tip / adjustment that someone could reduce his emissions, all ideas are welcome via info@thegreenlifecenter.com.

Reduce your food emissions

Food production demands a lot from the world. 20 to 35% of the environmental impact and of greenhouse gas emissions come from the production and consumption of food. You eat more sustainably in the first place by eating less, so no more than you need. It also helps to choose less for environmentally harmful animal protein-rich products, such as meat and cheese. A food pattern without or with less meat results in a lower environmental impact. Preferably choose products with labels in the field of animal welfare, fair trade, nature, environment and origin. Sustainability is a broad concept. One thinks about animal welfare, the other about nature or fair trade.

Below are some easy to implement changes to your daily eating standard:

  • Do not eat too much and reduce your energy intake if your body weight is too high.
  • Take fewer sweet drinks, sweets, cakes and snacks. Your body does not need these products, but making them is environmentally damaging because a lot of processing is needed in a factory. It is best to choose unprocessed or unprocessed products, such as vegetables, fruit, legumes and whole-grain cereal products that contain many nutrients and not many calories.
  • Do not waste food. Reducing food waste makes a major contribution to making your household sustainable.
  • Eat less animal and more vegetable products. That means less greenhouse gases and land use. Beef and, to a lesser extent, cheese in particular score high. What has a lot of effect on greenhouse gas emissions is eating less meat and replacing this with legumes, nuts and fish. A shift from beef to chicken also has a clear sustainability effect. Animal welfare aspects play a role in choosing chicken and egg.
  • Eat legumes, unsalted nuts and fish instead of (red and processed) meat. Climate load and energy consumption of nuts are more favourable than meat and comparable to egg and slightly less favourable than legumes. Peanuts are the most favourable, followed by European varieties such as chestnut, walnut, hazelnut and pistachio.
  • Eat fish once a week, preferably fatty fish. Choose the sustainable fish species. Sustainable fish species can be recognized by the MSC quality mark for wild or ASC quality mark for farmed fish.
  • From a sustainability perspective, it is advisable not to use more dairy than you need. Liquid dairy, such as milk or yoghurt, rather than cheese, which has a high environmental impact, is preferred. Soy drink has a lower environmental impact than milk, but cannot simply replace milk. Soy drink is usually made from responsible soy, so that it is not at the expense of the rainforest.
  • Drink tap water and (green / black) tea instead of sugary drinks and alcohol. From a sustainability perspective it is best to drink tap water. A second option is tea or coffee. Hot drinks have an impact on energy consumption, in particular through the boiling of water. For tea that is lower for coffee. Alcoholic and sugary drinks such as soft drinks and fruit juices have a high environmental impact. For coffee and tea, choose Rainforest Alliance or Utz Certified seal of approval due to working conditions.
  • Use of large quantities of potatoes, vegetables, fruit and grain products on a daily basis has low climate impact, water use and land use. Give preference to environmentally friendly variants. Good vegetable choice all year round: celery, cauliflower, broccoli, iceberg lettuce, kohlrabi, leek, turnips, radish, beetroot, red cabbage, pointed cabbage, sprouts, tomato, onion, carrots, chicory, white cabbage. And for fruit: pineapple, apple, banana, grape, pomegranate, grapefruit, mandarin, melon, nectarine, pear, plum, orange. A sustainable cultivation method can be recognized by a sustainability quality mark or organic quality mark. The nutritional value of preserves (frozen, glass, can) is almost the same as that of fresh vegetables. Out of season it takes less energy to choose preserves than for greenhouse vegetables and flown in vegetables.
  • The way you prepare food can help you use energy efficiently.

There is no responsible method for adding up impact on humans, animals and the environment to one number or indicator. If there is a contradiction between the environment and animal welfare, the consumer will have to make the assessment himself. It is currently not feasible to display all individual scores in one sustainability score or quality mark. Greenhouse gases can be used as a representative indicator because there is a strong correlation between indicators. The ecological food imprint is currently the best measure of consumer awareness. For water use, this is expressed in the water footprint. The most relevant indicators are:

  1. Greenhouse gases
  2. Land use
  3. Ecological food imprint (a combination of greenhouse effect and land use)
  4. Water use
  5. (Fossil) energy use (related to greenhouse effect)
  6. Eutrophication and acidification at regional level
  7. Depletion of raw materials such as phosphate
  8. Loss of biodiversity

For example, biodiversity is a relevant indicator for food production in or alongside nature reserves. The most important thing is that you ensure a sustainable way of eating.

Eco friendly bedroom.

The Green Life Center tries as often as possible to give tips for a more sustainable life. In the meantime we all live more and more consciously. We think about every purchase and opt for products that have little or no impact on the environment. Yet we still find it difficult to make our home more sustainable. That is why we advise you not to do this on a large scale at the same time, but to check space for space to see what could be improved. In this article we explain how you can easily make the bedroom more sustainable.

So many clothes, is that really necessary?

Before you really get started in the bedroom it is important to take a critical look at your wardrobe. How many items of clothing are currently hanging in your closet? How many do you actually wear? And what about the use of materials for your clothing?

Doing critical shopping is the most important thing if you want to make your wardrobe more sustainable. Think in particular of the use of materials. So you better choose bamboo underwear than cotton. Simply because bamboo is a much more environmentally friendly material. Moreover, it is also very strong and has pleasant qualities that increase wearing comfort.

Before you go shopping for sustainable clothing, it is important to select your current collection. You can give away or sell people what you no longer wear. In this way you breathe new life into the items of clothing that you no longer wear, so that you also ensure that the environment is less burdened.

Choose sustainable bedding  *snoring*

You may not think about it that way, but the blankets and sheets that you lie under at night have a major impact on your health. Of course the quality is very important for a good night’s sleep, but there is more. For example, the materials these products are made from are not always environmentally friendly. A down comforter is made from down of various water birds, such as the goose, and you can imagine that it is not very animal-friendly if such a goose is plucked several times during its lifetime. Now there are coming stricter laws for this kind of picking, but many of our products are produced in certain parts of the world where different guidelines apply. But regular cotton cultivation is also very damaging for the environment due to the enormous water consumption and the use of pesticides, and many different, sometimes harmful, substances are also used in the production and transport of bedding. Enough reasons to think about the products you sleep under every day and where possible choose a more sustainable alternative. Fortunately, more and more sustainable products are available. Many companies add sustainable bedding to their range, they only do this if there is demand from the consumer, so we do. Keep it up!

Under durable bedding, also includes a mattress.

What is the most important thing in the bedroom? The bed of course and then above all getting a good night’s sleep! A fine mattress is essential here. Always opt for an ecological mattress. Many mattresses are full of synthetic materials and chemicals. Not good for the environment and health. Choosing a mattress from natural materials is therefore our preference. Moreover, you can easily make your bedroom more sustainable and enjoy a better night’s sleep!

The heating can be switched off

Most people only spend the evening and night in the bedroom, the rest of the day we hardly come here. Then why would you heat the upper floor of the house on cold days? Turn off the heating in the bedrooms and ensure good ventilation. A fresh bedroom is quite pleasant under the covers and it is also very healthy. And if you are still busy, then especially think of the lighting and devices in the room. You can of course switch to a sustainable or cost-effective energy supplier to save on environmental impact or costs, but it remains important to also be energy efficiently yourself, for example by not switching on the lights unnecessarily and switching off appliances.

Keep it calm!

Of course you want to decorate and personalize every spot in the house, but you will ultimately benefit most from a quiet bedroom where you can enjoy a good night’s sleep without clutter and distraction. So keep the interior of the bedroom simple and invest more in a few durable furniture that lasts for a long time than a lot of decoration. Second-hand is also always a good and sustainable choice! Clean up as much as possible in (closed) cupboards and also opt for a calm color palette in the room. With regard to other distractions, less is ultimately more. For example, it is worth considering not to allow a television and telephone into the bedroom. This has been proven beneficial for the night’s rest.

Ventilate

You’ve read it before in the blogs, ventilate. This is especially important in the bedroom because you spend a large part of the evening and night here and breathe in the air. Good ventilation is extremely important for a healthy living environment in the house so open the window as often as possible, or sleep with the window open if possible, and possibly keep the ventilation shafts open. To improve the air quality in the bedroom even more, you can also consider placing an air-purifying plant in the bedroom.

Paperbook versus e-book

Much has been said and written about how reading from paper relates to reading from a screen. Various studies have been done about when you remember the most or what simply reads the best. Ultimately, however, it mainly comes down to a personal preference. With paper books, the advantage is that the layout is completely tailored to the intended reader: from the use of headings, white text, font size and font used to the layout of individual pages with images, illustrations, tables and graphs. With e-books that is usually not fixed and you can (must) determine the line spacing, font size and font used. An advantage for one, a disadvantage for the other.

Paper books are better for your health than e-books. E-books are better for the environment, but there are also alternatives to paper books made from more environmentally-friendly material. It is time for books to be made solely from recycled paper or from elephant shit.

Anyone who sits behind a screen for 8 hours in the office will be confronted with a screen fatigue. You need to pinch your eyes from time to time to focus better on the text. At the end of the day, your eyes feel like saucers and your brain is exhausted. The same goes for an entire Sunday of Instagramming from your bed. Staring at an illuminated screen is apparently tiring for your brain and eyes. And that is scientifically proven.

This is the conclusion of a study by the University of Karlstad and the University of Gothenburg. The test subjects were instructed to read from a book before bedtime. A few of them received the printed version and the others received the e-book version. The test subjects who read the text from the screen experienced a higher degree of fatigue and stress. According to the researchers, this is because reading from a screen entails a higher cognitive workload. You are in fact busy with the assignment and with the device.

Who doesn’t read before bedtime? The moment to just disappear into another world or to clear your head. Now you’ve probably heard that you can’t check your social media accounts, WhatsApp or your favorite series an hour before bedtime and at night. The bright light from LED screens sends an ‘it is-still-no-bedtime’ signal to your brain, which slows down the production of melatonin – the substance that makes you sleepy.

E-book

Cheaper than a printed book

On average, e-books are a lot cheaper than paper books and offers are regularly available. On the other hand you have to invest in a good e-reader. It is just how many books you read.

Readable digitally on an e-reader, tablet, smartphone and computer

The fact that you can – usually – read e-books on multiple devices without problems has its advantages. If you travel a lot with you can read almost everywhere with e-books. You can read on your phone, tablet and on your e-reader, depending on where you are, while it is easier for you to pick up a paper book at home that you can’t take everywhere. You will probably read more than ever before thanks to digital reading on the train, in bed and on the couch.

Does not take up physical space

Hundreds, if not thousands of e-books, will fit on your e-reader and you can take your entire collection with you without any problems. On the other hand, you might have the feeling that you are less attached to a book that you have enjoyed reading because it is “only” a digital file. But if you really have a lot of books then it becomes difficult to put them all in bookcases. Paper books take up a lot of space, collect an incredible amount of dust (and bugs). It is not good for the environment if you only leave it in your bookcase, it is better to sell it or give it away once you’ve finished reading it.

Privacy

You increasingly see fellow travelers in public transport with an e-reader. If you secretly like to see what others are reading, then that is no longer that easy. Previously it was child’s play to read the title on the cover. This also makes it easy for yourself to read a slightly less good book once in a while. #Guiltypleasure

Paperbook

Reads nicer

You can dive into a paper book. You have to hold a little book with both hands while reading and you are really working on something. The disadvantage is that reading does more work and is a lot harder to do if you only have one hand at your disposal. That is a lot easier with an e-reader because it weighs less and is usually great to use with one hand.

No need to charge

In a paper book you can immediately start reading without having to check whether your e-reader still has enough battery charge to read the book. On the other hand, it is much easier to purchase an e-book via the internet (and to start reading immediately) since a paper book must first be delivered or picked up.

Beautiful color photos on paper

In an e-book you often miss the beautiful illustrations that are in a paper version. Or they can be found in an e-book, but will never come across as the illustrations in the book that you hold.

Possibly second-hand to resell or as a gift

If you like to give a book to others as a gift and although that is super easy to do with e-books, it doesn’t work in practice. “Here, a usb stick with an e-book on it!” or “I have e-mailed you your present, it is in the attachments” does not give the warm feeling of receiving a gist. No, you will still have to go to the (online) bookstore for that.

Everything you want to know about buying second hand.

What means second hand?

The term ´second hand´ means goods that have already been owned by someone else for use. Here the term “hand” is used for ownership. The term second hand originally had a somewhat dusty image, but nowadays this is changing. Many goods, especially clothing and older furniture, are now characterized as trendy and people call it vintage.

In a huge number of countries there are numerous platforms that give you the opportunity to buy or sell second-hand items. Many of these platforms are a virtual flea market and you will also find many different products here. There are also more and more websites that specialize in one specific article such as clothing, books or mobile phones.

Risks of second hand trading.

Buying and selling products online has a very anonymous nature, so there are a lot of people trying to abuse your trust. Buying second-hand stuff does, therefore, entail the necessary risks. Especially when you never see both the seller and the item physically, payment is made via online routes and the products are sent by post. To limit these risks, many platforms advise its members on safe online trading. For example, it is always advisable to pick up goods yourself and not have them sent, and it is not recommended to transfer large amounts to strangers.

There are payment providers who ensure that you are insured up to a certain amount. If the seller does not deliver the items that you have ordered, then this provider will ensure that they cover your damage. PayPal is a good example of this, they offer a very strong cover policy.

More companies are also appearing who want to reduce the risks associated with online trading. Because of this there are websites that sell second-hand goods with a money back guarantee. This increases the confidence of the purchasing party to purchase the product and they do not have to worry about scams. This way of acting often results in a higher price than if it were purchased directly from a person.

Vegetable garden

Have you always dreamed of having your own vegetable garden? Learn to sow and harvest vegetables from your own vegetable garden in a few simple steps.

Start inside

You can sow lots of vegetables both indoors and outdoors. If you do it indoors, you can often already start in March, while you often have to wait a month longer outside. As a result, you can harvest earlier and in some cases you can grow something else on the same piece of land again in the same year. This way you spread the harvest better and you have more yield from your garden. You can work best with peat pots. You can dig them into the garden with pot and all, because the roots of your plant will just grow through if they are strong enough. Scoop the pots full of soil to the brim, so that you can dig them all the way into the garden later on. Otherwise you keep seeing those edges around your plants. Place the peat pots in a grow box (a small greenhouse for in the windowsill), so that they become a little warmer and better protected. The trick is then to time well when your plants are ready to go outside. If you are too early, they will get cold outside for a few weeks, if you are too late, they may have been hungry inside. The best moment seems to be when the first carrots come through the peat pots.

Herbs in pots

Buy a handful of earthenware flower pots at the garden center. You must have pots with a hole at the bottom, otherwise they will fill up when it rains a lot. They are perfect for growing herbs yourself. It helps to buy some different sizes because some herbs grow a lot faster than others. The oregano, thyme and mint go into small pots, chives and curly parsley already need more space and the dill has the largest flower pot. Because the herbs are in pots you can easily move them. When it gets very hot in the summer you have to put herbs such as mint and parsley in the shade. In addition, the pot gives you hardly any weeds among the herbs, which is great when you cut the leaves in your food. Earthenware pots heat up in the sun, so that the plants get warmer and grow faster. A disadvantage of pots is that you have to water more often. If you go on holiday for a few weeks in a warm period, then you really have to put them in the shade or provide plant sitters. Many people also grow basil or leaf parsley outside in pots.

Use the height

You have little space in a small garden. It is smart to see what you can do in height. Fences, pergolas, trellis and flower boxes are your best friends. A trellis (climbing frame) can easily be attached to your fence and ensures that climbing plants have more hold when they climb against the fence. And a pergola in the middle of your garden gives climbing plants even more options and, oddly enough, gives the feeling that your garden is larger. Smaller herbs such as parsley, thyme and oregano, in particular, do well in flower boxes. The thyme and oregano also bloom beautifully!

Organic vegetables are tastier

It is an open door. When you put your teeth into a self-cultivated piece of vegetables, it will taste better if it is organic. You know for sure that there are no pesticides or other junk in it and your harvest is pure. Therefore, only buy organic seeds, plants and soil for your garden.

Would you also like to grow your vegetables now? Below you can read 7 easy to grow species.

Green beans

Take a bowl of 40 by 40cm or larger and place sticks from a rack in it, so that the beans can grow along this. Mix vegetable grounds with compost and fill the container with this. Put ten seeds in the ground with about 10 cm between each seed. Then give sufficient water daily. Can’t go wrong!

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are not too difficult to grow. You can grow them well in pots, tubs, in the open ground and in bags. The last option is recommended  in particular, because tomatoes are very sensitive to fungal diseases and vermin. Choose a sunny spot for the plant and your tomatoes will grow within a month or two or three. Click here, for a short timelapse video.

Snap beans

Snap beans are easy to grow vegetables, but unfortunately very sensitive to snails, especially in the first phase. If you do not pay attention for a moment, all your plants can be eaten in one day. To keep snails as much as possible, you can stick copper tape around the pot. A pricey joke, but definitely worth it!

You plan and maintain the snap beans in the same way as the green beans.

Zucchini

The zucchini is one of our favorites, not only because it is very tasty, but also because they are so easy to grow. But this plant is only suitable if you have enough space, because it needs a square meter per plant. Do you have no place in your regular vegetable garden? Then you can always plant it in a large flower pot next to your vegetable garden! If you find seeds from a climbing zucchini plant, then that is absolutely beautiful, because this plant can – as you might expect – grow up along a rack, so that you need less space.

The plant is only sensitive to snails in the early stages. Then it’s easy peasy! And do not throw away the flowers, because you can also prepare the tastiest dishes with them.

Carrots

The easy part to grow carrots is the fact that you can sow them directly in the ground and do not have to pre-sow them. This is because they cannot sow. It is extra important to sow them in the right place immediately, and to give them enough space to grow.

You can sow roots from mid-March. How? By making holes in the ground with a distance of 3 cm between each hole. Put two or three seeds in each hole, so that one always comes up. Are more plants growing per hole? Then leave only the most beautiful and you cut away the rest. No matter how tempting it is to transplant them, it’s best not to do this.

You have to be patient, especially in the beginning, because carrots sprout very slowly. It can take three or four weeks before you finally see something green pop up above the ground.

Radish

Radishes cannot stand sowing either, so they can be sown directly in the ground. Nice and easy!

You can sow radishes from 1 March. Do this in the same way as with the roots: put two or three seeds in each hole, so that one always comes up. If there are more seedlings per hole, then you should only leave the most beautiful ones here and cut the rest away.

Beetroot

Just like carrots, beetroot can also go straight into the ground, again because they cannot sow. It is best to sow beetroot in mid-April. Here you only have to do 1 seed per hole because they are actually nuggets with several seeds. 2 or more plants often grow from one such clog. You can also choose to buy a beetroot plant in pressed soil at the garden center. This also works well, as long as you plant the plant with soil and all in the ground, you will not damage the roots. But here too the rule applies: leave the largest ones and cut the others away.

A more sustainable workplace!

Many people are currently working on making their personal living environment more sustainable. Making your house more energy efficient does not have to be difficult. However, increasing sustainability is much more than just your own home. People spend most of their time at work. Whether you work at home, in a small office or in a mega office, there are always options to make your workplace more sustainable. There are some habits you can change yourself immediately, take a look below to see how.

Try to leave the Earth a better place than when you arrived.

Sidney Sheldon

1. Transporting yourself from home to work

How do you go to work? Cycling is of course the least environmentally harmful option. But what if you have to come from far? Travel by public transport or create a carpool app. This encourages your colleagues to ride together. It saves you and your colleague lots of on costs and it´s way better for the environment. In addition, working from home is also an environmentally friendly option. That way you don’t have to come by car. This saves a lot of air pollution.

2. Be active at work

When you walk into the office, skip the elevator go for the stairs. Go for a walk during your lunch break, work on a sit/stand desk. Those actions will help you to keep your mind free from unnecessary thoughts. This saves you a lot of stress. Stress can be bad for the environment, because you act differently when you are stressed.

3. COFFEE

The coffee machine is the best friend of many us. In a year we drink an average of 260 liters of coffee per person. The choice of your coffee and the accompanying cups is therefore an important choice in the workplace. Don’t go for disposable cups but for real mugs.

4. Lunch package

So much waste is created in the office, while this can easily be changed in the small things. Take as an example a lunch box instead of bread bags. This is a small adjustment with a large effect.

5. Plants

Research shows that plants have a positive effect on everyone that works on an office. The air quality is going up and the productivity would also go up due to the presence of plants. If you do not have control over it, make a clear plan of which plants could be placed where. If you take this to the person who makes the decision, you will come across as much more convincing.

6. Paperless

Commit to digitization in the workplace. Everyone has an e-mail inbox. Communicate as much as possible via e-mail. Do you still have to print something? Then choose sustainable paper and sustainable ink. There are cartridges nowadays that can be refilled and use less ink.

7. Let there be light… or not.

In every office, the lamps burn on average throughout the whole day. Sometimes even lights are lit in rooms where nobody is present. This is a shame. You can make agreements with colleagues that they switch off the lights in places where they are not, or place sensors for the lights so that they switch on and off automatically in the absence of you and your co-workers.

8. Toilet paper

Go for circular toilet paper. Nowadays there are very nice alternatives for environmentally friendly toilet paper. For example, there is even toilet paper that is recycled from your own old paper. How beautiful is that?!

9. Clean the mess up

A clean workplace is nice, but cleaning agents contain many environmentally unfriendly substances. Nowadays there is a lot of choice in ecological cleaning products. This is a very simple way to make your office more sustainable.

Organize your own clean-up event!

It is unfortunately a familiar face for many people, garbage on the street, on the beach, in the forest. Super annoying and heart breaking! On many social media and also offline you can see that there are more and more people who are committed to change this image. There are coming more clean-up accounts on for example Instagram, that encourage you to go out and clean up your environment or that organize their own events to do this. Maybe you already volunteered through such an account or via a website that offers clean-up events, good job!

If you want to organize a clean-up event yourself there are several ways to do it. There are a few things to keep in mind before you start an event. I will list the most important ones below.
– Where or what do I want to clean up?
– How are we going to do it? (Do we need garbage bags? Can we recycle the trash we pick up?)
– Set up a target. (How many bags are we going to fill? How much area are we going to clean?)
– Remember that you do it for the earth! Everything you pick up is profit.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead

Like I said before there are several ways to organize an event. I will describe the most easy ones, so that you can start as soon as possible. Do not forget, don’t be ashamed for cleaning up waste but be proud. Don´t forget to take your grabber reacher!

  1. Friendwork – It’s a combination of your friends and your network. You start with approaching your best friend(s) or family and ask them to ask their friend(s). You share a date and the location of the place that you want to clean up. It can be a local park, at the beach or around a mall, whatever you want. It’s nice to be among people this way and you can measure how large your network is. Maybe you can reward them with a drink at your home afterwards.
  2. Facebook – Use a powerful social media channel. Facebook has a very easy way of creating new events. If you don’t know how it works, click here. When you created an new event you can invite all or just a part of your Facebook friends to come and help to clean the environment.
  3. Website – Search for a website in your country that support clean-up events. Most countries has initiatives from citizens or from their government that created a website specially for this topic. Most of the times you can check in on a event that’s already signed in, but most of the time there is also an option to create your own clean-up event.
  4. Go do it yourself – Yes, that’s right. In this case you are not depended of others. Go for a walk and repeat this once a week. Take a different route every week, sure it may be possible that in the meantime there is waste again on your previously walked route, but there is a greater chance that there will be more on your new route. Also very good for your vitality!

Also check out the page from worldcleanupday, they provide one day a year to clean up the world all together plus there are some valuable tips on here.

Kitchen improvement!

The kitchen. Some find it terrible to cook and prefer to put a meal on the table in as little time as possible. The other person thinks it is great to spend hours in the kitchen and preferably every day as well. One has a mega kitchen and the other only has a small hob and a sink. Whether you are one of these or in between it doesn’t matter a lot, because everyone can increase their sustainability in the kitchen. With just a few adjustments, your kitchen can already be a lot more aware of the environment. In this blog you will read some practical tips about simple adjustments, I will also write a technical blog later on about which hob and fridge are the most economical and responsible.

Easy step 1: Reduce portions. Worldwide, one third of the produced food is wasted. Food wastage occurs throughout the whole food chain, including your kitchen. Pay close attention to how much food you throw away, for example, your dinner or products that are out of date in the fridge. Just try to don’t get that amount of food in your house.

Easy step 2: Reducing is one, but saving is two. You can easily store most dishes in the freezer (just put it in these disposable paper containers). So you can warm it up on another day and enjoy it again.

Easy step 3:  If you like a cup of tea after dinner, buy a tea strainer. You put your own tea herbs in here and you no longer have to use polluting tea bags. Tea bags are a source of microplastic. BAD NEWS!

Easy step 4: If you love making a delicious pasta, don’t throw away the water in which you cooked it. Your plants are crazy about this! The only condition is that there is no salt in the water. Cooked pasta water contains minerals and nutrients; a natural fertilizer for your plants. The same applies to water in which you have boiled eggs.

Easy step 5: Back to step 4, because if you only cook a small amount of pasta or vegetables, do this in a small pan. Not only do you consume too much water, it also takes forever to cook and it costs you extra gas. So good for the wallet too. 😉

Easy step 6: If you suffer from hot days and you really need a glass of cold water, put a jug of water in the fridge. If you want cold water from the tap, this usually takes a while before the jet is really cold, which is a waste of all the water that goes through the drain.

Easy step 7: Unplug all kitchen appliances from the socket as soon as you stop using them. This way unnecessary energy is not wasted and you save on your energy bill.

Easy step 8: If you need new plates to serve the most delicious dishes, don’t be afraid to check out a thriftshop for a nice set of dishes. I understand that the idea scares you a little, but if you clean it all well it can be just like new again. Plus you own a very durable tableware!

Easy step 9: Minimize. You may wonder what minimizing has to do with sustainability, but these two are very interconnected. By minimizing in the kitchen and arranging all your stuff in such a way that you only keep the necessary stuff, you have a direct overview of what is most important to you. This makes it a lot easier to keep an overview. You buy something less quickly that you do not need and think much better with every purchase whether you really need it. In addition, with the things that you no longer use, you can make someone else happy and happy people are also good for the world. 🙂

CHALLENGE! Try not to do any grocery shopping for one whole week. Only prepare food with all the products you already have in your house. Good luck!

Carbon Footprint

You may already be familiar with this term, but it may be completely new to you. In this blog you can read about the general definition of carbon footprint. CO2 is the exhaling breath of our civilization, literally.

Carbon footprint is the definition for the CO2 emissions of a person, product or company. The term is derived from the fact that a footprint makes visible where a person has walked. All the choices you make for your home, transport, clothing and food have an impact on your emissions.

A part of the CO2 emissions are absorbed by trees, plants and plankton in the sea. These organisms convert CO2 into oxygen. WE GOTTA LOVE TREES! ❤

An example: The production process of a white long sleeve shirt generates 3 kilograms of CO2 emissions. In addition to the production of the shirt, it’s also getting washed, ironed and put into the dryer throughout its entire life. The production and by the use of ourselves the shirt is good for a total of 11 kilograms of CO2 emissions. A colored shirt ensures even more emissions, because more ingredients are needed for create one. These are high numbers, but clothing is necessary for our existence. There are of course possibilities for dealing with this responsibly, for example: exchanging clothes with friends or buying second-hand clothes.

“Overall, becoming a carbon-neutral country would involve changes in our behaviour, but these are modest compared with the changes that will be forced upon us if we do nothing.”

Caroline Lucas

The main purpose of coming up with the term carbon footprint is to create awareness among humanity. As soon as people start to realize what consequences their behavior creates they can be convinced to make one or more changes in their lifestyle.

You might like to calculate how much emissions you currently produce. With this handy calculation tool you can see exactly where your bottlenecks are at the moment and perhaps make changes from these points where necessary! Click here to calculate.

The first tips!

In this room we become very wet, clean and often make ourselves beautiful here, what is it?

That’s right, the bathroom, the wettest room in the house. You should be able to do atleast something to make the space more sustainable, right? This is also true! In this blog I will make a list of small adjustments that can make a big difference.

You have to hold yourself accountable for your actions, and that’s how we’re going to protect the Earth.

Julia Butterfly Hill

Easy step 1: When you get out of the shower you are clean, which means that if you dry yourself, your towel will still be clean. Do not throw your towel directly into the laundry basket, but hang it up to dry. You sure can use it again one more time.

Easy step 2: It is delightful to take a long shower, but at the same time it is also a waste of water. Therefore, set a timer as soon as you step in the shower and try to shower a little shorter each time.

Easy step 3: Don’t run the tap! Now you probably think this is a matter of course, but there are a lot of people running the tap while brushing their teeth, washing their hands or while they are shaving.

Easy step 4: A device that is inserted into the socket always uses energy even when it’s turned off. Make sure you always remove the plug out of the socket, when you no longer use them. This also applies to your electric toothbrush. 😉

Easy step 5: This one is not for everyone, but for the ones with a bath. If you let it fill up, go in at the same time as your partner or your children. Very cozy and water-saving!

Easy step 6: To save energy in your bathroom it’s important that you keep the room well ventilated. Clean and fresh air is heated up faster.

A little bit tougher step 7: Replace faucets and the shower head for water-saving variants.

A little bit tougher step 8: Replace all the lights in the bathroom for LED light bulbs. LED lamps use less energy than regular light bulbs and even than energy-saving lamps. They also last much longer!