Stop wasting our planet!

Do you know the feeling when you are mad about people? I don't mean being mad about a specific person, but people in general. I got mad during my morning running round today. But let's start a bit earlier... We had three free days in Berlin in a row, as we had a special holiday …

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Chapter 5: Waste Management / Circular Economy

After years of plogging, I can enjoy jogging without seeing any trash around me. This is due to various reasons. Firstly, people care about nature and beauty and therefore do not dump things anymore. Secondly, with public clean-up days involving all citizens and many ploggers, the already existing trash was collected. Remaining garbage dumps have …

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Zero Waste Bathroom

Degree of effort: low – Level of impact: medium Sustainability on a budget Tasks: Use up your cosmetic products and then replace them with waste-free alternativesGet rid of most of your waste and consider offsetting the rest (into residual waste) Challenge: inspire others! Background: By now most of you are already aware of many sustainability …

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Plastic Free July is back

This is the first anniversary of this blog - thanks to all readers! I won't start to repeat everything you have already read during the last year, but I want to start with the same topic again. The blog started with reducing waste, especially plastics, motivated by the campaign of 'Plastic free July'. Last year, …

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Sustainable Shampoo Alternatives

Degree of effort: low – Level of impact: medium Sustainability on a budget: approved Tasks: If not done so far: check your shampoo for harmful ingredients (e.g. with Tox Fox); see: https://cathagoessustainable.wordpress.com/2018/07/26/microplastics/ Try plastic-free, sustainable alternatives like rye flour, natron or soap bars Do not forget to regularly rinse your hair (if necessary) Background: I …

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Sustainable Cosmetics

Degree of effort: low – Level of impact: medium to high Sustainability on a budget: approved Tasks: If not done so far: check your cosmetics for harmful ingredients (e.g. with Tox Fox); see: https://cathagoessustainable.wordpress.com/2018/07/26/microplastics/ Exchange very bad or empty products for more natural ones or make them yourself Background: As we have seen last week …

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Sparks of hope?

This post will be slightly different than the others. I gathered some positive information on the progress of evoiding plastic waste & microplastics and want to share them with you. My sparks of hope are: Afroz Shah (India) managed to clean a beach in Mumbai in the course of three years, with only little help …

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Sustainable washing

Degree of effort: medium – Level of impact: high Tasks: Purchase basic ingredients (if not done after the last post) Make your own detergent (powder or liquid) Use alternatives for fabric softener and stain elimination Try to make your washing sustainable with sustainable detergent, low doses, low temperatures and drying on the line Get a …

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How to start making things yourself

Degree of effort: low – Level of impact: high Tasks: Select products to produce yourself Buy the (5) basic ingredients for self-made products: baking soda, washing soda, vinegar, citric acid and washing/hard soap Get yourself a book or other guide to get started, look up recipes online or ask me 😉 Background: Microplastics, petroleum, chemicals, …

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Microplastics

Degree of effort: low – Level of impact: medium Tasks: Get yourself an ingredient-checking app for your cosmetics (and other products) such as 'CodeCheck': https://corporate.codecheck.info/ or 'ToxFox': https://www.bund.net/chemie/toxfox/ Check your cosmetics with the app and change to more healthy and more environmentally friendly alternatives at your next shopping (microplastic free, for example) Alternative: produce your …

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