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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The issue with e-mobility

We talk about e-mobility all over the world, with politicians e.g. in Europe pushing the industry to produce more electric cars. E-mobility - powered through electricity in batteries - has the advantage in comparison to vehicles with combustion engines that they do not emit when being driven and therefore the air pollution is reduced. They …

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Cognitive Dissonance – or: people don’t act according to their beliefs

I read an article today, which describes the discrepancy between what Germans think about sustainability and how they act. And yes, there is a huge difference: people still buy bigger carspeople fly more oftenpeople buy the cheaper products instead of the organic ones... https://www.sueddeutsche.de/wirtschaft/bio-nachhaltigkeit-selbstbetrug-1.4334923 I would add to this list e.g. people still eat a …

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Key Points – Flying

I am studying sustainability management and had a course on eco-marketing this term. One of the papers, I had to read for this class, stuck in my head. To summarise Bilharz' Key Points of sustainable consumption (2008) VERY briefly: there are some main categories in daily life that cause the highest environmental impact of individuals, …

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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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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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