Know your plastics – our confusing recycling system

plastics, recyclingI find plastics very confusing. I don’t find it transparent which ones are recyclable, which ones are potentially harmful to my health and if degradable plastics really are any better. What do we do with these anyway? Do they go into the recycle bin? Do they go into the compost?

Then there is the confusing Green Dot franchise and intransparent classification of plastics into seven categories. Have you ever checked your packaging as to what type of plastic it is? If you were able to find the small triangle with the often badly embossed number – congratulations! But this still doesn’t tell you much – unless you memorise what each of these numbers stands for.

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Miniature or Meditation on autumn light

Merciless light exposing all reliefs and shadows, intensified after the recent thunderstorms which cleared away anything that might have obstructed the sun’s rays.

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The angled September light intensifies all colours, the dried out stubbly hay shimmering silvery gold, the shrubs on the hills tinged a golden red while the treetops along the village street still appear lush green.

 

10 ideas for weekly acts of kindness

10 acts of kindness, Lake Geneva, SwitzerlandHere my plan for weekly (or more frequent) acts of kindness I want to put into practice over the coming months. The goal is to make these into a habit. Because helping others apparently makes us happier too and creates a feeling of happiness that lasts longer than any quick fix like a treat or a purchase. Acts of kindness create a positive feedback loop. So what’s not to like about little acts of kindness?

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Why sustainable tourism is important

CubaMaybe it doesn’t make sense that I avoid individual transport where I can (except for my bike), car-pool for longer journeys but have no issues taking a plane for my trips and holidays. Pollution aside there is however a whole other side to tourism and how we can travel sustainably and support the local economy, and with that local community.

Globally 1 in 10 jobs  is related to tourism, that’s a huge number. Personally, I’m not the kind of person who would spend her money to stay in an all-inclusive resort, I much prefer the encounter with people and spending money on experiences. And this is key: Just think of the money you spend on all those small things, trains, buses, tours, entrance fees, food & snacks, souvenirs, tips… If all of these go to support the local community, we will make a difference while travelling.

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How to live more sustainably

Sea turtle, Belize, sustainability
Sea turtle Belize reef

Most of us have good intentions to live more sustainably but at least for me they are often difficult to implement. Small changes can make a big difference and are a lot easier to maintain than radical changes; so here topics I want to think about more in depth to make better choices in the future. It’s simple but beating a habit is tricky, especially if it involves making once own’s choices and versus the barrage of advertising we are fed with on a daily basis.

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