Plant trees with your online search engine

Many things you do in your daily life release some amount of CO2 into the atmosphere. We all already know of the biggest culprits, like driving, the impact of the foods you buy, the energy you use at home etc. But what about using your laptop? Or your smartphone? The effects of electrical appliances rarely…

The BEST Zero-waste tealights

Lighting candles, especially in the dark winter months, can soothe and relax you as well as add a cozy ambiance to any room. But there are problems with candles and, more specifically, tealights. There are typically two issues out of a sustainable point of view: First, if you’re vegan or vegetarian, you might be disturbed…

Is there such a thing as ecotourism?

I logged into my laptop this morning and was met by a beautiful screensaver depicting a snowy mountaintop in Bolivia with an accompanying text saying that the place is a popular destination for ecotourists. I’ve heard the term before, but haven’t paid much interest until now. When I saw the word spelled out clearly on…

10 simple, cheap and fun ways to save plastic

Saving plastic by avoiding packaging where it is possible is probably one of the easier ways of having a positive impact on the environment. It is estimated that 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in the ocean every year, which according to Ocean Conservancy, is like dumping a truck-full of garbage into the…

Why I can’t quit coffee

I love coffee. Not like Lorelai and Rory love coffee but I still define myself as a Javaphile. The people who like coffee will know what I’m talking about. The people who don’t like it will probably laugh derisively in my face and mutter “weaklings…” under their breath. But here’s the thing: it’s only partly…

We need to talk about plastic and skincare

The beauty industry is problematic. To say the least. It’s heavily reliant on plastic packaging and some products even have plastic in them. One such product is the kind of physical (also called mechanical) exfoliant with so called microbeads in it. Another product that typically contains plastic is cleansing balms. But not all exfoliants, scrubs…