6 unsustainable mistakes people make when going green

Sometimes, we have all the good intentions in the world and invest a lot of money in things that we think may help us live more sustainably. But in some cases, it doesn’t work out quite as planned. The reasons for this can be many but in the research I’ve done for my university degree,…

My sustainability fails: mending clothes

In order to become a bit more sustainable, I wanted to get better at mending clothes so that I can wear them for a longer time. I can fix smaller holes in some clothes by hand but when my mom gave me my grandfather’s old sewing machine, I immediately got super excited. All of a…

My problem with minimalism

It’s not that I have a problem with the concept per se. I think minimalism is a good thing and has the potential to make us reevaluate what is really important and – hopefully – make us less materialistic in the way we think and live our lives. No, my problem is that I have…

My sustainability fails: wasting food

The purpose I had in mind when starting 43 square meters was to bring awareness to sustainability and create a “safe space” where you can learn from someone you can relate to without feeling like you have to be perfect. Sometimes, when I look at some influencers I really envy their lives because they seem…

One of the most thankless jobs in the world

I haven’t written here in a while – mostly because I’ve been working on other projects but also because I’m now at my last year of my Master’s degree and very busy with school, so that’s my excuse. This post is going to be slightly different than the previous ones. It’s not so much a…

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…