Video: Talking about Fashion Sustainability

Today I would like to recommend this video below on the topic of Fashion Sustainability.

Stella McCartney and Dame Ellen MacArthur are discussing fashion sustainability on the BBC newsnight program just 2 weeks ago.

Have a good weekend everyone.

How to avoid plastic trash -Part 1 – Breakfast essentials

I would like to start a new category as of today. I call the “Living more sustainable series”. In this series I would like to write the experiences and tips I have come across on my daily routine around the house, my business and life in general.

For me living more sustainable is a very hands on approach. And this approach and my daily experiences is something I would like to share from now on.

The posting frequency is random as I am writing these posts whenever I have some spare time.

Today’s post is the first post about avoiding plastics trash. Here in Germany (the country I live) plastic recycling is quite advanced. But improvements in the overall availability of plastic recycling is not enough.

It is about avoiding plastic altogether as the ultimate goal. But if you want to start straight away with your own personal impact, you could do whatever comes to mind when you think about your daily plastic waste in my view.

For me my plastic trash avoidance starts at breakfast. The first stop of the day can be a good starting point for rethinking your plastic usage. So lets look at the essentials such as bread, milk and butter for breakfast to not overstretch the length of this blog post.

Bread: Instead of buying any bread wrapped in plastics why not bake your own bread? Baking bread is super easy. Here is a great recipe to start: The simple white loaf. And I promise you that your own baked bread will be the first highlight of your day.

Milk: Any milk that has been filled into plastic bottles is horrible in my view. Tetra Pak‘s as use here in Germany is a better way but the best option is this one. Have you ever thought about going to an actual farm to buy your own milk? If you have some time during the weekend there is not much more fun for your child to see where the milk is coming from in my experience. Here are some impressions from a raw milk farm and its dispenser system: Buying local, raw milk in Germany.

Butter: There is nothing more satisfying in my view as a fresh piece of bread and some awesome tasting butter with it. Butter generally is not a product that has an overly amount of plastic wrapping but there are differences in quality and where the butter is coming from. Generally you should look for more sustainable butter products. This is a good guide from the Ethical Consumer if you are living in the UK for example .

That is all for now. My message is simple: In order to avoid more plastic trash why not start to cook your own meals. Yes we are all busy, but a bit of effort can save you a lot of money and lots of plastic trash. So start to cook.

More blog posts coming soon. All feedback welcome.

Picture credit:

plastic bags awaiting recyclingby EvelynGiggles

Licensed under CC-BY 2.0

Original source via Flickr

What is the best term for responsible business practice?

Several weeks back I started a poll on the question what you thought would be the best term for responsible business practice.

In total we had 117 votes with a result which was surprising to see in my opinion. The most popular term with a total of 25 votes was Corporate Responsibility (CR) (21%) followed by Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) (21 votes, 18%), then Corporate Sustainability (19 votes, 16%), Corporate Citizenship (18 votes, 15%) and Sustainability with 14 votes and 12%.

So what can we take away from this result?

One point is crystal clear in my opinion. Responsible business practice is still being associated with too many different terms.

I think there are two different interpretations of this result:

Good development: This is good as it shows that different people and cultures have different terms to express responsible business practice. And different terms do not mean different things for these people just that companies need to be more responsible.

Confusion: This is not a good development as the usage of so many different terms just confuses everyone. This result is a sign of this. In order to limit this confusion one or at most two terms should be the preferred terms to be associated with responsible business practice.

I personally only use the term Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability but this seems to vary most individuals and therefore believe that the second interpretation is more fitting.

Maybe this is a good thing as well? I am not so sure. What do you think about these results? How do interpret them?

Video: Death, decomposition and Sustainability

Have a ever considered the relationship between composting, human burials and even Sustainability?

I have not before I saw this TED video today. It is a topic that not many people actually feel comfortable to talk about. But it is worth talking about in my view. Especially if you are Sustainability-minded person and have been through losing a loved one.

Here Katrina Spade “discusses “recomposition” — a system that uses the natural decomposition process to turn our deceased into life-giving soil, honoring both the earth and the departed.” (Source:TED)

All hope is not lost for Sustainability – Start with your own Sustainability idea

The past months have been difficult for the anyone trying to promote the idea of Sustainability to say the least.

It seems that in Europe, Brexit and the refugee crisis are overshadowing any kind of willingness to talk about our common sustainable future.

The US has been crippled by the Trump presidency and has a much bigger leadership problem then anyone ever expected it seems.

The rest of the world is just watching on what is going in these two key areas of our globe. No proactive Sustainability leadership is to be seen anywhere.

So where next for the Sustainability idea? Well that is a very good question. And I am afraid I do not know where all of these developments will lead us.

When we listen to the overall scientific views on Climate Change we can safely say that all seems to be lost. Scientists recommend an immediate change of behavior to change our certain climate doom. But this change of behavior seems unrealistic as well looking at the geopolitical developments.

So where does this leave us really?

There is only one choice really if we are honest: We need to fight for what we believe is our common future. And this starts at your own personal level. Forget about the global or national mood or action. Start at your family level and make a change.

The future for me and my family starts with my closest family members. If we as a family start to change our ways and live the idea of a more sustainable future we ARE MAKING A CHANGE.

So lets just step back for a minute and ignore the current global issues and focus on what we can do to live a more sustainable life. To work to make our own personal Sustainability idea reality in our own little environment.

Imagine what an impact we would have if thousands and thousands of people would be doing that from today onwards.

There is a German saying:”Hope dies last”. And I believe that is exactly what we need to believe in now. All is not lost as long as we do not give up and let opportunists, fear-mongers and racists tell us what our future holds in store!