I wish you a Sustainable 2021

Time to turn the tide and you can do something!

No Plastic Planet, please

Good news for 2021: The European Union and Mexico will ban single-use plastics, Thailand, Oman and the United Arab Emirates will ban plastic bags and China will ban single-use straws. To avoid using plastic bags, cups or cutlery, I always carry the following with me:

  • a tote bag
  • a reusable and refillable bottle
  • a lightweight cutlery set (key-ring size)

If you have other tips and tricks to avoid (single-use) plastics please leave them in the comments!

Good deals to save meals

The mobile phone application TooGoodToGo has been expanding to many countries (Denmark, Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Poland and soon the US). Via the app, you can save meals from bakeries and restaurants as well as groceries from supermarkets for a much discounted price. Just before their Christmas closing, I got 26 portions of spaghetti bolognese from a restaurant, which I then distributed to people on the street. TooGoodToGo also gives tips on how to use leftover food in original recipes on their instagram page. Join the movement of Food Waste Warriors here: https://toogoodtogo.org/en

Second hand clothes, true treasures

Many cities now have lots of different second hand clothes shops, where you can find true treasures if you take your time. I recently found my holidays outfit in an Oxfam store and found out that the items I bought where luxury and quality design brands. You can also look on the application Vinted, on which people sell their (sometimes barely worn) clothes and shoes directly to you based on photos and you can negotiate the price: https://www.vinted.be/

Inspirational documentaries

The fantastic documentary about Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, “The Salt of the Earth”, not only tells the story of his humanitarian photographs from all over the world, but also about how together with his wife he replanted a disappeared forest in his birth village: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i41qWJ6QjPI&list=RDi41qWJ6QjPI&start_radio=1

The nature series “One Planet” by Sir David Attenborough shows how all ecosystems are interlinked and how we need to protect these to save animals and nature, ultimately also for our own survival: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7w4ram

HUMAN” by Yann Arthus-Bertrand is a compilation of interviews with people from all over the planet, a modern anthropological study of who we are and what we dream of: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLqft-ICVQo

And as you too are a future changemaker, know that you are never too young:

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