How social pressure can affect zero waste and healthy living

You have plans to visit someone at their house in a few minutes. Be it a good friend, or someone you’re meeting for the first time. So you take off and travel to their house. The first thing you hear is: ‘Hey, come on in! Would you like something to drink, something to eat?’ One of the first things people tend to do, is offer you something to eat and drink. It probably isn’t said right away, depending on your relationship of course, but it often comes up during first few minutes after arriving at someone’s home. It certainly comes…

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How often should I shower?

I bet that the last time you showered was not too long ago. Most likely, it was either this morning or last night that you were lathered in soap under running water. Since showers and bathrooms have become a standard in most regular houses, just about everyone in western society showers daily. We’ve become accustomed to showering and washing our body with soap every day. Sometimes even twice! It has become culturally entrenched. Although some campervans and campers do have a shower built in, many do not. They take up quite a bit of space, and can be a pain…

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Traveling without a toilet: open urination and defecation

Where do you go to use the bathroom? That’s one of the main questions vanlifers get asked whenever they explain that their vehicle is, in fact, their home. Many people were surprised to find out that we actually fitted a toilet under the sofa bed in our campervan. But when we go on long hikes however, the need for a bathroom visit grows every minute. And that’s not just on hikes. What about when our toilet is full and we cannot find a latrine? So this got us thinking; What are the effects of open defecation and urination? How bad…

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Does zero waste living affect food waste?
A selection of unpackaged organic bread

Does zero waste living affect food waste?

As we recently started our journey towards a zero waste lifestyle, we discovered just how many products in grocery stores are packaged in some form of plastic nowadays. Not just in grocery stores though, in all types of stores we see a huge amount of plastic packaging. In the olden days, you could simply pick as many screws and bolts as you’d like from a basket and take them home in a paper bag. Now you find them packaged in small plastic containers. In Europe, every person creates an average of 160 kilos of packaging waste each year. 160 kilo’s…

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5 must have zero waste items for your campervan

Whilst converting our campervan, we started our journey towards a zero waste lifestyle. This means that we had to make choices regarding which stuff we’d bring along on our travels. In particular since we now have quite limited storage space to bring just about anything with us. Today, we’d like to share with you 5 zero waste items that we think every vanlifer should have in their campervan. Of course, they don’t just belong in campers and campervans. They should have a place in every household. 1. Cotton produce bags Everyone goes shopping for fruit and veg, be it at…

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Zero waste: what does it mean

Zero waste living. The term gets coined more and more these days. But what does it actually represent? Well, there is a short and a long answer to this question. Simply spoken, a zero waste lifestyle literally means a lifestyle without waste. It represents a philosophy or even a movement in which people advocate for the reusability and full recyclability of all products that we buy. It involves thinking in cycles rather than single use. In the popular sense of the word however, people tend to throw liberally this term around. Even most of the popular zero waste blogs and…

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