A zero waste lifestyle can be daunting

In particular in the western world, many of us are brought up quite spoiled. Sure, each parent raises their kids differently, but it’s often that I see kids in stores cry until they get the toy or candy bar they so desperately want. Once raised in a world where everything is up for grabs, it’s hard to steer away from these habits. Coming from such a culture, a zero waste lifestyle can feel like quite an arduous journey, especially when just starting out. But it’s not just the difficulty of changing your habits, there’s a lot more that comes into…

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The Poop Bag Dilemma
These doggy poop bags were listed as eco-friendly, yet they are just made of plastic. If only we realized that before buying a bulk package!

The Poop Bag Dilemma

Let’s talk about poop. Dog poop. Yep, we’re doing it. Why? Because poop plays a shitty role in the life of very dog owner, and it has caused a dilemma in our lives quite recently.   Plastic waste Over the past year, we have made effort to slowly decrease our consumption of single use plastics. One month ago, we actually decided to try our best to live a close to zero waste lifestyle on the road. We have focused on limiting the amount of unnecessary waste that we produce for so long now, that poop bags frustrate us greatly. Generally…

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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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Building a camper van: the struggle is real

Living in a camper van, it’s a dream come true. By the end of next week, that dream will finally be fulfilled. Our dream of living the vanlife started in June. Jordy was working on his internship and the end of his master was approaching quickly. He wrote all about his urge to travel and our reasons to choose to live a permanent nomadic life in a camper van in last week’s blog post, so be sure to read that for an extra background story. I visited him in Jena, Germany, for a week or so. Whenever he was at…

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Microplastics: hidden everywhere

Plastics. We wrote about them a few weeks ago and here they are again. Why? You may ask. Well, because plastic is everywhere and the issues that originate from plastic are tremendous. Today, we’re delving into the subject of microplastics to learn more about the sources and effects of these microscopic pieces of plastic that fill the oceans around the world. This has lead to the ocean being known as a ‘plastic soup’. All pictures in this blogpost were kindly shared with us by beachcomber Ruth Nederveen, born and raised in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. Her pictures show her passion for…

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Review: Bamboo Toothbrushes by Briut Essentials

As you might know from reading previous blog posts about sustainability on our website, we love to find alternative products for plastic. A few months ago, we bought our first bamboo toothbrushes from Briut Essentials. We have been using them for a while now, and thought it was about time to share our experiences with them! Have you ever used an alternative toothbrush to the regular plastic kind? What did you think about it? Let us know in the comments below!   Plastic, plastic, plastic Plastic toothbrushes are ubiquitous. Most drugstores and supermarkets worldwide solely stock a wide range of…

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