So you figured trolleys were for grannies? Think again: polluting plastic bags are out and trolleys are totally hip and trendy!
Today, trolleys come in a wide array of colors, forms and prints. You’ve got lacquered leopard trolleys for fashionistas, flower power trolleys for hippies, Marilyn Monroe trolleys for cinephiles, transparent trolleys for exhibitionists, you name it, Google finds it!
I fell crazy in love with the Maxi Joy, a minimalist design trolley from Rolser! It’s unbelievably light, waterproof, and it folds flat! Check out the whole collection on The Trolley Revolution.
Bananas are true nutritional wonders. Besides vitamins, enzymes and minerals, they’re also a great source of potassium. This stuff is what your body needs when you are often tired or irritable. So if you have difficulties keeping your eyes open behind your PC at work after a full night sleep, and you feel like scratching your colleague’s eyes out whenever she says something, a banana is what you need. To eat, not to throw at your colleague’s head.
After you eat the banana, don’t throw away the peel. Rub it against the leaves of your orchid. The vitamins will penetrate the leaves and make them shine from health. There’s one happy flower! (This tip comes from my grandma, by the way)
Want more banana tips? Throw a banana in your blender with 4 ice cubes, a splash of almond milk and some love, and enjoy the smoooooothnessss …
Yesterday, Lizzie Armitstead won Great Britain’s first medal of the Olympic Games, taking silver in the gruelling 87-mile road cycling race, no less. She was just 10 years old when she told her parents she wanted to become a vegetarian.
“I was brought up as vegetarian from birth and have been a long distance runner for most of my adult life. One of the most common misconceptions I’ve come across is that vegetarians are weak creatures who would fail in a tough sporting arena. Despite the fact I was breaking school records on the track, people still questioned my diet’s ability to make me strong.
I spent six months last year living and training with some of Kenya’s greatest long-distance runners, for my book, Running With the Kenyans. The athletes (from the Rift Valley) were not strictly vegetarian, but ate very little meat, which is usually reserved for special occasions such as weddings or funerals. Although there were occasional non-vegetarian meals served in the athlete training camps, we lived mostly on a diet of rice, beans, ugali (a dough made of maize flour and water) and green vegetables. The list of gold medals the Kenyan athletes have won on the track is almost endless.”
Armitstead is another proof of the fact that vegetarians continue to rise to the very top of their sports. She follows a long line of Olympians who have managed to excel without “eating corpses”, as she herself puts it. Way to go Lizz !!!
Although the name of this website strongly suggests that I enjoy a green lifestyle, I’m still a true city girl. Cities are full new people to meet and new experiences to live – there’s never a dull moment.
Cities have many advantages, but there’s a downside to them as well: the air we breath is strongly polluted by
- emission gasses of cars and other vehicles
- coals we burn to create electricity
- smoke released by factory chimneys
- trash we burn
2.4 million people die every year from diseases such as asthma caused by air pollution.
What can you do to bring some fresh unpolluted air into your home? Try to guess: it’s green (duh) and it creates oxygen: a plant! Many plants have the capacity of purifying the air and create a mini greenhouse effect in your living space!
When you breath in oxygen, you breath out carbon dioxide. The plant captures this carbon dioxide, and miraculously turns it into new oxygen! This process is called photosynthesis.
Bamboo plants are well known for their air purifying capacities. Above that, they spice up your interior design and give it an exotic touch.
Give your bamboo lots of water and love, and you’ll be rewarded with a healthier environment and body!
During summertime, cooked or baked food doesn’t even cross my mind. Hot weather screams for colorful salads loaded with raw veggies sprinkled with fresh lemon dressings.
But guess what – the word “hot” does not occur in Belgium’s dictionary. It’s been raining almost every day since the beginning of July. Apart from 5 days of miraculous sunshine, it’s been chilly. I’m wearing my faux fur jacket.
That’s why I say the hell with salads, give me something hot! My mom always used to make me this delicious
Eggplant, Minced Quorn & Feta Stew
How to save 12000 tonnes of CO2 a year?
The South Pacific nation of Tokelau is the first nation in the world aiming to ditch its diesel dependency and transform itself into a solar-powered country. With the help of New Zealand engineering company Powersmart Solar, the island’s 1400 residents hope to generate all their power with a system of 4032 solar panels and 1344 batteries.
If the project is successful, it will mean that Tokelau is not only the first country to meet 100% of its climate change obligations, but also the first completely solar-powered nation on earth.
What if it’s not sunny? Well, during emergency periods and times of prolonged cloud cover, the generators will run on coconut oil and simultaneously recharge the battery bank.
How much energy will the solar power system provide? Tokelau’s solar power
system has been designed to spread across the nation’s three atolls – Fakaofo, Nukunonu, and Atafu. It will provide 150% of the nation’s current electricity demand, whilst being able to stand up to the region’s tropical storms and will provide 24-hour electricity. The only diesel the nation will require will be for Tokelau’s tiny fleet of three cars.
Every year, PETA awards the sexiest vegetarian celebrities. This year, Jessica Chastain and Woody Harrelson were selected as the winners. Congratulations!
Jessica Chastain and Woody Harrelson are both actors who have won multiple awards for their work on the screen and they both trust their vegan diets to keep healthy and their conscience clear.
Jessica, who stole the show in The Help, has been vegetarian for 15 years and vegan for five. “I don’t want to torture anything,” she says. “It’s about trying to live a life where I’m not contributing to the cruelty in the world. While I am on this planet, I want everyone I meet to know that I am grateful they are here.”
Woody, known for his recent role as Haymitch in The Hunger Games, has been vegan for nearly 30 years. The reason he changed his diet in the first place was when he was trying to make it as an actor in New York: “I was on a bus and some girl sees me blowing my nose, I had acne all over my face, which I’d had for years and years. And she’s like: ‘Hey, you’re lactose intolerant. If you quit dairy, all these symptoms you got will be gone in three days.’ I was like 24. And I was like, No way. But three days later: gone.”
With their choice of diet, Jessica and Woody have saved at least 4500 animal from being killed since the average vegetarian saves about 100 animals’ lives every year. Also, they greatly decreased their personal carbon footprints since a meat-eating diet is responsible for more greenhouse-gas emissions than all the transportation industries in the world combined.
What do hand cream, coca cola, raisins and iPods have in common? When we buy them, they are wrapped in something that is designed to throw away, but made to last forever: plastic.
Try to imagine how many plastic bags and bottles you’ve thrown away last week, month, year, decade, … life! Now take into account the other 6 billion careless idiots walking around.
The consumer is not the only one to blame. Many multinationals don’t give a flying f*** either and toss tons of plastic into the water. Some countries are unashamed experts (hint: they eat rice with curry and pronounce it as lice with cully).
Scientists previously believed plastic to be indestructible. A new study suggests that some plastics actually decompose rapidly. The salty ocean water turns a plastic Sprite bottle into thousands of tiny plastic pieces within a year.
You don’t have to be an academicus emeritus to understand what’s happening next. Fish eat it, and humans eat the fish. Which means the toxic shit we throw away, ends up in our bodies and causes cancer. And then we die. Karma is a bitch.
Plastic pollution is a huge problem. Huge, as in twice the size of the US. Yes, that is the size of the mountain of plastic garbage floating in the North Pacific. And this big fellow has 4 brothers and sisters floating elsewhere.
So … What can you do solve the problem? You can’t solve it on your own. But you can try to contribute to the solution. Here’s how:
Ecofashion is hot! The British brand People Tree have been proving it since 2001. Their clothes are made of 100% organic cotton and have a Fair Trade label.
What does that mean, Fair Trade? Well, not only does it mean paying a fair price but it is also an entirely different way of doing business. The objective is not profit at any cost, but to help people in the world’s most marginalised communities to escape poverty and promote sustainability. Fairtrade therefore offers consumers a powerful way to reduce poverty through their every day shopping.
Their collections are a mix of posh, retro and urban style. Emma Watson has designed 3 collections for the brand. This playsuit is an item of her final collection and costs €42.86. You can order it over here.
I’m glad there are celebrities who use their fame to promote this kind of fashion. Such a good example.
I hear you thinking: What the hell is green sex? Well, I’ll tell you: it means humping with respect for the environment. The most effective way to do this, is out in the wild, with some kind of anti-conception. Because more unprotected sex = more new people = more pollution.
But our green views are not that fanatic as to tell you whether or not to have children. We might be environmentalists, but we’re not bloody communists.
But! As a nature-loving individual, you should still be aware of the impact all your attributes, lubricants, etcetera have on this planet. Here’s 5 tips to go greener between your organic sheets:
1. Ladies, spice up your boyfriend’s boring monday night with some eco-friendly lingerie from designers that chose textiles that do not harm the environment. Check out Stella’s gorgeous bras and panties here.
2. Most lubes out on the market contain the same stuff found in oven cleaners and anti-freezing products. Now unless your little girlfriend down there is freezing to death, I suggest you try some plant based lube. Find it on Good Clean Love.