Zero Waste Guide: Berlin, Germany

Are you visiting Berlin or planning to? (You should!) Berlin is full of history and culture so you are in it for a treat. Visit Jüdishes Museum Berlin for German-Jewish history as well as for its great architecture by Daniel Liebeskind. Hop in Tränenpalast at Friedrichstraße station for a glimpse of life in the divided Germany. Stroll…

Composting for apartment dwellers

I’ve never written a post on composting before, although it’s such a basic step towards a zero waste lifestyle! I live in an apartment in Berlin, so I don’t have my own garden to set up the compost bin. But I still collect organic waste in my flat and then take it out weekly to compost. There…

Travelling with zero waste toiletries

It gets dark at 4:30 PM already, so yeah, winter is coming. In a couple of weeks, I will be travelling to see my family for holidays! This time around I am well versed in how to pack my zero waste toiletries. At the moment, my hygiene routine involves a good mix of DIY products…

10 ways to use a handkerchief

I remember mocking my father for still using those, yet here I am, cutting my old pyjama pants to make more handkerchiefs for the upcoming flu season. What I used to think is gross I now find extremely versatile and lovely! Here some of the most common uses of a fabric handkerchief: 1- To blow your…

Zero waste essentials in my bag

The first thing that pops into my head when I think of “zero waste essentials” is a reusable coffee mug. But I actually don’t own one! Coffee to go is not my thing, because what’s the rush? If I am having coffee I might as well sit down and drink it from a proper mug,…

My zero waste food shopping routine

After a long break, I am back in Berlin and trying to make the most out of the remaining summer season. That mostly means going to a lake, open air cinema, free concerts at a park, as well as the afternoon ice cream dates.  I am also happy to return to my zero waste food shopping routine….

Zero waste while visiting family in the countryside

I have been lucky enough to be able to visit my family in Slovenia a couple of times a year. It’s great to wake up to the sight of mountains. My urban lifestyle routines, however, are usually out of order. This is not traveling, which I consider hard to keep without waste due to unpredictability….

How to throw a simple zero waste picnic

What is summer without eating outside? If you are like me and live in an apartment, then the park is your garden. Zero waste inspired folks are well trained in preparing simple meals that can be transported easily. Like always, though, plan in advance. Here are some steps to think about: 1. Pick the food…

Why you should consider thrift shopping

I have been keeping a list of everything I buy new instead of second-hand. Its purpose is not to showcase it on the fridge at the end of the year, but to give myself a reminder that for everything I need there is probably a perfectly fine product already made. I like to have fewer…

Simple zero waste ideas: cold beverages

I’m curious: what are your go to zero waste cold drinks? Water with a twist You can just drink tap water of course, which I do. Or sparkling water, if you are in Germany since everyone seems to have soda machine here. Soda bottles are refilled at a local drug store so it’s a zero waste option!…