Zero waste Christmas pt.2: sustainable tree alternatives

Wondering how sustainable Christmas trees are? Here’s the breakdown of the alternatives: Artificial tree If you own one, keep it (as long as possible, actually). If you are thinking of buying one, however, don’t. Artificial trees are made out of PVC and (mostly) shipped from China, therefore toxic, non-recyclable and with a huge footprint. According…

Zero waste Christmas pt.1: on gift giving and staying calm

Preparing for a calm festive season: For anyone who feels the pressure to buy some last-minute gifts: don’t. Gift giving is not an obligation, regardless of what you see around you in the days leading to Christmas. Thinking of receiving and giving gifts can sometimes make me anxious, which is the last thing I want…

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…