More life quality through less

More life quality through less

Earthovershootday this year already on August 2, 2017, a progressive scarcity of resources, growing world population, climate change, melting “eternal” ice, weather extremes, the littering of the oceans – the list of the negative characteristics of our time could be continued even further.

In the face of these horrific developments one can quickly fall into a depression or resign. What can I do as an individual against all this? Admittedly, alone you are quite powerless if you want to save the world.

Fortunately, a sustainable lifestyle helps to contribute with joy and fun to an improvement, while at the same time enriching your own life.

As so-called consumers, we have a power that can not be underestimated, which we can make much better use of. Private consumption and the resulting production of goods play a large part in the above-mentioned developments.

A first step is certainly to move to sustainable products when it comes to consumption. For example, you can buy long-lasting or harmless items, or replace conventional products over the long term with sustainable ones.

Sustainable consumption as an entry into a life as a strategic, conscious consumer. The more people change their purchasing behavior in this direction, the greater the pressure on manufacturers and their motivation to produce products that are ecological, durable, recyclable, harmless and resource-efficient.

The mere shift to sustainable consumption in the sense of “the same in green” will, however, not be enough to effectively reduce the mad goods flows and mountains of items and thus, the absolute global environmental impacts.

What can be the solution? In addition to a focus on technological advances and resource efficiency, which has been stepped up in the sustainability debate, it is the approach of so-called “sufficiency”.

With sufficiency to a higher quality of life

Suffi-what? The concept of sufficiency is derived from Latin; The verb “sufficere” means “suffice”. In sufficiency it is the question of the right measure and the need to have as much as one’s own needs require. In the ecological context, sufficiency is the consideration of natural borders and resources and is accompanied by the lowest possible raw material consumption.

And what does this mean for me as an individual? I really do not want to do without anything. How can you, on an individual level, change your own consumption habits or your own lifestyle in such a way that fewer resources are consumed? And how can the quality of life of the individual be improved without consuming more, but on the contrary rather less?

More life quality through less - Vivienne Westwood

In the course of recent years, various possibilities and approaches have crystallized out and at least established in the niche how one can live better without consuming more. It is about time instead of commodity, alternatives to a lifestyle of the other, better and more beautiful.

Instead of buying and consuming more and more, for which you need more and more money and because of the rising working hours and at the same time sinking leisure time you have less and less opportunity to use the bought things, there is also a different way. Fun and joy are then found much more beyond the shopping center – in nature, in sport, in the joint cooking with friends.

Many people find their happiness in doing-it-yourself (cooking, preserving, handicrafts, etc.) and in the experience that they can repair something (which we unfortunately unlearn more and more in our throwaway society). Longevity of products and upcycling also play an important role. Self-catering by gardening or urban gardening are further approaches. And a very important starting point is the prevention of garbage, which can be operated through the use of reusable containers in a wide range of fields (ZeroWaste / LowWaste, plastic-free living).

We at Greenpicks have the vision to put these approaches more firmly in the foreground and to inspire more and more people. We dream of a movement that connects more and more people. Together for a better world.

Author: Annette Husmann

Sustainability Week 2017

Sustainability Weeks 2017

As part of the Sustainability Week 2017, the owner, Annette Husmann, successfully presented the concept of greenpicks.de/en at Interseroh in Cologne and presented sustainable products from various eco-friendly online shops represented at Greenpicks.
Sorry, presentation only in German language available. On request is also a presentation in English possible.

Win an eco bathrobe from Yumeko – pure wellness!

Pure wellness with nature: Win an eco bathrobe from Yumeko

Win an eco bathrobe
Win an eco bathrobe

Would you like to cuddle up in the sauna, after the shower or after an extensive bubble bath? With a bathrobe from Yumeko you are always properly wrapped up. Pure wellness for relaxing hours: Greenpicks and Yumeko raffle off a high-quality bathrobe made of organic cotton for Mother’s Day.

The bathrobe for lazy Sundays and daily bathroom routine from Yumeko!
The Dutch label uses only high-quality, soft and natural materials, please read more on our brand page Yumeko:

If you want to convince yourself personally of the beautiful quality, now you have the chance to win a bathrobe in the color grey for women or men. The winner can choose the size. Make a gift for you, for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. The lottery takes place at Greenpicks via Facebook. You will receive your prize directly from Yumeko.

Start: 9th of May 2017, 11.00 h a.m
Closing date: 12th of May 2017, 11:59 h p.m

♥♥♥ » go to competition ♥♥♥


Change the world while sleeping and bathing – bedding and bath textiles from Yumeko

The Dutch eco label Yumeko has been influencing bedroom, bath & Co. with timelessly beautiful bedding and bath textiles, which are biologically certified. Both producers from Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Portugal, Turkey, Peru and India as well as Yumeko themselves are certified according to GOTS and Fairtrade standards.

Continue reading Win an eco bathrobe from Yumeko – pure wellness!

In the bathroom without pollutants

In the bathroom without pollutants
In the bathroom without pollutants

In the bathroom without pollutants

Linda Green and Verde Wood have been living together for some months. Renovated three-room flat in an old building, kitchen, hall, bathroom in a popular Cologne city quarter. When looking for a place to live, the newly in love couple, among other things, concentrated on a central location, short distances to work and a home that was free from harmful substances.

After all, the owner put emphasis on green building in kitchen and bathroom. Natural raw materials such as wood were used. The long-lasting material comes from forests in which new trees are growing and bears the FSC seal for sustainable forestry. In the eco bath you can find tiles and water-saving fittings.

With Linda Green, sustainability has also moved in the newly enamoured household. In kitchen and household, she has always exchanged kitchen helpers and storage boxes by sustainable alternatives made of natural or recycled materials when the kitchen utensils were broken and worn. But in the bathroom there is still a lot of plastic accessories. A slip resistant bath mat and a shelf for personal care products are still missing.

Goal: Eco bath with individual character

The goal of Linda Green: to equip the bathroom environmentally friendly and to ban harmful substances. She was also able to convince her partner. And so they sent an email to Greenpicks. We gave them the following advice:

Dental Care without plastic for adults and kids

Toothbrushes with bamboo handle
Toothbrushes with bamboo handle

Renewable resource: The Hydrophil toothbrushes have a bamboo handle and nylon bristles. The environmentally friendly brushes are available in various strengths and for children.

Recycling/Upcycling ✓ Vegan ✓ Energy- and resource-efficient ✓ Reduction of pollutant  ✓

For oral hygiene

Maienfelser tooth powder
Maienfelser tooth powder

The Maienfelser tooth powder is a healthy alternative to commercial toothpastes. It contains neither chalk nor harmful chemicals. Instead, the tooth powder is made only from natural ingredients and certified organic ingredients. The herbs provide a mild, anti-bacterial oral flora.

Recycling/Upcycling ✓ Raw materials from organic farming ✓ Vegan ✓ Energy- and resource-efficient ✓ Reduction of pollutant ✓ Regional production ✓ Hand made  ✓

Natural body care

Klar´s Sea Salt Soap
Klar´s Sea Salt Soap

Shower gel does not need plastic bottles. Klar´s Sea Salt Soap is a natural mixture of plant oils, lanolin and with natural sea salt. Free of artificial fragrances, colors and preservatives. Also suitable as shaving soap.

Raw materials from organic farming ✓ Vegan ✓ Energy- and resource-efficient ✓ Reduction of pollutant ✓

Soap dish made of olive wood

Soap dish made of olive wood
Soap dish made of olive wood

If you chose soap instead of shampoo in a plastic bottle, a soap dish made of olive wood is a good choice. It is not only decorative but highly resistant to moisture. Shop Olivenholz erleben.

Recycling/Upcycling ✓ Vegan; Fair & Social ✓ Cradle to Cradle ✓ Energy- and resource-efficient ✓ Climate friendly ✓ Reduction of pollutant ✓ Durabiltiy ✓ Regional production ✓ Hand made  ✓

Vegan Toilet Paper

Vegan Toilet Paper
Vegan Toilet Paper

For the loo Smooth Panda offers vegan bamboo toilet paper, Silky and soft, 8 toilet rolls à 240 sheet each pack, FSC certified, 3-ply, especially vegan/animal-friendly, unbleached and resource-efficient in plastic-free recycling carton. 8 toilet rolls or the stock for a year with 48 rolls.

Recycling/Upcycling ✓ Raw materials from organic farming ✓ Vegan ✓ Energy- and resource-efficient ✓ Climate friendly ✓ Reduction of pollutant  ✓

Gentle care for hair

olive wood hairbrush
olive wood hairbrush

The olive wood hairbrush from the German manufacturer Redecker is perfect for gentle detangling and for the care of long hair. Ergonomic design. The olive wood is damp-resistant.

Recycling/Upcycling ✓ Energy- and resource-efficient ✓ Climate friendly ✓ Hand made ✓ Regional production ✓

Nonslip and sustainable

Bath mat made of Thermowood
Bath mat made of Thermowood

With the bath mat made of Thermowood by Redecker, you can stand on safe feet after bathing and showering. The “baked wood” is particularly resistant to moisture. Without the use of chemicals, the wooden bath mat is an environmentally friendly alternative and a decorative, sustainable accessory for the bathroom.

Recycling/Upcycling ✓ Energy- and resource-efficient ✓ Reduction of pollutant ✓ Regional Production  ✓

Upcycled wooden shelf for bathroom utensils

Upcycled wooden shelf
Upcycled wooden shelf

Despite the minimalist approach … also the few bathroom utensils and body care products of Linda Green and Verde wood want to be accommodated in the eco-friendly bathroom. The resource-conserving variant is a shelf made of recycled disposable pallets and bicycle tubes. available in different colours and sizes in shop reditum.

Recycling/Upcycling ✓ Durability ✓ Fair & Social ✓ Cradle to Cradle ✓ Hand made ✓ Regional Production  ✓

An eco bath is particularly sustainable when it is timeless designed and furnished. It is universally usable, takes into account social, economic and ecological aspects, so that people have a lot of fun with their baths. Small accessories such as colorful towels made of organic cotton create individual accents. In the bathroom without pollutants – this has a positive effect on the environment and on your finances.

Green Highlights 2016 – Top 10 of sustainable products

Green Highlights 2016
Green Highlights 2016

Green Highlights 2016

What are the organic products and upcycling articles that the Greenpicks fan community was most enthusiastic about in 2016? The Greenpicks Blog shows the top ten most sustainable products in the judgment of the environmentally aware consumers.

With the conscious decision to buy environmentally friendly and ecological products, every person contributes to safe natural resources. Consumers also focus on the fact that the materials used are either derived from certified organic farming or can be recycled. Very popular are upcycling products, because each piece is unique. Purses made from recycled tea bags, carafes made from recycled glass and fishing bags and cement bags from which sports bags and messenger bags are ucycled are among the top places in the most popular eco-friendly items at Greenpicks.

» go to all green highlights

Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle

Sprout Color Pencil

The Sprout Color Pencil is the first sustainable pencil in the world there is plantable. The Sprout Color Pencil combines practical and useful: Draw, Write, Plant, Love, Sprout!
The plantable Sprout Pencil fullfills 7 of 11 possible Greenpicks-Sustainability Criteria

Recycling & UpcyclingRaw materials from organic farmingVegan Fair + Socialenergy- and resource-efficientReduction of pollutantHand made

  • Many different colours and seeds
  • Price: from 3.79 Euro
  • Available in the shop of promavis
Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle

Re-Sack – Organic Cotton Bag and Fruit Nets 3-part set

The shopping bag and the vegetables nets are perfect for carrying your groceries from the supermarket to your home. The more often shopping bags made of organic cotton are used, the less plastic bags are needed. This saves resources and the world's oceans.
The fruit nets fullfill 4 of 11 possible Greenpicks-Sustainability Criteria

Recycling & UpcyclingRaw materials from organic farming Fair + Socialenergy- and resource-efficient

  • Different sizes
  • Price: from 8.95 Euro
  • Available in the shop of promavis
Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle

Glass Carafe Feeling 1.5 l of recycled Glass

Bellied carafe with convenient spout for 1.5 liters; made of 100 % recycled glass.
The recycled glass carafe fullfills 6 of 11 possible Greenpicks-Sustainability Criteria

Recycling & Upcycling Cradle to Cradleenergy- and resource-efficientClimate-friendly Reduction of pollutantDurability

Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle

Ragbag Teabag Wallet

Recycled tea bags are transformed to upcycled wallets according to Fair Trade principles.
The purse fullfills 4 of 11 possible Greenpicks-Sustainability Criteria

Recycling & Upcycling Fair + SocialCradle to Cradle Hand made

  • Size and Weight: 11 x 10 x 2 cm / 0.2 kg
  • Price: 22.00 Euro
  • Available in the shop of ragbag
Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle

Hevea Natural Rubber Pacifier 3 Plus Month – anatomical

Made of 100% natural rubber the pacifier is soft and gentle on baby's skin. The ergonomic butterfly shape gives space for nose and chin.
The soother from Hevea fullfills 6 of 11 possible Greenpicks-Sustainability Criteria

Recycling & UpcyclingRaw materials from organic farmingVeganenergy- and resource-efficientReduction of pollutantDurability

Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle

Bamboo Toothbrush Hydrophil

The bamboo toothbrush is BPA-free, 100% vegan and for daily, environmentally friendly dental care.
The Bamboo Toothbrush fullfills 4 of 11 possible Greenpicks-Sustainability Criteria

Recycling & UpcyclingVeganenergy- and resource-efficientReduction of pollutant

  • Different colours and sizes (for children and adults)
  • Price: from 5.53 Euro
  • Available in the shop of promavis
Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle

Upcycling Sports Bag Red Elephant

The sports bag »red elephant« from a recycled cement bag is your waterproof and tearproof companion for the gym.
The upcycled sports bag fullfills 4 of 11 possible Greenpicks-Sustainability Criteria

Recycling & UpcyclingVegan Fair + SocialHand made

  • Size: 45 cm x 17 cm x 24 cm
  • Price: 39.80 Euro
  • Available in the shop of milchmeerecobags
Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle

Natural wallet made from cork by bleed

Vegan wallet made from cork and waste paper by bleed.
The purse fullfills 5 of 11 possible Greenpicks-Sustainability Criteria

Recycling & UpcyclingVegan Fair + Socialenergy- and resource-efficientClimate-friendly

  • lots of space for cards, coins and notes
  • Price: from 49.00 Euro
  • Available in the shop of Vegamina
Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle

School Starter Kit: Drinking Bottle and Lunchbox of Stainless Steel

Perfect for school and kindergarten: with this practical set of lunchbox classic and the 0.5 litre drinking bottle CHI every child is optimally equipped.
The eco-friendly school starter kit fullfills 5 of 11 possible Greenpicks-Sustainability Criteria

Recycling & Upcyclingenergy- and resource-efficientReduction of pollutantDurability

  • Made of stainless steel
  • Price: from 36.40 Euro
  • Available in the shop of Monalito
Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle

Eco Changing Bag – Knapsack – Messenger Bag – PacaPod Hastings Mocha

The popular stylish backpack Hastings with the old-school charm is a durable and practical eco-friendly changing bag for everyday use with baby. Flat pack changer pod, flat pack feeder (cool bag), changing mat and pram handle clips are included.
The eco changing bag fullfills 4 of 11 possible Greenpicks-Sustainability Criteria

Recycling & UpcyclingFair + Socialenergy- and resource-efficientReduction of pollutant

  • Size: 40 cm x 32 cm x 21 cm; Shoulder Strap Length 70 cm
  • Volume: 25 Ltr + 8 Ltr Pods
  • Weight ca. 0.560 kg
  • Price: from 95.00 Euro
  • Available in the shop of Monalito

DIY Upcycling Stool build from Olive Oil Canister

Build yourself a unique upcycling stool from an olive oil canister

Have you also brought yourself olive oil in a canister from the last holidays in Spain or Greece? And now – after the delicious olive oil is consumed – the olive oil canisters mingles around unused. Because it is so beautiful and you associate memories with it, you can’t part from it. Or does it wait for the next garbage collection? – That isn’t necessary.

Something like that happened to Annette Husmann, owner of Greenpicks – Eco & Upcycling Market. From friends blessed with delicious olive oil in a canister, she did not want to part from the pretty decorative object. A walk in the toolshed brought some material remains of a small construction project to light. How the small upcycling stool originated from an olive oil canister, show the subsequent film.

What you need:
1 x olive oil canister
1 x wooden plate
2 x corner angles of stainless material
8 x wood screws
1 x threaded rods M8
2 x M8 washers (stainless steel) *
2 x M8 nuts (stainless steel) *
2 x caps M8 (stainless steel) *
Sand (or other filler)
wrench
drill
possibly side cutter
possibly hacksaw

* bought new, costs 1.23 EUR

That’s how it’s done:

1. First clean oil canister thoroughly inside and outside, so that no more oil residues remain in the interior.

2. Remove the handle which is located on top of the canister with side cutter, provided that the wooden plate does not rest completely flat and the handle is in the way.

3. Lay wood panel on the olive oil canister and determine position for corner angle. (By the way, in its first life the wooden plate was a door handle on a front door.)

4. Install corner angles on wooden plate.

5. Put wood panel again on the canister and determine position of the threaded rod. Mark holes on the canister and drill with metal drill the tin.

6. Cut threaded rod to the length that it is slightly shorter than the wooden plate and does not poke out underneath. Grind sawed surface, so that no sharp edges remain.

7. Fill the empty canister with sand before the final assembly. This stabilizes the stool.

8. Apply wooden plate with preinstalled corner angles on the oil canister, push tailored threaded rod through the corner angles and connect corner angles with washers and nuts to the canister.

9. Finally, screw the caps to the ends of the threaded rod. So you do not scratch yourself and enhance the appearance of the stool.

Green Lifestyle unique item of olive oil canister

Thus, from a holiday gift results a small Upcycling stool which finds its place in the garden, in the living room, bedroom or winter garden. Quasi wherever it is needed. Minimalists love the stool as a side table beside a bed or couch. It is not only stable, but also durable because of the sand filling. This Green Lifestyle object is therefore unique, including small scratches and dents that tell charming details from the past.

» Upcycling Furniture at Greenpicks

Price versus Value at Eco Products

Price versus Value

Oscar Wilde: Price versus Value
Oscar Wilde: Price versus Value

Greenpicks stands for conscious consumption. Sustainable products are often slightly more expensive than conventional products and meet environmental and social standards. The value is always in the “eye of the beholder”, it is always “subjective”. Whether something is worth, is the sole responsibility of the acting person that assigns a benefit to a good. This also applies to the ecological and social awareness. However, here the human incorporates other aspects in his purchase decision. These include beside the benefit of the good criteria such as

  •  Has the product been manufactured environmentally friendly?
  • Were the persons involved in the production process compensated fair?
  • Do the working conditions of the producers meet social and health standards?
  • Is it possible to recycle the good or even return it by Cradle to Cradle criteria into the natural cycle?
  • Are the materials used free of pollutants?
  • What is the carbon footprint in the production of the products?
  • Is the good produced locally or regionally? And are thereby jobs secured in the region?

In addition to general economic factors and the benefit these and other sustainability criteria determine the value of the eco-friendly product. The benefit results from the fact that one thing (a good) helps to provide a need. Fair production conditions for workers and environmentally friendly production are as important for ecoconscious people as their causal personal need.

Nowadays people know
the price of everything
and the value of nothing.

– Oscar Wilde –

Eco Shopper instead of plastic bags

Eco Shopper instead of Plastic Bags

Much fuss about plastic bags. Supermarkets use abolishment as an eco heroic action.

While the practical, but under-fire plastic bag is available at some trade chains fee-based (about 20 Euro Cents), environmentalists are skeptical if a fee will put off buyers and let them rethink. German food companies in turn sell the abolition of plastic bags in their stores as an eco heroic action. Who walks mindfully through these stores will quickly discover superfluous plastic packaging. Food to go as portioned fruits, salads for lunch to sushi packed in the environmentally harmful and unhealthy plastic containers. At the fruit and vegetable counter plastic bags are still available. Window dressing for the hurried consumer! And for eco shopper you have to hunt.

The EU prescribes to reduce the use of plastic bags by the end of 2019 to a maximum of 90 and by the end of 2025 to a maximum of 40 pieces per person per year. Nothing is easier than to avoid plastic bags. Build up your ecological conscience. Because our reusable shopping bags fit into any handbag, in a backpack, in any briefcase. There are no longer any excuses.

Eco Shopper and Fruit- and Vegetable Bags made of Organic Cotton

The only and sustainable alternative for the plastic bag: Drop it! And use ecological alternatives. For that this works, Greenpicks presents you eco shopper and fruit- and vegetable bags made of certified organic cotton and other sustainable materials. Based on greenpicks.de/en recommendations, on our practical experiences and the most popular products that go through the online sales counter.

» go to all Eco Shopper / Shopping Bags

Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle

Re-Sack Fruit- and Vegetable Bags made of Organic Cotton

The shopping bag and the vegetables nets are perfect for carrying your groceries from the supermarket to your home. The organic cotton bag can be put directly in the refrigerator because it is breathable.
Re-Sack  fruit- and vegetable bags fullfill 4 of 11 possible Greenpicks-Sustainability Criteria

Recycling & UpcyclingRaw materials from organic farmingFair + Socialenergy- and resource-efficient

  • Organic Cotton (GOTS certified)
  • Breathable
  • Food can be stored in the fridge
  • Sizes: 38 cm x 30 cm Re-Sack Net | 38 cm x 28 cm Re-Sack voille | 19 cm x 16 cm Re-Sack small
  • Price: from 8.95 Euro in 3-part set
  • Available in the shop of promavis

24 Lilybag: Smart Shopping with Upcycling Shopper

Every contribution counts – with the Lilybag actively for environment protection and social cooperation: ... the plastic bag substitutes for the Lilybag – with logical use it substitutes for statistical 76 plastic bags per year. With an expected life span of 10 years every user saves with it 760 plastic bags. Their price is simply calculated: 76 plastic bags per year x 0.20 euros / pieces = 14.44 euros (circularly: 14.50 euros)
Lilybag Upcycling Shopper fullfills 8 of 11 possible Greenpicks-Sustainability Criteria.
Recycling & UpcyclingFair + SocialCradle to Cradleenergy- and resource-efficientclimate-friendlyDurabilityHand madeRegional Production

 

  • Many different colours
  • Sizes: 35 x 32 cm
  • Price: 14.50 Euro
  • Available in the shop from reTHING

Upcycling Shopper from Marron Rouge

The next shopping can come. Particularly with this stylish upcycling shopping bag from the French Upcycling Label Marron Rouge! So you collect extra points in the health food store because you already emphasize on sustainability in the choice of shopping bag.
The Upcycling Shopper from Marron Rouge fullfills 5 of 11 possible Greenpicks-Sustainability Criteria.
Recycling & UpcyclingVeganFair + Socialenergy- and resource-efficientDurability

 

  • Upcycling and Recycling from inner tube and seatbelts.
  • Colour: black/red
  • Size: Height 25 cm width 15 cm. Base and high 56 cm. Length 26 cm.
  • Price: 69.00 Euro
  • Available in the shop from Marron Rouge

Carrier Bag made of Organic Cotton „Wenn Bayern ein Meer hätte“*

Practically, since the bag made from organic cotton is designed to fold quickly and stow in handbag, backpack or laptop bag. So you're ready for a spontaneous shopping. Also works accross Bavarian borders. 😉
* "If Bavaria had an ocean"

The Carrier Bag from Degree Clothing fullfills 4 of 11 possible Greenpicks-Sustainability Criteria

Raw materials from organic farmingVeganFair + Socialenergy- and resource-efficient

fregie – The Reusable Fruit- and Vegetable Net

fregie consists of tear-resistant, food-safe, recyclable plastic and can be reused for years. Its mesh structure ensures a low weight and allows easy cashing at the supermarket checkout. Thanks to the structure the reusable fruit- and vegetable net fregie is breathable, so that fruits and vegetables can be stored in it.
fregie fruit- and vegetable bags fullfill 4 of 11 possible Greenpicks-Sustainability Criteria

Recycling & Upcyclingenergy- and resource-efficientDurabilityRegional Production

  • Material: recyclable plastic
  • Made in Germany
  • Own Weight: 11.5 g
  • Size: 35 cm x 29 cm
  • Price:  3.50 Euro
  • Available in the shop of promavis