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Continued cooperation with Ecostyle 2014

Cooperation Partner: Eco- and Upcycling-Market and Ecostyle
Cooperation Partner: Eco- and Upcycling-Market and Ecostyle

Eco- and Upcycling-Market is cooperation partner of the Ecostyle also in the second year.

From 30 August to 2 September 2014 Messe Frankfurt will be showing its green side again: Ecostyle – the trade fair for sustainable consumer goods – will be opening its gates for the second time. It is a platform for verified sustainable products which are highly convincing in their state-of-the-art design. This trade fair format is currently unique in Germany. The exhibition will feature major brands as well as innovative newcomers. Here, the Ecostyle is quite international, because the manufacturers of green lifestyle and design products come from Germany and abroad. Continue reading Continued cooperation with Ecostyle 2014

Upcycling Table Lamp illustris+

In vino veritas – The high-quality Upcycling Table Lamp illustris+ gives enlightenment

high-quality Upcycling Table Lamp illustris+
high-quality Upcycling Table Lamp illustris+

The designer Sven H. Ricken from Essen, Germany, had the enlightenment for his timeless table lamp illustris+ when he thought about the disposal of empty wine bottles in the waste glass. “The shape of a bottle is known to us all from the smallest childhood and accompanies us for a lifetime. It is perfect in form but is used only for the storage of the contents. Instead of always just throwing the bottles in the waste glass to make new bottles, I got the idea to let live the product and give it a new function.” says the talented designer. After a longer developmental period, then came the series illustris+. Continue reading Upcycling Table Lamp illustris+

Fair-Cycle – The new trade fair in Munich!

Fair-Cycle Logo
Fair-Cycle: Trade Fair for fair consumption and sustainable design

On 17/18 May 2014 the Fair-Cycle exhibition takes place in Munich for the first time. This is a new trade fair for fair consumption and sustainable design with a focus on Upcycling. Eco- and Upcycling-Market is a cooperation partner of the Fair-Cycle – we are already very excited! Continue reading Fair-Cycle – The new trade fair in Munich!

Ragbag: Upcycling, Style and Fair Trade

In our blog post about Ragbag we take a look behind the scenes of the Dutch label for fair traded upcycling bags and upcycling accessories.

Siem Haffmans © Ragbag
Siem Haffmans © Ragbag

Head behind Ragbag is Siem Haffmans. The Amsterdam-based eco-designer established in 2005 the brand of fashion bags and accessories, with which he primarily addresses a young, trendy crowd.
Manufactured in different places in India recycled plastic bags, cotton remnants and large Teebags are processed according to the Upcycling concept. In this way, different series of fancy upcycling products emerge that have a significantly higher value than their starting materials. Ragbag stands for upcycling, style, fair trade and environmental awareness – more sustainable is hardly possible. Continue reading Ragbag: Upcycling, Style and Fair Trade

Our backpack is too heavy – Thoughts on the ecological footprint

Thoughts on the ecological footprint

ecological footprint
ecological footprint ©Iris Streit

A sustainable lifestyle includes a lot of aspects. You can easily get bogged down in details or feel overchallenged. Since the calculation of the own ecological footprint can be helpful.

In this method, all areas of life are taken into account, which consume energy and resources on the one hand and on the other hand have waste products and CO2 emissions as a result. So when individuals nutrition, consumption, mobility and housing. All this adds up the surface in nature, which is necessary for the provision or absorbance. It is measured in global hectares (gha). Comparing the own value with the one our earth has available in total – that’s an average of 1.8 gha – you quickly detect, if you use too much and on what screws you should turn. In Germany, the average value is currently at 5.1 gha. So we take more than nature can give. An African has an ecological footprint of 1.4 gha on average, an Indian even only 0.9 gha (as of 2012). Considering the ecological footprint around the world, we would need 2.8 times our earth to meet the demand.

Sustainable Lifestyle

Saving opportunities arise, for example, by switching to green electricity, so the use of renewable energy, by reducing meat consumption or the use of public transport and the reduction of air travel. A conscious consumption with the focus on consumer durables as well as regional and seasonal foods also reduce your own footprint.

ecological footprint
ecological footprint ©Iris Streit

But all alone you can not do against a lot of the already visible signs of climate change caused by too many greenhouse gases, deforestation, overfishing and the waste problem. You feel lost quickly, considering the full implications of the topic. And quite often creeps up a doubt whether you can even play a part in improving the situation. Isn’t my own contribution so tiny that it does not matter at all?

But if you sum up the impact of lifestyle of all individuals, your own behavior just has one meaning. And if it was just that by your own acting conversations and discussions with friends or colleagues are initiated, which then lead to an awareness of all those involved. This can work as a snowball system. The more people interact more and more conscious of our resources, the greater the effect.

However, it does not work without the companies and local authorities, business and politics. Rethinking unfortunately does not happen overnight. But if we do not try, then nothing will change. If all save energy, resources and waste here and there, a lot would be gained.

More information on the topic you can find in my article at Huffington Post.

Greenpicks: Slow Shopping with Pick of the Week

Greenpicks: Slow Shopping with Pick of the Week

After a major overhaul Eco- and Upcycling-Market (up to now: www.upcycling-markt.de) presents itself more clearly and considerably rejuvenated. The online marketplace for sustainable and upcycling products now operates under “Greenpicks – Eco & Upcycling Market” (www.greenpicks.de). Our previous curated one-product shop Greenpicks remains as Pick of the Week inside the new website.

Pick of the Week
Pick of the Week

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Upcycling beanies arise from old wool sweaters

A good headdress needs a lot of skills: It should warm up, fit well, fit to one’s own face and clothes style – and in terms of material and mode of production it should correspond to the idea of sustainability. These criteria [schutz & schmuck] upcycling beanies wants to reconcile.

Upcyling Beanies © Rachel Kopp
Upcyling Beanies © Rachel Kopp

Continue reading Upcycling beanies arise from old wool sweaters

Mini-Maker-Fair: Do-it-yourself trend increases

In the Mini-Maker-Fair last Saturday people met in Colabor in Cologne-Ehrenfeld that are addicted to the Do-it-youfself trend.

Mini-Maker-Fair: Urban gardening is possible in the smallest space
Urban gardening is possible in the smallest space

In panel discussions and workshops it was about the topics of Open Workshops, Repair Cafes, Urban Gardening and Bicycle Repair. Thus, the do-it-yourself movement in public space. Since a while new forms of DIY have come up. Given the resources and energy crisis, but also the prosperity crisis mainly in the cities occurs a new lifestyle that focuses on DIY, Sharing and Exchanging, Upcycling and Yourself Growing. Continue reading Mini-Maker-Fair: Do-it-yourself trend increases