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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

Personal Climate Protection – Act now!

For a better climate

The Climate Protection Conference has negotiated two weeks in December 2015 in Paris about how global warming can be slowed. The result is a milestone in the history of the climate summit.

For the first time 195 member states have contracted to do something concrete to protect the climate. This historic event sets the general conditions for climate-protecting measures. The states must fill it with concrete climate actions. For example:

  • Renewable energy as an energy source of the future.
  • Global energy transition: away from carbon and crude oil to renewable energy.
  • New development projects between industrialized and developing countries.
  • Support of weak countries by the developed countries in addressing the adverse effects of climate change

Personal Climate Protection

Today and now, everybody can participate with everyday decisions on active climate protection. With these things you achieve rapidly success:

1. Change to Green Energy

Climate Protection with Green Energy by Wind Turbines
Climate Protection with Green Energy by Wind Turbines






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Relaunch: Eco- and Upcycling-Market becomes Greenpicks

Online marketplace modern and comfortable after major overhaul

Greenpicks – Eco & Upcycling Market is here! We are happy and relieved to complete successfully our relaunch and rebranding project after a very intense and very busy time. On www.greenpicks.de/en you see the result.

Relaunch - We have moved
Relaunch – We have moved

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.

The new website is characterized by a fresh design, simple workflows, high usability and clear pages with high information density. For all offered products can be seen, how they meet the required sustainability criteria. Many filtering options make it easier to browse on topics, shop and brand pages as well as in the categories. Thanks to responsive design it is also possible to browse conveniently on the website via tablet and smartphone. Continue reading Relaunch: Eco- and Upcycling-Market becomes Greenpicks

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

Highly popular „Heldenmarkt“ Berlin

Heldenmarkt Berlin 2013

Heldenmarkt Berlin 2013
Heldenmarkt Berlin 2013

There was a large crowd last weekend at the „Heldenmarkt“ in Berlin. In long lines, visitors waited patiently at the cash points to get admitted to the fair for sustainable consumption at the Postbahnhof in Friedrichshain.

And the wait was worth it! There was a wide range of sustainable alternatives from different walks of life to be seen and experience. In the ground floor mainly suppliers of all kinds of culinary delights lined up together seductively. For me as a chocolate fan, the choice of fair trade chocolate varieties was like paradise. Anyone who found the way to the upper floor after these temptations, could enjoy a truly diverse selection of organic / fair clothing, upcycling products, household goods, eco toys, furniture, gift ideas and more. Especially the proportion of exhibitors who follow the thought of Recycling/Upcycling was according to my impression even higher this time than in the previous year. I was particularly impressed by the varied range of Upcycling Deluxe. Bags, hats, belts and fashion accessories from car tires, records, coffee and rice sacks form a balanced unit of upcycling products. And I think that this is just the beginning, in view of the fact that there are infinitely discarded materials or declared to waste recyclables.

Heldenmarkt 2013 in Berlin
Heldenmarkt Berlin 2013

In addition, you could also learn about alternative investments, green energy providers and health insurance companies.

A stage show with raffle, green fashion show and vegetables cooking show, lectures and workshops, the well-frequented Repair café and a delicious organic vegetarian catering completed the program. All in all a great event!

A large crowd also at the following shops of Eco- and Upcycling-Market, that were represented on “Heldenmarkt” Berlin:

  • Monalito with baby Pendulo, Dopper and ajaa! Boxes
  • reditum with the proven moveo shelves
  • ia io with eco-fair dream bedding
  • kleiderhelden with sexy, organic, fair and high-quality underwear for men


Heldenmarkt Berlin: Products von reditum, ia io, Monalito und kleiderhelden
Products von reditum, ia io, Monalito und kleiderhelden on www.upcycling-markt.com

Upcycling and more at Heldenmarkt Frankfurt 2013

Impressions from Heldenmarkt Frankfurt 2013

The trade fair for sustainable consumption – “Heldenmarkt” – takes place in several German cities meanwhile. This time I visited the Heldenmarkt (market for heroes) in Frankfurt.

Bockenheimer Depot, Frankfurt, Germany
Bockenheimer Depot, Frankfurt, Germany

In a beautiful hall with a remarkable wooden roof construction about 75 exhibitors presented their products and services in the fields of fashion, food, investment, health and other sustainable consumer goods.

Alternative Barbeque Lighter

I liked especially the alternative products for grilling of the company Rebenglut. In a very informative and friendly conversation the owner explained to me that e.g. the annual pruning of organic vines or vines that bear no fruits anymore or have died are used for Rebenglut. Old red wine barrels are processed to smoke chips. The waste product, the ash, can be used as a natural fertilizer for beds. So the natural cycle is complete. Perfect Recycling!

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