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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

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!

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.