There’s a sustainable alternative for everything you need

There’s a sustainable alternative for everything you need What is the mission of your platform? This question was asked by the owner of a sustainable business in an introductory meeting to explore the possibility of partnering. My answer was that we seek to inspire people in an accessible and positive way to make sustainable choices […]

Setbacks, perseverance and success in the end

Setbacks, perseverance and success in the end A long time ago, I fell in love with a house on the River Amstel. It was an old, detached house with a big veranda, green and white window frames, a cluttered garden and tall trees. In the city of Amsterdam, but in a green and leafy area. […]

Paper made from stone and wood in a lab

Paper made from stone and wood in a lab I have a huge map of the world in my house. I often stand in front of it – to dream about all the countries I still want to visit, to show my children where a country is, or to let a piece of news sink […]

A second life for fruit and vegetable waste

A second life for fruit and vegetable waste “Shall we throw it away now, or put it in the fridge until it comes out by itself?” we used to joke when we had leftovers in our student days. It happened just a little too often that we would find bowls with mouldy sauces or wilted […]

Is second-hand going to be the new normal?

Is second-hand going to be the new normal? Households have an average of 20,000 personal belongings – many of which are never used. Every time I walk around the house, I see opportunities to bring this average down. I (almost) only buy things I really need, and yet I still see items that are mouldering […]

How cows are making way for soybeans, wine and fruit trees

How cows are making way for soybeans, wine and fruit trees I grew up by a river, amid meadows, a few houses and scattered farms. In the summer, I’d camp with friends on a farmer’s land. He had 50 cows and 30 horses. I learned to cook on a gas burner and to light fires. […]

Too Many Magnificent Stories to Tell

Too Many Magnificent Stories to Tell My own nature pegs me into the positive person slot, but when I read too much about the corona crisis, climate change or economic and social inequality, I start to worry and become a bit disheartened. Will my children also be able to build a beautiful future in this […]

Save Nature for Only 99 Cents A Square Meter

Save Nature for Only 99 Cents A Square Meter A few weeks ago, I attended a small, one-day, yoga retreat at someone’s house, situated in a beautiful, wooded area. The ideal opportunity to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. I had arrived early and walked around. The sun was shining, the birds […]

A Year’s Worth of Your Garbage in a Mason Jar

A Year’s Worth of Your Garbage in a Mason Jar Sunscreen, toothpaste, tea bags, scrubbing cream, fishes, bottled water, and fleece, all have one thing in common: they contain microplastics and nanoplastics that we end up eating, drinking, rubbing onto our skin, and even inhaling. And more and more people are resisting that idea. Rightly […]

A Vegetable Garden as Symbol for Local Food Production

A Vegetable Garden as Symbol for Local Food Production My eldest son insisted on a vegetable garden. I thought it was a whim, but he persevered. That vegetable garden should and had to come and I agreed. Full of dedication he researched YouTube, and slowly he converted our kitchen into a nursery for the germinating […]