How to live sustainable life and stay sane?

Stones Balaned
I remember watching a short You Tube video about an American family of 5 who were talking about their eco-friendly and zero waste living. I was astonished looking at their small jar of plastic waste, well it was an admiration followed by filling of guilt! Why am I producing so much waste comparing to them? What am I doing wrong? How can you live “normally” and manage to be so focused to minimise you waste to practically 0? Am I too ignorant and irresponsible? Continue reading “How to live sustainable life and stay sane?”

Whole plant diet – sustainable or not?

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The human population is growing and with it a demand for food. It’s not difficult to understand that there are limitations as to the ways we use the land and how much land we are able to exploit without causing significant and unrecoverable damaging impact on the words’ climate, affecting us all. The sad fact is that the current structure is far from sustainable. I have recently watched fascinating documentary “Kiss the ground” that brilliantly explains the damaging effect of current agriculture methods. Yes, the issue is with the METHODS that are being used. Single crop fields, overuse of pesticides, damage to the soil with invasive machinery to name a few. I have also been surprised to discover the important relation of livestock with fertility of a farmed land for its regeneration. Cattle has been getting really bad reputation recently due to high CO2 emissions. The issue however is not with the animals, but with the volume and the way they are being farmed. Continue reading “Whole plant diet – sustainable or not?”

Steps to minimalism – do you define your success by what you owe?

I never really considered minimalism for myself as  I imagined this is a concept for people that are willing to give up all their modern commodities, for people willing to live with just few things, for people that are happy to live… hippie type of life. I felt as a family based in a city we will never be able to keep the principles of minimalism and I somehow felt this would be dishonest and against this movement principles. As a mum I already feel like a police women and I really was not prepared to add pressure with more “don’ts”. Continue reading “Steps to minimalism – do you define your success by what you owe?”

How to stop food waste?

Food Display

Food waste is a big issue. It is estimated that in developed countries around 100kg of food per person is wasted every year! In UK equivalent of 250 million meals is going uneaten while one in 9 people around the world does not meet their daily requirement for food. UK wastes 14 billion pounds worth of food every year. We produce more than enough food to feed the world but waste nearly 40% of it! This is truly shocking. Many countries including Haiti, Chad, Madagascar, Mozambique are on a list of top 10 “hungriest countries”. While it sounds like a distant problem 1 million people in UK assessed food bank in 2019 and in US, 40 million people live in poverty. Continue reading “How to stop food waste?”

What’s the issue with palm oil?

What is palm oil?

We hear a lot about palm oil and all sorts of controversies around it. But what actually is palm oil? It is edible, very versatile oil derived from the fruit of the oil palm or palm kernels. It’s main supply comes from African oil palms Elaeis guineensis and American oil palms Eliaeis Oleifera & Attalea Maripa. This oil has a very long history dating back to 5000 years. In 19th century it was the most exported product out of West African countries. Soon the palms were brought to Asia and now Malaysia and Indonesia make 85% of global supply.

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Sustainable life – What does it mean?

The subject of sustainability is so vast! There are problems wherever you look. Yes, it can be very overwhelming and distressing. From the global warming, deforestation, air and water pollution, natural resources depletion to poor waste management and aggressive farming. Where do we even begin?

Hurricanes, melting glaciers, spikes of temperature causing wild fires destroying crops and wildlife habitat. Those are issues we have all heard of just too many times. It might be happening far away from our home town, for some it might be right at your doorstep. Some are more affected then others but we are all responsible for the changes. What can we do about this ? How can we stop the devastation?

This is very complex and I’m not pretending to have the answers. I do know that all changes start within us! Each and every person can make a positive change TODAY. Only collectively we can make a difference globally. Continue reading “Sustainable life – What does it mean?”