While most people acknowledge the importance of their private consumption, eating in public is often excluded from sustainability concerns. For most people asking the waiter to pack left-overs in a Tupperware would be an awkward request so they rather let the food go to waste. This and other social constraints make rethinking gastronomy necessary.
We already quoted the incredibly high numbers of waste in previous posts. Now one issue in modern life is, that zerowaste is not a feasible lifestyle for everyone. This means that the waste we create needs to go somewhere, which is why recycling is so important. Also, without recyling we will soon run out of certain materials the industry need for new products.
Today, owning a car is less and less desirable for young people, especially in urban areas. They prefer to combine various mobility services for an optimal individual mobility. Therefore, vehicle sharing is on the rise. Vehicle sharing enables a potential for sustainable mobility. But vehicle sharing, both bike and car sharing, is not automatically sustainable.
We throw away household items, clothing and many more things far too often, even though they could be (easily) repaired! Repair Cafés fight that trend by bringing people together to learn how to repair things. This saves you money and helps conserve the rare resources of our planet. There are already 1.500 Repair Cafés worldwide.
To many people it comes as a surprise just how dirty the clothing industry is. It is common knowledge, that there is child labour in the supply chain and that factories in Bangladesh and elsewhere occasionally collapse and burry hundreds of workers at a time. The ecological cost of the fashion industry is not as well-known, but accounts for many of the reasons behind the sustainability efforts of responsible fashion brands. Some of them have grown into respectable social businesses over time, others have remained hidden local gems.
We use cosmetics and hygiene products each day; when brushing our teeth, lotioning ourselves, showering and in many more situations. "Modern" cosmetic products cause lots of environmental damages. Today many cosmetic products claim to be "organic" or "sustainable" in order to profit from the increasing interest of customers in these topics, but this is too often misleading. Luckily, there are some characteristics, labels and standards that help you to identify more sustainable cosmetic products.