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Just Taste – No Waste: Make your next TAKE-AWAY MEAL waste free!

The recently opened Café & Bar Koppheister in Altona is a member of the Tiffin Project, an initiative that makes your take-away meals fresh, healthy and waste free with reusable stainless steel boxes available for you to borrow at any time. How it works: 1. Choose a partner restaurant. 2. Order you meal inside the tiffin box and get you meal packaging...

Meet yourself in the middle

Hi zerowasteXchange community. This is my first article in what I hope will become a series. I got to know the creators of zerowasteXchange (Jenna and Dennis) over the Hamburg meetup group on zero waste. It was such a revelation to meet others who genuinely shared with me the same care for the environment. I remember so clearly how...

Excursion into the Future

The future called out, so we set off for Nieklitz. The first time that I heard about Nieklitz was in an article in Enorm, "the magazine for social change". Thanks to the "Wir Bauen Zukunft" Project ("We Build the Future" Project), the tiny village of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, some 70km east of Hamburg, found its way into ...

Wise Cycling: The big impact of low-impact periods

Women have the gift of embodying cyclical wisdom through their monthly periods. In rhythm with the moon, our bodies progress through a twenty-eight day cycle, which can culminate in the creation of new life. If this is not magical and life-affirming, then I don't know what is. I see the female fertility cycle as being a gateway to meaningful connection...

How It All Started

Bulk foods at 12 Monkeys in Hamburg, Germany.

I don’t quite remember how it started, actually. There was one day when the ziplock bags and the cling film standing in the drawer simply became offensive to me. I started to re-use and then re-re-use that one ziplock bag and to cover plates of leftovers with upended dishes in the fridge. It began to become more real when the...

The 5 “R’s” of Zero Waste: A Practical Guide

Bea Johnson can be credited with the rise of zero waste as a global movement with the 2013 launch of her book, Zero Waste Home. In 2008, Johnson and her family embarked upon the zero waste lifestyle, forgoing a big house and a hyper-consumerist family life, for a lifestyle grounded in simplicity and sustainability. Since that time, the family of...

Introducing ‘Ohne Gedöns’ – Hamburg’s newest Zero Waste Shop

Hamburg has a new zero waste supermarket and we are thrilled! Say "hello" to Ohne Gedöns, the new kid on the block. The shop, which is located north of Poppenbüttel, serves up a wide offering of unpackaged organic and regional goods, which include food and beverages, household items, body care, fair fashion as well as sustainable design products. There is...

Waves of Plastic, Waves of Change

"T-R-A-S-H-E-D", by Nick Pumphrey

Connecting the dots between everyday lifestyle choices and their environmental consequences can often feel abstract for people living in urban and suburban communities with little direct contact with nature. For people living in the midst of the natural world, however, the relationship between unsustainable practices and their impact upon the Earth is palpable. Consider, for example, the impact of rampant...

Journey To “Zero Waste”

What is zero waste? Zero waste is both a philosophy and a strategy for living that aims to reduce the human production of garbage to zero. That’s right, zero! Now that is a tall order! Have you ever tried living one day without producing any garbage? In our society it is extremely challenging! Did you know that the average American produces...

Conscious Consumerism & Zero Waste: When organic consumerism comes plastic-wrapped.

In 2011, I committed to buying organic groceries and petrochemical-free personal care products. While I assumed that my consumption of organic goods constituted a clear win for environmental conservation, I had overlooked the reality that conventional and organic products alike are often sold in unsustainable plastic packaging. While I attempted to shop sustainably by focusing on organic goods, I continued...

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