Posted on March 22 2019
Sustainability is a hot topic - both socially and politically. We have only one earth and therefore we have to protect it with all its beauty. With small changes in your everyday life you are doing something good so that it will also be preserved for future generations.
Sustainability is a topic that affects everyone. Organizations like WWF advertise with posters and whole school classes organize a climate strike. Everything depends on the behavior of each one, in which direction our world will move. The following sections contain tips for a more sustainable everyday life. Surely there are many, many more variants that are suitable, but those listed are some that anyone can and should implement with ease.
Sustainability begins at the breakfast table: Instead of starting with a smoothie made from imported bananas, instead, pick up local fruits and, depending on your preferences, vegetables! A short production and transport chain not only saves tons of CO2, but is also usually fairer for the farmers. If you want it to be a banana then make sure that it carries the "Fairtrade" label to ensure that the farmers are given fair working conditions and that the use of pesticides is avoided. A seasonal diet is another, additional way to integrate more sustainability in your everyday life. Avoid winter strawberries from North Africa, tomatoes from Spain or apples from South Africa and try to enjoy the local foods and promote their sale. Food waste should be a taboo for everyone, because usually you can still use expired food. So do not rely on the date you wrote - your nose and eyes usually know better.
Detergents are a real horror for the environment. The chemicals contained therein enter the water cycle and affect not only the animals, but also us; we poison ourselves so to speak, either because we are not interested in how we can preserve the environment with mostly small things, or because we are not prepared to spend a little more on sustainable alternatives. Frog, Almawin, Hero or ecover essential are just a few examples of sustainable brands. A resource-conserving use should also be the motto for electricity and water, which also energy-saving lamps can be used, and when showering and brushing your teeth, the water is not allowed to run too long. Waste separation also contributes to a sustainable everyday life by making recycling easier. Fortunately, there are many offers at stations that support the separation of waste - but in the end everyone has to do it themselves ... By the way: with a stainless steel bottle from NIKIN, there is less PET to dispose! ;)
The vegetable department in the shops reveals many a lasting faux pas. Diced hot peppers or organic (!) Cucumbers packed in plastic. Does that have to be real ?! In my opinion, these plastic packaging - especially for (organic) vegetables and fruits - completely unnecessary. If you decide for the loose version of hot peppers and co. The next question is already waiting for you: How do you transport your purchases home? Fortunately, reusable bags have been offered for quite some time, replacing the plastic bags. Even at those offered at the checkout shopping bags a bow can be made by your brought jute bag is used.
The advertising lives on cosmetic products. Women swear by anti-wrinkle creams, eyeshadows, mascara, powder, perfume, etc. Men prefer to rely on aftershave, deodorants that supposedly smell of cookie and leather (is that really good?), Or shower gel after a sports session. But are these products really flawless? Hardly likely! Not only the environment, but also you yourself harm such offers. Although deodorants are offered without aluminum, there are still many on the market that contain the metal and thus contribute to the promotion of cancer. Bad! Cosmetics products often contain a lot of chemicals to make them smell good and look good, so they can make good sales. The long-term consequences of using such products are neglected. Instead, people continue to work hard and broadcast advertisements that show smiling faces with the latest beauty products.
Switzerland is a consumer country. Whether tourists or locals: it is bought and bought every day. In doing so, they often run after the latest trends, without realizing where the products come from and under which conditions they are made. Whether fast fashion, imported food, cosmetics or cleaning products: Pay attention to where the products come from the next time you shop.
As mentioned before, these are just a few examples that show how everyone can embark on a sustainable path without having to change their daily lives. Usually it's the small changes that make a big difference - if not at first sight, then certainly in the long run! We at NIKIN are well aware that these changes may not be implemented by everyone with the same motivation. This is not a problem, but a challenge that everyone likes to face! Anyway, a completely sustainable routine can not happen overnight. Instead, follow your own rhythm and let yourself be surprised how nice it is to give something back to the environmentAnd do not forget: there are alternatives! Search or ask around and decide for a sustainable everyday life - to love yourself and the environment.