Best before, or use by? What does the label on your food mean?

Most food we buy has a label that shows a use by or best before date. Although these labels are not the same, they are both often used as a guideline to decide when food should be thrown away. Unfortunately, as a consequence, a lot of perfectly edible food is…

Being a clean, normal and reasonable person

There are many things that we do daily that are so routinized that we hardly ever think about the way we do them. We consider the way we eat, sleep, shower, heat our homes, wash our clothes and transport ourselves as normal. However, if we start to think of it…

Alternatives for car-ownership

I grew up on the country side in the North of the Netherlands. As the area is quite rural (for Dutch understandings), public transportion was sparse. Therefore, I always went to school by bike, but for other things (hobbies, events, parties), my parents drove me and my brother around quite…

Is sustainability expensive?

There seems to be a common perception that a sustainable lifestyle is expensive and elitist. In a way, this is true: products that are labeled as ‘sustainable’ or ‘ethical’ are often ¬†more expensive than their ‘normal’ equivalents. Also, finding such goods often takes more…

New Year’s Resolutions: 56 suggestions to get you started in 2018

As we are moving towards the end of 2017, many of us are starting to think about what we can do different or better in the year that is about to come. It is not uncommon to set big and vaguely defined goals like ‘this year I will start…

Insects: the meat of the future?

This blog is part of a series of blogs in which I address the question of why we should be eating less meat and animal products and explore some of the alternatives that are available. You may have heard by now that insects are often considered as a good replacement…

An environmentally friendly holiday season: gifts

It is December again: the time of lights, time spent with family and loved ones, amazing food, watching Christmas movies, going to Christmas markets, and taking it slow. Unfortunately, December is also the time of over-consumption, over-spending, food wasted, over-eating, buying stuff you do not want or…

On beans (and other pulses): an alternative to animal products and how to prepare them

This blog is part of a series of blogs in which I address the question of why we should be eating less meat and animal products and explore some of the available alternatives. One of the most important things you can do right now to reduce the climate impact of…

About eating animals: why we should be eating less meat

This blog is part of a series of blogs that I will write over the course of the coming weeks, in which I address the question why we should be eating less meat and animal products and explore some of the alternatives that are available. Our current food system is…

7 strategies to avoid being influenced by marketing

Most people, when asked, will say that they want to buy more sustainable products. Yet, for many people, their intentions do not match their actual behavior. This is a common thing, and has also been called the Attitude-Behavior gap. There are many reasons why this happens, some of which…