While decluttering seems to be THE thing to do right now, living with less stuff is the direction we all need to move in, not just as a passing trend but as a new way of existing on Earth. Because it’s the ONLY way our planet will be able to continue providing us a habitat. We need to move on from over-consumption and over-waste and adopt simpler ways of living. This doesn’t mean sacrificing modern comforts or living in poverty, it just means focussing on things we need and value and saying goodbye to the excess stuff we don’t (whether…


If you don’t know by now that the world is facing a plastic pollution epidemic then you must be living under a rock. But the way we’re (barely) responding, it’s like we’ve crawled underneath one anyway. Governments here and there are planning single-use plastic bans for maybe 5 years time (because we can’t inconvenience the companies who use all this packaging, right?). Single-use plastics are a great place to start when tackling plastic pollution but they’re the very miniscule TIP of the iceberg. We seem to be ignoring all the other plastic as if it isn’t a problem. As if…


While we may have once thought ‘green’ was a lifestyle choice taken up by a fringe or elite minority, it is fast becoming apparent this is not the case. We’ve created a HUGE mess here on Earth and are officially at a crossroads. We are screwing our planet while our smart technology keeps us on fast forward in a virtual fantasy land, heading not to a place of happiness & fulfillment but to the oblivion WE’RE creating with our ‘convenient’ (unsustainable) purchasing decisions. We can’t keep pretending it’s not that bad or someone else will fix it; it’s time for…


Travelling can be a HUGE source of disposable plastic, particularly when it involves flying. Everything food and drink is served in or with is mostly single-use disposable plastic — including meal containers, utensils, condiment packaging, snack wrappers, cups and bottles. And aside from the food, there are all the plastic-packaged accessories like headphones and blankets. But with a tiny bit of preparation and a few basic reusable items it is not that hard to avoid disposable plastic, both during your flight and the rest of your trip.

Probably the hardest part of travelling when it comes to avoiding plastic and…


Who could imagine life without smart phones? They’ve made life SOOOO much easier and while I still marvel at their technology, it has pretty much become the new normal. But unfortunately these wonders of modern tech have a dark side. The companies who bring us the magic conceal an ugly reality behind their clean, cutting-edge image. From dangerous mining practices, hazardous chemicals and poor recycling to excessive energy and resource consumption driven by a business model that counts on us buying a new phone every 2 years, this industry is having a MASSIVE impact on our planet. …


Conventional cleaning products are an UN-necessary evil. They are over-packaged, loaded with chemicals and contribute to a significant amount of clutter in our home. Many also don’t even work that well! So we’re wasting money and harming our health and the planet’s when we can easily switch to just four natural ingredients that can clean our home safely AND effectively.

The problem with conventional cleaning products

The chemicals

I’ve been buying natural cleaning products for decades, not just because our planet is better off without all those chemicals but because I am too. Chlorine, phthalates, sodium hydroxide and sodium laureth…


It wasn’t so long ago (certainly within my lifetime) that we bought furniture to last. Dining tables and sofas would have a place in our homes for decades, many handed down through generations. They were a part of our lives and embedded in our fondest memories. It was a time when we used to place value on our furniture, because it HAD value. And the reason it had value was because the people who made it placed value on the materials and workmanship. And because we valued it we looked after it. And if our furniture broke we fixed it…


Insane /in’sein/ adjective 1 mad. 2 very foolish. 3 buying rubbish-quality, unethically & unsustainably produced clothes we don’t need and discarding almost-new clothing to landfill, just to keep up with random new trends we don’t even care that much for.

The fashion industry is responsible for SIGNIFICANT harm to both people and planet. And this is amplified today thanks to the dominance of fast fashion. Fast fashion is about high output of cheap clothing that manipulates consumers into thinking they need to buy new clothes every week in order to keep up with current trends. …


A lot of microplastic pollution goes under the radar. It is closer to us and more pervasive than we realise. Microplastics might not be such a bad thing in some products if they stayed where they were supposed to, but the problem is they don’t. With wear and tear, many ‘stealth’ microplastics used in manufacturing other larger items are released into our environment — including our oceans and our air. They are entering our bodies via the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. And they are present in their millions.

By now most people…


When it comes to excess plastic & waste, toxic chemicals and over-the-top and completely unnecessary consumer spending the beauty industry has a LOT to answer for. We are constantly exposed to its advertising, whether it’s about some new anti-aging technology, an exotic fruit extract that will give us salon-perfect hair, or a new mascara that promises even longer lashes. It’s an easy sell for them, because most women place a lot of emphasis on appearance and even more on trying to avoid the aging process. The truth is, most beauty products are loaded with chemicals and ingredients that create dryness…

Heidi Bischof

Sustainability educator & activist, founder @ Earth Ethic

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