Is Burning Wood Sustainable or Bad for the Environment?

Is Burning Wood Sustainable or Bad for the Environment?

From a young age, I have hated fireplaces and open fires. Probably because my bronchitis often made it difficult to breathe freely and because I didn’t like the smell.

Until I was 15, my parents had a coal stove. It partly had the same disadvantage as a fireplace: if you stand in front of it your face burns and at the back, your tushy freezes off. I thought the central heating that we had, later on, was a lot more pleasant.

For many, a fireplace represents coziness. But is burning wood sustainable or bad for the environment? And if it’s the latter, are there sustainable alternatives?

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How does Technology Contribute to Sustainability in an Easy Way?

How does Technology Contribute to Sustainability in an Easy Way?

Many people are willing to contribute to sustainability, yet at times lack the time or the knowledge to put that intention into practice. Can tech contribute to making sustainable living easier?

As always the short answer to that question is both yes and no. Many apps have a specific topic to make it easier to find the right information. On the other hand, the huge amount of internet traffic and data storage results in the consumption of resources as well.

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Negative Neighbors: Which Plants Should NOT be Planted together?

Negative Neighbors: Which Plants Should NOT be Planted together?

The biggest problem in traditional agriculture is monoculture. Fields full of only lettuce. Orchards with only one type of fruit.

And that while so many plants do very well next to each other. In fact, help each other stay bug-free or grow better.

Yet it is important to pay attention to which plants you put next to each other. Because just as some plants stimulate each other, there are also plants that can’t stand each other. So which plants should not be planted together?

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How can Old Me versus New Me Inspire Us to New Green Living Ideas?

How can Old Me versus New Me Inspire Us to New Green Living Ideas?

We were on a terrace having tapas with an acquaintance, talking about sustainability. At some point, he remarked he didn’t plan to do anything sustainable because “you either do it 100% or you don’t do it at all”.

It hit a nerve. Such nonsense, a statement like that. If we all do a little bit the world will turn into a better direction than where we are heading now.

Inspired by posts I saw with the title Old Me versus New Me, I have collected and come up with all kinds of ideas of old me/new me. There is bound to be an idea in this list that can inspire you as well.

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How to Choose Supplements that are Beneficial and Important

How to Choose Supplements that are Beneficial and Important

What aspects can we consider when looking for supplements because we have a deficiency of an element? How to choose supplements that are beneficial for our health, for our wallet, but also for our environment?

First of all, you must be certain that you have a deficiency at all. This might seem to state the obvious, but even though supplements are no medicines, they shouldn’t be taken lightly.

So make sure you base your choice on a medical test or blood analysis.

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How can we Live a Minimalist Lifestyle? Less is More!

How can we Live a Minimalist Lifestyle? Less is More!

One of the ways to sustainable living can mean we live a minimalist lifestyle. I have to admit that although I am truly trying to have a sustainable lifestyle, I am not good (yet) at being a minimalist.

As an artist, I see value in almost everything. A piece of package paper can be used in collages; leftovers of fabric will probably come in handy as a pillow cover; a beautiful stone or crooked branch is beautiful in itself.

And so things pile up.

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How can Shopping be Sustainable? Tips and Best Practices

How can Shopping be Sustainable? Tips and Best Practices

How can shopping be sustainable? I will discuss 14 subdivisions in this article, but in the end, they all belong to one of three things: People, Profit, Planet.

In 1987 the Brundtland Commission investigated the concept of sustainability. The focus of their definition was firmly on the long term. Sustainability is the most effective and beneficial system for all species and ecosystems, serving the needs of today without compromising those of tomorrow.

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19 Reasons Why Trees are Vital to the World, including Us

19 Reasons Why Trees are Vital to the World, including Us

Even though I don’t want too many or big trees in our garden, I am well aware that trees are vital to the world. The only reason that I don’t want too many of them in our garden is that they wouldn’t have room to grow.

It’s kind of a luxury decision. After all, we live at the foot of a nature park that covers the mountains in front of our house. And behind the house is a little terrain covered with trees and shrubs. Plenty of trees in my environment to enjoy.

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