It’s time for a new post in the ‘swap’ series! I’m passionate about making small, everyday changes that have a positive impact on the world around us. By sharing these swaps I hope you get inspired to apply some to your own life. If you’ve missed the first one, you can find it here!
When we’re on the go we often pick convenience over sustainability. Quick grabs, take aways, single use packaging that gets thrown in the trash – often in a matter of minutes. It doesn’t have to be that way and with some simple changes you can reduce your waste significantly and look after the environment that we share together – our planet 🙂
I got to try out a koopeenkalkoen.nl turkey and in this post I’ll tell you all about it: how it works & my honest review. Plus I got a fun GIVEAWAY in store to bring Christmas a little early for one of you!
Koopeenkalkoen.nl is part of Crowdbutching. I’ve known Crowdbutching for a couple of years now and I really love their concept. You basically get to buy a welfare animal together with other people – when the whole animal is sold, it’s butchered, portioned and delivered fresh to your door. They want to make the meat sector more transparent, healthy & sustainable. Beautiful hey? It really makes it easy for anyone who wants to eat better quality and traceable meat from animals that have been well looked after. They are currently operating in The Netherlands (koopeenkoe.nl), Germany (kaufnekuh.de) and the UK (buyacow.uk).
Well, this year they partnered up with boer Anton Jacobs to raise well fare turkeys right here in the Netherlands! When I got asked by koopeenkalkoen.nl to review one of their stuffed turkeys, I was obviously in 🙂
Our favourite jeans, that knitted jumper that fits so perfect – some clothing pieces we’d wish would last us forever! With the right attitude & care you will be able to love your clothes for longer. This is important because the quick turnover of clothing is just not okay.
Yes! I’m getting to share about thrifting today, which is something I’m quite passionate about…It’s such an easy way to make a positive change on the world around you – something a lot of us are trying to achieve. I’ll be giving you five main reasons why you might want to get into thrifting – or if you are already, inspire you to do more so.
With the seasons changing, I always like to go through my clothes and refine my wardrobe. I’m learning more and more to keep only those items I really love, and to go for timeless pieces that I like wearing season after season.
I always end up with a pile of clothes that don’t work for me – they are either old & faded, don’t fit properly or just not to my taste anymore. While I used to stuff them in some bags and recycle or donate them, I’ve learned that you can often get a lot more use out of your old clothing and other old fabrics you might have.
Even though it’s officially still winter, spring is definitely in the air over here! The weather turned from cloudy & grey to exceptionally warm en sunny for this time of year. You don’t hear me complaining! I’ve been throwing the windows open and moved my morning coffee moment outside to the balcony. We’d better make the most of it while we can – you never know if the Dutch winter makes a sneaky come back before it says goodbye for the year.
My houseplants are now slowly awakening from their winter hibernating. The days are getting longer & they respond with new fresh growth. After a winter season indoors, with the heating on and not much daylight, they could benefit from a little love and care. It’s time to help my plants wake up and enable them to happily grow in this new season!
I’m quite excited about sharing this post with you. I’m passionate about living a more sustainable lifestyle and these are a few things EVERYONE can apply: they are not hard, and they won’t take lots of your time or money!
I think we all want to do something for the environment. Yet there is often a big gap between our current lifestyle and that totally green one. We’re nowhere near being zero waste, vegan or minimal, but we’ve started somewhere. While I admire people that go all the way, I find that for most of us it’s a journey! And I think that’s okay too.
So I thought it would be cool to share some of the things we’ve been doing that work in a real family environment. Over the next months I’m going to write more about different areas in our house and habits we’ve changed.
One year ago I was pregnant and well in my second trimester. It was about time to get everything ready to welcome our little one into our home. I remember the confusion as to which baby items we all needed to get. It can actually be a little overwhelming I think – we wanted to be prepared but not go over the top. Yet there was one thing we were quite clear about.
Oh, how I love this time of year. All the food, lights, cosiness and then some more food again.
When it comes to the Holidays, most people like to go all out, right? I think it’s amazing how people channel their inner chefs for the occasion to create a feast for their loved ones. Out come the wild birds, game, artisan cheeses and heirloom veg. Yum.
We’ll be spending Christmas with the family and we’re all bringing something to the table – I kinda like that style of buffet, although I’ve been known to cook a seven course meal as well. There’s a time for everything; this year we’re keeping things simple so we can make the most of our precious family time.
With all this food we’re buying and preparing, there is bound to be a lot of waste as well. We don’t really like to think about that much, but I’m too often to blame for wasting food myself. It breaks my heart knowing other people are starving while I throw food out, when I haven’t cared enough or have overbought. So this Christmas I’m making an conscious effort to cut down on my food waste, and I’m sharing a few tips so you can join me!
Now that Christmas is getting closer, we have (nearly) all our gifts sorted out (thanks to my husband who’s much more on it than me). It’s time for the fun part – wrapping!
I’ve discovered there’s definitely two different types of people when it comes to gift wrapping: you either love it or hate it. There’s those people that wow everyone with their beautifully packaged gifts. They spend time thinking about the different colour schemes, they know how to tie a beautiful bow and add lovely handmade touches. Now there’s the opposite group who would rather have someone else wrap their gift any given day. I guess that’s why there’s always a line at the gift wrapping stations in the shops!
While I’m sort of leaning towards the first group – I’m definitely not a pro, but I love some simple gift wrapping – I realised something about all this wrapping we do: it’s VERY unsustainable. If you think about the amounts of printed paper & plastic ribbons that just get thrown out, it’s no small thing.
The good news is that you don’t need to give up your pretty gift wrapping to care a little more about our environment. I’m going to share two different ways to gift wrap in a more eco friendly way!