Buying eco-friendly products

Hey guys,

I hope that you already cleaned your street after New Years Eve! 😛

This night isn’t eco-friendly at all so: Remember to buy eco-friendly products in your daily life instead! 😉

„-A“ 😀 already told us about how important it is to use shampoo with natural ingredients. So I followed her advice:

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Not only shampoo can be eco friendly. Remember what I wrote about Bio-products :D:

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-I

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100% Bio!?

Hey everybody!

Today I did a research on the internet about „Bio-Food“ and „Bio-seals“. Here are the most common seals in germany:

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This seal can be used voluntarily since 2001 in Germany, if a product follows the EU-legislation for farming. All ingredients have to be at least 95% Bio but the producer can add maximum 47 additives. The farms are proofed by privat, state- approved checkpoints.

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This seal is mandatory for all Bio products that are sold in the EU. Underneath, there’s more accurate specification where the product is from (EU;not-EU;both). The producers can only use maximum 0,9% genetically modified and 5% „Not-Bio“ ingredient.

I hope you like the idea! There might be more the next week!

-I

Yesterday and Today

Hello everyone,

Yesterday I went shopping with a friend from Italy, but sadly we went there by car. To do something for our nature, I brought a handbag with me and a paper bag, so I didn´t need any plastic bags! Today I´m going to visit Lena at Reinheim. To get there I´ll drive by car but if I want to go home I´ll drive by bus so the bus is more ecofriendly than the car. So, in the last few days, I made something good and something bad for our eco system but at least I started to think of alternative ways ! Have a nice day and remember to think about our nature 😉

-A

Comparison: Germany´s Supermarkets

So, hey guys, it´s me again 😀

Now we talk about the „best supermarket“ in a way of eco friendly consumption. In the ranking of „Handelsblatt.com“ it is:

Alnatura:

Sustainability: Alnatura does take care about sustainability in it´s own brochure but the main points that the authors wanted to know aren´t in this brochure, so it´s not proved if they are sustainable.

Climate protection: The electricity for this supermarket is to 100 per cent from renewable energies.

Environment protection: Alnatura´s paper is certificated recycled paper and it´s most bought food is biological. It takes care about animal rights cause they are higher than the normal laws . The only niggle is the non-reduction of plastic bags.

Working Conditions: They don´t want to tell the authors something about their working conditions.

All in all I think Alnatura is much better than Aldi Nord, but if they don´t want to say something about the working conditions, I think they haven´t got good ones so they have to make better and fairer ones. I think the thing with the renewable energies is a big progress to other companies, but the thing with the plastic bags isn´t good at all. As you can see, even the „best“ supermarket could improve some of its points to be more eco friendly .I hope you are more enlightened now and you rethink if you could reduce something like using plastig bags at shopping too! Have a nice day 🙂

-A

 

 

Comparison: Supermarkets

Hey guys,

Today we’re going to start a new topic: We’ll try to compare Supermarkets in its eco-friendliness. I’m going to start with the supermarket which is rated as the least eco-friendly one (www.handelsblatt.com) of twelve other supermarkets.

Aldi Nord

Sustainability:

Not only „www.handelsblatt.com“ thinks that Aldi Nord doesen’t care about sustainability. In a test of „www.wegreen.de“ this supermarket meets less than 15% of the requirements in sustainability. In April 2013 (the time during this study has been made), it didn’t even published a report about its sustainability. Since September in 2013 Aldi Nord changed its aims: It wants to care more about this topic (www.lebensmittelzeitung.net). And it really did (more sustainable textiles, fish, cocoa,…)

Influence on the climate:

In 2013, Aldi Nord didn’t use much renewable energy (less than 25%). Furthermore, it didn’t reduced its greenhouse gas emissions. Only 5 days ago, „biomarkt.info“ confirmed that Aldi Nord didn’t published a report about its influence on the climate.

Protection of the enviroment:

„Handelsblatt.com“ criticiezed the use of paper, the not-excisting eco-friendly products and the wrong attitude in association with the garbage. At this time, it’s much better than in 2013 but it could still be better.

Working conditions:

The labour union ver.di published a report about bad working conditions in Aldi. they wrote about not-payed working hours and the threat to a democratic works council.

=> All in all, Aldi Nord is on a good way. It could only become better. Me personally, I can’t judge all of the sources where I got the information from. But it did show that Aldi Nord still isn’t very eco friendly. And there was a long time between 2013 and now and I can’t see the huge difference, that Aldi Nord could or should have made.

-I