In this section you will find some of my daily thoughts and ideas, reactions to news and articles read. Please beware that this will be highly subjective but might also inspire you, the reader.

NZ’s “unique” climate conditions

Just something I want to share with you. It’s about the unique New Zealand climate conditions. Have a look at http://www.climate-charts.com/World-Climate-Maps.html NZ has a similar temperature to southern Europe also with similar rainfall. The wind speed in NZ is slightly higher (should rather be a reason to build airtighter and watertighter) and humidity levels are…

EcoStore auto dishwasher tabs

As we ran out of EcoStore dishwashing powerde, I had the pleasure of buying the auto dishwasher tablets instead because Pack’n Save didn’t have anything else. When I opened the cardboard box, I was first shocked about the plastic warpper around each tablett. But they felt we weird. As it turned out, it was made…

Which Toilet Paper Brands are greenest?

Extract from Kiwi brand toilet paper suspected in forest loss Greenpeace forests campaigner Grant Rosoman says: Earthcare: “as it is recycled”. Sorbent, Purex and other SCA products “mostly from NZ-grown plantations with some from Canada, which is OK”. Cottonelle and Kleenex: “because Kimberly-Clark have committed to not buy from Indonesia, and have Canadian and Brazilian…

Recycling of plastics and bioplastics

The Question in LinkedIn Green group was: "Should the (US) plastic manufacturing industry stop the use of bioplastics and oxy-degradable plastics because they are likely to pollute existing waste streams and jeopardize the recycling process?" I would like to ask the provocative question why we have to throw something away to make something new out…

Sutainability and birth rates

When we are talking about sustainability and use of resources and land, etc, we unfortunately have to talk about a red herring called "birth control" – or "birth rates" to be more political correct. We cannot expect the world population to grow infinitely in a limited world with limited resources. More land for more people…

Ecostore plastic packaging

Below is an email I sent to EcoStore today. I am still concerned about their plastic packaging and it unfortunately hasn’t chnaged over the years. I have asked about refilling already in the store about two years ago and was told that there were no plans to chnage the packaging or to refill them.