The Biodiverse Development Foundation

Now and then, we all tend to forget about the importance of biodiversity, why it is essential for the preservation of every cultural and natural heritage, and for the protection of our unique ecosystems.

Put simply, biodiversity is the diversity of life on earth, it includes the variability among all living organisms, terrestrial, aquatic, and so on. Understanding how biodiversity works, the importance of every form of life on earth, from the wide range of plants to every animal species living in their natural environment, is essential for the improvement and conservation of human welfare. Such things as food security, improving nutrition, the air we breathe, the water we drink, all comes down to biodiversity.

And for Robert van de Griend, founder of the Biodiverse Development Foundation (BDF), conserving biodiversity is a priority.

Continue reading “The Biodiverse Development Foundation”

Zidicircle: Making investing in Africa simple

We met at the train station in the middle of Leer, a small Deutsch village near the German border. I was with my partner on our way back to our flat in Groningen. She was with her two little girls.

A nice coincidence.

Launching a business in the Netherlands that aims to make international capital accessible to entrepreneurs based in Africa through an online platform is quite an innovative challenge, but not an impossible one. Indeed, it is a challenge that Fridah Ntarangwi and her company, ZidiCircle, are willing to take.

Continue reading “Zidicircle: Making investing in Africa simple”

10 plastic-free resolutions you should take for 2019

It’s everywhere.

In the streets, on our beaches, in our rivers. Our oceans are being filled up with it, our landfill sites running out of space. It’s concerning scientists: our plastic waste is becoming an environmental concern. Humanity’s dependence on plastic products is growing stronger than ever. The situation of our environment? Alarming.

It’s time we all do something about it. 

Continue reading “10 plastic-free resolutions you should take for 2019”

4 benefits of having indoor plants

We can all agree with it: houseplants are pretty. They make your home feel more welcoming and give you a feeling of comfort. Having houseplants is like having pets all around. You can talk to them, look after them, and they keep you company. Plus, the greenie look is also becoming quite trendy.

Over the last few years, houseplants have made a big come back: they are everywhere.

But having indoor plants is not only good for decoration, it also happens to be really healthy. From boosting mood to improving the quality of the air, having plants can make you feel better. And since the hibernation season is back and heading outside sounds like a nightmare, having indoor plants will enable you to still enjoy the benefits of having nature around.

Continue reading “4 benefits of having indoor plants”

The magic menstrual cup

Sensible people, be careful – BLOOD WARNING

(I mainly mean guys, since everything including menstruation will easily put you off- If not, then you are more than welcome to stay and read through)

For so long, we’ve been told than when it comes to our period, there are only two options: the expensive pads or the expensive tampons. Some might argue that it’s actually quite affordable and that I have nothing to moan about. But if, like me, you’re on a strict budget every month, struggling to make ends meet, then that £10 can make a difference.

But it’s not only that. Are pads and tampons really the only options? And are they sustainable? The answer is no. But they are the more common ones: they generate profits.

1424155.large

Continue reading “The magic menstrual cup”

Panama city, or the city of uncomfortable inequalities

Panama City was the first stop on our road trip. After a 12 hours journey on the plane, this is where we first landed for three days, before flying off to Cali.

img_4975
Panama City

To be honest, even though Panama City is quite famous and a well-known touristic destination, it was not our favourite.

Firstly because we stayed mostly in the city (big mistake), secondly because Panama City’s landscape is, in my opinion, filled up with too many skyscrapers. One side of the city is really rich, when the other is way too neglected. What I saw mostly during my stay over there was an apparent inequality.

Tourism in Panama City is growing. In 2012, Panama was picked #1 Place to visit by the New York Times.  Continue reading “Panama city, or the city of uncomfortable inequalities”

My month working in an organic horticulture farm in Germany

For one month and a half, this summer, I went to Albertshofen, a small village in the middle of Germany, Franconia, to work in an organic horticulture farm.

 

img_6608.jpg

Albertshofen, Germany

 

When I was a kid, my mom never really had a taste for the outdoors. We grew up just outside of Paris. If you’ve ever been to Paris, you’ll know that it is not a place full of farms or huge fields or much green. We did have a garden at home, but with nothing much in it.

Coming from a big city (Paris, capital de la mode), I didn’t grow up with a taste of what living in the country side might be like, or smell like. Except this one day in primary school where they took us for a special day out in a farm (I remember that, for some of us, it was the first time seeing real cows, not on TV. How exciting !) There were cows, chickens, pigs, salads, plants, fruits ! And most of us had never smell something like that before.

Continue reading “My month working in an organic horticulture farm in Germany”

My afternoon volunteering with VinoKilo

Ever heard of the term sustainable fashion ?

This weekend, I volunteered with an organisation called VinoKilo, supporting the growing movement of sustainable fashion. They were holding an event in Wurzbourg, Germany, and needed some help setting up the event and making it a success. For every shift covered, they were offering 1.5kg of vintage clothes + some food. (I went home with way more than just 1.5kg, but lucky me I also did get a great discount for every kilos surplus hihi).

It was a nice afternoon spent dribbling in front of all the cool vintage clothes and accessories they have, and picking up the clothes we wanted to keep. But of course we also worked. Or at least try to.

 

img_4414

 

The music was nice, as well as the atmosphere and the people. Our job consisted mostly on hanging the clothes, organising the place, sticking up posters and making the place friendly.

VinoKilo hold events all around Germany, but are also available online at VinoKilo.com. If you want to have a glimpse at what they offer, they also have a cool Instagram page →Vinokilo (among really cute event organisers)

 

But what is sustainable fashion ?

Continue reading “My afternoon volunteering with VinoKilo”

Travelling while studying

Travelling the world while being a full time student can sound a bit unrealistic. But for those like me with a big thirst for travel, well the good news is that it is absolutely possible.

I’m pretty sure that everyone has a travel bucket list. And even though the idea of travelling can be intimidating (although it is, more often than not, exciting) we all have places we want to see before it is too late. Personally, my bucket list is way too long, which means I had no choice but to start as soon as possible, while studying. And I don’t regret anything – even if often it means being quite broke – it’s worth the risk.

The basic musts for travelling are money and time. With university only taking up to three days of each week, you might have guessed that time is not the issue here. Because sadly I am not rich yet, well, you might have also guessed it, the issue is money.

Not everybody is a lucky student with a grant. I had to support myself alone and find my own ways to make money. But I never considered myself to be unlucky. Not having a loan while studying just meant I had to go with the cheapest option, since all the money was coming out of my pocket. So I became a low cost traveller. Being a low cost traveller means travelling for 36 hours to get to a destination that is usually accessible by direct plane in eight hours. It means not being scared of the option of hitchhiking, it means a lot of car share and so on. Most days it was tight but it never stopped me. Hell no.

Continue reading “Travelling while studying”