How to make the world a better place

There already exist several blogs about sustainability, but that won’t hinder me from presenting two great projects with the aim to make the world a better place.

1) Ecoffee Cup

One beautiful day at university, I saw two fellow students who sat next to me, both had these lovely coffee cups. Shimmering in various bright colours.

I asked the girls about the producer and when I came home I instantly looked up the website.

The Ecoffee Cup team. Their slogan: “No Excuse For Single-Use.”

The designs are marvellous and varied. Whether with fruit, animals or floral patterns. There is also a big variety for those who like it modest and monochrome.

The background of this idea: The average lifespan of a paper cup is about 13 minutes. Because of their plastic content less than 1% get recycled. That should change from now on.

With their project #stopthe100billion the team wants to draw attention to the 100 billion paper cups which are thrown away each year. Therefore, this fancy and reusable cup, made of bamboo, is a perfect alternative and can be the beginning of the ending of a wasteful way of life. [1]

2) Foodsharing

Their slogan: “Share groceries instead of discarding them.”

4 billion tons of groceries are produced each year. 1,3 billion tons of them are wasted. Two thirds of this waste are evitable.

Thanks to Foodsharing, you can put groceries, that you don’t need any more but which are still eatable, into a digital basket and give them away. All baskets can be seen online by other members of the Foodsharing community.
In this way, groceries can be given away to other people without throwing them away. You can also bring your groceries to the official fridges or shelves of Foodsharing in town. Others can get the food there for free.
You can also become a Foodsaver and collect food from cooperating shops. You can keep as much as you need or distribute it to friends. The rest will be given to food banks or non-profit organizations.
Foodsharing is based on 100 % gratuitous dedication.
It’s the aim to enlarge the Foodsharing platform with many people and partners without using money for it. [2]

Saved groceries (3)

I really like the concept of both projects.
If everybody pays attention to his/her own consumer behaviour, a huge waste can be prevented.
I also see a common point of Foodsharing and out team of Jeune Europe concerning funding. Both projects consist of gratuitous dedication. Like Foodsharing is a possibility to share groceries without paying for it, Jeune Europe allows young authors to write articles and to share them with the world without making our readers pay for them.

Emilia Mikautsch


References:

[1] https://ecoff.ee/pages/about-us, https://ecoff.ee/pages/stopthe100billion (14.08.17)

[2] https://foodsharing.de/ (17.08.17)

[3] © foodsharing.de, https://wiki.foodsharing.de/Verwendung_von_%C3%B6ffentlichen_Fotos

(19.08.17)

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