Tree hugging

I devote half of my site to tree hugging because I believe that our personal health is nowhere without a healthy world. The well-being of the earth affects ours through what we eat, drink, breathe, wear… And we influence the destiny of the earth. According to a report released by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2018, we have until 2030 to prevent catastrophic climate change by reducing CO2 emissions by 45 percent. When the report was published, a panelist said, “The next few years are probably the most important in our history.” I think we can all contribute to a happy ending by allocating our money accordingly.

In my spending pattern, I keep in mind what Triodos Bank so beautifully calls the “positive changing power” of money. I try to give my money to restaurants, hotels, shops and organizations that aim to contribute to a healthier world. The links below point to services and products that I heartily recommend — out of enthusiasm; I don’t get any compensation for it.

I have received many of the below products via mail. I am well aware that the shipment of goods is a huge contributor to climate change. An employee of the International Clean Transportation Council told The Washington Post in 2018 that if you counted shipping as a country, “it would be the sixth-largest source of CO2 emissions”. According to the Council official, the 800 million tons of greenhouse gas that the shipping industry emits annually is comparable to the emissions of Germany. Still, I prefer to order environmentally conscious items remotely rather than buying things nearby that are harmful to the environment. I hope that as the demand for harmful items falls and the one for environmentally friendly items rises, local stores will sell more of the latter.

In addition, Etsy, from which I order a lot, offsets the CO2 emissions caused by shipping products sold through it. Etsy does this by investing in projects that reduce emissions by the same amount, at no additional cost to the buyer. Etsy believes, like I do, that “if we all work together towards positive change, we can make the world a better, healthier place”.