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Impact Revolution is your podcast for sustainability and social impact: You want to know how to save the world and have a better footprint? Learn from sustainability experts, social entrepreneurs, activists, bloggers and eco-heroes, and start creating your own impact revolution step by step!
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Meet Masaaki, a designer, artist, consultant - and expert on creativity!Unleash your own creative potentialIn this podcast episode, we talk about the importance of education and empowerment of individuals so they can unleash the potential they already have inside of them.Masaaki believes that everyone is creative and that each of us can use their own creativity to create something great. As author of several books about creativity, he never had a background in practcing arts himself - until someone challenged him to do so. Only two years ago, he decided to demonstrate, that anyone can become an artist, and has been extremely successful with it since. His calligraphy paintings have been featured in more than 10 exhibitions in the past year, and has already been honoured as the global ambassador of the Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy. (Copyright to: Masaaki Hasegawa, role do you play in society?It's important we all reflect on the different roles each of us play in society, and what the impact is that you leave behind - does it make you happy and reflect your values? Masaaki reminds us that the roles are not given or fixed, and up to us to modify in the way that truly represents the change we want to see. Masaaki himself sees that his role in society, no matter if related to art, design or education is always about empowering others to see their potential, recognise their role and and make a positive difference.Sustainability as force for innovationHe believes that sustainability allows us to higher our perspective and make new connections that we otherwise would not have seen. It is a way to innovate, find new approaches and create progress. Like this, sustainability can make us more successful both personally and professionally.Sustainability is something that can accompany you in the longer time and get rid of short-term, narrow-minded thinking. It helps us to be aware of the things in our "blind spot" and see beyond what we are used to.Create your own happinessLastly, we speak about the moment when what you think, say and do are in harmony: happiness. Masaaki shares how he believes we all can lead a happier life, and share that happiness with those around us. We already have everything it takes to be happy and creative inside of us, so let's live fully, love and do what we believe in, we only have one life after all! More on Masaaki: Folge direkt herunterladen
023 The Circular Economy

023 The Circular Economy


The circular economy is a fascinating concept: it is a way to reorganise our society in a more sustainable way that creates a win-win-win situation for consumers, producers and the environment. I’m a huge fan myself and believe that everyone interested on sustainability topics should know something about the circular transformation. And that's why this episode is dedicated to circularity! So what is this circular economy? As it’s name suggests, the circular economy reorganises our economic system in continuous circles, or loops. It is built on Michael Braungart and William McDonough’s principle of “cradle to cradle”, the understanding that all resources shall be used and reused over and over again. By seeing waste as food for new things, the circular economy eliminates the idea of trash as we know it, and sees every component as valuable even after the life cycle of its original use is over. And of course, the circualr economy uses renewable energy sources of greener production, too. The circular ecocnomy uses a methodology called biomimicry, which basically means imitating nature. Think about it: in nature, waste simply doesnt exist, everyhing is one ecosystem. If a tree produces an apple, it gets eaten and digested by an animal, then pooped out somewhere else where a new plant can grow. Each leave that falls down or animal that dies will naturally decompose into healthy soil. Landfills, and the accumulation of resources that find no further use are a fairly stupid invention of human beings that have never before existed in the natural environment. Why do we need a circular system? There is a strong connection between globalization, our spike in consumption and climate change: In the last century, the world population has quadrupled and our economic output was multiplied by twenty, and we’re now stretching far beyond what our planet can naturally provide. Last year, human production and consumption already needed 1.7 earths to recover all the resources we used - this means we are irreversibly damaging the natural ecosystem. On top, our waste generation is getting out of hand, household trash alone is expected to double and reach 3,000 million tons per year in 2030. And as the population keeps rising, so does the amount of people entering the middle class and aspriring the western lifestyle - so increasing the demand for cars, meat, devices, clothes and so on, or to put it simply: stretching our resource extraction and waste generation even more. It's not only the amount of resources and products we consume and the trash we generate,  it is also the way we do it. We buy, use, and throw away, we make, take and dispose. Every few months, it seems, we need a new cellphone, every few weeks new clothes. And what happens with our stuff after we use it is something we barely think about - all that matters is to be always up to date. Global supply chains make us forget where our products even come from, how they work and how we could repair them. On top, products are often engineered in a way that is neither made to last nor to repair, a strategy called built-in obsolescence. The cost for the environment of our linear economy is huge: Just the electronic waste we produce in Europe per year amount to 1.500 million tons of co2, as much as the energy production in Germany, the UK and Poland together, as the European Environmental Buerau calculates.As Ken Webster, one of the leading economists of the Ellen McArthur foundation, points out, the linear "take, make dispose" model is based on on short-term profitability and dependent on the abundance of materials, easy credit, low-priced energy and cheap labour. However, all of these factors are becoming more and more expensive due to legislations, economic development, increasing labour right awareness and learnings from the global financial crisis.Changing the way we make thingsThe circular economy on the other hand frees itself from the dependency of such factors by redesigning production and consumption. As Hawken, Lovens and Lovens describe in their book  Natural Capitalism, increasing natural productivity and moving from a product- to a service based economy are some ways to realise the circular economy. It provides us with an opportunity to source from materials that are already available and engage in new sorts of innovation. This way, we can alleviate many of the previously mentioned pressures on the natural environment: it reduces virgin resource usage, carbon emissions, waste creation and the release of toxins.Creating a win-win-win situationhe fantastic news is that the circular economy  can provide a win-win-win situation: companies can grow their profits, customers save costs and the environment become more sustainable. McKinsey has calculated that  circular economy has the potential to generate annual economic benefits of €1.8 trillion by 2030 in Europe alone.  Even though you might think that we Europeans are not doing not such a bad job in recycling, research shows that we currently capture only 5% of raw materials this way - that leaves a 95% opportunity for improvement and value creation! Also, the circular economy can provide new jobs and improve the overall wellbeing of everyone in society.  They further estimate that each of us Europeans could save 60-80% in mobility expenses, reduce our food spending by 25-40% and also decrease our housing costs by 25-35%. In this way, fighting climate change could not only improve the water and air around us, but also give us more money to spend on things we really like. Isn’t that good news? How to make it happenOne of the main barriers of implementing the circular economy are high economic investments from the public sector to guarantee necessary research, design, subsidies, asset investment as well as digital and physical infrastructure. The British government has calculated that on a european level, a fully efficient reuse and recycling system would require costs of €108 billion. Reality looks different: the European Commission only commits to around 6 billion euro for this program. And apart from sufficient financing, both business and policy leaders must adopt a different mentality to think about production, product lifecycles and material usage and shift their focus from short-term profitability (or election periods) to sustainability and success in the long term. We as customers must understand and demand circular products, make switches and refuse the comfort of their current disposable lifestyle . Furthermore, business and policy must show willingness to collaborate rather than compete, as knowledge sharing is one of the key elements of the circular economy: there needs to be an active exchange of skills, technologies and research in order to create system-wide loops and facilitate the composition, decomposition and new assembly of a variety of products. I’ve spoken about the benefits of an open source circular economy with economist and artist Lars Zimmerman, in an earlier episode of Impact Revolution. Also, states must provide necessary infrastructure to facilitate the flow of materials, such as recycling facilities, sorting and collection systems and give access to all actors along the supply chain, including the end-user. That means that it should become easy for you as a consumer to get rid of the things you no longer use and disassemble them into their reusable components. Circular solutions already existLet me give you some examples of circular solutions that area already out there!1) Recycle and recoverThese are business models based on recyclable materials which we usually see as waste. Its a very important step for greener production, as the extraction of raw resources can take around 75% of the whole energy necessary in the manufacturing process. Examples here are streets built out of plastic waste and a British brewery that uses old bread to make delicious beer. What a solution to food waste!    2) Replace materialsThe Circular supply chain tries to find alternatives for rare or environmentally harmful resources, such as smartphone components or water-intense cotton and replace them with renewable, reusable materials. These are companies that make rain jackets out of pet bottles or grow vegan leather out of mushrooms.3) Make it last Here it is imporatant to increase the lifetime of each product. We usually throw things away becasue they break, they become out of fashion or we simply do’t need them anymore. In each of those cases, there is still some value in the product, so we need to find ways to make it easier to reuse, repair, sell second hand and update products that are already there. Secondly, companies should take the end of the product life into account by making decomposion of products as easy as possible. 4) Share   Sharing platforms are a big deal in the circular economy - and something our generation loves! I probably won’t have to tell anyone how airbnb or carsharing works and in which way it improves our resource consumption, but have you ever heard of a library of things where you can rent electric drills or lawnmowers? The digitalisation makes it so much easier to connect and share with others, especially since we use 80% of the things we own less than once a month. 5) Services, not productsConnected to the sharing economy are models where the producers remain the owner of what they make, and merely rent it out to the end users. Philips now sells light as service to buildings instead of light bulbs, which drastically shifts the objectives of their engineers and sales people. Instead of focusing at high quantity and lower quality, engineers now have to create the best and most durable bulbs, and suddenly energy efficiency of their products reflects directly on the company’s balance sheet. And even if  a product fails, it goes back directly to the producer, becomes his responsibility and available for repair or reuse. See the difference?There is hopeThis podcast episode should be able to give you the basics of the circular economy, make you learn why it makes so much sense and in which way it would be possible to realise. One of the most powerful characteristics of this model is the win-win-win situation it describes, and to me the fact that both governments and corporations, as well as many entrepreneurs are already working on creating circular products and processes is a clear symbol that we're on the right way. Let's use the power we have through our purchasing decisions and support anyone in transition to this model!If you have any further questions on this, please get in touch! You can reach me on Facebook ( and Instagram ( - I'm excited to read your messages.Folge direkt herunterladen
Adventures for a purposeDhurv Boruah is an adventurer and entrepreneur who loves challenges out of the ordinary. He steps out of his comfort zone and embarks on journeys with a purpose, such as driving an ambulance from Madrid to Mongolia, sailing the Atlantic ocean against plastic pollution or crossing ice to raise awareness for climate change. One special thing about most of his adventures is the fact that Dhruv never shies back before anything if he lacks a skill. He leaned how to swim while sailing on the ocean and skied the first time when crossing the ice in the High Arctic. He really lives what it means that nothing is impossible!Cycling against plasticFor his most recent campaign, The Thames Project, Dhruv built a floating bike to cycle on the river and collect plastic in the meantime. This way, he was able to talk to citizens, members of parliament, news broadcasters and corporate actors and inspire action against plastic pollution. However, Dhruv believes that cleaning up the plastic is not a solution: We need to start at the source and rethink the way we design, produce and consume. We need to transition to more sustainable economic models.Traveling for peaceBesides the Thames Project, Dhruv is currently also planning a bike trip from North to South Korea in order to promote international peace. He wants to showcase that no matter which side of the border, humans are unique, special and united by their desire for a peaceful and safe future free of nuclear threats.Advice for your campaignTo finish the interview, I asked Dhruv about his three core tips for anyone that wants to start their own for-purpose campaign and raise awareness. Here they are:Be passionate about your cause and know your factsMake it different Find the right team to do itYou want to hear more from Dhruv?Visit his websites and as well as the Thames Project or check out his twitter @dhruvboruah and instagram page @AdventureAccelerator. Folge direkt herunterladen
It's time to talk about money. Money matters so more than we recognise in our daily life, and it really is the of the main ways of expressing our preferences in how we want the world to look like.Mikel Garcia Prieto Arrabal is an expert on the matter, he works as Spanish CEO of Triodos, that commits to only use and invest customers' money for programs of sustainability or social impact.The real price of thingsMikel explains why the market prices of products often fail to represent the true costs inflicted in their production, transportation and usage. Externalities on the environment, as well as social costs are not counted toward the prices we pay, and yet they have to be covered by the whole of society. Think of organic vegetables: Even though you pay more at the supermarket cashier, their cost for your personal health and the one of farm workers is smaller and they do not contribute to the erosion of soil, the pollution of air and groundwater and the reduction in biodiversity. Consumers need to see the whole story behind the product.From ideas to practiceMikel has hope: he speaks about the variety of great ideas that already exist to transform our wold into a fairer and more sustainable place: Taking the example of the circular economy, he shows how businesses, governments and academia alike are already working to promote the same progress in our society. His criticism? We need to start moving faster from theory to reality, from talking to doing.Real commitments to sustainabilityAlthough there is a growing trend of greener and more socially responsible programs in business, Mikel reminds us to look at the whole picture and distinguish between those corporations investing some money in charity programs and those putting the social / environmental good at the heart of their operation, something that Harvard economist Michael Porter calls "shared value". Triodos core promise is to only invest in businesses, startups and programs that make the world better on the environmental or social side, and gives full transparency about their investments to their customers. Their long-term vision has allowed them to support many great initiatives, and also survive the global financial crisis in a much smoother way than most of the risk-taking commercial banks of the world have.Our money, our responsibilityAll of us use money, and we should manage our budget in a way that reflects our own values in life. Mikel reminds us of the three functions of money that we should consider as individual bankers: Consumption, savings and giving. Just as we look at companies progress in becoming more sustainable, we should ask ourselves how much of our consumption/saving/donation money goes towards sustainable and social causes, and try to improve that number year by year. Folge direkt herunterladen
How does it feel like to completely eliminate plastic from your life? Is that even possible in the 21st century?Well, I tried. For 30 days at the end of 2017, I refused to buy or use any single-use plastic, and looked out for alternatives. In this episode, I speak openly about the struggles, experience and learnings of that month. What's the matter with plastic?Also, I share some facts about plastic, so you understand the background why anyone would ever be so crazy to eliminate it from their life. Today, there are already 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic on the planet, and the numbers are growing steadily. If we don't change anything, there will be as much as 34 billion tons in 2050.500 times more plastic than starsPlastic harms the environment, damages human health and impacts wildlife in many forms. And it's so omnipresent that you can find plastic particles on the most untouched places on earth already. Scientists warn of the toxic characteristics of plastics, and yet they are the base of most of the products we use every day.We all got three choicesWhen we hear all these stats and facts, there are three things we can do: Ignore the problem, put the blame corporations, governments and organisations or look at our own lifestyle and start with small changes. I've decided to go for the latter, and live that decision to the extreme for these 30 days.  Bulk food, festivals and shampoo experimentsThe first things I looked for were all food-related: Am I gonna be able to eat anything besides bananas in this month? Oh yes! Needless to say you have the whole variety of fruits and veggies available, if you just skip the unnecessary produce bag and put the sticker directly on the fruit after weighting it. And even though my diet got pretty clean without potato chips and processed foods, I still got to live on the whole awesomeness of pastas, grains, legumes, nuts, dried fruit, flours and even cornflakes and chocolate I found at the bulk store. Seriously, these are total game changers, and I keep going back with my jars aaaall the time. Google it, or check here, if there are any stores available in your city!  Next stop, bathroom: How can I replace shampoo, shower gel, disposable razor blades, toothpaste and co? The magic solution is DIY: I found amazing recipes for making my own toothpaste, deodorant and co, and shared them all on my instagram page, check them out! Then, I experimented around with all sorts of shampoo alternatives like baking soda, apple cider vinegar, medicinal clay, rye flour. Listen and hear how it went... ;) The easiest change of all? Soap bars instead of liquid dispensers! One more thing I can recommend is switching to safety razors (much cheaper anyways!), wooden toothbrushes and, to all ladies out here, the lunar cup! All of these changes have literally zero effect on your daily life and make you feel better and healthier, too.What about the household, darling? Home, that was a tough one. I read online about washing nuts to clean your clothes and recipes for own detergents, but somehow wasn't really happy with the stuff I made (please, if you have any recipes, send them to me). I went and asked around, and finally found a store that sells ecological clothes, dishwasher and cleaning detergents in bulk, you just bring your own containers, add a scent of your choice and that's it. Super cool, cheap, healthy and good for the planet.  Around the city. My friends always make fun of the amount of things that I plan in one day, and I do indeed have a very active lifestyle. From sports over parties and organising all sorts of events, to this podcast, art exhibitions and uni life, there's a lot I do and I spend quite a lot of time on the streets. So how to mix that with the plastic challenge? One thing I learned is to be creative and adaptable: For the lack of a reusable coffee cup, I was carrying around an old mason jar to fill up with fresh hot coffee, or just had my cup to stay whenever I was craving it. My water bottle still is an old tomato sauce bottle, and works perfectly for me like that. Food-wise, I sometimes took bags or my own containers when I wanted to get bread or takeaways, and consequently said no to chocolate bars or other guilty pleasures. And of course, I learned quickly to order any drink without straw. I even went to a four day music festival, and with a bit of preparation, smart drink choices and my reusable cup, plate and cutlery didn't have any problem either - anything is possible if you just want it enough.Would I do it again?I am super grateful for the experience, it really opened my eyes towards the incredible amounts of plastic that usually is in our daily life. At some point I went into a normal supermarket and suddenly felt like I was walking on a landfill. Our world has become super disposable, and I'm very happy about all the changes that I've learned about! Although I'm not 100% plastic free anymore, I still haven't bought a single plastic bottle, bag or straw and kept most of the habits I learned during those 30 days. If you want a summary of all the changes, here it is. Feel free to share the picture, just please tag me for the credit.Thank you for your support and for writing me a review on Facebook or iTunes!! Folge direkt herunterladen
The zerowaste movement has spread rapidly around the globe in recent years and is becoming a real trend with more and more zerowaste shops opening up in every city. The main idea of zerowaste is to reduce your trash to the minimum, get rid of disposables, compost and recycle all you can and send nothing to landfill. Bea Johnson is the founder of the Zero waste movementBea Johnson is probably THE pioneer of the whole Zero waste movement, before her Blog Zero Waste Home the term wasn't even used to describe a personal lifestyle. She also is the author of a worldwide bestseller describing the basics of a home without waste, and has given talks at Google, TED, the European Parliament, Ikea and the United Nations.A story of personal transformations, shared with the worldWhen Bea started reducing the trash she consumed and simplifying her life, there was almost no resources available on living sustainably. She had to research, talk to the older generations and do hundreds of trial and error experiments until figuring out how to make her own cosmetics, shop packagefree or keep her house tidy without chemicals. At some point, she started sharing all her learnings online and quickly attracted thousands of followers from all around the globe.Bea tells her story, philosophy and the best tips for an easy startIn this podcast episode, Bea shares why and how she first got into the zero waste lifestyle and explains her philosophy. She further lets us know of her best tricks, the obstacles (and how to overcome them) and easy ways to get started."Zero waste makes your life richer"She has found that basing your life on experiences rather than things and minimising the amount of disposables you use has a very positive impact on your life. Living with less she suddenly discovered that she had much more time, energy and resources available to do the things she really wanted to do. To Bea, living without waste makes her life better, healthier, cheaper, more fun and gives her more freedom. She saves money and time by investing in reusables, eliminates toxics and pesticides from her household and is able to connect with a huge community of likeminded people wherever she goes.Don't be scared of the Zero!Go ahead and start with one step at a time! Every step on the way to living more sustainably matters, so go ahead and do one change at a time. Zero waste doesn't happen over night, and takes patience and practice to achieve. However, recycling more, substituting disposables and reducing the amount of trash you have it is absolutely worth it, so Bea and I both encourage you to give it a try. There are millions of supportive websites out there now, and you'll find loads of help in this podcast, too!Folge direkt herunterladen
If you're somehow into environmentalism, you probably know Rob Greenfield.He calls himself "dude making a difference" because he really is. Rob's activist campaigns and environmental adventures have taught thousands of people around the globe how to live more sustainably, free and happy and care better for both the people and the natural environment around them.No matter whether he transforms into the trash man and wears his trash for a month, he lives off the grid in a tiny house, he saves food, he cycles around the USA to do good or survives with only 111 possessions - all his campaigns have one thing in common: they create awareness, make you rethink what you do and spread a very positive attitude.Rob's adventures have inspired me to become more sustainable for years.Yes, I admit that I'm a huuuuge fan of Rob myself, and you cannot believe how happy it makes me that I'm now able to share an interview with all of you.On the Impact Revolution Podcast, we talk about his campaigns and adventures around the world and share facts about waste generation, emissions and the impact our daily lives have on the planet. Rob also explains some easy changes you can implement in your life right now and lets us know how every single one of us can find ways to speak up for the causes we care for. If I were you, I would't miss out on a chance to learn from Rob and get to know his motivation, approach and ideas for next really cool adventures!Wanna know more about Rob Greenfield?Watch at his Ted Talk on the Food Waste Fiasco, the "Trash me" Campaign or his youtube videos or read through his website and look at the cool project he shares on his Facebook page and on Instagram.  Folge direkt herunterladen
It finally happened: Impact Revolution is now available in English!!From now on, all podcasts episodes, events, and crazy challenges will be done in English so all of you have the chance to listen, participate and follow along. Also, this means that I'll now be able to get people not only from the German speaking changemaker world to come share their stories: There will be activists, sustainability experts, social entrepreneurs, business people and artists from all the world to help you improve your impact and create your own Impact Revolution!Am I excited for this? Hell yes!And you can be too, because we have a sick-ass relaunch week ahead!! I'm not only gonna talk about my month without plastic, but also invited some of the biggest inspirations and greatest speakers of the global sustainability scene to take part! So look forward for the "trash man" Rob Greenfield,  Bea Johnson, the mother of the Zero Waste Movement, Mikel Garcia Prieto the CEO of the most sustainable Bank, Plastic Activist and Water Cyclist Dhruv Boruah and Artist and Designer Masaaki Hasegawa. If you enjoy what you hear, please do me a massive favour and spread the word, share with your friends and write me a review on iTunes or Facebook. Thanks, that means a lot to me!Folge direkt herunterladen
In meiner Heimatstadt München habe ich die wunderbare Hannah Sartin getroffen, die vor fast zwei Jahren zusammen mir Carlo Krauß und Christine Traub Münchens ersten ZeroWaste Laden "Ohne" eröffnet. Ein super schöner, heller und freundlicher Laden, in dem man komplett ohne Stress & Abfall einkaufen kann, und so einen 'zerowaste Lifestyle' in die Realität umzusetzen.Doch was steckt eigentlich hinter der zerowaste ("null Müll") Philosophie, und wie kann das im Alltag von Stadtmenschen funktionieren? Hannah erzählt ihren eigenen Weg zu einem nachhaltigeren Alltag, was ihre Kinder damit zu tun haben, und wieso Cornflakes sie zum Eröffnen eines eigenen Unverpackt-Ladens inspiriert haben. Es ist ein sehr persönliches Interview geworden, vollgepackt mit Anfänger-Tipps zur Abfall-Reduktion und Alltags-Tricks.Hannah hat mich selbst so mitgerissen von ihrer Begeisterung, dass ich mich kurzerhand entschieden habe, selbst eine 30-Tage-Plastikfrei Challenge zu machen. Um zu schauen, wie das so klappt, schaut doch gerne mal bei meiner Instagram Seite @impact_revolution vorbei :)Eine wichtige Info habe ich noch für euch alle: Ab der nächsten Folge werde ich Impact Revolution auf Englisch weitermachen. So muss ich euch spannende social Entrepreneurs, Experten und Ecopreneurs nicht weiter wegen Sprachbarrieren vorenthalten, und kann meine Folgen mit mehr Menschen auf der Welt teilen. Ich hoffe, ihr versteht das, und freut euch trotzdem auf die nächsten Folgen! :)Hier paar Tricks für einen müllfreieren Alltag: Reduziere Stück für Stück. Es muss nicht gleich das abschreckende "NULL Müll" sein, wie bei vielem anderen auch geht es um einen Prozess, in dem du Schritt für Schritt deinen Lebensstil etwas verbessern kannst.Werde kreativ: Nutze z.B. statt Küchenrolle und Wegwerf-Lappen: nimm doch einfach ein altes Laken oder sonstiges Textilstück, schneide es in Stücke, stelle ein großes Glas bereit, verwende sie nach Lust und Laune - und danach ab in die Waschmaschine.Probiere "Bulkstores" aus und fülle trockene Lebensmittel selbst in mitgebrachten Behältern abErsetze Shampoo und Duschgel durch (Haar-)Seifen in Stücken, oder probiere alternative Rezepte wie z.B. Roggenmehl, Heilerde oder Essig aus - mehr dazu bald in einer DIY Kosmetik Folge. :)Verzichte auf Plastiktüten beim Einkaufen: Bringe deine eigenen Tragetaschen mit und lass die durchsichtigen Obst- und Gemüsetüten einfach weg.Hannah's Tipps für mehr Info im Netz: Smarticular Rezepte für den Alltag Johnson's Zero Waste Home Blog www.wastelandrebel.comZeroWaste Blogger's Network Laden in München verzeichnis von verpackungsfreien Supermärkten direkt herunterladen
Wieso hat Palmöl so einen schlechten Ruf und was ist eigentlich das Problem an dem Ganzen?Palmöl findet man in rund 50% der Produkte, die wir tagtäglich benutzen, und macht ein Drittes des weltweiten Gebrauchs an Pflanzlichen Ölen aus. Der günstige und ergiebige Anbau und die vielfältige Anwendung hat die weltweite Nachfrage an Palmöl radikal nach oben schießen lassen, und das wiederum wirkt sich ziemlich heftig auf Mensch, Tier und Natur aus.Palmöl-Palmen wachsen nur in sehr heißen und feuchten Gebieten. Ursprünglich aus Afrika, wird Palmöl heutzutage zu 85% in Indonesien und Malaysia angebaut. Für den Anbau an Palmöl werden stündlich 300 Fußballfelder Regenwald abgeholzt, was den Lebensraum von Tieren und indigenen Völkern extrem beschränkt und die "natürliche Lunge" unserer Erde zerstört.Hier ein paar quick Facts aus dieser Folge:Die Bevölkerung an Orang-Utans ist in den letzten 10 Jahren auf die Hälfte geschrumpft, und es könnte nur noch 5-10 Jahre dauern, bis er komplett ausstirbt in der Natur.Vor dem Anbau von Ölpalmen wird bestehender Wald abgebrannt, was pro Hectar 6.000 Tonnen CO2 generiertPalmöl gilt als drittgrößter Verursacher von Treibhausgasen.Die Palmöl-Industrie ist auf Platz 4 der weltweiten "Arbeitgeber" für KinderarbeitEin Liter Palmöl generiert das 2,5-fache an Schmutzwasser voll Pestiziden und Schadstoffe, die direkt das Grundwasser sowie umliegende Menschen, Tiere und Pflanzen beschädigenDie indonesische Palmölindustrie allein ist momentan in 5000 Verstöße gegen Menschenrechte verwickelt.Wo wird Palmöl angewendet?Palmöl findet man in den verschiedensten Alltagsprodukten: Von Lippenstift über Shampoo und Seife, von Eiscreme über Kekse und Chips oder von Waschmittel bis Putzzeug, in den meisten dieser Produkte findest du "conflict Palmoil".Was kannst du tun? Achte auf Labels, lies die Inhaltsstoffe, benutze Code-Scan-Apps und informiere dich! Versuche Palmöl zu vermeiden, oder nur Produkte mit deutlich ausgeschriebenem Palmöl aus nachhaltigen Quellen zu kaufen.Hier findest du eine 30-Tage Palmöl-frei Challenge: Folge direkt herunterladen
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