The Sustainable Guy

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Is it Really? Vaude

Is Vaude really a sustainable company? Compared to the most globally known outdoor brands like Patagonia and North Face, Vaude is a small fish in a large pond. Turns out being a small fish isn’t all that bad, however.  Unlike many outdoor brands, Vaude produces products that allow people to enjoy nature, but not at

Your Garden Will Reap the Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep

There’s nothing like spending a warm and cozy evening at home and getting a good night’s rest during the frigid fall winter months. Like humans, those tiny critters moseying around your beautiful garden would agree, but oftentimes are forgotten about and left to outlast the harsh climate without proper accommodation. Fret not, however, as there

Avoiding Disposable Coffee Cups is an Easy Way to Reduce Waste

Day by day, billions of to go cups are used around the world to fuel our desire for coffee. Contrary to what the name implies, however, to go cups aren’t necessarily used on the go. Just last week, while in the eco-conscious city of Portland, I observed dozens of patrons drinking their coffee in to

Diesel Stinks, Let’s Ditch it

With all that we’ve been able to achieve over the past 20 years in tech alone, it’s truly shocking that we continue to rely on fuel sources that are older than the dinosaurs themselves. A combination of path dependency, fuel efficiency, and fuel availability has locked us into using fossil fuels for far too long.

Bottled Water: The Not so Good, Bad, and Ugly

We’ve all heard it before – ‘bottled water is safer than tap water’. But is it true? Spoiler alert, no it’s not. In fact, tap water is more regulated than bottled water and in some cases, bottled water is actually just tap water. It begs the question, why are we spending so much on water

5 Sustainable Summer Items

Summer is finally here! And while we’re out soaking up the sun and having a blast, here are a few simple sustainable solutions that’ll ensure the earth is having a lively time too. Welcome the warmth this summer with these 5 sustainable items: Metal Straw: I personally don’t have this one in my kit because

US Mayors Thwart Incineration Industry in Momentous Vote

According to the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), 250 U.S. mayors have emerged victorious in their unanimous vote for a renewable plan that excludes energy derived from fossil fuels, municipal waste incineration, and medical waste as clean forms of energy. The decision came to fruition during the 85th annual meeting of the US conference

Is it Really? Ikea

Is Ikea really a sustainable company? Ikea has long wowed us with their surprising low cost, visually appealing, and seemingly high quality furniture since its inception in 1926. With a lean value chain and mission to ‘create a better everyday life for the many people’, Ikea has proven its ability to adapt and create, no

Rinse and Repeat, the ‘No Poo’ Way

I was brought up thinking that unless I washed my hair daily, it would become a dreaded, greasy mess. So when I first learned about the ‘no poo’ movement I was extremely skeptical about its effects on my, what I thought to be, ‘healthy’ mane. What I learned and experienced, however, drastically changed my perception

There’s a Monster in Your Closet!

The clothes we wear say a lot about who we are. They tell our story. And while our story might seem amazing, the underbelly of the clothing industry begs to differ. In a fast fashion world where the only important value is price, the environmental and social impacts of clothing are not only ignored, but

Watch How You Brew!

Most of us love a good cup of joe, but at what cost? The lethal combination of more and more coffee pod users mixed with unfit and incapable recycling programs has led to the concoction of an earth devastating coffee cocktail. Contrary to how it sounds, this isn’t the plot of the next big Asylum

Simple Zero Waste Tip: Versatility and the Birth of the Lemon Funnel

Apart from sustainable makeup, one of the most important traits to consider when buying a product is versatility. Having versatile products will lower your carbon footprint and completely simplify and declutter your life, which ultimately frees your mind and liberates your soul. This all relates to bettering your physical reality, but I have reason to

Beard on the Sustainable Way!

For us beardsmen, we’ve all had a beard that starts off looking great, but then becomes itchy, dry, flaky, and just uncomfortable over time. This often leads to the rash decision of either completely shaving it off, or just rocking the really short stubbly beard, which is cool too. Over the years, I’ve been battling

‘Tis the Season to Eat Sustainably

So I noticed something really weird the other day while browsing around the local Carrefour market with my colleagues…. Watermelons, I saw watermelons! Now I’m no farmer, but I sure as hell know that it’s not watermelon season. And even if it were, I don’t think watermelons would grow very well here in Belgium, considering

Is it Really? Klean Kanteen

Is Klean Kanteen really a sustainable company? In my ‘5 ways to deplastify your life’ post, I talked a bit about reusable water bottles, specifically mentioning Klean Kanteen as one of the bottles that I have. Klean Kanteen is probably the most well-known reusable bottle manufacturer on the market and, while they make nice products,

5 Ways to Deplastify Your Life

Let’s talk about alternatives to plastic, particularly concerning consumables. But before we get into it, why should you care? Well, for starters, it negatively affects our environment. Our planet is littered with toxic plastic waste that never fully decomposes. This is so because plastic is photo-degradable, not biodegradable, which means that it breaks down into