In the Language Centre of Bielefeld University (Floor C01) you can find an “English Lending Library” where everyone can lend english books for free. Donation are also welcome.
Microplastics have been found everywhere in the ocean that people have looked, from sediments on the deepest seafloor to ice floating in the Arctic—which, as it melts over the next decade, could release more than a trillion bits of plastic into the water, according to one estimate. On some beaches on the Big Island of Hawaii, as much as 15 percent of the sand is actually grains of microplastic.
→ “We made plastic. We depend on it. Now we’re drowning in it.”
More than 40 percent of plastic is used just once, then tossed.
→ “10 shocking facts about plastic”
A wonderful documentary series moderated by David Attenborough.
In recent years, our knowledge of life beneath the waves has been transformed. Using cutting-edge technology, One Ocean takes us on a journey from the intense heat of the tropics to our planet’s frozen poles to reveal new worlds and extraordinary never-before-seen animal behaviours.
Enjoy it while it’s online:
When you make your own ice cream you not only know what’s in it and can switch ingredients to your liking, you can also reduce the amount of plastic packaging a lot!
Here is the recipe for my favourite ice cream!
(5 minutes of work // 2+ hours of freezing)
2 (ripe) Bananas
125ml Yoghurt(also nut milk or similar)
2 EL Cocoa powder
1/2 msp. Vanilla extract
Sugar, Peanut butter and Salt as you like
Thank you to Maike, Sabrina, Boray, Tanja and Boris for this wonderful birthday present!! 🙂
A westafrican inventor has built a 3D-printer out of electronic waste!
The waste problem in Africa is known. Almost everyone has seen pictures of enormous piles of trash with children playing on them and adults on the lookout for some higher value materials to finance their life…
As did Kodjo Afate Gnikou from West-Africa. He built a 3D-printer out of electronic waste, which you can buy for $100.
If you are wearing contact lenses, you should buy a smaller contact lense container to not waste so much contact lense fluid!
You will automatically produce less packaging waste, because the fluid can last about twice as long..
Daniel Webb collected his plastic waste from one entire year without changing his “normal” consumption habits.
All in all he gathered 4,490 pieces of plastic, from which he made a “mural by the sea”-artwork in Margate to hopefully make other people rethink their habits, too.
Campaign against coffee-to-go-cups in South Korea
Ever wondered what you are chewing on?
Right: petrol-based plastic, which will need hundreds of years to degrade.
“Gum is made from plastic. […] After World War II, chemists learned to make synthetic rubber, which came to replace most natural rubber in chewing gum (e.g., polyethylene and polyvinyl acetate). […]
Where does (plastic) chewing gum go after it’s ABC (already been chewed)? Is it flushed down toilets? Washed down storm drains? Hmm… just one more source of non-biodegradable plastic in our oceans?”
In the image above you can see the “Gum Wall” in Seattle. Over a time period of 20 years people stuck over one billion chewing gums on it. (I’m sorry, but I can’t see how that’s cool in any way… it’s just gross!)
In 2015 the city of Seattle has begun to clean the wall, but chewing gums keep showing up:
→ “Seattles zäher Kampf gegen die Kaugummi-Wand” (welt.de in German)
Maybe rather chew Bio-Gum or even break the habit?
The “Chicza” chewing gums are 100% bio-degradable, vegan and gluten-free: