15. Feb 2019
by manu

Repair Café

Repair Café Map of the world

What to do with a broken chair or a toaster that throws sparks? What to do with a pullover with wholes in it? Toss it? No Way!

You go to the Repair Café! 🙂

There you can repair stuff yourself with professional help at your side while you sip a coffee and chat with nice people!

Take a look at it:
→ repaircafe.org

3. Feb 2019
by manu

Environmental Racism

Unilever is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of consumer goods (food, cosmetics, personal care products, household products,…).
The population of Kodaikanal accuses the large corporation of environmental racism.

Background

From 1984 to 2001 mercury thermometers were produced in a Unilever factory in the southern Indian city of Kodaikanal.
Due to improper disposal, toxic mercury waste leaked into the ground of the factory premises and the surrounding area and led to the closure of the factory in 2001 by the goverment. The mercury contaminated the local environment.
The health of workers and their later-born children was severely affected due to inadequate health and safety measures in the processing of mercury. Some factory workers died prematurely. Some of their children also died.

It took Unilever 15 years to reach an agreement with the factory workers and compensate them. And this only because of a protest video that went viral and generated enough social pressure:
→ “Unilever, Clean Up Your Mess!” (ReThink-Article)

But there is still mercury in the soil today!

The clean-up so far seems insufficient.
The people of Kodaikanal are now accusing Unilever of environmental racism, because in Europe such an incident would have been taken more seriously.

I believe, this is a real problem!

According to Wikipedia, Unilever even attracted attention with racist advertising in 2011 and 2017. Both commercials focused on how a coloured woman changed into a white woman after using a Dove product.

→ More Info about the “Kodaikanal Won’t” movement (kodaimercury.org)
→ To the petition (jhatkaa.org)

ReThink, people!
Boycott Unilever and every other major corporation (greetings to Nestlé at this point…) that doesn’t give a shit about nature and people!
Buy local, organic and fair!

2. Nov 2018
by manu

The European Week For Waste Reduction

Europäische Woche der Abfallvermeidung © wochederabfallvermeidung.de

From 17th to 25th of November 2018 The European Week For Waste Reduction takes place again!

Thousands of actions are organized all around Europe.
The thematic focus in 2018 is:
Hazardous Waste Prevention: Time to Detox!

Till the 4th of November you have the opportunity to register an action.
→ ewwr.eu (english)

First published: 21. November 2015
17. Aug 2018
by manu

Wake up!

Stop the crazyness of throwing away everything!

You don’t always need everything what advertising tells you to buy! Don’t buy things because you want them, buy them only because you really need them and decrease your trash!

There are better ways to be happy than through the consumption of things you don’t even need… 😉

Utopia shows 15 way to decrease your trash (in german)!

First published: November 21st, 2013
20. May 2018
by manu

A 3D-printer made of e-waste

Ein 3D-Drucker aus Elektroschrott © inhabitat.com

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.

→ inhabitat.com
→ ulule.com

First published: October 13th, 2013