29. Aug 2018
by manu

Plastic China

Part of the documentary “Plastic China” from 2016.

ReThink, people!

The complete documentary is availlable via Vimeo On Demand.

First published: January 6th, 2017
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
15. Aug 2018
by manu

Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change

Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change © rethink-recycle.net

This narrative by Nathaniel Rich is a work of history, addressing the 10-year period from 1979 to 1989: the decisive decade when humankind first came to a broad understanding of the causes and dangers of climate change. Complementing the text is a series of aerial photographs and videos, all shot over the past year by George Steinmetz. With support from the Pulitzer Center, this two-part article is based on 18 months of reporting and well over a hundred interviews. It tracks the efforts of a small group of American scientists, activists and politicians to raise the alarm and stave off catastrophe. It will come as a revelation to many readers — an agonizing revelation — to understand how thoroughly they grasped the problem and how close they came to solving it.
Source: nytimes.com

→ Read complete article at nytimes.com

4. Aug 2018
by manu

What our planet looks like from space

We really challenge our eco-system – and that’s visible from space…


USA, Las Vegas

© sueddeutsche.de
Left 1973, Right 2000; ©sueddeutsche.de
From 1950 to 2005 the number of inhibitants of Las Vegas has increased from 25.000 to over 1 million. Also the ground water level has decreased more than 1.5m because of the need for water to keep gulf courses etc (in a desert) green…


Spain, Almeria

© sueddeutsche.de
Left 1974, Right 2004; ©sueddeutsche.de
Green houses and plantations have taken the place of what was mostly nature. A lot of water is needed to grow food for the European Union..


→ sueddeutsche.de

First published: October 28th, 2016
23. May 2018
by manu

Plastic everywhere!

Plastic everywhere! © SAGE SZKABARNICKI-STUART

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.
Source: nationalgeographic.com
→ “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.
Source: nationalgeographic.com
→ “10 shocking facts about plastic”

21. May 2018
by manu

The Blue Planet – Documentary

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.
Source: ihavenotv.com

Enjoy it while it’s online:
→ ihavenotv.com

20. Mar 2018
by manu

The Book of Idle Pleasures

Das Buch der 100 Vergnügungen © rethink-recycle.net

Book Tipp:
“The Book of Idle Pleasures”
by Dan Kieran & Tom Hodgkinson

At its best, the book has a delightful tone of foppish grandeur, achieving without much fuss a kind of phenomenological intensity in entries such as “Walking Back Home Drunk” or “Poking the Fire”. Remember, too, that most things are improved with “a cup of smouldering tea”, on which note I must leave you, as the kettle has just boiled.
Review: The Guardian

A wonderful book that shows you all the small and (mostly) free things in life, which help you to slow down and appreciate life. You can’t buy happiness…