This weekend, I will be heading to Warsaw for a super short trip, and I want to pack as little as possible. As I will be spending a night there, I will need to bring some essentials however.
Hair care can be a difficult topic when you’re vegan because a lot of the products out there are not vegan and cruelty-free. Luckily, since I try to live a more minimalist lifestyle I want to keep the number of products I use very low and am not too concerned with owning tons of different, new products.
On Sunday, my boyfriend and I will be flying to Hamburg for one week to visit family and friends. As you know from my post on minimalist packing for Rome, I prefer to travel with hand luggage only. This is generally not difficult if you remember to focus on the things you really need.
When I wrote my post on zero waste I mentioned some ways to reduce trash in general. I have since found that cutting down on plastic is much more difficult than it seems, especially here in Greece. There are some things that are relatively easy, but others need more effort. These are the things that I find easy, difficult, and a little bit of both when cutting down on plastic.
These are some things that I've been loving lately.
H&M is one of the most well-known fast fashion brands in the world with thousands of stores on all continents. The retailer’s success is based on low prices and aggressive marketing, including collaborations with high-profile celebrities. As any big company, H&M is interested in profits and nothing more. A lot of money is spent on their marketing campaigns and the décor in their stores. The prices are kept low so that the lower middle class can afford to shop there, and yet Stefan Persson, the son of H&M founder Erling Persson, is one of the richest people in the world. His son Karl-Johan Persson is currently the CEO of H&M. How is that possible when we, the consumers, have to pay such low prices, and H&M spends so much money on advertising and nice locations?
I have a lot of websites in my bookmarks: vegan and cruelty-free makeup lists, all sorts of blogging advice, online stores, recipes, Qur’an translations, a lot of things related to academia, links related to my studies, entire scientific articles, booking websites, news websites, job search websites, universities, photography tips, yoga schools, overall just a lot of stuff that I want to be able to read again when I want.
There are several reasons you might want to pack lightly when going on a trip, and not all of them are as important for others as they may be for you.
I have always loved books. My passion for reading was instilled in me by my late father who made sure that I read a lot from a very early age. I started reading years before I started school and had already finished entire children’s books for eight-year-olds by the time I was six.
In today’s society, we rarely think about the consequences of purchasing products with extra packaging or with a short life cycle. Most of us have never seen a landfill, so once we throw something in the trash it’s out of sight, out of mind. Unfortunately, the ones who have to live close to those landfills are often poor and disenfranchised communities while the ones who produce the most waste are those people privileged enough to be able to easily dispose of items they no longer want or need. Waste that is not sent to landfills is burned in incinerators with toxins being released into the air during the process.
Half Bulgarian Turk, half German living life as an expat in Greece.