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I have mentioned before in my posts on zero waste and cutting down on plastic that I have been trying to find ways to reduce the amount of plastic I use and trash I produce. While it’s not possible to live completely zero waste, I think any serious attempt at harming the environment less in our day to day life is helpful. When you become more conscious of your negative impact on the planet you genuinely start to enjoy the ways in which you can decrease the damage you cause.
As I mentioned in my Malta sneak peek, my apartment got broken into the night before we left for Malta. Needless to say, I urgently started looking for a new place. It was a bit difficult to find a furnished apartment that met my requirements, and I definitely had to sacrifice some things, but I'm happy to announce that I have finally moved into a new apartment.
When people first hear about minimalism they often find the idea of becoming a minimalist very difficult because we live in a capitalist and consumerist society. We are constantly bombarded with advertisements for new products we should buy, and it can be very difficult to resist the urge to purchase the latest gadget and the bigger and better version of whatever item you may own.
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.
Half Bulgarian Turk, half German living life as an expat in Greece.