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Not another brick in the wall

Not another brick in the wall

We all wonder from time to time how we can be an addition to this world, how to help others and look out for a bright future in a structural way. Kalyan Akkipeddi had one of the solutions: build a whole village so people can […]

Patagonia

Patagonia

Bathing suits, one of the struggles if you want to do good for this world but still want to swim. Luckily there are brands that made a solution for this struggle. If you think of enviromental-friendly, you may be used to imagine looks that are […]

DIY Girls

DIY Girls

We strive for equal rights in a realistic world. And the topic about women and career has always been popular. Now the digital era is here, people see the difference in the amount of men working in technology and science in comparison to the amount […]

Support for Support – NL

Support for Support – NL

Eco-u is everywhere en deze keer gaven wij een presentatie/workshop aan Support. Support is een groep onder de organisatie Wel.kom die bestaat uit vrijwilligers, met als doel om gezinnen met kinderen tot en met 12 jaar te ondersteunen. Ondersteuning bij moeilijkheden, moeilijkheden die oplossingen zoeken. Deze oplossingen […]

Rest In Peace Stephen Hawking

Rest In Peace Stephen Hawking

You fought, you learned, you teached.

Chocopasta, beregoed..Of niet? – NL

Chocopasta, beregoed..Of niet? – NL

Tegenwoordig worden steeds meer ingrediënten ‘fairtrade’ gewonnen voor voedingsproducten. Maar nog steeds veel te weinig. Helemaal omdat zuivere producties altijd controle toelaten. En waarom is het nu zo belangrijk dat wij opletten wat de afkomst is van ons voedsel? Los van je eigen gezondheid, draait […]

Kids Eco-u Launch!

Kids Eco-u Launch!

After the success of Eco-u, we wanted to do something more focused on our little humans. What do they find interesting? What needs to be changed and how would they do it? After some classes we taught on a primary school, a few of the […]

Lights go out

Lights go out

A blanket that falls over you like an avalanche. It keeps you warm but freezes you at the same time. You can’t get out and there is nowhere to go. Let it go or fight through it? What if the fight is endless and it […]

The children of Christmas

The children of Christmas

Let us stand still and think about what we are going to give to others. Gifts as we call them, for our loved ones. Phones, diamonds, golden rings, chocolates, sweaters, and more we actually do not need but fancy. I fancy the people behind it. […]

Egypt #1 – Work, work, work

Egypt #1 – Work, work, work

There is a way to choose life. You can go for the things you want, or you wait until it will come to you. We, as an organisation, see a lot of movement in the world in different places, on different continents. A movement that […]

Raubdruckerin

Raubdruckerin

Looking for a new shirt or bag? And do you love to travel or have good memories of a particular city? “The main focus is to explore the surfaces of cities, searching for overlooked, seemingly insignificant details on the pavement, which turn out to be […]

People do matter

People do matter

There is chaos all over this world. In the Javari Valley, Brazil, the indigenous are being killed for gold. Yes, like in the stories of Pocahontas: gold. And this happens over and over again. Not just Brazil this time, in Africa people are mistreated daily […]

Goat Organic Apparel – EN&NL

Goat Organic Apparel – EN&NL

The ‘About us’ says it all: “We care about the world, animals make us happy and we love people. This is in the core of our founding sisters and therefore, the core of everything we do. We use only eco-friendly fabrics, produce under strict people-first […]

Pela Case – For iPhones

Pela Case – For iPhones

Even though we are not a big fan of iPhones, due to the lack of human rights in the factories and the use of materials, we are happy to see Pela Case. This case for iPhones is made of plant-based materials, so no plastic in […]

Empower Generation – Light and strength

Empower Generation – Light and strength

We all hear about it, and we want to see it change: oppression against women. And what if you can not only change the view on women, but also create a healthier planet to give the youngsters a chance at the same time? An NGO, called […]

4Ocean

4Ocean

4Ocean, another organisation that does massive cleanups which are very important. They go along the coastlines, organizing beach cleanups to clear trash from the ocean. All the trash they collect is then sorted and sent off to be recycled or disposed of. The way it should […]

Artists turn ghostnets to art

Artists turn ghostnets to art

Art is something precious, a life on it self. A mystery to some and a story to another. When it is done with materials that are polluting and killing it gives that edge of meaning. Indigenous people in Australia formed GhostNets, an art group that […]

Tell Coca-Cola to quit draining an Indian village

Tell Coca-Cola to quit draining an Indian village

Coca-Cola, a name you either love or hate. An oldschool fan or a new activist against plastic. Either way, what Coca-Cola does in Mehdiganj is untolerable and needs to stop. Mehdiganj, India. A village in the state of Uttar Pradesh where they speak Hindi as […]

Cambodia Acts

Cambodia Acts

As mentioned in an earlier post Eco-u met mister Villa Kong, general secretary of Cambodia ACTs, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It was a very informative interview and mister Kong told us about all of the ups and downs within the organisation. Working to get some […]

Miss Green, don’t miss it – NL

Miss Green, don’t miss it – NL

Miss Green is een Europees kledingmerk, opgericht door Maaike Groen in 2008. Het merk staat voor duurzaamheid, eerlijkheid en respect. Dit voor zowel de mensen die onze kleding maken als de kopers die de kleding dragen. Het is belangrijk om ‘schone’ kleding te hebben die […]

A nurse who made art out of caps and stoppers

A nurse who made art out of caps and stoppers

A nurse, Tilda Shalof, collected thousands of plastic connectors, medicine caps, syringe covers, stoppers, and tops left over from her daily work for nearly 28 years. Now, after keeping them for so long, they became an artpiece. “Shalof’s friend, visual artist Vanessa Herman-Landau, came up […]

Helpusgreen upcycles the religious flowers in India

Helpusgreen upcycles the religious flowers in India

Flowers are vulnerable and especially pretty. They are very important for a lot of ecosystems but also for religious purposes. We all know the beautiful and colorful traditions in India, if it is for birthdays, passings or religious days. But what we don’t know, is […]

Cambodia #6 – End of the trip

Cambodia #6 – End of the trip

It is the end of the trip, but not the end of the fight in Cambodia. Seen a lot, heard a lot and felt a lot. With the knowledge I received from all the people we met on the road, we can now move forward. […]

Cambodia #5 – Never ever

Cambodia #5 – Never ever

The beautiful, abandoned jungle. Its fruits bring us joy but its paths are open for all the bad. Some should be undiscovered, some should be kept hidden. Will we ever find ourselves again, or lose it furthermore? Fight for yourself, your right and your passion. […]

Cambodia #4 – Beach cleanup

Cambodia #4 – Beach cleanup

Enjoying a day at the beach..after we cleaned up all day ofcourse. We all enjoy a beautiful beach with palm trees, but where do we walk on and swim in? Would you walk on a beach that is full of trash and still enjoy this […]

Cambodia #3 – Plastic debris everywhere

Cambodia #3 – Plastic debris everywhere

It is horrific to see. Hard to watch. And difficult to see through. As a part of Eco-u you see a lot about the horrible impacts plastic has and how much pollution is taking over health. Cambodia shocked us still. People here throw plastic out […]

Cambodia #2 – Not fun but needs to be done

Cambodia #2 – Not fun but needs to be done

When life is unpredictable, it is sometimes scary as well. For a lot of people, especially children, it is a scary path they walk. Lying in the nightbus with Koh Kong as my destination, I am thinking about my last days here in Siem Reap. […]

Cambodia #1- Interview with Cambodia Acts

Cambodia #1- Interview with Cambodia Acts

Eighteen hour flight with some pitstops included. Here is Cambodia, rainy and hot. Arrived in Phnom Penh. After buying a Cambodian simcard to have internet, we took a tuk-tuk to Cambodia Acts, an organisation that takes action against child traficking and abuse. “Every child has […]

Always nice to see – NL

Always nice to see – NL

One of my education lessons was spotted by a local paper.  

Twenty-one brands that are sustainable&fair

Twenty-one brands that are sustainable&fair

Summer is here and new clothes are wanted. Sweaters locked up in the closet and tshirts are welcomed again. But now we know how it works with most brands, the hard labor, abuse and all the pollution the clothing industry creates, it is difficult to […]

Sometimes tired

Sometimes tired

Sometimes tired, sometimes ecstatic Sometimes in love, sometimes angry Sometimes dreaming, sometimes nightmares It all comes along. The path of existence. I think it is natural to feel all of the above when you are seeing all the beautiful, miraculous sides of earth, but get […]

Fifteen companies you really want to know about

Fifteen companies you really want to know about

We all want a job that fulfills us. For some it is the ethics of the company, for others it may be making a change in this world. The Good Trade has made a list of fifteen companies, located in the US, that aim to […]

Rest in peace Roger Moore

Rest in peace Roger Moore

We do not know him on a personal level But sometimes the small things someone says or does Shows a lot of his character

Amazon Indians and rainforest under attack

Amazon Indians and rainforest under attack

The beautiful Amazon rainforest. Everybody knows this majestic place and maybe some of you have been there once. It is threatened. And ofcourse it has been threatened for a while now, except now it is going downhill fast just so we can have a piece […]

Working in a pop-up sweatshop in Den Haag -NL

Working in a pop-up sweatshop in Den Haag -NL

In Den Haag daar woont een graaf, en zijn zoon heet Jantje. En Jantje wilde heel graag kleding, maar wel uit Bangladesh want dat is lekker goedkoop! Een sweatshop. Mensen in landen als Bangladesh werken hier dagelijks meer dan 12 uur lang. Mishandeld en sexueel […]

Happy Mothers Day!

Happy Mothers Day!

Mothers, the start of life. The strength of a mother is endless. All she needs is love. Today is a day to give just a little extra. I know, in this life, it is not that common to have your mother in your life. Maybe […]

Nepalese girls trafficked daily

Nepalese girls trafficked daily

It is a horrible thought, but reality for many girls in Nepal. Getting ripped away from your life as a child. Playing, laughing and dreaming about the future. Now married, hurt and working hard. This is unacceptable and that is why 3Angels is actively protecting […]

Kings of Indigo – NL

Kings of Indigo – NL

Vraag je je wel eens af “welke spijkerbroek kan ik dan wel kopen, zonder al die nare omstandigheden”? We hebben weer een merk gevonden! Fashionunited heeft een mooi artikel over het merk Kings of Indigo waarin je kan zien welke weg de broek aflegt, voordat […]

Surfers Against Sewage

Surfers Against Sewage

SAS, or Surfers Against Sewage, is “an environmental charity protecting the UK’s oceans, waves and beaches for all to enjoy safely and sustainably, via community action, campaigning, volunteering, conservation, education and scientific research.” That’s a lot! And it is needed a lot. The sunnier days […]

Babongo

Babongo

Opzoek naar leuke cadeautjes of accessoires voor in huis? Een nieuwe kinderkamer op komst of misschien toe aan een ontspannen dagje voor jezelf? En vind jij het ook belangrijk dat hier niets en niemand ten koste van gaat? Kijk dan op de website van Babongo! […]

Rescue Foundation

Rescue Foundation

For most of us in the western world, it is unthinkable. Being in a situation where you would sometimes rather be dead than living this life day by day. And this at an age where your voice is too quiet and your power is taken. […]

The Zero Waste Shop

The Zero Waste Shop

If you walk in a common supermarket you see waste flying around. One puts cookies, packed in two layers of plastic in their basket. Others put the bell pepper, packed in plastic again, in their cart. Carton, plastic, plastic, and carton again. All those layers […]

Global protest on Donald Trump’s 100th day

Global protest on Donald Trump’s 100th day

US President, Donald Trump, brought a lot of subjects to the table already. Everybody now talks about the climate change problems, the cruelty of hunting, the need for oil and so on. He now celebrated his 100th day in the White House, and so did […]

LangerChen

LangerChen

A more high-end shop if you need a new, eco-friendly jacket. “Since 2009 we have been producing eco fashion in Shanghai. With our sustainable manufactory we are pioneering fair production and employment practices in China. LangerChen is dedicated to eco friendly and certified organic practices, […]

Land rights now

Land rights now

Indigenous people, also known as natives, are the people descended from the original inhabitants of a given area. We all get inspired by the traditions, the culture, the way they live and the power they carry. Strong, beautiful, historic, but sadly also in need of […]

Proud

Proud

There are a lot of people who are doing amazing things, but if they are your parents it does feel a bit special. My father, an amazing artist, and my dear mother, who read every thrilling book in the library (no, not a joke) created […]

Veja shoes: the new normal

Veja shoes: the new normal

Looking for some nice sneakers? Veja shoes has it all and the best thing: it doesn’t hurt people or the planet. The lookbook of Spring/Summer 2017 is online and there is a lot of shoe-candy to see! There are even rollerskates for sale, that has […]

Lion

Lion

Tears. Sadness and anger. My jaws clenched and my body weakened but strengthened. Lion, a movie about a child from India that gets adopted by people in Australia. All the terrible things this child is in the middle of, all the horrors others kids experience […]

Komodo Fashion

Komodo Fashion

“Inspired by the culture and colours of Asia and passionate about creating an eclectic mix out of Eastern and Western design ideas, Komodo became the label to watch at fashion shows in London, Paris, Florence and Tokyo. Joe Komodo says.. “It’s a privilege of our […]

Children in harmful tobacco farming

Children in harmful tobacco farming

“Farm labor is incredibly taxing on the human body. Performing manual labor in harsh conditions outdoors leads to a wide range of injuries and health problems for adults. But today, there are thousands of children working on tobacco farms in Indonesia, and the impacts on […]

Child Rescue Nepal

Child Rescue Nepal

“Child Rescue Nepal is one of a small handful of charities that physically rescue children from slavery in Nepal. Achievements: – Raised over £5 million for Nepal’s children – Rescued 700 children, with ongoing support in many cases – Pursued the prosecution of 24 traffickers, […]

Say no to Palmoil

Say no to Palmoil

“The industry is linked to major issues such as deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty and indigenous rights abuses in the countries where it is produced, as the land and forests must be cleared for the development of the oil palm plantations. According to […]

Geitenwollenshirts Fashion

Geitenwollenshirts Fashion

Kleding die op een eerlijke manier voor mens en milieu zijn gemaakt. “Waarom zou het milieu moeten lijden voor onze shirts? En waarom zouden er werkers in andere landen lage lonen moeten krijgen? Mooi niet dus! Kies gewoon voor eerlijk en organic. Dan is en […]

Do leather workers matter?

Do leather workers matter?

“Around 2,5 million workers in the Indian leather industry often face unacceptable working conditions that violate their human rights and seriously affect their health. Toxic chemicals used in tanneries often very negatively impact the health of the workers. Less known are the many labour and […]

Armed Angels 10 years

Armed Angels 10 years

Eco&Fair All time favorite pieces, ethically made. You decide! Shop online Armed Angels

How clean are our shoes? -NL

How clean are our shoes? -NL

“Heel wat Europese schoenenmerken laten hun producten maken in Indonesië. Dat verloopt niet altijd even ethisch. Lage lonen, overuren, weinig werkzekerheid en giftige stoffen zijn schering en inslag. Een recent rapport legt de pijnpunten bloot.” “A lot of European shoebrands make their products in Indonesia. […]

What about us?

What about us?

My great little helpers, trying to make the world a better place. Their future, our responsibility.