Thanks for nominating me for the SUNSHINE Award. Your kind words mean a lot to me. I admire how you effortlessly stand up to change the world for the better. Rock on!
And here are the answers to your questions.
Give us a 30 second review of your favorite Zero Waste film, book, or blog.
I’ve read ‘Zero Waste Lifestyle’ and just started ‘Zero Waste Home’. I don’t agree with many points in ‘Zero Waste Lifestyle’, so I’m hoping ‘Zero Waste Home’ will be better. Haven’t seen a film yet. About blogs though: I’m reading daily on many fantastic blogs via wordpress reader. I’m following all members of Zero Waste Bloggers Network and get my daily inspiration from bloggers around the world.
Who or what is your motivation behind your zero waste lifestyle?
I realized end of 2014 that I can only cook meals with packaged ingredients. At least one ingredient was always in a can. And I all of the sudden saw the amount of plastic in my fridge. It seemed as if everything was packaged. At the same time I saw tons of images with environmental pollution, with animals suffering entanglement in some type of plastic, documentaries about the garbage drifting in the oceans. .
I was furious about the pollution but at the same time felt as if I wasn’t entitled to be furious, because I was part of the actual problem as a daily consumer of trash producing stuff.
What is the meaning behind your blog’s name?
Grün is the German word for Green. GRüNISH is my word for my attempts to become a more sustainable person. Read more on the about page: GRüNISH
How do your family or friends react to your zero waste lifestyle?
For the most part they are interested, supportive and curious. I also enjoy to be the reason for a joke here and there, trash jokes, zero waste jokes. A little teasing here and there.
It doesn’t bother me because I see how I, at the same time, inspired them to change their behavior as well. Bastian now takes a jar to the butcher as well to buy sausages (yay!!), my sister heavily uses the new cotton produce bags when buying fruits and veggies and I know that my behavior is triggering thoughts around garbage in many heads.
What is your favorite treat you just can’t live without?
I still buy Häagen-Dazs. The frozen banana ice cream is a great thing and I’d eat it more often instead of Häagen-Dazs but I’ve got one problem and that’s the timing. I crave ice cream when I sit on the couch in the evening, kids are sleeping, laptop is running hot, sometime around 9pm. I know that’s probably super not-so-healthy but what can I do? That’s unfortunately not a good time to start the food processor in super-crazy-jumping-around-frozen-banana-pieces-mode as this is so loud it will even wake up our neighbors. For the sake of their sleep, I eat Häagen-Dazs.
And I’m still Nutella addicted. But just passively. I’m not buying it. But if the Nutella jar is standing wide open, next to a fresh loaf of bread in my kitchen, with the bread knife next to it (with Nutella traces on it), it just gets me. I am looking for Zero Waste Nutella Alternatives, but so far, long term success is outstanding.