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Sharing has become a main driver for our economy. Using underutilised assets allows us to improve efficiency, sustainability and community. Through user-generated web content, and with the growing popularity of renting goods rather than buying them, consumers are becoming increasingly savvy, connected, and conscious.

Here are some ways to become a part of this movement:

  • Check out these 14 pioneers of the “share economy” to learn more about what’s out there already.
  • Break it down to a more personal level and incorporate sharing in your everyday life to improve your sustainability efforts on a smaller scale yet with a bigger and long lasting impact.

Do you want to go on a journey to become more sustainable or even ultimately adapt a zero waste lifestyle, but don’t know where to start? Sharing knowledge and tips within a community of like-minded people is the key to success. Consider these three steps to get rolling:

  1. Get to know your neighbourhood: Explore the area you live in to see which services and goods are available locally. Visit nearby markets and keep your eyes open for small businesses that offer local and organic products but may not necessarily have their own brick and mortar store.
  2. Attend events to learn and connect: Browse for festivals, workshops or other sustainability-related events in your neighbourhood or city. Make sure to green your commute when you go. This is an opportunity to connect with local businesses offering organic or sustainable sourced goods and services. Building relationships is essential in the process of creating a stronger community, as knowledge and updates can be shared and accessed more easily in the future. Contribute to the conversation by sharing what you have previously discovered and learned about your neighbourhood.
  3. Grow your community: Raise awareness about causes that matter to you and invite friends and family to join you in an initiative, challenge or at the next event. Start conversations that encourage others to rethink their own behaviour and actions, and support them to change and improve their lifestyles in a sustainable matter.

Walking the talk is not always easy and you may face difficulties, but remember that together you can tackle every challenge more easily!

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Top tips for a sustainable Valentine’s celebration

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Valentine’s celebration

During the month of love be sure to impress your Valentine whilst simultaneously doing your part to help and protect the environment. Read on for tips about how to celebrate a memorable and sustainable Valentine’s Day.

 How to celebrate?

  • Have a low footprint Valentine’s dinner – Instead of the usual dinner date, why don’t make a romantic dinner at home using locally grown ingredients and with organic wine or juices. Avoid the crowds and higher prices and have some fun at home as a couple!
  • If home cooking isn’t your thing, then try to make the extra effort to find a restaurant that embraces green practices. Choose a restaurant that serves organic, locally sourced food. Check out the 10 best sustainable restaurants around the world!
  • Create some ambiance by using beeswax candles. They’re the perfect accompaniment to a romantic dinner and eco-friendly

Green gift ideas

  • Use art to express your love! Try making a homemade gift, or support a local artist. Check out these green gift giving tips for some ideas
  • Spoil your loved ones with organic Valentine’s Day treats. Buy organic and fair trade chocolate to support sustainable development. Here’s your guide to fair trade chocolate
  • Flowers are a classic symbol of love. The best option is to buy flowers that will never die – a perfect metaphor for your love! If you buy cut flowers, buy locally and buy organic, but try to choose potted plants whenever possible instead of cut flowers. Wow your loved ones with these amazing potted flowers gift options for Valentine’s Day
  • If your sweet Valentine is a lover of organic body care product, what better way to pamper your partner than by giving an organic massage oil and a massage? Check out websites such as Ebay or Amazon to find the perfect organic products
  • Still stuck for ideas? Check out our post, “Sustainable Holiday Gift Ideas
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