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Hacks for more sustainability in everyday life

Sustainability here, sustainability there – it is omnipresent today. With these little hacks you can make your everyday life even more sustainable.

Sustainability here, sustainability there – it is omnipresent today. With these little hacks you can make your everyday life even more sustainable.

Sustainability Hacks

Most of us would like to live more sustainably – but where do we start? Because everyday habits often have the upper hand, even if you actually want to live much more consciously and ecologically.

Why living sustainably is so important

Sustainability is the top priority these days. We are in a state of change. While advertising decades ago led us to believe that there were unlimited possibilities for consumption, today many brands are increasingly focusing on sustainability. That's a good thing and also important because we only have this one planet. If natural resources are exhausted beyond our own regenerative capacity, the entire system becomes unbalanced and we feel the consequences. We can still turn things around and make our lives more sustainable. Here too, the longest journey begins with a small step. With these 10 sustainability hacks you'll be heading in the right direction.

Top 10 hacks in everyday life


1. Recycle household leftovers

No matter whether it's green waste, coffee grounds or eggshells: a lot of it shouldn't end up in the trash unused. Turnip stalks and other leaves are rich in vitamins and can be cooked deliciously, and coffee grounds and eggshells can be used as fertilizer. If you have the opportunity, it is worth disposing of organic waste in a compost bin - after a few weeks you will receive fertile humus that can be reused.


2. Wrap in wax paper

No more aluminum foil or cellophane. Beeswax paper is an environmentally friendly alternative. The beeswax-coated fabric was familiar to our grandparents, can be used over and over again and is easy to clean. Beeswax cloths from organic beekeepers last up to two years and are absolutely worth the purchase costs.

3. Use search engine for the forest

Most of us use Google as a search engine - but there are alternatives that also do something for the environment. Have you heard of Ecosia? The eco search engine uses the profits generated to plant trees worldwide. Ecosia follows the same concerns as us, we have a tree planted for every product in our shop.

4. Buy second-hand fashion

New doesn't always have to be brand new, because fashion is now one of the worst environmental offenders of all. Fast fashion is particularly problematic, as it has serious consequences for people and the environment in emerging countries. If you like to dress in new clothes every now and then, you can take a look at a second-hand shop or attend a clothes swap party - the events are catching on and are being held in more and more cities. Each participant brings a handful of items of clothing and exchanges them for other guests' gifts.

Second Hand

And if you want something new, then be sure to pay attention to the sustainability of the products. In our Shop you will find great products made from sustainable materials that are fairly manufactured in Europe.

5. An environmental or ethical bank for investing

Those who live sustainably often want their money to do the same. However, this is not the case with many banks because the credit institutions cooperate with sometimes questionable partners. If you want to be completely sure that your investment is ecological and social, you should choose one of the few sustainable banks that accommodate this wish.

6. Use less plastic.

Plastic is the plague of our time - but avoiding it can be difficult. The material is simply too ubiquitous. Nevertheless, at second glance, you can do without many disposable products, avoid ready meals and buy food fresh from the market. Fabric fruit and vegetable bags also make shopping in the supermarket easier - including our TreeShoppers.

7. ... and promote the elimination of plastic waste

A large proportion of discarded plastic ends up in the oceans. In the meantime, various projects have made it their goal to clean the world's oceans. Some of them can be supported without much effort, such as Pacific Garbage Screening. If you want to do something for the initiative, you can simply add the hashtag #netzgegenplastik to every post posted on social media. Every post supports the project.

Ocean Plastic

8. Collect less paperwork

Who doesn't know that, the advertising brochures and flyers that you pick up out of casual interest and usually don't even read - or only after the advertising campaign has long since run. Here, too, you don't have to grab it right away; taking photos with your cell phone or reading the QR code ensures that there is less paper waste. This also benefits forests worldwide.

9. Bamboo and tin dishes

Alternatives to plastic include bamboo and sheet metal. There are already toothbrushes made of bamboo that wonderfully replace plastic brushes and are usually manufactured under fair trade conditions. Bamboo is also used for children's tableware. If you are looking for light, unbreakable items, you can also use tin plates. The classics from the camping scene have never really gone away and are coming back in trendy designs.

10. Stay at home more often

Well, that hurts, but traveling is usually not really sustainable. Air travel around the world in particular puts a strain on the environment. Pity about the beach in Bali or the weekend flight to Ibiza? There is often more than enough to discover on your doorstep. Hiking and trekking tours, meditation offers and cooking courses can replace at least some of the already over-excited travel activities, cost less and usually offer considerable added value. But after 2020, everyone should be familiar with “holidays at home.”


We at NIKIN are of course primarily concerned with sustainability in the fashion industry and are committed to the fight against global deforestation. But we know that sustainability is holistic, and we therefore want to encourage our community to rethink and perhaps redesign their everyday lives a little in other areas of life.

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