[#FutureGenerations series] Researcher Lan Nguyen: Environmental activism starts with being at peace with oneself 

#FutureGeneration series: a talk with Lan Nguyen, researcher in environmental economics. We discuss the challenges for future generation from a researcher's perspective and her project in mangrove forests.

[#FutureGenerations series] External Advisor Olivier Dubray: “It is time we designed a new global system that favors cooperation”

#FutureGeneration series: a talk with Olivier Dubray, a French external advisor at Bain & Company. We discuss the biggest challenges of future generations according to Olivier, from his experience of 37 years working on sustainability corporate strategies.

[#FutureGenerations series] Activist Duong Dang: “The biggest challenges must now be tackled at a local, micro-level”

#FutureGeneration series: a talk with Duong Dang, a Hanoi-based activist. We'll discuss the biggest challenges of future generations according to Duong, and her projects in helping voice up the marginalized ethnic groups in Vietnam.

Waste is a Failure of Design – The first year in review

Once my friend asked what my "first five-year plan" was for this blog. I said, well, to keep it going for at least five years?

Valentine’s day: buy me a flower or plant me a tree? 

The beautiful bouquets we fall in love with every celebration, where do they come from? We explore the basics behind cut flowers in this article.

Biodiversity: understanding the basics to start taking action (for real)

What is the thing that everyone agrees that it is of absolute importance - but actually does not give a damn about? Yes, it's biodiversity. It's time we talk about this. In this article, we'll discuss the definition of biodiversity, the different types of biodiversity, drivers of biodiversity loss.

The 3 levers to decarbonize industries: their feasibilities and levels of efficiency

We'll discuss 3 levers to decarbonize industries, including the modification of the energy mix; reduction of waste heat and electrification; carbon capture, storage and utilisation of hydrogen.

A 2022 Challenge: Five things to inspire a less-waste lifestyle

If you are looking for a meaningful fun challenge for your 2022, and if you are still perplexed with the complexity and grandeur of climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental degradations, this article is designed just for you 🙂

“Green” investments and savings: struggles and ideas

Why are investments and savings such an important discussion in the fight against climate change and biodiversity loss? We discuss the reality of "green" investments and savings, and ideas worth looking at as an investor.

A white paper and a change of mindset: roles & capabilities of industries & businesses in the environmental shift

We're very happy to announce that with my colleagues at Stim, we just published a white paper called “Entreprises: how to reinvent to truly contribute to the environmental shift?”!

Alleviate the inherent inefficiency – case of small, local initiatives

We'll discuss two reasons leading to an inherent inefficiency that is probably not solvable and not eliminable, but can only be alleviated. 

A diet of sound: mindful notes to enjoy music in the streaming era

In the era of music streaming, it seems that we are consuming less materials for recording music. Has the carbon footprint of recorded music been reduced? We shall explore the environmental impacts of different recording formats and suggestions for less energy-demanding ways to enjoy music.

Ducan Kitchen: Vegetarianism is simply a change of habit

We had a talk with Duc Nguyen, Vietnamese vegetarian chef, writer and blogger, on vegetarian eating, the vegetarian cuisine scene in Vietnam, and how this diet has been a tradition for hundreds of years in Asia.

How to enjoy exotic flavors we have grown to love in Europe, without leaving a huge carbon footprint?

Today, it is quite unimaginable for Europeans to skip on chocolate, nor coffee or tea, or sugar, pepper, bananas, avocados…What are ways to enjoy these flavors without leaving too much ecological damage? We'll discuss sailing, greenhouses using thermal mass, heat sink, geothermal energy, compost heater, and fruit walls.

Forest garden or edible garden: a quick and practical guide to the concept

Why should we introduce forests back to our agricultural system? In this article, we'll discuss the history of forest gardening, the importance of creating a self-sustaining and low-maintenance agricultural system, with several practical information and resources for those who want to install their own forest garden.

Different sources of energy: which one is less “bad”?

Any choice we make on our energy source will have an impact on the environment. Something that does not have an impact simply does not exist. In order to make informed choices, we'll examine here the advantages and disadvantages of different energy sources: coal, oil, natural gas, hydropower, wind power, solar power while comparing their energy density and carbon intensity.

Build our houses the way we build LEGOS?

What if we can build our houses the ways we build LEGOs, where nothing is wasted and can be reused for new structures almost infinitely? The same can be applied to other human-made objects? In this article, we'll also discuss circular building, Earthship architecture and e-waste.

To combat food waste: let’s take a look at our fridge

There is nothing dumber than the food waste problem that humans have created. To solve this, we can start looking at our frenemy - the fridge. What are better, less energy-demanding alternatives for food storage? We'll take a look at ancient storage techniques (ice house, Zeer pot, root cellar...) and food preservation (fermentation, fruit preserves...).

Less waste, less energy: better ways to heat places in a temperate climate

In a temperate climate, heating takes up a big part of your energy budget - and the current solutions are not optimal. What are better ways to heat our home? We'll discuss underfloor heating, heat pump, passive house, tile stove, rocket mass heater and ancient thermal insulation objects such as folding screen, four-poster bed or Japanese food stove Kotatsu.