Weekend Conversations Vol. 2

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Happy Friday everybody! Can you believe that another week flew by already? Probably a sentence I will repeat every week in these posts, but it’s true: time is RUNNING at the moment. It’s all good though, life is fun! This weekend there are two birthday parties I’m looking forward to, frozen yoghurt is waiting this afternoon and I’m going to visit a friend in Cologne in her new flat for the first time for a sleep-over (and breakfast deluxe!). Fun times – what about you? Here’s this week’s conversation topic (and question to dream about, because who doesn’t like to explore?):

What would you like to explore next?

You all probably know that I’ve got the travel itch – badly. I could spend my life just traveling the world, meeting new friends, tasting great foreign food, seeing places I only know from the movies, growing and learning. I’m going on a week-long road trip in only a few weeks (actually camping!), which I’m really excited about. But still, I’m itching to get further away though: Chile and Peru are the places that I can’t wait to see at the moment! I’ve only heard great stories about those countries (Argentina as well), so a South America round-trip would be a total dream (maybe even in an old orange VW as pictured above). Did anyone of you go yet? Any tips?

What about you? Where do you want to go next?

Picture via Death to the Stockphoto.

On why you should support Fair Trade brands

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First of all, happy bank holiday everyone! Are you enjoying the additional day of? I certainly am! I just returned home from a day out and about with my family, eating ice cream and drinking coffee, and I’m about to go out for a fun evening watching Pitch Perfect 2. Living the life, as some would say.

In between social engagements (haha), I wanted to share with you a little Fair Trade fact I read about recently. Who else is a chocoholic out there and quite happy about the fact, that there are more and more supermarket/discounter brands with a Fairtrade logo? The perfect match – same price, but good working conditions. Well, sadly it’s not quite as easy. I read (and you can too by googling ‘Fairtrade chocolate percentage’, there’s tons of articles) that to get a Fairtrade logo, brands only have to buy a certain percentage of Fairtrade cocoa. That means, that you might buy a Fairtrade (discounter) chocolate bar, that doesn’t actually have any Fairtrade chocolate beans in it (on the other hand, you might buy a 100 percent Fairtrade one, but you never know). Don’t get me wrong here, a small percentage of Fair Trade is still better than nothing, but it’s also not ideal or what we should be pushing for as consumers. So, what’s the solution? Just continue buying certified and well-known Fair Trade brands, that have been working in that field for a couple of years. That might be GEPA in Germany, Divine Chocolate or Green & Black (update: apparently G&B is owned by  Mondelēz International/Kraft Foods, so they are probably not a safe bet either! Thanks for the hint, Beanie) in the UK and probably lots of other brands in other countries (researching this should be easy enough).

This way, you might pay a bit more, but you can be certain to enjoy fairly produced chocolate (which totally justifies eating a whole bar, no?)!

What’s your favourite fair chocolate brand?

Weekend Conversation Vol. 1

Friday Conversations Vol.1

TGIF, everybody! How has your past week been? Mine flew by in a second, like almost all weeks at the moment. Seriously, where is 2015 going? How is May already almost over?

Anyway, I wanted to introduce you to a new series on this blog today. Since Hanna’s Places isn’t only about making a green and socially responsible lifestyle easy and accessible, but also about community, I was trying to come up with an easy way to find this community. And voila: Weekend conversations were born. I want to get to know you guys better and discuss one fun question every week. Here goes!

1 | What are some basic facts about you?

Well, you all know my name’s Hanna, I’m 21 and a student from Germany!

2 | What’s your latest (sustainable) creative project?

Lately, I’ve really wanted to get back into sewing again. I’ve bought a book explaining simple dress-making (this one if anyone’s interested) and can’t wait to get started. The projects actually look good and like something I would personally wear, which doesn’t really happen all that often with sewing books I think. I can’t wait to start wearing dresses I have completely made myself and also to start transforming pieces that don’t really fit. Vintage and second-hand shopping would be so much easier if I could just make everything fit perfectly. Now, I just need to get my hands on a working sewing-machine and I can get going.

What about you? What creative project would you like to tackle this summer? Can’t wait to read your answers!

 

Picture via Stocksnap.

Everlasting Apparel – Samantha Heather

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Happy Monday everybody! I hope you had a good (long) weekend – I visited one of my friends in Spain and we had such a good time. I even went surfing for the first time! With five days of all play and no work, it’s time to work on that to-do list now though. Before I get started, let me introduce you to Samantha Heather though. I’m so so honored and thrilled that she decided to take part in Everlasting Apparel, because her blog has been one of my favourites reads almost ever since she started it two years ago. Samantha is an incredible photographer, follower of Christ and such an inspiring soul, sharing her beautiful photographs along with inspiring words that have helped me on more than one occassion. So without further ado, Sam and her Everlasting outfit:

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An Interview with Indie from Rootless Garden

An interview with Rootless Garden

Let me introduce you guys to yet another new column on this blog. I’m going to be interviewing young social entrepreneurs in their 20s. They had an awesome idea to change the world and actually made it work! First up: Indie from Rootless Garden, an awesome initiative for older people.

What was your vision behind founding Rootless Garden?

Our vision is that no older person suffers from being lonely.

My business partner and I started Rootless Garden because of our experience of working in elderly care. We found that many older people were lonely. But, we also found was that those who were a part of a friendship group, a club, or a part of something were happiest. What struck us the most however, was that older people who had regular contact with the outside world, plants, flowers, even indoor plants were so much happier and healthier than those who didn’t.

We started to investigate, and it turns out that there is an entire school of thought based around nature therapy and the wonderful effects that being in contact with nature can have on a person – young and old alike. Nature is so present, but we ignore it, and like loneliness it affects us all beyond what we consciously recognize.

So we thought, why not use nature to fight loneliness amongst older people. And there we have it, Rootless Garden. (more…)