Give, Save and Win While Doing Sustainable Shopping

There are already some models how to consume and do something good at the same time. For example if you shop from the page of Social Power 10% of the money will be donated. That’s a great idea, but it’s not necessary a sustainable one.

Another good idea is Groupon – consumers unite in order to buy bigger quantities and thus push the price down. But again, it can urge totally bad consumer behaviour.

But these ideas have a big potential and can be used by the consumers in order to establish a sustainable shopping. How about promoting only sustainable shops and products this way? We can create more sustainable companies and much better and cheaper products. At the same time, some percentage of the shopping value can be donated or investing and help again another sustainable businesses.

We can go even further and create personalized web pages for promoters, who would like to make the sustainable shopping and products even more famous. They can again obtain some percentage of the shopping value and even earn some money by doing a good job for the society.

The Future Is Organic, Self Grown & Collected

Have you ever heard about Sekem? It’s an unique mixture of a organic agriculture, traditional handicrafts and cultural value. In this article I would like to concentrate on the organic aspect of the project. The Sekem farm is situated in the desert of Egypt. In the past three decades they’ve managed to create a green garden from the desert. They not only produce more from a single unit of land than the conventional agriculture does, but also use 40% less water and 20% less work power. And their production is also cheaper than the conventional one. That’s not an exception. That’s the future. Sustainable agriculture is going to be cheaper than conventional and it is possible to satisfy the needs of the whole mankind.

But in order to do this, we have to concentrate on local production for local needs. I will go even further and say that we’ll go back to the nature and every household is going to live vegan and produce their own fruits, vegetables, crops, nuts and seeds. Even in the cities all of the free space will be used. And we’ll even start again collecting plants. These can be used not only for food, but also as a medicine, teas and many more. So, one of the key knowledge in the future will be an agricultural one – how to grow our own food, natural medicine and the knowledge about the different eatable plants. The sad news is that this knowledge is completely missing nowadays. So, what about organising some meetings and workshops where we exchange such knowledge?

Let’s Change the Money System

As we all know, the money system just does not work as it should be. It’s simply not sustainable, because it is based on an exponential growth of our economy. And an exponential growth means a crash at some time, because we can’t always produce more and more. At some point there are no more resources. And from such crashes there are always few winners and a lot of losers. So, what is actually wrong with the money systems? The problem is the exponential growth. But what creates this growth? The correct answer is the credit system. If a bank has 100 euro, then it can give a credit for at least 1000 euro to another bank. And this can give a credit for 10000 euro and so on. This is what creates big amounts of virtual money which does not exist in the reality.

But how can we change this? How can we make the money system sustainable? I think that we can create a local based giving and sharing society, so we do not need to do everything with money. But we still need some money. There are many possibilities how to change the money system:

1. The first important idea is to make a system where we don’t obtain interest for our money we just put in the bank and haven’t used. Just on the opposite – we’ll have to pay for the money we have, but we don’t use! Thus, we will be urged to use our money and to invest it. So we do not obtain more money when we already have a lot of money, but less. Thus money will be better distributed and used where needed.

2. Basic Income – everyone will obtain from the state some amount of money which will be enough for living. This will make it possible that we do not work anymore for money, but for us, for the people and for the society. This will not only create another impulse in the society, but also make the whole taxes and insurance systems much easier.

3. Regional money will stimulate people to act local and to find better solutions for their communities.

4. Choose a sustainable bank, so you know that your money are helping where needed.

Even more information you can obtain from Positive Money or Monetative.

There are many more things we can do in order to get to change the system. What ideas do you have?

– What about starting to lend your money to friends and other people who need it right now (But with no interest!)?
– What about spending and giving money away?
– What about starting to invest directly in sustainable businesses in the area?
– What about changing your bank?
– What about changing your insurances?
– What about cutting stupid and unnecessary costs?
– What about saving money together with friends and giving it for good purposes or investing it sustainably?
– What about exchanging stuff, work and services in the area?
– What about living for free somewhere, but helping the owner with the garden, trash, shopping or the household?
– What about sharing your belonging and knowledge?

Do you have ideas? Do you like my ideas? Do you need advice? Do you like to start a social, giving, sharing, exchanging or moneyless business? Feel free to contact me!

Collaborative Work

We’ve just start with some friends to work together on our ideas and create new businesses and we’ve found the Common web page. It has basically the same idea – to create common brands. This is definitely the trend and it is not only a trend, but the way towards a better future. I’m sure that there will be more groups of people like this in the future. 🙂

Small Gardens for Big Food Production

One of the things I especially like in Germany are the small gardens which are almost everywhere in the cities. These are some places where you can buy or rent a little land and make your own garden. It’s a great concept, which is very seldom in other countries. It can be a really good business to apply this concept outside Germany. People will be happy to have such gardens in the city and to have much greener cities.

On the other hand, Germany is a rich country and many people live in houses in the city and have small gardens around their house, as it is more typical for villages than for cities.

In both cases people in Germany normally use this small gardens for some green grass, some flowers and maybe some trees and bushes. I think that we can make much more from these gardens. They can be used to produce food. Local, organic food from your own small garden. And the most important point is that when we produce our own food, we produce it with love, which makes its quality much better. And we eat it immediately after we gathered it.

These gardens are too small to provide their owners the full amount of food they need, but they can still provide a great percentage of it. Thus we will not need so much mass food production, we’ll have even greener cities, we’ll save the bees and we can show our kids what it means to grow your own food. This is a core value for the humanity which we do not give our kids anymore, as our parents gave it to us. This is a core value that will definitely make the world much better.

So, have you already started to plant for food in your garden? Or if you don’t want to do this, why not give your garden to someone else, so he can do it? Or can you imagine making a platform where you connect people who have gardens, but don’t want to use them in such manner with people who don’t have, but want to have? You can not only earn some money, but also help the whole society a lot.