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mum of 2 sets of twins trying to leave a positive footprint
Interests: Ethical dilemma's, coffee, studying, twins, friends, collecting interesting newspapers articles, economics, family, observing (and discussing) social behaviours, lunch, photography, travel, shopping, Facebook, chocolate, (writing about) living expat life, observing the life around me. I confirm the subscription of this blog to the Paperblog service under the username TheWrtieFuture If you are the artist who made the beautiful picture I have used on my Blog, please get in touch! « I confirm the subscription of this blog to the Paperblog service under the username thewritefuture »
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Courtesy of we-impact I wish you and your loved ones a very happy and sustainable Christmas! For more good ideas (new years resolutions, anyone?) please check this article on we-impact! Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2014 at The Write Future
It's been ages since I last published something on my blog. But not to worry, I'm back online now I have finished knitting my girls Christmas jumpers! This Friday is Christmas Jumper Day to collect money for one of the most important charities in the world: Save The Children. I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at The Write Future
I think we can agree that all is said and shown regarding climate change and about the urgent measures that need to be taken but are not. At this moment the UN Summit on Climate Change in New York is in full swing. Every country pledges (again) to reduce their... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at The Write Future
What a great initiative of this French retailer to add inglorious fruits and vegetables to their assortment. It is such an obvious thing to do to cut on food waste that it is (slightly?!) embarrassing that it is not general practice yet! I would love to start each day with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at The Write Future
Some ads open my eyes, make me think and even make me change my behaviour. Look at the ones below and let me know if they have the same effect on you! "Liking isn't helping" "Plastic bags kills" "Save paper, save the planet" See for more powerful adds: Amazngfacts Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at The Write Future
Pedro Reyes must have found the best way to use weapons! When he visited recycling plants where government officials turn seized weapons into raw materials Pedro came up with the idea to transform these weapons into musical instruments. Now they could not longer be used to cause destruction and misery... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at The Write Future
Seeing more plastic bags than fish was the key driver for the 19-year old Dutch lad Boyan Slat to come up with a solution for the plastic islands (or plastic soup) that floats around in our oceans. For years institutes and environmental professionals have tried to come up with ways... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at The Write Future
There is probably only one good point about producing lots of waste: you can make a lot of art of it to inspire us to consume less and to reduce waste! In his collection Intolerable Beauty the photographer Chris Jordan has made some amazing photos using our daily waste. These... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at The Write Future
I have lived in a number of cities and countries; The Netherlands, Montpellier (France), Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur and London. All these places will be flooded if all the ice in the world would melt. The only place that would stay dry, is the little village in the centre of Nigeria... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2014 at The Write Future
One of the best things of living in the UK is that they celebrate Mother's day in March while the rest of the world does it in May. After just a little bit of bribing and asking if they rather walk to school in the rain, my children completely agreed... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at The Write Future
At my cousin's wedding one of my favorite aunts proudly showed me her new boots. They were indeed cool but unfortunately, according to my aunt, uncomfortable to wear. After a closer look we discovered they would probably be more convenient when she would wear the right shoe on her right... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at The Write Future
I studied law so when we prepared for our first overseas move, I read the 50+ pages terms of agreement of the shipping company. One of the clauses was: "In case of emergency the captain has your permission to tip your container overboard if that will save the vessel from... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at The Write Future
Courtesy Mirror Coming Saturday at 8.30pm we will be celebrating Earth Hour again. Many initiatives have already started, like the "Walk to Mali" initiative run by Earth Hour Nigeria. A trip of 3,404km from Nigeria to Mali will lead 12 earth Hour champions through Nigeria, Mail, Niger, Cot d'Ivoire, Ghana,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at The Write Future
A long long time ago, I was a keen and talented football player. On the day I joined my club I was asked to play in their First Team. I felt honored even when I found out it was the clubs only (girls) team. I loved it and played as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at The Write Future
The biggest problem of our (and previous) generations is probably that we use too much of everything. We use too much natural resources, too much electricity, too much salt in our food, too much clean water, and we definitely spend too much time on our smartphones. You hardly see a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2014 at The Write Future
Courtesy Getty Images, Huffington Post The weather forecast for tomorrow? As much rain as usually falls in the whole month of February, in one day. The UK is known for its rain but this time it's even out of all records for them: 3 months -so far- of almost non-stop... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at The Write Future
Have you ever wondered who made your jeans? Whether a child has been involved in assembling your t-shirt? If the wages in the factory where your coat was made, are fair? Would you find it important to have access to this type of information? And if you had access to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2014 at The Write Future
What a shame if -due to Climate Change- stunning photos like the one below would be all that is left for next generations. An iceberg photographed on the Antarctic Peninsula. Note the “castle tower,” at top right, apparently carved in the ice by wind erosion. (2005.). Courtesy of TED and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at The Write Future
I have managed to do strange things to my computers. I have crashed motherboards, had a desktop "roasted" by lightning, have had more digital viruses than physical ones, and my laptop and mouse randomly (but automatically and without warning!) change their own setting to leave the left button to do... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2014 at The Write Future
My oldest daughter turns 12 this summer. She slowly starts to get annoyed and "misunderstood" by us (and her twin brother, sisters, the alarm clock, One Direction on the radio, the garage door etc etc). All absolutely normal behavior for a young girl her age. Having a daughter this age,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at The Write Future
If you, like me, are still looking for the right New Years resolution, watch this Ted Talk by Matt Cutts! A new try every month, that is the solution for people like us! Let me know what you will (not) be doing this coming 30 days! Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at The Write Future
My New Years resolution this year? To create a jar like this for 2014. The future is important and we get inspiration and drive (and lessons!) from experiences in the past! Imagine a jar full of memories, ideas and goals! Maybe we should set up a system and send your... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2013 at The Write Future
It's almost Christmas time and many people still send hard-copy Christmas cards, even to people they see on a daily basis. Only in the UK over 1.8 billion Christmas cards cards were sent last year. Producing these cards required over 200,000 trees to be felled. Every year after Christmas M&S... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2013 at The Write Future
Save the Children is one of my favourite charities, they support children in difficult situations all over the world. Right now they are involved in projects in 120 countries including the Philippines and Syria. It is shocking to realise that there are so many countries where children are in need... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2013 at The Write Future
Nelson Mandela, "While I will always fall short of Madiba's example, he makes me want to be a better man. He speaks to what is best inside us," Barack Obama Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2013 at The Write Future