With or without you: do you need to own a car?

Take a look around you during the rush hour or when hundreds of people are heading towards a popular weekend destination and you could easily believe that the car was the only mode of transport available. Of course, for many people that’s exactly what it is because of inadequate public transport, mobility issues, or simply lack of local services. Yet many others have allowed themselves to become dependent on the car and interpret convenience as necessity. One day we just can’t imagine going shopping, doing school runs or even visiting friends without driving. But what is the price of that convenience? The rising cost of living combined with the recent recession, air and noise pollution, and the ever-worsening congestion have made many to look for alternative modes of travel. Continue reading

Green cleaning: lemon juice and cheap cola

My own attempt at becoming a savvy consumer has never been only about paying as little as possible for everything: it still is more about getting value for money, minimizing the impact on the environment, and only buying what I need. Paying more for one multi-purpose product can work out cheaper in the long run than buying several seemingly cheaper items, many of which might end up gathering dust as unused and unnecessary. Continue reading