Everyone’s green journey starts somewhere. While it's easy to get overwhelmed with all of the information, it's also simple for individuals to begin making a positive impact.
Embracing a greener lifestyle isn't just about helping to plant trees and preserve biodiversity, it can also mean improving health, saving money, and, ultimately, improving overall quality of life.
Many of our team members were already eco-conscious in their personal lives well before CEPA launched its climate initiative in 2018, which aligned perfectly with our organization's new goals.
2022 Goals: The CEPA office in Germany is transitioning to a paper reduced environment across all of its departments, if something needs to be printed, we will start using recycled paper, the water in the office is delivered in recyclable bottles, and organic trash will be picked up for composting.
We are using a photovoltaic system to produce our own electricity and barely have to use electricity from other sources. Additionally, we also have a solar system to produce hot water. We are having a rain cistern to collect rain water, which we use e.g. for doing our laundry.
In our garden, we use a compost and the yield is again used in our garden to plant flowers, vegetables and herbs. We are also trying as much as possible to less use the car and do more by foot or bike.
I use energy saving lightbulbs and don't heat up the rooms when I'm not home. I make sure to turn down the heating when I open the windows. I recycle garbage as best as I can. I buy organic products when it comes to meat or dairy products.
At home, I use green powered electricity and energy-saving lightbulbs. When it comes to food, I only eat little meat and buy organic products, especially for eggs and dairy products. Additionally, I try to avoid the use of plastic bags as much as possible and buy products that have recyclable packaging.
We have solar panels on our roof which heat our water tank and have different solar panels to produce electricity for our own use. Our house is insulated and most electrical appliances are energy efficient. We air dry all of our laundry and don't own a dryer. We try to buy as much of our food from local farms. We look for organic and Fair Trade products at the store. We walk or use our bikes whevever possible instead of the car.
We recycle and buy used as much as possible, whether it is clothes or items in the house and garden. We also think consciously about investing in quality goods and using them as long as possible, repairing instead of replacing them whenever possible. We also consider how much we really need and avoid "fast-fashion" and unnecessary purchases. The less, the better.
During the renovations of our house, we added special solar panels to our roof to heat our water (incl. water for the heating).
We built a new roof with additional isolations, installed triple-glazed windows, and added special isolation to our outer walls.
The energy we buy from our electricity provider is produced from renewable energy sources. All electrical appliances, as well as light bulbs we use and buy, have a very low power demand. We also try to support the local production of foods as much as possible and have a little garden where we grow vegetables and fruit.
Seven years ago, I started following a mainly vegetarian diet, and greatly minimizing the consumption of meat, limiting it to special occasions. I recycle, donate, or sell clothes and items that are no longer used, and opt for shopping for high-quality, sustainable products from ethical manufacturers, or second-hand/vintage décor and fashion items.