Why you should visit ADE Green this year

ADE 2019 (Amsterdam Dance Event) is around the corner and with that comes the important conference that is ADE Green. Subjects like sustainability, innovation and social change are discussed and shared in a one day conference on the 18th of October.

The ADE Green conference 2019 is kicking off the Amsterdam Dance Event and includes inspirational speakers, ideas and practical workshops. Time to let you know why you should go this year and what not to miss.

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ADE Green

Innofest: Seven Innovations That Will Change The Industry

When & where? 11:00 – 12:00, De La Mar Theater
If you’re after new ways to make your event, festival or business more sustainable, then be sure not to skip this part of ADE Green. More and more event organizers talk about sustainability, about “smarter” and about “cleaner”. But who are the real innovators and what are their solutions? Innofest gives green entrepreneurs and inventors the chance to test their innovation at real, working festival sites. Innofest is inviting seven of the most promising startups to present their ideas for much-needed change at ADE Green. Things like circular water solutions, mobile sun power stations and gamification to improve waste separation: ready to go innovations, now with a test record to prove it. So, walk-in, meet the startups and start making an impact at your event

ADE Green is bringing innovating heads together to create something great for our future

Plastic Promise: The Next Steps towards Responsible Plastic Use

When & where? 12:15 – 13.00, De La Mar Theater
Exactly one year ago the Plastic Promise – an initiative started by the Dutch event industry – was launched at ADE Green. Now, the promises made have been tested in the wild: on festival grounds. The Plastic Promise focus for this year focuses on points where plastic cups are unavoidable. Festivals, cup-suppliers, beer, and soda brands have collaborated across the entire supply chain to create a circular cup system at festivals.

Frequent flyers: Does DJ Culture Have To Rely On Airmiles?

When & where? 13.15 – 14:15, DeLaMar Theater
We can make responsible choices all we like: using reusable bottles, recycle our materials, becoming vegan –all good. But when it comes to dance music, there’s one thing nobody likes to mention too much: our appetite for flying around the world. OK, offsetting your carbon impact eases the pain, we all hope for future innovations in transportation –but what can we change NOW? How can you keep your environmental impact low when you pursue an international DJ career? What responsibilities do event-organizers, bookers, managers, and artists have in changing the need for flights? Might reducing traveling even be beneficial for artists and the culture? Join us to talk about an issue that has been on everyone’s minds, yet not many seem to be discussing: air travel. It’s the flying elephant in the room at ADE Green.

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If You Don’t Like The System, Don’t Depend On It

When & where? 14:30 – 15:10 DeLaMar Theater
Andy Cato is a well-respected artist and part of the renowned duo Groove Armada. One day he stumbled upon an article about sustainable farming which resonated deeply. “If you don’t like the system,” it said, “don’t depend on it.” After further research, he began to envision himself having an organic farm, with healthy soil and nutritious harvests. With no experience of farming, it was a huge leap in the dark, but Andy sold his publishing rights and took out an extra mortgage to invest in a piece of land in southern France, where he started his dream farm. He achieved a nature-inclusive way of farming which balances giving and taking from the earth and will talk about this at the ADE Green Conference.

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Groove Armada’s Andy Cato will speak at ADE Green this year

International Festivals Join Forces On Circularity

Where & When? 15:30 – 16:30, De La Mar Theater
Festivals all around the world have experimented with solutions on the ground to reduce their negative impacts on the environment. Now it’s time for the pioneers among us to collectively step up the game: to address barriers to innovation, identify solutions, and identify the potential opportunities to accelerate and clear the way for the majority to follow. The Netherlands aims to be fully circular in 2050, to spearhead a movement towards a more circular economy, and to become a “living lab” that provides the rest of the world with examples to learn from. And they are not the only one.. ADE Green opens up the conversation!

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Closing Keynote: A new Narrative of Sustainability

When & Where? 15:30 – 16:30, De La Mar Theater, D7 Panel Room
It’s hard to think of a better way of closing a day at ADE Green than a keynote speech from Mac Macartney – someone whose genius is to create new narratives of sustainability. Mac is an international speaker, writer, and change-maker. Mentored by indigenous people over many years, he has acquired profound and original insights into questions preoccupying many contemporary leaders. Mac seeks to encourage the emergence of the leader in each of us: the leader who will take courageous action for a better world. We are sure Mac’s understanding and expression will make you feel that the time is right to put all of your competence and brilliance towards the pursuit of what you truly love: that better future.

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Plenty of food for thought and innovation. See you on the 18th of October?
Tickets cost €49,- and are available here. To find out more about ADE Green and the rest of the program, visit the ADE website.

Go Green,

Elke

These are the most sustainable hotels in Amsterdam

Travellers are becoming more aware about the way they travel and consume. People nowadays want to know where their food comes from, where their clothes are made and contribute in helping the planet.

The travel industry is playing into this and we’re happy to see it. Amsterdam is extremely innovative when it comes to going greener and there are a few hotels that stand out. These are the 6 most sustainable hotels in Amsterdam.

BOAT&CO

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The first hotel we want to mention is the brand new Boat&Co. This hotel is designed for the traveler that wants to feel at home, and perhaps would like to extent his days. Instead of the usual hotel room, this place will be equipped with 84 hotel apartments equipped with a kitchen (including a dishwasher and oven), and living room. So what makes it sustainable? First of all, BOAT&CO is located in a fully climate neutral neighbourhood. Secondly, they use fully reusable building materials.  Not to mention the isolation that is from the highest standard because they will store heat and cold airflow into the building that can be used to temperature the rooms. Like many of the houses in the area, solar panels are placed on the roof and you can even charge your electrical car in the car park. 

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We stayed at BOAT&CO for two nights and it was amazing. The restaurant downstairs, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, but it is so convenient that you have the option to cook your own meals in the room. Some rooms look over the Amsterdam IJ, a beautiful site, and perfect for working from your kitchen table.  This hotel proves that sustainability, style and comfort can go hand in hand. Book your stay here.

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Conscious Hotels

Several locations

Conscious hotels has been around for a few years and was one of the first hotels to set the bar when it comes to sustainability. The future wasn’t looking so great for mother nature so they decided to do something. With 2 hotels and a third one that has opened in 2018 (westergasterrein), this Green Key Gold certified hotel is going to extreme lengths in order to help the planet. Consequently they only use led lights, there is a no cash policy, the tables in your room are made from recycled coffee cup holders and the energy they use to power the hotel comes from renewable sources. Everything has pretty much been designed to be kind to the planet. Saying this, it’s also got a hip, contemporary feel to it. Book you room at the newest hotel here and find out. 

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The green entrance of Conscious Vondelpark

Jakarta Hotel Amsterdam

Java Eiland

Located on Java Eiland in Amsterdam, this hotel is set to be the most sustainable hotel in the Netherlands. The name comes from the location, where ships used to leave for Jakarta, Indonesia. Hotel Jakarta offers 200 luxurious rooms with a Indonesian influenced style. All the materials used to build, are recyclable and even the staff will wear sustainably made company clothing, designed by fashion label By Rockland | HACKED by. There are panoramic views over the Amsterdam IJ and most rooms have a balcony. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served at Café Jakarta and you will be able to get your drinks at Malabar. Further, there will be a wellness and swimming pool! In collaboration with Amsterdam’s Hortus Botanicus, there will be an indoor garden with plants and trees from Asia. www.hoteljakarta.amsterdam

QO

Amstel Kwartier

The QO Amsterdam reaches 22 floors and is partly build with the old concrete from the Shell tower, now known as the ADAM Tower. The hotel will have 288 rooms with stunning views over the city. QO wants to show people that sustainability and luxury can go hand in hand. The outside of the building is extremely innovative and very special to say the least. It’s provided with revolutionary climate control through the innovative moving panels is making savings on heating, cooling and ventilation possible. The moving panels on the outside of the windows respond to time and climate. The interior of the open spaces and restaurants are designed by award winning agency TANK. Find out more about QO.

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Element Hotel

Just opened in Amsterdam’s business district, Element has made a brand-wide commitment for all Element Hotels to operate to sustainable and green practices. They do this by using a lot of eco-friendly materials in their hotels and recycling their trash.Above all, every room has a trash can with a divider for paper, plastic and other waste. They use carpet that is made from 100 procent vegetables and 20 procent meat and fish. You can borrow bicycles at the hotel instead of calling an Uber everywhere. This is also a great way to see Amsterdam. The hotel is designed to function a long stay hotel. People who come over for business and need a relaxing bright place, will love it here. Book your stay herewww.elementamsterdamhotel.com

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Mercure Hotel

This hotel franchise is huge, well known and they have 4 of them in Amsterdam. (City, Airport, Canal District, Sloterdijk Station). Mercure is part of the Accor Hotel Group. They use a few pillars such as Health, Nature, Reducing Co2 Emissions, Innovation and Local Produce. They recycle pretty much everything; accu’s, paper, towels, glass and food. They teach their staff about innovation and sustainability. Even though they are large, they’ve received a Green Key Award and scored high which makes them a gold member. Check here for all the Green Key hotels.
www.accorhotels.com

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Mercure Amsterdam Canal District

In conclusion there are many options for us to travel more green!

Love,

Elke

How To Decrease Your Ecological Footprint While You Travel

Nowadays, there is so much written about the negative environmental impact of traveling that it almost seems impossible to buy a plane ticket without experiencing any form of guilt. Yet -being a traveler by heart- I’ll be the last person on this (still) beautiful planet to discourage you to jump on that plane towards your next new adventure. In fact, I’m telling you exactly what you do want to hear. Go explore the planet, travel the globe and visit the places of your dreams, but we’ll have to make some changes. Cause while we’re all focusing on that perfect world on our Instagram feed, the real world is slowly drowning in our love for her beauty.

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One of those changes is putting sustainability on your holiday checklist. It’s the new IT-word that everybody talks about, but what exactly does it mean? I’ll teach you: Sustainability / Noun / [suh-stey-nuh-bil-i-tee] – the quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance. Well, that’s what the dictionary says. To me, sustainable travel is being mindful to the economic, environmental, and cultural impact of travel. So it doesn’t necessarily mean we all have to stop traveling around the globe. By not traveling we will actually create far more severe complications. Many countries depend on tourism as a main source of income. Closing the borders will delay the spread of knowledge, economic opportunities and of course… shutting down the money flow.

It’s about making some smarter decisions that will allow earth to slowly recover to their original ecosystem. So let’s put the money where the mouth is: hereby I provide you with an easy to use guidebook to decrease your own ecological footprint.

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Choose your way of travel consciously. There are thousands of articles on how to travel cheap and comfortable, but (please) put sustainability on your check-list as well.
Paradise might be closer than you think. We go on 15 hours flights to discover the world while we haven’t even discovered our own country. Find a balance between traveling far and staying closer to home. There’s nothing wrong with being a tourist in your own country. In fact, I promise you it will be more fun than you think.
Calculate the Carbon Footprint of your Flight. Living in the Netherlands, I can understand that it’s sometimes unavoidable to travel further away. Although I love our small, flat, cow-country, it would be pretty difficult to climb mountains here… not to mention getting a tan. But if you can’t stop the urge to fly, you ca compensate by paying for your CO2. Calculate how much you use via this website or book a flight that immediately compensates your CO2 emissions. Also make sure you book your flights with an airline that recycles waste from food, beverages and paper.

At your destination

Support the community you’re visiting by purchasing products from local suppliers. It’s better for the environment, supports the economy and it’s a great way to meet locals.
Combine sightseeing with a workout: rent a bike or walk instead of hiring a car. The advantages are that you can stop whenever you want to take photo’s of the beautiful surroundings (or just a selfie cause the light is great). But moreover, you’ll work on your own health and the health of the globe.
Go for an Eco accommodation. You can choose your hotel that gives you the chance to offset your carbon footprint when you make a booking. By choosing an Eco Resort, you also contribute to the local community. Organisations like Better Places make this possible. By the way, did you know trees can be planted with your donated money for example? 
Mi casa es tu casa. Treat your hotel room like it’s your own house: turn the lights and air conditioning off while leave your room.
Eat vegetarian or vegan foods. Yes this is extremely sustainable. The production of meat and dairy causes more pollution than factories, flights and all traffic combined together. Eating vegetarian is also cheaper most of the time so it’s a win win situation!

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Just as you explore the world, explore which of these guidelines work for you. They are all small steps, but small steps in de good direction. Combine them with your own ideas on how to decrease your ecological footprint and be mindful of your journey. Cause in the end we all want the same thing: make a contribution to a better world.

Love,

Eva

*Eva is one of our guest bloggers from Amsterdam. She’s a city girl who only leaves her heals at home when wearing a backpack. Living by the urge to be where she’s not, to explore, experience, fall and get up. You can follow her on Instagram.

Bar Kantoor » The “Green” spot of Conscious Hotel Westerpark

Sustainable hotels in Amsterdam, they are poppin’ up like mushrooms. One of the first “green” hotels, Conscious Hotels in Amsterdam, is adding an addition to the family and is opening Conscious Hotel Westerpark on the 13th of April. With that, they are also opening up their hotel bar/restaurant Bar Kantoor and I had an exclusive tasting, so I can tell you guys all about it!

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The new Conscious Hotel Westerpark Source

The new terrace, that has space for 150 people, is more than welcome!

The building dates back from 1885, and was used as an office and assistant engineer’s house of the original Westergasfabriek. As an ode to the former destination and to keep it’s authenticity,  they named the location “Bar Kantoor” – meaning Office in Dutch. Every detail in Bar Kantoor has been carefully thought of. The menu, the accessories and the cool ceiling painting. (check it out!) When I entered, they were still painting and working on the outside terrace.  About that terrace..it’s located at the perfect spot and with Pacific and Westergasterras always full, this new terrace, that has space for 150 people, is more than welcome!

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The perks of being a writer..awesome lunches!

 

The Menu
To keep it accessible for everyone, they are serving breakfast, lunch and dinner that is suitable for all ages. They work with organic, seasonal and local suppliers from in and around Amsterdam. One of Bar Kantoor’s specialities is that they incorporate at least one fermented product in a dish. Fermentation is a metabolic and natural process that consumes sugar in the absence of oxygen. Above the open kitchen, you will see plenty of jars that showcase that. Another special feature is the Aquaponics system they use. This way they use fish to fertilise the wall of fresh herbs, so the circle is round. Enjoy a tasty sandwich, eggs benedict, or go all out with roasted coquilles or steak. Bar kantoor is serving cocktails, local spirits and beers, so it’s perfect for after work drinks!

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The chef at Bar kantoor dressing up the plates
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Sustainability
Green but sexy, this is the motto of Conscious Hotel Westerpark. The rooms in the hotel are all designed with natural products and even the paint is environmental friendly. Green is also the theme in Bar Kantoor and besides the Aquaponics system, the interior is painted green and the building is located next to the Westerpark.

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The bar with the Aquaponics system in the back

Nice to know; next door to Bar Kantoor, you can find Café Conscious where you can grab a coffee or snack to take to the park. You can also sit down, relax and buy local goods at the café shop.

Café Conscious

Bar Kantoor 
Haarlemmerweg 8, Amsterdam
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5 x New Travel Trends for 2017

Travel is so diverse nowadays and it’s hard to keep up with the latest trends. Some, however, do stand out and we thought you should know about these 5 travel trends for 2017.

Glamping & Camping
Remember those times when you went camping with your parents? Waking up by birds singing, feeling the morning sun burning and the sound of your tent unzipping. This was camping back then and let’s be honest, you loved it right? Well, camping is totally making a comeback and it comes with all the luxuries you missed back in the days. Why not go glamping with your friends or take a roadtrip in an old skool Volkswagen Van. More and more companies are giving us the chance to experience camping in a whole new way. With Camptoo (only in The Netherlands), you can hire a camper in any shape or size ala Airbnb-style. You can go festival glamping this summer, sleep in a wine barrel in Germany or go back to basic on Terschelling. It’s all possible in 2017!

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Glamping is one of the travel trends for 2017

Sustainable Travel
As travelers, we care more about our planet because we know more about her than ever. Unfortunately, traveling can take it’s toll on mother earth so we need to find new ways to accommodate. Start by compensating your ecological footprint by paying for your CO2. Calculate how much you use via this website. Book your vacation via Better Places and sleep in Eco-Lodges instead of a large hotel. You can do a lot yourself by re-using the same towel for a few days or refilling your water bottle. Check www.conservationvolunteers.com.au if you want to proactively help promote ecotourism or check out this website if you want to help save endangered sea turtles.

Wellness & Spiritual Travel (digital Detox)
This is probably one of the fastest growing travel trends of 2017. With our busy lives, it’s hard to totally switch off for a moment. Even on holiday, people are still checking emails and scroll down the pointless Facebook newsfeed. Therefore you see a growth in Wellness and Spiritual Travel where you can have yourself a digital detox. Meaning; no phone, no laptop. Just your thoughts, good conversations or perhaps a good book. The most popular trend being the yoga retreat. If you’re interested in booking one we have 3 suggestions; a vegan yoga retreat or a bliss yoga retreat, both on Bali or check out Eco-resort Into The Wild Algarve in Portugal. Visit www.itstimetologoff.com for a total digital detox vacation.

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Putting our phones down and totally relax at Into The Wild Algarve Eco-resort.

Travel With A Cause
This is a trend we are very happy about! We love traveling and enjoy amazing press or personal trips but sometimes it’s good to stay grounded and see what’s going on in the world. At Wander-Lust we decided that at least once a year, we want to travel with and for a good cause. No luxury hotels, no Instagram photo’s by the pool. Nope, we want to visit communities and give something back. We traveled to Bolivia in March to report about violence against women. Organisations like Mensen Met Een Missie make this trip possible. You can also decide to teach in Uganda, help as a volunteer in India or bring new clothes to Bolivia. For a unique chance to live and work in another country, you should check out www.peacecorps.gov.

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Sarah with children in Bolivia

Family Travel
Times have changed and worlds are getting smaller so traveling to a far destination with your entire family is totally happening in 2017. You know families love the all inclusive holidays but there is a small shift happening. People tend to go for private villa’s and homes where they can totally relax and do their own thing. Now that one of us has a baby (Elke), we are looking for different locations and accommodations where this is possible without losing the adventurous side. Want to see if a luxury All Inclusive is for you? Check Elke’s video where she experienced Club Med.

So which travel trend are you picking up this year?

Love,

Wander-Lust

Amsterdam Brewer Creates Beer Out Of Rainwater

When Amsterdam brewer the Prael released their rainy beer Code Blond earlier this year, they could only hope it was going to be a succes. Well, it was such a success that the Prael decided to switch their beer production process entirely on rainwater.

So how does it work?
Brewing beer with rainwater is sustainable and solves the problem people have with flooding of rooftops. Something that Amsterdam can have a problem with from time to time. For 1000 liter beer made out of rain, they need 1200 liter rainwater. The water is then being filtered to make sure all bacteria are eliminated. 

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Cheers to beer out of rainwater! 

Brewing beer out of rainwater isn’t so new as you may think. Back in the middle ages Dutch brewers settled themselves next to churches and cathedrals to catch the rainwater from the rooftops. People preferred to drink beer because it was cleaner than water in that time. ” When people actually tasted their previously released Code Blond beer, they said it tasted softer and even sweeter. People really liked it, ” says Joris Hoebe, the person who came up with the initiative. 

The brewery will get a second location in the Houthavens in Amsterdam.  In order to realize their ambitious plan this second location is needed so that they can collect 200 thousand liters of rainwater to brew enough beer.

We are looking forward to it and hope that more beer brewers follow this great example!

Love,

Wander-Lust

Green Up Your Life. The report

What started as an idea, grew out to be something quite big.
I’ve always been a “green girl”. From a young age, I’ve always had an intense love for the world and the animals living in it.
I guess this is why I love traveling so much. Seeing the beauty of this world. But when you’re young you only see the good stuff. As I grew to an adult, I also learned that we, humans, have done a lot of damage that we must fix if we want to keep the earth the way we found her.

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I needed to do something

Why do something?
After seeing a few documentaries like Cowspiracy a few months back and watching the news about hurricanes, earthquakes, animal extinction and extreme drought, I wanted to to something. I wanted to inspire people and make them more aware of what was going on.
If we continue to consume animal products the way we are now, we are doomed. We are currently living on this earth with a crazy amount of 7.125 billion people. This number is rapidly growing and as you know people are getting older. All those people want food but unfortunately, 870 million people are starving. Is it because we don’t have enough food? Hell no. We have plenty. We grow more and more every day. But we’ve decided to give our grains to livestock so we (I’m talking globally) can eat cheap burgers. It just doesn’t make any sense right?

I knew I couldn’t do this alone so I was lucky to find my fellow earthling and asked Emanuelle Vos to join forces with me. 
After a few weeks of brainstorming, we picked an amazing location across from the Amsterdam Zoo called the Freedom Lab Campus and decided on a name. Green Up Your Life was born! 

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Earthlings

Screening
Because we wanted to inspire people, we decided to host a screening. We watched lot’s of documentaries and with the help of our friend Daan van Citters, we created a short film of 20 minutes that clearly explained what is going on. We started off light and funny with comedian Arjen Lubach so the subject wouldn’t be too heavy. Followed by a more serious message and finally we ended our film with an impressive music video from the documentary film “Racing Extinction“.

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Emanuelle Vos and I at the Green Up Your Life event

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Serious faces

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Speech, Speech, Speech!

Guest speakers
We invited two guest speakers to talk about sustainability and a plant-based diet. Our first speaker was Lisa Steltenpool, the writer of The Vega Revolution and Kickstart. She knows all about a plant-based diet and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. She spoke about how becoming vegan has helped her physically and all the other benefits that come along with this lifestyle.
After Lisa, we asked Kiki Calis, head of production at DGTL Festival, to take the stage.
She told us about how DGTL is becoming more and more sustainable by recycling plastic, using re-usable cups and talked about the new announcement of becoming a meat-free festival! Yes, that’s a big deal. From now on, they will only serve vegetarian meals at DGTL Festival. This includes crew and artist. I love it!
It takes about 1550 liters of water to serve one beef burger. By making this change, DGTL will save up to 14 million liters of water. (yes really).
Watch their video about going veggie here:

The Event
We wanted to make this event as easy going and cool as possible. Vegan’s are often portrait as unhealthy, pale and boring people and we wanted to change that perspective! We collaborated with a couple of really cool brands that supported our idea.
The YAY Healthstore catered the most amazing food (all vegan of course) while the Juicebrothers took care of the soup and healthy juices.
Jajem and Cawston Press took care of the stronger drinks, while guests enjoyed a live cooking presentation of Hendrawanto and Lisa Steltenpool using ingredients from the Vegetarische Slager. An event isn’t complete without something sweet so Professor Grunschnabel hosted a small vegan ice-cream stand (with the most amazing flavors!) and Mumu Vitamin Chocolates handmade 70 organic bonbons for us.
People’s Avenue showcased their sustainable and organic clothing and people had fun in the specially pimped photobooth by Boooth. (see picture)
No good event is complete without a nice goodiebag! Vita Coco, Unlimited Health, Glamour Magazine (who have recently announced that they will be more sustainable), YAY Healthstore, Prof. Grunschnabel, Mooi anders florist all contributed but the biggest goodie was from DGTL Festival! There was a green envelope hidden in 2 goodiebags and if you were the lucky finder, you got yourself a weekender for the festival on Easter Weekend!

“Green up your Life doesn’t want to force you in becoming a vegan, we started this to raise awareness. Then people can decide what they want.”

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I’ve got 99 problems and protein ain’t one..

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Fresh (vegan) food of Yay Health

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Delicious juices of the one and only Juice Brothers

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Inspirational presentation of nutrition expert and author Lisa Steltenpool

During Green Up Your Life, we wanted to use the space as much as possible by writing some documentary tips on the whiteboards and letting our guests write their comments on the post-it’s provided. We were overwhelmed by the positive reactions as we also invited people who are massive meat lovers. 
Some guest even became vegetarian or decided to have a meat and fish free month after last night! 

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Writing down positive messages on the wall

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Wander-Lust with the boys of Notre Vue

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Goodies!

It’s a first step in the right direction and I’m not sure where this new journey will take me but I always knew I would do something with this subject. 
We need more pioneers and someone in the government to say; we need to change our ways. I hope this event inspired enough people to do just that.

To see the video that we played during the event, check here.

Follow Green Up Your Life on Facebook and Instagram.

Love,

Elke

Photo’s by Kirsten van Santen

Recipe + Interview » Being Vegan is Hot!

This week our World leaders including Barack Obama, Xi Jinping, Angela Merkel and David Cameron are coming together to talk about climate change.
The summit, also referred to as the COP21 (Conference of Parties), are finally making promising progress after seeing the first press conference on TV.
The 6th summit started yesterday and will run until December 11th and it will be held in Paris.
If you care about the earth’s future as much as we do, this is a day we should take a second and think about how we can help by becoming “Greener”.

One of the main reasons for our greenhouse gas emissions are due to Animal Agriculture. I have addressed this issue before in my blog post about the documentary Cowspiracy. (Produced by Leonardo Dicaprio)
After watching this film, I decided to try and become a vegan. I have been doing this for about 2,5 months now and although I am still struggling with some foods like prawns, oysters and other shellfish, I have eliminated other fish, eggs, milk (from animals) and cheese. The change wasn’t too drastic for me because I have already been a vegetarian (that ate fish) for over 27 years.
I must say, I feel a lot better! Not only mentally but also physically. But the word VEGAN still has a certain reputation.

“Vegan is not sexy? Think again!”

I spoke to one of Amsterdam hottest ladies Isabella Machinè about her recent diet change and her look on sustainability. Lucky for us, she also kindly shared  a delicious vegan recipe just for Wander-Lust!

When and why did you decide to become vegan?
I’ve been a vegetarian for six years and vegan for about 6 months now. Why did I became a vegan? Well: to save animals, decrease climate change, decrease the chance of getting a heart disease, decrease the chance of getting cancer, decrease deforestation, decrease water pollution, live longer, lose weight, have better sex and again: save animals :-).

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When did I decide to switch from veggie to vegan?
I became aware of how being a vegetarian still doesn’t really have that much of a positive impact on the environment and animal welfare. Dairy cows are some of the worst treated in the industry. And why(!?) should we drink milk that is supposed to be for baby cows?! You won’t drink your mothers milk after the age of 1 right? I simply don’t want to be part of any animal cruelty, pollution of mother earth and I certainly don’t want to eat death. If you have Netflix and you want to get to know a little something of what is going on in the world I would highly recommend ‘Cowspiracy’. This documentary is hands down the most shocking and game changing film I’ve seen. The documentary ‘Earthlings’ is what originally turned me vegan. I practically turned vegan over night and never went back. But I know this won’t work for everyone. If you care about climate change, deforestation, species extinction, ocean dead zones and world hunger then I strongly suggest you watch this! Also read the book “Skinny Bitch”. Seriously, read it.

Has it been difficult?
No it hasn’t been difficult at all. Ironically, the hard part is the constant explanation I have to do. People often ask me why I turned vegan, and if it isn’t hard to be one etc. etc. Being a vegan is not hard at all! It’s a discipline you’ll have to get used to. One does this by simply thinking well about what sort of food he or she consumes. Instead of looking at recipes with meat or dairy products, look at those that do not have these ingredients. You can find everything about food on the internet, just type ‘vegan recipes’ in our beloved Google and you’ll have recipes for days, years even! And when you have found yourself buying the healthy stuff, make this a normalcy. It’s all about priorities! 

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Isabella feels better than ever after choosing the vegan lifestyle

You are an interior designer/stylist, how important is sustainability in your work?
Very important, and so it should be for everybody in every profession and sector. It’s no coincidence that the leaders of 180 countries come together to discuss how we all should conquer the 2 degrees celcius increase that we are heading towards. Now is the time to drastically change how we deal with our climate. As for me in my work I always look to find solutions to not have to consume more energy than that is needed for a certain project. When hunting for unique pieces I am carefull about the heritage of the products. Sometimes I can work with a budget that will allow me to work with craftsmen which is a great way of being sustainable and this is also a guarantee for quality. And of course second hand products!

What’s your biggest tip when it comes to going-green?
Let’s say I’m a missionary for veganism. I would advice everybody to seriously start looking on how to stop their consumption of animal products. I could name countless ways of how one can reduce their use of energy and how one can contribute to reduction of Co2 emissions but the answer lies within turning vegan. That should be the thirst thing on everybody’s agenda.

Isabella’s Smoothie bowl
For this smoothie bowl you need:

• 1 banana • 2 fresh figs • 1 kiwi • a handful of kale • 1 scoop of vegan protein (I use @gardenofliferaw_nl ) • Almondmilk •
Throw everything in a blender until you get a creamy texture, top it off with fresh figs and seeds! Et Voila!

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Isabella’s delicious breakfast recipe

One of my favorite recipe’s online at the moment is this crispy tofu & rainbow veg sushi by Renee Press.

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Who said that vegan food was boring?

Other hot vegans are:

» Liam Hensworth (Is it hot in here?)
» Natalie Portman
» Famke Jansen
(Our Dutch pride and Joy)

» Andre 3000 (I bet you didn’t know this right?)
» Olivia Wild
» Jared Leto 

» The VeganBro’s (2 Aussies that completely transformed after becoming vegan. Oh yeah, ther’re funny as hell)

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2 hot vegans: Liam Hemsowrth and Olivia Wilde

Are you ready for a 30 day vegan challenge? Try it here! (Dutch) or here (English).

Love,

Elke