Organic Marqt

If you are in Amsterdam, go to Marqt, an organic supermarket at Overtoom 21, right in the center of Amsterdam.

The concept seems copied from the famous Wholefoods concept, but Marqt is smaller, cosier and makes you feel like you go back to the old days of going to an indoor market. The food is maybe a bit expensive some say, but it is definitely worth it!

Everything is mostly organic, from local farmers, and they have a lot of recycled or eco friendly products. I love the cheeses, as they have a few vegetarian options! and the bread.... mmmm especially the nut and fruit bread.

Definitely worth going,

Open every day.

There is also one in The Hague... I am happy as I found Vita Coco coconut water there!

monday thru saturday 8am-9pm

sunday 12pm-6pm

www.marqt.com


Lonneke & Wubbo Ockels by Alique

Wubbo Ockels and his Universe of Happy Energy

Lonneke & Wubbo Ockels by AliqueProf. Dr. Wubbo J. Ockels (1946) is a brand in itself. His track record is impressive. He was the first Dutchman in Space aboard the last successful trip of the Space Shuttle Challenger before it exploded on its 23rd flight. Wubbo Ockels is a physicist, a professor at TU Delft University of Technology, director of ASSET (Applied Sustainable Science, Engineering and Technology), and not only that: Wubbo Ockels is THE man who has put sustainable energy on the agenda in the Netherlands and beyond. In addition, Wubbo Ockels has survived many life- threatening situations, including an airplane crash and having his heart stop beating for 6 minutes. But that doesn’t stop this optimistic “Energy Hero”. He started many international, power projects including the Superbus, the Ecolution Ship, the Nuon Solar Team Challenge, and most recently his “Happy Energy” project. He does all this while dancing his way through life and enjoying it to the utmost, surrounding himself with the young people of our future, sometimes even at the Supperclub in Amsterdam. And it certainly doesn’t seem like he’s going to stop anytime soon. “Optimism is a responsibility one cannot win without” is his motto, along with “If the world ends today, I’ll be ok because I am happy with the way I lived my life”. OYL is ready to get a lesson in living a sustainable, successful, and happy life. Interview by Lonneke Engel. Pictures by Alique.

Lonneke- Let’s go back to the beginning when it all started. You were the first Dutch person to go into space. Have you always been interested in going to space?

Wubbo: I wasn’t particularly interested in Space in the beginning. In reality, what happened was that one day, I came across an advertisement from the European Space Agency (ESA), looking for people who would want to go “to Space”. I signed up. I think it was a bit of a coincidence. I think I was a difficult student in school. I was even thrown out of High School at some point, but I followed my own talent for Physics, and later on I even graduated Cum Laude from the University, and that got me the chance to go to Space. I think you need a bit of luck in your life, and to be able to catch opportunities when they come your way.

Wubbo Ockels by Alique

 

L: You went to space in a Space Shuttle about 26 years ago, in 1985. can you tell us what it feels Like to travel there, and see things from that perspective?

W: The take off was really intense. But then, you get the first view of the Earth, and it is overwhelming - you feel extraterrestrial. It is something you have to experience to understand. On that note: I have ambivalent feelings about commercial space travel. When you see the Earth like that, you get an even stronger desire to protect our planet. But on the other hand, we travel too much already. It is a consuming activity and one that is bad for the environment. Do we really need to start regular flights into Space? Don’t people just want to escape their environment for something new? That is something we should think about. But the view is amazing, that is for sure.

L: Perhaps there is some inherent risk in flying to space as well? I mean, the flight you were on was the 22nd flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger, flight sts-61a. that was the last successful flight of the Challenger before it exploded mid-flight killing 7 crew members including your roommate Dick Scobee. it was one of the great “challenges” in your life so far. how did you react to it when you heard the news? Did you feel like you escaped a disaster? Will fLying into space always be dangerous?

W: I learned about the Challenger’s disaster when I saw film crews at my house. I asked my wife if there was something wrong with our kids. I was relieved to discover that that was not the case. Then I was told about the explosion and about the death of the 7 crew members, and the passing of my roommate, Dick. I felt really sad. My 2nd emotion later on was that I got angry. As it turned out, there was a design flaw in the solid rocket boosters that could have been prevented. Later, we found out that of the 23 flights of the Challenger, 8 had issues with this problem, including my flight. So this disaster could have struck on any one of those flights. So yes, I feel extremely lucky that I am still here. Later on, I was impressed by NASA - they did some very good and thorough research on the Challenger.

L: One of the reasons NASA sends Space Shuttles (although now the program is almost discontinued), is to do experiments. What do you think has been the most important result to come from those experiments?

W: I think the Hubble Telescope has given us so many insights and beautiful images of the Universe. It might have raised more questions than answers. In my flight I was most fascinated by the Human Being experiments, like awareness of state and position, and reflexes, etc. Take the “Gaze Experiment”: When you focus on a spot, and close your eyes, you know where it is when you are on Earth. But in Space, you can’t do it. It has to do with time maybe? It made me think differently the rest of my life, and it made me think differently about our notion of time.

L: what do you think the future of space travel will be?

W: In the next 20 years, commercial Space flights will grow enormously. But we can’t afford the rocket launches since they require large amounts of fuel and are hazardous to our environment. So, I think we are going to use cables to basically “lift” us into Space, using nano tubes made of strong fibers. I think this technique will also be developed more in the coming years. I might go on one of the first commercial flights that will take off from Curaçao, but only on the condition that they use their profits to clean up Curaçao and make it a nicer place.

L: Do you believe in life outside of Earth?

W: I think it is unacceptable that we think we are the only ones who are aware of the “Cosmos”. Extraterrestrial life is all around us. We just see what we know around us: Earth type parts of the Universe. Since Galilei, we have built instruments to learn more about the Universe, but for instance, the Egyptians thought the Earth was the center of the Universe and Galilei thought it is the Sun. Our interpretation of what we see changes when we learn new facts but our eyes still see the same. Now we think we are in a non-specific place in the Galaxy. Suppose you ask the old Egyptians: “Is there another Earth?” They would answer: “wrong question, the Earth is the center!” and when you would ask Galilei:”Is there another Sun?”, he would answer similarly. I compare that to asking today: Is there another Now? Is there another Time? I think others lives have different time and that is why we don’t see them (yet). - everything is related to the present time but I am curious about what we can do with another notion of time.

L: After your work in the field of Aerospace, you shifted your interest towards sustainable engineering and technology. Where did this interest come from?

W: Really, Space is not so unique. But Earth is unique. If you could see it from Space, you’d know what I mean. The Earth has the blue of water, the green of trees, and so on. I learned that the earth is beautiful and that we have to take care of it. I was always an inventor my whole life. I like to think outside of the box, and some say it might also be my handicap. In 1972, I had an eye-opening moment when I read “The Limits to Growth” by the Club of Rome. In 1996, I started inventing again, and in 2004, I got a Professorship in Sustainability at the University of Delft. I enjoy working on different projects, and with a new way of looking at data.

Wubbo Ockels by Alique

L: You Like to travel. what is your favorite place on Earth to travel to?

W: I used to travel a lot, but I have cut down on it recently. I also think there are many beautiful places to visit close to home. I like the “Waddeneilanden” (islands north of the Netherlands), I like Amsterdam, and I also loved Big Band National Park in Texas when I lived there for 4 years. I think many people travel now just to change the scenery, like they escape from their own reality. We might need to restrict our travel because it is not good for the environment.

L: What do you think the situation of Earth is as of now? What do you think we should all do for Earth in the coming years?

W: I think we still have a way of doing business on Earth where profit is the driving force. The Earth has been suffering because of it. I see that we have to make a change in our mindset. We need a different culture... There is also a big potential for recycling products, and we can still improve in capturing heat from existing buildings and products to heat our houses. There is a lot of potential to do better, but we all have to look at ourselves and change our ways. For instance, in my opinion a car using the commonly used fuel is so old-fashioned. I think if you wantto make the world a better place you need to embrace the future. Electric cars will make tremendous progress, and you will see many more on the streets in the coming years as batteries get better and the total production of electric cars becomes more sustainable. And once you realize the true beauty of a car is not the noisy engine, but rather the silence of an electric car, we will have made the right shift. I think we have all gone too far with certain ways of capturing energy, including nuclear energy. It is the arrogance of the Industrial Revolution. This way of getting energy is too big for human kind. That’s also why I started the Happy Energy movement as a new way, a new paradigm in looking for energy, that does not harm people, animals, or the Earth.

Wubbo Ockels by Alique

L: What is your mission with Happy Energy?

W: I want to encourage young people - the people of the future - to think about sustainable energy and to help them set up projects that use renewable energy sources. I embrace new ways of communication like social media to get them excited.

L: Can you tell us a bit about the projects you are working on and what you think the world of sustainability will look like?

W: I have been working on a lot of different projects over the past years. They are all in some way related to new ways of using certain types of energy. Some are successful and went into production, others were just ideas. I worked from 1994-1998 on the Euromoon 2000 project from the ESA. We as Europe mark a space in history so this project would have been an extension of that. The idea was that we put an extraterrestrial station on the moon, and use the moon for energy. One idea was putting up solar panels there that would give us year-round solar energy. We would live there through village robots in what is called “telepresence” so, while not actually living there. I also worked on the “LadderMill” concept, that is an attempt to “grab wind energy” high up in the sky. The “Superbus” concept will make a difference for travel over roads, with luxury transportation to wherever the passenger wants to go (usually zipcode to zipcode travel).

L: What can you suggest for someone who wants to become more sustainable? What can he or she do to start?

W: First of all, I encourage people who want to become more sustainable, to go to people who have the knowledge. Education is key. Learn how you can do better. Also, I think solar panels will flood the world in the coming years as they become cheaper. They are a great way of capturing energy that is basically free. So, adding that to your house is a great step forward. Maybe countries should encourage their citizens to use more renewable energy sources. And companies can be more forward in giving suggestions to their buyers.

L: What countries do you think are doing well on that subject and what countries can improve?

W: Germany is doing well. Their government has made a clear decision to promote sustainability. They have about 350,000 people working now in the sustainable sector. My own country, the Netherlands, is really not focusing on green ways at all and I wish they did. As it turns out, doing business with green ethics in the end will be at least as profitable as not thinking about it. So there is no reason not to do it. China will also probably save the world. Their government is different than in the Western world, and they keep a long political strategy. When they open a coalmine, they already plan for its closure in the future. The essence of sustainability is the treasure of the future. Not just thinking: “it’s so far away, let’s only think short- term”.

L: The Mind Shift, what should that be?

W: Right now, society seems to be largely managed by fear. People communicate with prejudgement that has to do with fear, and they use that fear to set up more armies, boundaries, walls, etc. We need to learn howto communicate with each other based on trust. When we all live without fear - and are positive - life becomes more beautiful. And we can all live with happy energy from within ourselves. - May 21st 2011

www.happyenergy.com

Lonneke & Wubbo Ockels by AliqueRead more about Wubbo Ockels, how he "Organices" his Life, his favorite things and all of his inspiring projects including the Ecolution, the Nuon Solar Team and the Superbus in Organice Your Life® magazine 6. Read it here!.

All pictures copyright by Organice Your Life® and Alique


Lonneke presenting TGFC season 2

The Green Fashion Competition finale season 2

The Green Fashion Competition finale season 2

Lonneke presenting TGFC season 2

Last week, during Amsterdam Fashion Week, the finale was held of The Green Fashion Competition Season 2. As I am the Ambassador of this great competition, I was going to host the live show. For this, I wore a beautiful green dress by Elsien Gringhuis, the winner of Season 1.  The evening started with Elsien showing her new collection.

TGFC logo

TGFC campaign

About TGFC: The Green Fashion Competition has been initiated to create a shift towards a more ecological economy, this by stimulating Entrepreneurs and Green Fashion. After the competition the designers that win are being supported to make sure they become really a sustainable brand, a fashion label that is green and a fashion label hat lasts.

This year it was going to be even more exciting, as we heard that HRH Princess Maxima of the Netherlands was going to attend this show and this show only! Of course that got me a bit nervous, but exciting as well!  And next to that, the winner was going to be announced by Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, Maxime Verhagen. With these kind of special people supporting us, of course we got a lot of  press and attention.

HRH Princess Maxima of the Netherlands
HRH Princess Maxima of the Netherlands wearing Jan Taminiau by Joey Holthaus

Minister Maxime Verhagen and Princess Maxima

I had the chance to speak to Princess Maxima after the show. She is truly a remarkable strong and beautiful woman! I think the dutch can be proud that she will become the Queen of the Netherlands in the future together with Crown Prince Willem-Alexander who will be King. She was also very interested in the winning designers, in their production process, and where they get there yarn and other products from. I think she liked the show, and I hope she will come back next year for season 3!

Lonneke and Princess Maxima having a conversation about TGFC
Lonneke and Princess Maxima having a conversation about TGFC, picture by Marloes Engel.

About the winners of the competition:

Winner Carrie Parry
Lonneke, Carrie Parry, Maxime Verhagen by Joey Holthaus

Winner of Category 2, the young entrepreneurs who are just starting out in the fashion industry, was won by NYC based designer Carrie Parry! She had a colorful collection of wearable clothing, and with that she won 15000 euros and the support of the Green Fashion Competition group of business experts so she can create a successful business.

TGFC winner Studio Jux
Lonneke, Studio Jux, Maxime Verhagen by Joey Holthaus

Winner of Category 1, the existing fashion labels, was Studio Jux. They have their work space in Nepal, and overall had the best business plan and outfits. They also have a men'sline of clothing. They won 25000 euros and the support of The Green Fashion Competition group of business experts so they can continue a successful business as they have right now.

 See below videos and more pictures from the show.

See the show here! Amsterdam Fashion Week /The Green Fashion Competition Friday January 27th.

My OYL friends came to support me! So happy they did! :Lonneke presenting in front of 800 guests

Lonneke presenting in front of 800 guests by Joey Holthaus
OYL contributors Maruja & Joey
OYL contributors Maruja & Joey
Maruja Lonneke and Alique
OYL contributors Maruja, Lonneke & OYL photographer Alique at the show! By Joey Holthaus.

 I am looking forward to July, when we announce the start of The Green Fashion Competition season 3!

 Note: This year The Green Collective was created, which also consists of The Green Design Competition with Ambassador Jurgen Bey, and The Green Architecture Competition, with Ambassador Johan van Lierop. Check it out!

Follow The Green Fashion Competition and Amsterdam Fashion Week on Twitter!

Love, Lonneke


Free Morgan

Please Help Us Free Morgan!

She is a young female Orca that was found  off the coast of Netherlands last year, where she was captured as she swimming alone and very sick. She was brought back to the Dutch Dolphinarium where she was nursed back to health and was supposed to be released soon after...

Now Big Marine Corporations are trying to keep her there in captivity.

PLEASE Join us here at OYL in setting Morgan Free! There was a large court case in Amsterdam today, and because of the complexity of the case the ruling will not be until the 21st of November.

In the meantime please visit http://www.freemorgan.org/

Where you can donate money ($1 = 1 fish for Morgan), find out where and how to write to the Ministry of Netherlands, and where you can join the cause of Facebook.

You can also see our contributors Anne-Marie and Lonneke who are fighting for Morgan, with all of us.

Please help and do all you can to save the beautiful and precious Morgan.

Love, Lisa


Cola PlantBottle

There is some great news in The Netherlands.

Apparently Coca Cola has decided to launch their PlantBottle over here too!

This is a plastic PET bottle made for 22,5% percent of plants and is 100% recyclable. And they intend to expand to a 100% percent vegetable bottle in the future.


See the video below for more info.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDBrO82CErk

Although my first response when I heard this news was a little skeptical and afraid of another greenwashing company, when I realized what it meant… I couldn’t resist getting quite exited!

Coca Cola is by far the biggest brand of all times! It doesn’t matter how many weeks you crawl through a jungle or dessert all the people you will meet will know Coca Cola for sure!

So the impact of this company making a change will be HUGE! In the Netherlands only we are talking about 37 Million bottles in what's left of this year only!

So now I hope the bottle will be available all around the world as soon as possible and that the other 77,5% will be plant based soon as well!