Welcome to the Sustainable Self and thanks for visiting my blog/ website!
Constantly uprooting and resettling yourself in almost every continent over a few decades will open your eyes to not only common good in the world, but also common issues. And that is exactly what happened to me. Shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, I left my home country “East” Germany, to answer my call to travel.
Fast forward 21 years later, I have been to more than 34 countries and call Switzerland, the US, Spain and Thailand my homes. From my various journeys, there is much beauty to tell others. But I started to also see a world in crisis in many ways. And there is one issue I now feels threatens the future of next generations: our increasingly convenient “throw-away” lifestyle.
I had been in the corporate world doing international marketing and, corporate/ sport events, including managing her own destination management and team building company for more than 17 years before I realized that most companies headed in an unsustainable direction of consuming more and more resources. It was a problem that became more glaring when I switched to higher education in Bangkok and saw the lifestyle in Asia. I knew that something had to be done. And it had to do with my own way of living and consumption.
Today, I live a ‘nearly’ zero waste lifestyle in the context of Bangkok. Why ‘nearly” you are probably asking? Because its not easy in a city of more than 14 million inhabitants …. Bulk shopping, recycling, community gardens, things which would make this lifestyle easier are not easy to come by…. It’s a learning process!
Over the past year, I have taken to teaching others how to live with less – now I facilitate educational workshops and seminars for schools, universities, businesses and community groups providing insights on the current waste/ environmental issues as well as simple solutions. My brand, “The Sustainable Self” is now also my identity.
I am also Lecturer at the International Tourism management department at Bangkok University International College, where I advise on internships and mentor students who are taking on their own entrepreneurial journeys and actively promote a zero waste/ sustainable behavior among my students and colleagues. In my spare time, I support Project Koh Sak (beach clean ups), the BIG Tree Group (Environmental Hub, The courageous kitchen, Youth Club Bangkok, etc.) the Creative district in TRASH ART project/ Clean up the World Weekend as well as THE HOME BKK.
“A waste crisis is emerging in the Asia-Pacific region, stoked by escalating quantities of waste, on the one hand, and poor regulation and management, on the other. Urban populations and economies are expanding, and with increasing numbers of people earning and spending more, consumption and waste are rising. The World Bank estimates that the generation of waste per day in the AP region will more than double, from 1 million tonnes in 2012 to around 2.5 million tonnes, by 2025.” (United Nations ESCAP, 2015)