Do communal washrooms help against loneliness?

on 30 April 2019

Loneliness is an increasing problem in the Netherlands. 43% of the adult population (19 years and older) reported being lonely in 2016, of which 10% said they experienced severe or very serious feelings of loneliness. (Public health care, 2019). Within this, a distinction can be made between emotional loneliness (31%) and social loneliness (43%).

Our ecological footprint

on 26 July 2017

In the Netherlands we live in a throwaway society. Every year we throw away 1,300,000 washing machines, dryers, dishwashers and coffee makers (ASN Bank Z.D). We demand a lot from our raw materials. Sustainable development and the circular economy go hand in hand, according to Dr. Frank J. Dietz also together. The use of raw materials has increased sharply, with the result that raw materials are not running out immediately, but there is no longer any security of supply. We will depend on China for the supply of rare earth metals in the future. More than 90% of the most important rare earths come from China (Dietz, 2018). It is time that we use our washing machines and dryers sustainably. Due to this scarcity, it is time to look for sustainable solutions.