Your passionate expert of the Berlin green scene - bringing its creative and dedicated eco-preneurs and change makers together in one place! This is where I go out and chat to the coolest eco-minded businesses out there, building up a green lifestyle guide for Berlin and beyond. For you, I'm getting the most inspiring eco-minded people and founders in front of the microphone and try to extract their stories, dreams and passions about making our world a bit better. Get lots of new ideas on making your life happier, healthier and greener, while still having heaps of fun. No matter if you travel to Berlin, live in the city or even have been born here - I want to show you how easy it is to go green, be positive and share lots of happy moments.
GMP19: DingsDums Dumplings - Berlin's freshest solution against food waste
„We have to make it mainstream. Like there is no other way" - Anna Wohlrab, DingsDumsDumplings
The topic of food waste - or better anti-food waste - has popped up a lot in my life lately - and I’m so grateful that (apart from all the daunting numbers of how much food is being wasted) it mainly came up with a positive solution in tow.
Usually in the form of a dedicated group of people, who tackles this issue, without waiting until governments or the big players out there do something. They have an epiphany that there’s just too much food waste and we gotta do something about it. Baaam!
That’s exactly what happened to today’s interview guest & her co-founders. And I’m so excited that we finally make this interview happen with Anna from DingsDums Dumplings (@dingsdumsdumplings)!
Saving food alone is great, but then there’s the question what to do with all these 5 million tons of edible food that us Germans throw away each year? How to turn them into something that’s tasty and extends its shelf life even further?
Together the three young founders, Jillian, Mauritz and Anna found a way to make it happen: As DingsDums Dumplings, they are creating super delicious dumplings from surplus food.
In this interview you'll learn about:
The entire thought process & trial and error sessions that happened before the actual launch of DingsDums Dumplings The moment that triggered the three to quit their jobs & to do something about food waste How important it is to focus on the core thing: a strong product (that looks great, tastes delicious) How to deal with non-believers in your environment - and proving them all wrong One thing Anna is most proud of at the moment Who or what inspired her most on her way Her secrets to overcome challenges and always stay motivated How Jilliane creates new recipes on the spot over and over again How to be in for the long game Why it’s important to surround yourself with the right people The power of starting small & convincing the big players The meaning of being awarded by the Federal Government Some big future plans of DingsDums Dumplings, e.g. to conquer supermarkets And of course heaps of more personal anecdotes & insights Hope you’re ready for an episode that leaves you inspired & hungry for more!
>> Now, without any further ado, get ready for Anna from DingsDums Dumplings >>
Show Notes & links mentioned:
Connect with Anna, Jilliane & Mau on Facebook | on Instagram Podcast interview Mealsaver (Episode 7) Federal Award: “Zu gut für die Tonne” Podcast interview SirPlus (Episode 17) Zero waste café Isla Coffee Berlin Supporters' shout out:
This episode has been supported by our friends at bookitgreen, who are - just as us - working to get people excited about greener ways of travelling.
You all know I am a strong believer in the power of travel for good & think that connecting across cultures & borders is key to building a kind, compassionate & caring global community. At the same time, we have to be super mindful about our footprint.
bookitgreen is an online platform, a startup from Berlin, that makes it easy to find and book sustainable accommodations - really great places, usually not part of a big multinational chain. Their goal is to bring together all the accommodations that do the right thing and offer exactly what mindful travellers are looking for - without having to compromise a bit. You can find tons of beautiful hotels, B&B’s and lodges in Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, with plans to cover more of Europe soon.
There’s an awesome, dedicated team behind bookitgreen who really cares. So go check them out at bookitgreen.com
As always just a few quick final shout outs before leaving you:
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GMP18: Little Sun - Changing the world with solar art
The wait is over! After a little summer break we’re back with a brand new episode. And I'm 100% sure that it’s going to switch on your inner light and belief in the good people in this world!
What do you think:
How can something so simple as a tiny sun-shaped solar lamp the impact the lives of billions of people ? Why can micro-entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa be much more powerful than financial aid? How can anyone of us leverage the connections we have to be part of something that matters? And how can we keep up our flame of motivation when things get tough? That’s just a mini-preview of all the inspiration bombs Felix drops in this episode. Extremely proud to present you another Berlin-based certified B-Corp with a fascinating story. If you haven’t heard of it yet, Little Sun (@ilovelittlesun) is a social business spreading clean, affordable solar energy around the globe.
Just a couple of mindblowing numbers to get you into the scene: Since Little Sun started in 2012, it has
Sold 661,578 lamps sold worldwide Changed 1,648,386 lives off-grid Built up new opportunities for 600+ African entrepreneurs Saved an insane amount of $35,531,865 on energy expenses in off-grid households Reduced 134,572 tonnes of Co2 emissions That was in December 2017, so their impact has been growing even bigger since. Little Sun has also won a competition by the United Nations Development Program for access to clean energy in Senegal, launched the Little Sun Foundation and - an image that can hardly be topped in beauty - brought together artists, musicians, and activists in New York in the eve of COP23 to urge policymakers and political leaders to join the fight for climate action. Imagine 2,800 people holding up Little Sun’s, creating a collective work of art that stands for a solar-powered sunrise…..
I loved chatting to Felix - he has such a bright personality, is full of integrity, radiates genuine excitement for the opportunities we have & adds exactly the right dose of humour to things - which I find is SO important to really move the needle forward and tackle the big problems out there. Plus, he’s a loving dad and shares so many personal insights about his journey Felix also mentions heaps of other great impact projects AND gives some big shout outs to you guys, the listeners - including a burning question that maybe some of you could help answer in the end. So make sure to listen carefully and check out the show notes.
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Now, without any further ado, get ready for lots shining energy & light bulb moments with Felix Hallwachs from Little Sun !
Connect with Felix and the Little Sun Team on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Little Sun Foundation The Beam Magazine Plan International (NGO) Frederik Ottensen's company Solar Flight Bloomberg Philantropies Little Sun at Climate Conference in Marrakesh (COP22) Mohamad Yunus Book “Building Social Business” Yunus Social Business Office Berlin The B-Corp Handbook Little Sun meets IKEA Parley for the oceans 4Ocean ECOalf Where to buy Little Sun -> In Berlin: Supermarché As always just a few quick final shout outs before leaving you:
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GMP017: SirPlus - The journey of the man who lived without money
Making up for the long wait for a new episode, Claudi got Raphael Fellmer (@sirplus.de) in front of the mic. To many of you, especially those German-speakers, and those who are following the anti-food waste movement a bit, I probably don’t have to introduce him: He is one of Germany’s biggest food activists, he went on a money strike, he’s written a book called “Happy Without Money”, given tons of talks, co-founded the platform foodsharing.de - and now founded an amazing new startup, Germany’s first food outlet called SirPlus.
Raphael and I only met last November at the re:Blog conference "re:MIND", that brought together around 100 influencers who care about sustainability, to discuss what sustainability actually means and how it could possibly work in big multinational companies...
Raphael gave this super inspiring talk, loaded with passion, emotion, gratitude and just so authentic and powerful… I think everyone was totally captured. He’s someone I truly admire for his values, his beliefs and his perseverance. If everyone would be a little bit more like him, we could solve a lot of our world’s problems in no time.
WHY WE NEED STARTUPS LIKE SIRPLUS?
Raphael and his team are putting heaps of passion into SirPlus - and that’s really really necessary when we look at the numbers: 50% of edible food is being wasted in Europe! 50% ! In Germany, that's about 1 truck per minute - and with the food that's thrown away, we could feed all hungry people 4 times !!
Sounds daunting, but Raphael Fellmer is the living proof that change is possible and everyone everywhere can do something. Want some positive numbers? SirPlus already saved more than 300 tons of food from landing in the bin = that equals 750,000 meals!! That’s huuuge - and it only started 6 months ago. They’re looking for a new shop space by the way, so if you know anything or have a space, get in touch!
IN THIS PODCAST EPISODE, YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT:
the story of Raphael’s 5-year moneystrike & a moneyless journey through Mexico what happened that led him to such a radical experiment the realization that there are two sides to money & other big learnings why he believes so strongly in our generation why overwriting what we learned can sometimes take a while the what’s, how’s & why’s of SirPlus empowering people to be the change they want to see in the world (like Ghandi said) the darks side and bright side in every human being the blessing of failure & how to grow from it why dogma entitlement & need to be replaced with compassion and empathy ...and heaps more! Promise, this episode will fire you up with energy & once you finished listening you gonna jump up and make change happen. Get ready for Raphael Fellmer from SirPlus!
Connect with Raphael on Facebook | Twitter - Connect with the SirPlus team on Facebook | Instagram SirPlus Online Store SirPlus Crowdfunding Video foodsharing.de Raphael’s book “Happy without Money” (in German) As always just a few quick final shout outs before leaving you:
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GMB016 mimycri: Bags made from refugee boats - a story of hope
For this kick-off episode of 2018, Claudi sat down with the inspiring Vera Günther, co-founder of Mimycri (@mimycri). Mimycri is a social startup that is really one-of-a-kind and totally expanded my awareness of what is possible in the field of circular economy - which, as you know, I’ve been diving in a lot lately through our circular economy tours.
A new year is usually kicking off with lots of hopes, plans and dreams - and if you are dreaming of a greener future, where people are just kind to each other, smile more, love and respect one another and love and respect our beautiful planet - be assured that you’re not alone in this. If you still think that we’re not enough to truly matter: trust me, everyone of us has the power to move things out there. Even if it’s just you or a small group of people.
The best proof is my guest on the show today, an incredible female social entrepreneur and passionate environmentalist: Vera Günther, the co-founder of Mimycri.
SOME QUICK FACTS ABOUT MIMYCRI
Mimycri consists of a bunch of dedicated people, reclaiming leftover rubber boats - which transport hundreds of refugees over to the shores of Europe - and turn them into super beautifully designed bags and backpacks!
Exactly - WOW! My chat to Vera was probably one of the most touching & at the same time most empowering and motivating interviews I had. Getting such a truthful account of what’s happening out there, right now, from someone who’s actually been on the ground… It really really touched me. At the same time it’s SO encouraging to listen to Vera and feel her passion… how they made it work as a team…
On top of that, with their beautiful products they prove that sustainability doesn’t have to be a trade-off anymore. All in all, I feel super aligned with a lot of Vera’s values - especially her positive outlook on things.
Please, please, please, have a listen, it’s such a unique story and you’ll get such a better picture than the one painted by the mass media. In times of uncertainty and fear of the “other”, I couldn’t imagine anyone who would stay negative and anxious after listening to Vera’s messages. I’m sure it convinces every critic …
Anyway, before jumping in I wanted to share with you: we recorded the show when I was in transition on my way to Australia. Yep, I’m in the Aussie sister city of Berlin, in Melbourne, connecting with the local eco scene here and seeing if we can kick off GreenMe Melbourne. It’s pretty exciting, I’m meeting lots of interesting people and projects. And I can feel a crazy strong tie between Berlin and Melbourne.
I believe that it’s key to broaden our horizons and see what’s going on in the rest of the world - and learn about other social, sustainable, eco-minded projects. Everything is connected on this planet. And we all need to join forces in order to protect it. So, if you’re curious to see what’s moving in the green scene on the other end of the world, stay tuned and follow us on Facebook and Instagram and soon also on www.greenme.melbourne
And if you’re around in Melbourne, let us know and maybe you even wanna join one of our first tours over here!
IN THIS PODCAST EPISODE, YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT:
A truly unique take on how circular economy can look like Why it’s important to look back and celebrate A first-hand report of the situation on a refugee arrival point A business model that puts people on eye level The hardest moment to explain European politics to people who just survived How to find the battle you’re passionate to fight for What makes Vera jump out of bed every morning Why it’s better to do something small than to do nothing The secret meaning behind the name Mimycri Why it’s crucial to have products that speak for themselves Mimycri’s vision to create a new and open society When is it okay to be an occasional materialist? The power of a community of like-minded people How the newcomers of the Mimycri team
GMB015: Edible Alchemy - The secret powers of fearless fermentation
For our final episode in 2017, Claudi visited the wonderful Alexis Goertz, co-founder of Edible Alchemy (@ediblealchemy.co), co-founder of Mother Kombucha (@mother.kombucha.berlin) and quite a lot more.
She is Berlin’s queen of fermentation, a self-proclaimed probiotic warrior and without a doubt one of the most energetic, positive, bubbly and charismatic woman I know. If she’s not in Berlin she’s travelling through the lands with the Microbial Circus, she’s an avid adventurer, a culture dealer, bacteria barista and, and, and...
Before we really dive in, our very last tour in 2017 is running on Saturday, 16th December at 3pm - it’s our final "Conscious Gifts & Glühwein" session in creative Kreuzberg. Check out all the details, routes and prices and sign up here. Of course, you shall be rewarded for listening to the podcast! We’re giving you a special discount of 5 euros off the ticket price. To redeem it, just enter the discount code 'greenmexmas' when booking your spot on Eventbrite.
Back to today’s episode: Apart from having the nicest participants on the tours, it also warms my heart when I think about how amazing our partners are. They’re so welcoming and giving - and also super spontaneous. One these amazing partners - and meanwhile also good friends - is Alexis from Edible Alchemy. I had THE BEST time recording this interview with her. I could have chatted for hours and hours because what she does, and especially how she does it, is purely fascinating.
QUICK FACTS ABOUT EDIBLE ALCHEMY
Through her platform Edible Alchemy, Alexis and her co-founder Natalie share tons of value-packed content about healthy lifestyles, food skills and creative experimentation through fermentation.
And fermentation has SO many superpowers. But we’re not just talking about our health, it can also play a huge role in preventing food waste and even has the potential to eliminate hunger and disease.
Unfortunately, like with so many truly incredible healing forces of mother nature, our Western culture has become largely out of touch with our microbial world. Instead, we tend towards processed, packaged, pasteurized and fast food.
Thank god Alexis is here to guide us back to the sustainable powers of fermentation, through colorful events, free webinars, lots of great content on the website - and, most importantly, super fun, interactive, hands-on fermentation workshops.
Really guys, her whole story absolutely captured me. It’s a tale of adventure, braveness, travels, immersing with different cultures, empowerment through teaching - and, of course, eating the most delicious foods.
IN THIS PODCAST EPISODE, YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT:
How many fermented foods we have around us everyday How fermentation links to the topic of food waste The secret forces behind our brain-gut-connection How fermentation can quadruple nutritional values in our food Why fermentation can be a cutting edge tool for chefs and restaurant owners The beauty of creating a passion business that’s kicked off by demand The strong ties between our human cultures and fermented foods The importance of getting out of your comfort zone & letting your instincts guide you A life changing year in Mozambique Why teaching doesn’t only empower the teacher Why times have never been better to start with fermentation What makes the Edible Alchemy events & workshops so unique And much, much more...
You see, there are lots of exciting takeaways waiting for you - so let's not waste time & start the show, shall we?
LINKS & SHOWNOTES:
Edible Alchemy website | Facebook | Instagram Mother Kombucha Upcoming Edible Alchemy Workshops & Events Microbial Circus Tour Kulturlabor Trial & Error Recycled Creativity Festival Circular Economy Tour Kreuzkölln (photos) As always just a few quick final shout outs before leaving you:
1. Conscious Gifts & Glühwein Tour: It’d be a pleasure to see you on our last tour 2017 on the 16th December, so check out the details
GMB014: Coffee Circle - Learnings from 7 years of conscious coffee
For this juicy episode, Claudi ventured out to meet Martin Elwert, co-founder of Coffee Circle (@coffee_circle), who are a certified B-Corp. We've been on a bit of a B-Corp tour in Berlin lately - in episode no.13 we chatted to the co-founder of soulbottles, which happens to be a B-Corp, too.
If you’re not sure what a B-Corp is, there’s a cool video explaining the whole concept in the shownotes for you…
QUICK FACTS ABOUT COFFEE CIRCLE
Coffee Circle is all about high-quality coffee that’s delivered right to your doorstep. They personally source top single origin coffee directly, from the highlands of Ethiopia, and meanwhile also from lesser known coffee nations like Laos or Myanmar. They follow strict principles and pay the farmers prices far above the world market. And they invest 1 Euro per kg of coffee into social projects in the growing regions, with 100% of all donations going into the projects.
So far, Coffee Circle had a positive impact on more than 39.000 people in the growing regions, raising 490.000 euros for their projects. They’re really transparent about this, you can read about each single project on their website. And they deeply believe in entrepreneurship as the driving force for development, which is also a key focus of our interview.
The green coffee is then shipped to Germany and roasted fresh here in their new roastery in Wedding, which is where we are right now. I tell ya, it smells damn good. The wild Wedding is definitely one of Berlin’s most contrasting and therefore also most exciting neighbourhoods. Man, I love to come up here. It’s much rougher than other areas - but it’s home to a nicely down down-to-earth artist & alternative scene. Perfect for roamers and explorers seeking for an authentic, pre-gentrified vibe, a bit more off the beaten path than Kreuzberg & co.
Recently we did one of our Circular Economy Tour & Dinner experiences here and it’s been one of my favorites, really. Speaking of Circular Economy Tours, if you’re interested in exploring what a world with zero waste could look like and how creative Berlin projects are trying to make it happen, make sure to join us on our next tour: it’s happening on the 9th November and this time we’ll visit some of the circular economy heroes in Prenzlauer Berg. It all ends with a yummy zero waste dinner, which is hosted by our friends at OAK & ICE. Come join us, meet a bunch of like-minded people, exchange crazy ideas about a greener future and make some really amazing connections within the Berlin scene. You can find all the details in the shownotes, on our Facebook page, in the events calendar, and then easily book your spot through Eventbrite, or shoot us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Switching back to Coffee Circle: You know, not only is coffee sth that many many people in the world drink… It’s also one of the commodities that created the biggest imbalance between the wealthy nations and the developing world, AND at the same time coffee is without a doubt one of the most famous and widely spread Fair Trade products in the world. So it’s a great idea to build a social business around that and magnify its possibilities to alleviate poverty. Which is exactly what Coffee Circle is doing.
What is a social business? It’s a business that is dedicating its entire purpose to solve a social problem. It’s not about profit, money is just the means to drive the business and its mission forward. It’s also often defined as new way of conscious capitalism. What excites me about it, is that it really has the power to address the most pressing problems of humanity, without being dependent on donations or fundraising. Now there’s lots of different models and definitions out there. I highly recommend reading “Building Social Business” by Muhammad Yunus, who is kind of a luminary in this field. He’s founded the Grameen Bank, a bank run exclusively for and by the poor. It’s really inspiring and v
Great interview of an inspiring story. A little light of inspiration...
So important! Love it!
Claudi's passion shines through with this podcast. It makes me miss Berlin, but feel inspired to incorporate more green living no matter where in the world I am!
Coffee cups from grounds!
This is green living! Very cool.