Her recent venture has been a very successful publication ‘This is a Good Guide – for a Sustainable Lifestyle’, packed with practical tips on conscious living.
The Dutch version published last year was so popular that Marieke revised it to an international version. With Marieke currently touring Australia and New Zealand alongside the release of the book, we had to pleasure of soaking up her wise words.
What first sparked your interest in influencing and empowering others to make positive sustainable changes in their lifestyle?
All of the questions that people ask me! At every birthday party, event or meeting and on social media, people want to know how they can start (to live more sustainably), what they can do, where to find it, what to look out for. There is such a need for this information.
“Many really would like to live more sustainably, but just don’t know exactly how. So I wrote this book (‘This is a Good Guide…) to try and give as many answers as I possibly can, to enable everyone to go for it.”
Luckily it seems to work, as I’ve been lucky enough to receive lots of responses of readers who indeed feel empowered, who say they finally know what to choose, who are really inspired and have immediately started taking some steps, who now even know what to study, who feel that it’s the perfect gift for friends or even that it has changed their life. How amazing!
Could you give us some insights into your new book – who’s it aimed at and why should we read it?
Would you like to live a bit more consciously, but don’t know how? And rather not put much time, money or effort into it? Then this is the book for you.
Do you know a lot about sustainability already? Then you might even find new insights, entry points, brands or suggestions in this guide. It’s filled with practical and positive tips regarding fashion, beauty, food, home, work, and leisure, and shows that stylish and sustainable go very well together. And especially that it’s about good, not perfect: about smart choices, doing what you can and what suits you.
“With this modern handbook, I aim to make green and ethical living fun and doable. The right addresses, beautiful brands, inspiring insights, surprising facts, hands-on dos and don’ts, saving suggestions, useful solutions – exactly what you need. After all, doing good and feeling good at the same time: does it get any better than that?”
It contains over a 100 Australian brands, (online) stores, (food) destinations and initiatives, but also from all over the world (where it’s also being published): New-Zealand, the United Kingdom, America, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands and beyond.
Additionally, it includes interviews with leading icons such as Livia Firth, Safia Minney and Green Kitchen Stories and features Australian pioneers such as Vogue’s Clare Press, Jennifer Nini of Eco Warrior Princess, model-activist Robyn Lawley, Ethical Clothing Australia, Kester Black, Mukti, The Social Outfit, Lentil as Anything, Good on You, Well Made Clothes, Vinnies, Inika, Loving Earth, EKOLUV, of course The Green Hub and many more.
I hope to have been able to connect to issues that matter to Australia, such as single-use plastics, zero waste lifestyle, pollution and more and what you can do to help.