Carrying bottles to the supermarket to refill; never leaving home without a stash of reusable bags; and travelling around on bikes instead of carbon fuelled cars. This isn’t a glimpse into a greener future but a look into the past.
“Growing up in Holland, sustainable choices were just second-nature – they were the norm,” said Natascha: “The first time I saw masses of plastic bags at the supermarket, I was 18 years old and I couldn’t believe my eyes. The blasé attitude towards single-use plastics was astonishing.”
The Dutch have been ahead of the UK for decades. Home to more bikes than people and with airports running on 100 per cent wind energy since 2018, eco-friendly travel is practically woven into the culture. Even the roads that energy-efficient bikes cycle on are green, having been built out of plastic waste.