Love your House!

(Zie onderstaande voor Nederlands)

Huisje Houvanjehuis_egaal.pngHou van je Huis (Love your House) is a program organized through the Municipality of The Hague to advise homeowners on how to save energy in the home. They can also inform you about  about subsidies available for both roof and floor insulation. Hou van je Huis works with VvE balie, and they can also provide a free energy scan and hot water heater check for homeowners.

Come visit their booth this Saturday April 21st at Earth Day The Hague and you can sign up directly for that free energy scan or hot water heater check! In addition, Jetty Kurhaus will be at the booth with information on how you can receive a B-label on your home (the year your home was built plays a role of course).


Huisje Houvanjehuis_egaalMet het project “Hou van je Huis” adviseert de gemeente particuliere woningeigenaren over energie besparen.

Er zijn subsidies beschikbaar voor dak- en vloerisolatie, we werken veel samen met de VvE balie, en we kunnen ook gratis energiescans en ketelchecks aanbieden voor woning eigenaren in Den Haag.


  • Op die dag kan ik direct inschrijven voor een energiescan of een ketelcheck. Ik neem verschillende kaartjes mee met maatregelen hoe je je woning (met een bepaald bouwjaar) naar een B-label kunt krijgen. Jetty Kurhaus van Hou van je huis neemt info mee over de subsidie regeling en wat monsters van isolatie materialen. Een hele handige kaart met maatregelen hoe je energie kan besparen door gedragsverandering etc.

Fairtrade The Hague and Fair Shopping share a stand at Earth Day The Hague

Update from one of the eco-market participants!

The Hague is the proud owner of the Fairtrade Gemeente title since October 2015! Fairtrade Gemeente is a national campaign with the aim to increase the sales and consumption of fair trade coffee, tea and many other fair trade products. By buying fair trade products you contribute to a better income and livelihood for farmers and producers in developing countries.

You earn the title when the municipality as well as a substantial number of companies and offices in the municipality serve fair trade coffee, tea, cocoa, sugar, etc. Also there are criteria for the number of shops, restaurants and cafés that sell fair trade products. As a consumer you can contribute by buying these products and asking in shops and cafes whether the coffee is fair trade!

The shops, lunchrooms and cafes were easily found with the help of the Fair Shopping
Foundation (EerlijkWinkelen). EerlijkWinkelenscreen-shot-2018-04-17-at-14-57-02.png guides you to shops that sell fair trade,

organic and second hand products with their (free!) app, website and maps. They are
present in over 60 places in the Netherlands, including the Hague!

Come to the stand on Earth Day to get your free copy of the FairShopping card and the fair fashion flyer of the Hague. At our stand we will provide you with information about Fairtrade Gemeenten, sustainable shopping and fair fashion (in cooperation with Fair Wear).
Also, we will have a quiz with which you can win a gift card from the Wereldwinkel

Looking forward to meeting you!

Defeat plastic pollution straw by straw!

Earth Day The Hague celebration is fast approaching. In keeping with the International Earth Day theme for 2018 of eliminating plastic pollution, we are happy to welcome Straw by Straw to our eco-market.


Straw by Straw is a sustainable straw start-up based in Amsterdam.

We prevent plastics from reaching the ocean by providing organic alternatives.

Our first product is a drinking straw made of straw, 100% natural.

Every year, European farmers need cover crops to feed their soil.

Once these cover crops, such as wheat and rye, are harvested for food, the left over stalks can be used to make drinking straws.

This way, plastic straws are history by using the waste of cover crop harvests!

Check them out this Saturday, at Earth Day The Hague:

What: International Earth Day The Hague 2018

When: Saturday, April 21st, 2018, 10:00am-3:00pm (10.00 uur-15.00 uur)

Why: To learn multiple ways to reduce your ecological footprint at home, at school, in the neighborhood, at work and in your daily patterns.

Where: Christus Triumfatorkerk Juliana van Stolberglaan 154, The Hague

Getting Creative on Earth Day with Karin Nolmans

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. We are familiar with the expression, but what if you took it literally? What if you created something fanciful, funny, artistic or wild from scrap? This is happening all overkarin nolmans art 3 the world by creatives who see art and possibility where others only see landfill material. Local artist Karin Nolmans, a member of the Grondslag group that falls under Kunstpost, is one of these creative thinkers and she will be working her magic on Saturday, April 18th, 2015.

Children and adults alike are invited to attend her “Art from Scrap” workshops that will be held throughout the Earth Day celebration in The Hague, Bezuidenhout (€ 2,50 workshop fee per person).

What can you expect to create? Well, it really is up to your imagination, but the accompanying images are a few examples of what Ms. Nolmans has inspired during her art from scrap workshops.

J100_4011 (2)ust in case theskarin nolmans art 2e workshops sell out, you should know that there are other, exciting workshops also planned during the Earth Day event by Repair Kid as well as Duurzaam Den Haag.

Want to know more? Drop us a line on Facebook, or simply come to the event. Saturday, april 18th, 11:00-15:00. Juliana van Stolberglaan 154, 2595 CL The Hague, Bezuidenhout. Oh yeah. It’s Earth Day! Please consider cycling, walking or taking public transportation to this event. (Trams 2 and 6 from Den Haag Centraal in the direction of Leidschendaam Noord will drop you at our doorstep. Get out at the second tram halt Oost Inje. The modern white building on the corner is the Christus Triumfatorkerk and meeting room center. You’re there!)


The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) at Earth Day The Hague

When we think about protecting the environment, images of turtles caught in fishing nets, birds with plastic in their bellies, clear cut forests and multiple forms of environmental pollution may come to mind. But animals and nature aren’t the only victims of environmental degradation; people are also the victims–especially those in poorer nations without the financial might to protect their lands and peoples from exploitation for the sake of economic growth in other countries.

So when UNPO registered for Earth Day The Hague, it took us no time at all to understand why. Below is a description of what

Unrepresented Nations  and Peoples Organization

Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization

UNPO does, and why it might be extremely informative to meet their representatives on Saturday, April 18th.  Rather than trying to reinvent the wheel, I have referred directly to their website to explain more about UNPO, and why they are an important group to our day.

The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) is an international, nonviolent, and democratic membership organization. Its members are indigenous peoples, minorities, and unrecognized or occupied territories who have joined together to protect and promote their human and cultural rights, to preserve their environments, and to find nonviolent solutions to conflicts which affect them.

Although the aspirations of UNPO Members differ greatly, they are all united by one shared condition – they are not adequately represented at major international fora, such as the United Nations. As a consequence, their opportunity to participate on the international stage is significantly limited, as is their ability to access and draw upon the support of the global bodies mandated to defend their rights, protect their environments, and mitigate the effects of conflict.

source: UNPO website/ About page

When I perused the UNPO list of member nations and territories, I was embarrassed to say how few I recognized; and I don’t think this is entirely an issue of my poor geography skills. I invite you to peruse through their member’s list page here. How familiar are you with these 46 nations or territories? Do you think they are represented on the international stage? What would it be like to live in a place that doesn’t have a voice? I believe UNPO is set on changing this inequity!