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About Marieke Karssen

I am chief editor and responsible for the concept of Into Green. My focus is on sustainability/cradle2cradle, new earnings models and air quality & plants.

Green has become a product, and green has become mainstream!

2017-11-29T16:35:39+01:00By |How To, Inspiration|

EILO, the European Interior Landscaping Organisation recently organised their third annual excursion, which this year took place in and around Amsterdam. It was especially held in early November to enable participants to also visit the large horticultural fairs. As usual, the excursion started on the Thursday afternoon with a number of inspiring speakers. The Read More

Buildin’Green II: learn to think in cycles, value and health

2017-10-05T13:16:52+02:00By |How To|

2 February 2017 saw the latest edition of Buildin’Green. That is the annual conference that connects the green, sustainable building sector with living green. Every year we choose a venue where this connection is already tangible, literally. This year the choice fell on the beautiful, though for many rather remote city of Venlo. Venlo currently Read More

It was all about green, so…… what was it not about?

2017-10-05T14:14:59+02:00By |How To, Inspiration|

If any one thing became clear to us the morning we attended presentations of six studies being conducted as part of the 'Green Agenda' top sector programme of iVerde and Royal Floraholland, it was that green affects so many aspects of life as a whole. Mankind evolved in the savannas so we feel happier Read More

What do plants do for us?

2018-03-09T11:27:42+01:00By |How To, Research|

Plants make oxygen from carbon dioxide (CO2), break down Volatile Organic Compounds (or: VOCs), and keep air humidity at healthy levels. Research has demonstrated that not only do we get healthier with plants around us, we become happier too. We have explained our key message in a number of articles and Read More

It’s time to really raise awareness for sustainability issues, in a Dutch Ecodome for example

2017-10-05T08:49:58+02:00By |How To, Inspiration|

A structure resembling a green UFO has temporarily landed in the gardens of the Dutch Maritime Museum, in between the VOC [Dutch East India Company] and the Startup delta. It is the Travelling Ecodome, commissioned by the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs (EZ) and designed by NL Greenlabel. This futuristic demo model, portraying the Read More

Children particularly vulnerable to poor air quality

2017-10-05T08:57:51+02:00By |How To|

All being well, children are physically more active than adults and children are growing. So you'd think that good air quality is even more important for children than it is for adults. But what do we see? The majority of our children grow up in increasingly polluted cities and poorly ventilated homes and schools! Read More

On the quest for an urban biotope

2017-10-05T12:30:10+02:00By |How To, Inspiration|

About a decade ago, the city centre of Almere was designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, as a curved plateau, literally lifted above the existing roads. Recently the residents of Almere were asked about their opinion. And their response was quite harsh. About 80% reported the city was overdeveloped, not humane enough and certainly Read More

The fascinating green walls of Patrick Blanc

2017-10-05T12:33:50+02:00By |How To, Inspiration|

Green walls have become commonplace. Every interior planter or horticulturalist can offer them in all shapes and sizes. You wouldn't think it's a recent phenomenon. But until 20 years ago no one ever thought about vertical planting. It takes some investigate research to develop an innovative concept like a green wall. Its technical implementation Read More

If plants are intelligent, then what does intelligence mean?

2017-10-05T12:37:16+02:00By |How To, Inspiration|

We humans have the tendency to think that intelligence needs a brain. We find it difficult to view a living thing that can’t run away, that we can’t hear or see communicating and that we can easily cut chunks off without it dying, as something that is ‘intelligent’. Plants just are, and they grow. Read More

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