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Meet the Den Haag girls

09-11-2017 -

Curious about the people behind the DuKo-discounts in Den Haag? The girls of DuKo-committee Den Haag introduce themselves and tip their favorite products!

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Daniëlle

Who are you?

Daniëlle (19). I am responsible for the PR and communication in Den Haag, together with Rahel. My main goal is promoting DuKo and its sustainable message and reaching more students in the Hague.  

Why are you a part of DuKo?

I am aware of the issues regarding sustainability and I wanted to do something but I did not really know how. Through DuKo I learnt a lot about sustainability and our impact and I try to spread the message!

Which DuKo product do you recommend?

The Tulper water bottles! In this cute store WAAR located in Utrecht where you receive 10% DuKo discount I bought this reusable water bottle. The Tulper water bottles are made of biobased and sustainable materials and are BPA free, so they are not only good for the environment but also for our own bodies. They have a nice Dutch design (mine is blue and has a white bike on it), which makes them popular gifts and souvenirs! 


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Laura

Who are you?

Laura (20). I am the secretary and treasurer for DuKo-committee Den Haag. Apart for keeping it all organized, I try to help out the other members.   

Why are you a part of DuKo?

I found DuKo on Facebook and found it a very nice initiative. I think  that many students would like to be more sustainable and realize that there is a sustainability issue, but still find it hard to change much of their own habits. DuKo in a great tool to help students be more sustainable and that makes DuKo something I really want to work for. I also wanted to gain experience working with something related to sustainability, since it can be very useful for my later career and it is also something I am quite passionate about. 

Which DuKo product do you recommend?

In addition to physical stores, DuKo offers products in online stores as well. One of those is aGreenstory.nl. Here you can buy beautiful laptop sleeves that are made of recycled fishing nets. They also sell cool whiteboard notebooks, in which you can erase your notes endlessly and therefore you can use the booklet for a long time. To me, especially the laptop case is a great product with a good story behind it. Usually laptop sleeves are made of cotton, which requires a lot of water during production. With this laptop sleeve a lot of water is saved and it also prevents the nets from ending somewhere they do not belong, such as marine ecosystems.


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Isa 

Who are you?

Isa (20). I am the chair of the DuKo-committe Den Haag for 2017-2018. My main focus is on connecting local sustainable companies and students.  

Why are you a part of DuKo?

I study Earth, Energy & Sustainability, with which I gain a lot of theoretical knowledge. Since I was missing the practical aspect, i.e. actually improving the situation, I chose to become part of DuKo. I really enjoy stimulating my peers to live more sustainably. 

Which DuKo product do you recommend?

The clothing from Normal Gets You Nowhere.  The very cool owner designs her own clothes with nice sayings or slogans. The shirt I am wearing is one of those, and says: Duh Haag 4 Evâh, slang for ‘The Hague for ever’. Her clothes are not only pretty or funny, but also amazingly soft! The clothes are for the most part made of high quality organic cotton, but she also sells jewelry and shoes from social brands like Toms. Here you get 20% DuKo discount!

 

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Kelsey

Who are you?

Kelsey (22). I am the company coordinator for DuKo-committee Den Haag. I am primarily concerned with maintaining the partnerships between DuKo and companies in Den Haag, as well as recruiting new sustainable companies for students. 

Why are you a part of DuKo?

I’ve always been very interested in sustainable development. I wanted to make my own consumption habits more sustainable. Unfortunately, most sustainable products come at a higher price. As an environmentally conscious student I was presented with a problem, since I could not spend as much on sustainability as I’d liked. Then I came across a poster of Duko. I was really intrigued by their initiatives. DuKo seemed to be the solution for this student’s dilemma. 

Which DuKo product do you recommend?

That’s an easy question to answer. I am extremely positive about the Organicup, a menstrual cup which you can buy with 10% DuKo discount at cutecotton.nl. The average woman uses loads of maxi paddies and tampons per year, which all end up in the trash. Most women are also unaware that tampons contain chemical compounds like bleach and parfum. So this is more than just bad for the environment, it also influences your body. Organicup is a perfectly sound solution for this problem. Unlike all those tampons filling up your trash bins, a single Organicup can last for about a decade. That’s a lot more sustainable!

 

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Rahel

Who are you?

Rahel (20). I complete our DuKo team through working in the field of PR & Communication. Together with Daniëlle, I promote DuKo online and at universities around the city, in order to sell and make DuKo discounts more attractive to students living in Den Haag.

Why are you a part of DuKo?

I believe that trying to create a better world starts with ourselves and our own behaviour. Thus, I really wanted to become part of a project, in which I can help spread awareness about the impact of our own daily consumption and the importance of living more sustainable.

Which DuKo product do you recommend?

Honestly, there are so many! But just like Isa, I am a big fan of the clothes from ‘Normal Gets You Nowhere’. Besides having high quality products, they also know what’s trendy and sell different kind of Print-Shirts, featuring short quotes and cool slogans. I simply love their newest Edition stating ‘The Future Is Equal’, as this not only is a statement for itself, but also looks super stylish! Definitely a place you should pay a visit to, when you are around the beautiful Zeeheldenkwartier. 

 

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