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Sustainably en route in Vienna (1)

Vienna might be a capital city, but this does definitely not mean that it is grey, smelly, loud and crowded here. Actually, the opposite is the case! Half of the city area consists of idyllic green spaces after all, wherefore sightseeing can work in a green manner, especially in Vienna - from the inner city to the suburbs. We will reveal some sustainable possibilities to discover the most beautiful city in the world: By foot As there are numerous parks and green spaces in Vienna, like for example the Prater, the Donauinsel or the Augarten, it is definitely worth discovering the city on foot. Thereby, you will probably see the most and can take your time to explore everything without a hurry. And if walking gets too exhausting at some point, the next public mean of transport is normally not far. By bike If you prefer being on the way a bit faster, a cycling tour through Vienna would also be a great possibility to view the city, especially as we have a highly developed cycle transport network available here. We would love to organise a bicycle for you, by the way and we will provide you with tips for [...]

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Sustainable New Year’s Resolutions

Last week, we have already provided you with some suggestions for voluntary work in Vienna which could be considered good resolutions for 2018. Today we would like to present you further ideas which will hopefully inspire you to lead a more sustainable lifestyle this year: Green Electricity In case you haven't already done it, you should switch to a green electricity provider and thereby declare war on nuclear power and coal energy. To actively support the climate change is less effort than one would expect, in fact - so what are you waiting for? Moreover, you could plan to save electricity, this year. Do not constantly let your digital devices run in standby mode, this will also prove advantageous for your power bill. Sustainable Banks If you are in the act of switching over to alternative providers already,  you could also consider transferring to a sustainable bank. Then, you can at least be sure that your money is not invested in the arm industry, dealings with nuclear weapons or in coal power. Instead, ecological meaningful projects will be supported. Zero Waste Also the topic Zero Waste which we have addressed intensively within the scope of our blog series, should be [...]

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New Year’s Resolutions: Voluntary Work

Christmas is over and New Year is just around the corner again. The turn of the year is probably the most popular occasion to make some good resolutions. To do more sports or to finally stop smoking are presumably the most common examples. But how about the New Year’s resolution to help others and to devote one’s time to people or animals in need? We have collected a few great examples for volunteer work in Vienna: The Caritas is looking for volunteers in many domains like for example in the attending of patients in palliative care. There, you can help to permit terminally ill people to lead a life in dignity to the last. If you are a passionate cooker, then you could prepare 200 portions of food for the homeless people in the Gruft together with other helpers. Or you become a reading mentor who supports pupils with reading difficulties by reading and practising together with them. Moreover, the Wiener Lerntafel offers free learning aid for children from socially disadvantaged families and therefore needs voluntary helpers with pedagogical experiences.   If you have a heart for children and aside from that also bring much time and patience, you could [...]

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Our Advent Calendar with sustainable Gift Ideas (4)

Three candles of our Advent wreath have already been lit which means that Christmas is just around the corner. In the past weeks, we have provided you with some sustainable inspirations and maybe you already have all the gifts together for your beloved. But for the spontaneous ones among you who have not found just the ticket yet, our Advent Calendar with sustainable gift ideas goes into the final round today: 19. Sports and Play Board from TicToys To all of you who need a sportive compensation after a long day at work, uni or school, we recommend the sports and play board from TicToys. Therewith, you can compose your own fitness programme including warm ups, cardio training and stretching exercises. By bobbing, swinging and surfing, the balance and the body consciousness are encouraged and the blood circulation is set in motion. The board is suited for adults as well as for children and is supplied with an instruction that contains 25 different exercises. 20. One Hour of Happiness with the Caritas Unfortunately, therapy sessions and educational offerings for children and adults with disabilities are very expensive and often are not funded by the health insurance. And yet, these hours are very [...]

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Our Advent Calendar with sustainable Gift Ideas (3)

After we have already presented you some sustainable gift ideas in our last two blog articles, we do not want to deprive you from our third advent calendar session this week, of course! We are sure that you will find one or two inspirations for Christmas here:   13. Cloth Bag from Manomama “Act local. Respect global.” - this important message can be spread with the stylish cloth bag from Manomama from now on. No matter, whether for shopping, carrying books or as a daily attendant, the vegan bag of certificated Bio-cotton with the one-sided red imprint is a real eyecatcher and the perfect gift for everyone who lives environmentally conscious. 14. Baking Book “Veganpassion” The baking book “Veganpassion” contains versatile sweet but also hearty recipe ideas, inspired by English tea biscuits, French pâtisserie and German classics like the Black Forest cake - all of them vegan! Detailed photo series illustrate the recipes very vividly and thereby also simplify the first experiences of baking newcomers. 15. Christkindl Gift Box from Sonnentor You can bestow Christmas spirit with the affectionately designed Christkindl gift box from Sonnentor. Delicious Bio-cookies, magic lights tea, Advent spices, an aroma stone and a Christmas card are [...]

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