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ECOFRIENDLY TAKE-AWAY COFFEE

A foggy Monday morning in November. Leaving your comfortable warm duvet behind is terrible enough. Then a quick shower and off you go – whoa, how cold it is outside! You need to get yourself a hot cup of coffee to warm up. Understandable! But what about the paper cup and the plastic lid? It gets carelessly thrown away. According to the Deutsche Umwelthilfe (German Environmental Care) 2.8 billion coffee cups are used in Germany per year. That counts down to 7.6 million cups per Day, 320.000 per hour. Converted, every German uses 34 of those cups a year. A remarkable number and the reason for a lot of garbage. 40.000 tons of garbage can be traced back to take-away cups. But the problem is not the garbage alone. The production process for those cups swallows tons of resources every year. To meet the needs 43.000 trees are chopped down each year which are 64.000 tons of wood. Additionally, the manufacturing of the paper cups takes up a huge amount of water, round about 1.5 billion litres. And we still didn’t think about the lids. Those are made out of polystyrol. The fabrication is very costly and produces 111.000 tons [...]

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Green Travel

The ecological footprint is something almost everybody knows. Especially on long car drives or flights the feeling, that this ecological footprint is growing with every kilometre, is very strong. And quite rightly: a flight form Zurich to Cyprus for example produces one tonne of CO2. But even though this is bad, nobody wants to miss a vacation and most destination can only be reached by airplane or a long car drive. The pleasure of traveling without the hassle of pollution  But there is a way to fight the guilty conscience against the environment: compensation payment. When you hear it for the first time, it might sound a little bit weird to you but actually it really does make sense. The way it works is really simple and logic: Users can calculate each flight or car drive with the correct distance and effect on the environment on a website. Then they can see what it costs to compensate for their emissions and have the chance to choose from different projects to support climate protection with their payments. Where to compensate?  There is a variety of different companies, who offer compensations payment. One of them is called myclimate. The Swiss Non-Profit Organisation […]

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Zero what? Zero Waste!

5 simple tips for a zero waste lifestyle Zero Waste is a sustainable concept which got more and more attention in the past years, but what does it actually mean? The meaning of Zero Waste is just as simple as waste prevention and the Zero Waste movement boycotts the unnecessary waste production in our society: their goal is to live completly without producing waste. And that is for sure the right approach because an EU-citizen produces in average around 500 kg of waste a year - an alarming number which clearly shows: we need to do something against this excessive waste production because it damages us and our environment enormously! But isn't a life without any waste a huge effort? The answer is very clear: No, it's actually pretty easy and it can also be a lot of fun. That's why we compiled 5 tips for you to prevent producing waste in different situations and do something good for you, the society and the environment :) 1.Shop packaging-free The packaging waste which we bring home from shopping is mostly the biggest part of the waste we produce. But this is something you can change very easily: use fabric/ paper bags instead [...]

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Five tips to go GREEN!

As an utterly green hotel it is our mission to act resource-friendly. With passive house design in our building extension, solar panels & co. our Boutiquehotel Stadthalle achieves a zero-energy-balance. However it is also quite simple to implement an eco-friendly lifestyle @home – often with small means. Thus, we present five useful tips to save energy in one’s own four walls. 1.    It’s the ventilation that matters Even if in winter it is uncomfortably cold it is important to ventilate intensively two times a day. Through it one can maintain a pleasant indoor climate without cooling down the apartment or house – that’s also the reason why you shouldn’t leave the windows tilted the whole day. And don’t forget: Turn down the heating while ventilation! 2.    The thing with the standby mode – you know… Yes, the standby mode on notebooks or TVs is quite handy – one touch of a button and everything is fine. But energy savers know that the tiny red-illuminating lamp is pretty much of an energy guzzler. So it would be better to pull the plugs from time to time or to even use plug connectors which can be switched off. 3.    Kettles for president […]

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It’s all about the bikes!

Summer is just around the corner and so is the Day of the Bike, which has been celebrated on 3rd July since 1998. The bicycle is not only the environmentally friendliest and healthiest method of transportation, but these days even the hippest. Never before has Vienna had more cyclists than in 2014 and the tendency is still going up. In Austria people have invested an unbelievable 100 Million Euros for e-bikes.

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