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Zero Waste Lifestyle (4)

After we have already explained the basics of the zero waste lifestyle in our last blog articles, we will come to concrete tips in the field of groceries and the kitchen today: In the Kitchen Do you remember the five basic steps of implementing the zero waste lifestyle? Especially step two also applies to your kitchen, wherefore you should part with rarely used kitchen devices and cookbooks. Also use-and-throw things should be abandoned in a zero waste kitchen, of course. Instead of tin foil or freezer bags, you could use air-tight jars for storing your groceries. Moreover, many foodstuffs can be easily fabricated with only a handful of ingredients. Then, you will also know, what you are actually consuming instead of straining your health with chemistry. However, you should only prepare things which are not too elaborate for you should be able to integrate it in the long run without making your life too complicated. Organising your refrigerator efficiently and defrosting it regularly can also help saving energy and groceries from perishing. Shopping Before going shopping, you should write down a weekly schedule for your meals and only buy ingredients that you really need therefor and that you do not already [...]

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Zero Waste Lifestyle (2)

After we have already given you a short insight in Bea Johnson’s Life in our Blog article last month, we will provide you with further information about minimalism and zero waste today, as we have promised! Why Zero Waste? Environmental pollution, waste of resources, toxic chemicals in our groundwater, decease of water creatures... The list goes on and on and the aim to tackle all these severe problems can seem really intimidating at first. But we have to keep in mind that the actions of every single person can make a difference! We are reaching decisions daily and thereby approve the system as it is right now. Only by changing something, we signalize that we do not want to accept the current circumstances and can force the economy to rethink. However, unlike you might expect, you do not have to make an immense effort for leading a wastefree life. Where to begin? Because according to Bea Johnson, zero waste should be one thing before all: simple! Therewith you must not forget that leading a life completely without producing garbage is an idealistic target that should be approached slowly step by step. And to what extent this is possible, everybody has [...]

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Green gifts for Christmas – Part 3

Christmas, the festival of love, is coming closer and you still don’t have gifts for all your loved ones? No problem, today we are presenting last-minute gifts. There are, of course, again beautiful ideas made from upcyled and recycled materials that you can still get in time for Christmas. The worldwide first coloured pencil from the avocadostore that combines a traditional crayon with seeds for different herbs and flowers. As soon as the pencil turned into a stump, you can plant it. The different colours turn into various plants, e.g. basil, thyme, marigolds or mint. A great gift for old and young artists! A bit of romance is always a part of Christmas. The ceramic hearts known from our hotel are made regionally by the Austrian artist Margit Denz. The beautiful gems are available directly in our hotel. When you’ve been our guest in June before, you could enjoy our rooftop lavender garden in its full glory. We love the scent of fresh lavender that calms the mind and creates a relaxed atmosphere. With our lavender spray, you can take the amazing scent home with you. Of course, it can be part of our gift basket. More information is available [...]

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Green gifts for Christmas – Part 2

This week we are introducing part 2 of our Advent calendar with gift ideas for Christmas presents. Like last week’s gifts, this weeks are made with upcycled or recycled materials as well. You’ve probably heard of the tons of trash take-away coffee cups are responsible for each year. Each year 100 Billion coffee cups are thrown away. The alternatives are often made of plastic which can contain plasticisers. And these can be dangerous for our health. But you can get a great alternative: the Ecoffee Cup. The cup isn’t only a lightweight with only 125g but also very robust. It is made exclusively from natural organic bamboo fibre. A stylish backpack made from canvas and organic leather. Yes, we have that. The backpack “Michelle” is available in the FairTrade Shop and is manufactured under ecological circumstances. The eco-leather is made from nuts, fruits and barks. The irregularities in the leather show that it is a real natural product. Nowadays you should always have one at hand. It is an everyday companion, small, lightweight and practical. And usually it’s sorely missed when lost. Exactly, the usb stick. Usually though the practical companion is made of plastic and unfortunately it’s the reason [...]

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Green Gifts for Christmas

The days are shorter, the stars twinkle in the night sky, the first candle has been lit. A hint of Christmas lies in the air, which makes everyone start thinking about Christmas presents. What should I get my loved ones this year? Buying presents is always a difficult task. You want them to like it but it to also be useful. Ideally, it should have been manufactured in a sustainable way. Getting all your wishes fulfilled in one present can be very challenging. Why not follow the new Upcycling trend? Or is it recycling? Upcycling and recycling - what is the difference? Everyone has an idea of what recycling is. All materials are processed in a way to make them reusable. To give an example: recycled paper isn’t as flat and white as it used to be before. The newly emerged product is of lower quality but still perfectly usable for multiple purposes - I mean, who needs pearly toilet paper? Upcycling also means reusing materials but different to recycling, the outcome isn’t of lower quality. Quite the contrary, the end product follows the principle „make new from old“. The starting product is usually old, no longer usable and unattractive. [...]

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