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Zero Waste (5)

After we have revealed how you can implement this lifestyle in your kitchen with our last Zero Waste blog article, we will come to another difficult matter today: the bathroom. Do we really need numerous cosmetics in plastic tubes, phials and jars, in some cases even twice or threefold? This downright hoarding of care products is actually not only environmentally but also health damaging. Hence, it is worth trying to renounce packings and chemical ingredients, especially since many products can be easily produced by yourself. It is helpful to remember the five basic steps in order to gradually reduce waste also in the bathroom. Step one reads “Refuse” which means that we should not take little shampoo bottles from hotel rooms with us, as tempting as it might be. Moreover, we should reject synthetic contents categorically and look for plantal alternatives instead which you can often find loose in organic shops. SkinDeep helps you to identify pollutants in cosmetics. We are probably hoarding many of our beauty products mainly because the media assert us convincingly that they make us prettier, younger and slimmer. However, we should stay realistic and verify what is really true about it and, as far as [...]

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Staycation – Vacation at Home

The neologism “Staycation” is composed of the words “stay” and “vacation” and therefore stands for a mix of staying at home and having a holiday. This travelling refusal is totally in vogue at the moment! But how can such a vacation at home even look like? Slow movement You are stressed out because of your always the same daily routine and are desperate for a change of scenery, but at the same time you only want to relax and recharge your batteries? Then, Staycation is absolutely the right thing for you! Because even if travelling is an exciting diversion, it nonetheless means stress. First packing, then sitting in traffic, rushing to get the flight and at the travel destination seeing as much as possible - this is how a holiday often looks like. When you arrive back home, you feel anything but recovered and scarcely ready for returning to your everyday working life. Staycation is the knowingly decision against this unrest and for a slow movement and besides even much more sustainable. But in one’s own four walls one cannot breathe completely easy either, as one has to cook, to do the dishes afterwards, to put the rubbish out and [...]

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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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URBAN FUTURE Global Conference

Every two years, they are coming together at the URBAN FUTURE global conference - the City Changers. They are people who want to make their city more sustainable with great enthusiasm and a lot of commitment and who want to actively make a change. The UFGC is the largest convention of this type worldwide with altogether 3000 participants from 44 cities and 200 speakers. And the best thing about it: it will take place here in Vienna next year! From the 28th of February to the 2nd of March in the Exhibition and Congress Centre Vienna, you can connect with people who are realizing ideas for a more sustainable city life with passion and innovation. We will reveal here, what will be offered: Often, you do not even know where to start when pursuing such a great goal. A functioning communication between the inhabitants and the public bodies of a city can be the crucial success factor hereby. Therefore, the URBAN FUTURE demonstrates how sustainability should be communicated in order to effectively change something. Aside from that, architects, engineers and developers present their ideas from the field of Living and City Planning to make clear, how to live in a [...]

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Zero Waste Lifestyle (3)

As we have promised in our last Zero Waste blog article, we will provide you with details about the five basic steps that must be implemented for a garabage-free lifestyle this week: Refuse Consuming does not only mean buying actively, but also accepting certain things. This step tackles the indirect forms of consumption. No matter where we are, we get overwhelmed by one-way plastic bottles, drinking straws, cups and cutlery almost daily. Unfortunately, this plastic does not only damage our environment by releasing toxic chemicals in its production process, it often cannot even be recycled and therefore ends up in parks, forests or the sea. That is the reason why you should strictly refuse these environmental injurers and resort to sustainable alternatives. The same applies to freebies, unnecessary packagings and receipts. You also need to declare war on the annoying junk mail to lead a zero waste lifestyle.      Reduce This essential step addresses the core issues of our garbage problem. First of all, you should inspect every single object of your household for its use and eliminate everything which is not needed. Flea markets, eBay or donate organizations are a great possibility to get rid of unutilized stuff in [...]

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