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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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We care about our suppliers #5

This week we like to introduce one of our most important suppliers: Sonnberg – Austria's biggest organic butchery, Unterweißenbach im Mühlviertel, OÖ Over 10 years ago the cooperation between the manager Manfred Huber and the butchery Wolfgang Fürst in Unterweißenbach began. Together, they found the company Sonnberg Biofleisch GmbH. At the same time they converted the manufacturing into 100% organic. Since 2010, the butchery is Austria’s largest 100% organic meat processor. Sonnberg stands for honesty, gusto and Austrian origin. The basis is respectful, species-appropriate farming in rural organic farms and if possible a hassle-free transportation of the animals to the butchery, which is the requirement for the excellent taste of their organic meat and sausage products. The butchery purchases its meat exclusively from organic, sustainable Austrian farmers. At the manufacturing stage, Sonnberg puts special emphasis on natural ingredients and foregoes flavour enhancers and artificial colourings. The spices used are 100% organic as well. But not only are the products organic. The manufacturing takes place with a lot of environmental awareness. To keep the production eco-friendly and sustainable, Sonnberg uses biomass, photovoltaics and the latest ventilation and cooling technology. If you want to get an impression of the butchery, you can [...]

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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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We care about our suppliers #4

The fourth regional supplier in our amazing portrait-line: Hasenfit – Säfte der Familie Voglsam, St. Florian, OÖ You like it juicy? We like it, too. Especially if the juice comes from "Hasenfit", an organic brand in Upper Austria, which is conventionally producing juices and must for over 50 years now. The company is a family run business, already in third generation, family Voglsam emphasizes with quality and eco-friendliness ever since. A juicy choice At Hasenfit, you can find traditional products like freshly pressed fruit juices in different varieties. Carrot and Apple juice as well as delicious combinations of fruit juices like pear-currant or apple-elderberry are bestsellers. But no matter which sort you choose, all juices are 100% pure fruit juices. What that means? There is no extra sugar added, it's only sweetend through the natural fruit sugar. But there are not only fruit juices in the range of the family business Hasenfit, but also so called functinal drinks. For example "Aronia Qi" is an extremely tasty and healthy drink which is recommended to drink in small quantity of only 50-100 ml a day. The european superfruit Aronia is combined with the high-fiber Topinambur-juice, which consists of soothing herbs and aromatic passion [...]

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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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