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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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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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Zero Waste Lifestyle (1)

Currently, Minimalism and Zero Waste approaches are totally in vogue. The aim of the whole thing is certainly not, as often wrongly assumed, to recycle as much of his waste as possible, but on the contrary not to produce any rubbish at all. However only few people are trying to implement this concept actively and to change their way of living permanently so far. If you ask for the reason, you often hear that it surely is too expensive and too much of an effort to live completely without packaging waste. Yet, the award-winning Zero Waste expert Bea Johnson shows that leading an eco friendly and waste-free life is not as hard as you might suppose at first. About Bea Johnson Bea Johnson has been realizing the Zero Waste Lifestyle together with her family for nine years now and she assures that this conversion did them incredibly good. The Johnsons are leading a healthier and more meaningful life that is based on experiences instead of material things. Contrary to popular belief, you can even save precious time and ready cash, as normally approximately 15% of the purchase price fall onto the packaging. Hence, the family goes completely without parcelled products [...]

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2017 is the international year of sustainable tourism

The United Nations declared the year 2017 as the „international year of sustainable tourism for development“. This goes hand in hand with the announced global agenda 2030 of the world touristic organisation (UNWTO) which aims on a general change of the political, economic and ecological understanding towards more sustainability. Goals of UNWTO Sustainable tourism has, as we especially know, the potential of becoming a significant factor in developing countries. Beyond this background, the UNWTO formulates the following goals: Sustainable economic growth Social inclusion and reduction of poverty Efficient use of resources, protection of the environment and clima Protection of common cultural values and diversity Agreement about common values like peace, safety and human rights A "Roadmap" lists hereby different activities for authorities and the whole tourism industry to support the defined goals and even travellers themselves are intensified addressed. Tourism already distributes a major part to the global economy.  So is already 10 % of the global GDP directly driven by tourism with an average growth rate of 4 % per year and is already the most important economic sector for many developing countries. Risks of sustainable tourism  But there is also a flipside to economic growth. There’s no positive [...]

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BIO HOTELS – we are associates!

Since November 2016 we are proud associates of BIO HOTELS. Already ten years ago, hotels with a focus on sustainability have joined forces. Today the BIO HOTELS’ network consists of almost 100 hotels in seven European countries which makes it the largest association of ecological hotels. BIO HOTELS undergoes the certification of eco hotels certified to guarantee consistent standards. Guidelines and minimum standards All members of BIO HOTELS commit to lead their hotels under ecological and sustainable aspects. Concerned are foods and beverages, cosmetics and the use of energy. The foods and beverages served stem from certified ecological farms and are prepared naturally. To meet the standards all members undergo regular checks commissioned by the government voluntarily (Austria Bio Garantie in Austria). The inspectors make sure that all food products are treated carefully and processed under ecological standards. Sustainability is a big factor in the non-food segment as well. Members commit to slowly replace conventional cosmetics and detergents with ecological products. Our skin is the biggest organ of our bodies and should be treated just as good as our insides. Chemically produced detergents can flow into our ground water and are a major environmental risk. Another common objective of all members [...]

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