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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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Vienna is one of the most sustainable cities worldwide

A sustainable lifestyle is important to us. Arcardis, a Dutch planning and consulting office, together with the London Centre for Economics and Business Research have conducted the so-called “Sustainable Cities Index 2016”. The Index rates cities in three categories regarding their sustainability. Our beautiful Vienna ranked 4th, a great placing right behind Zurich, Singapore and Stockholm. The Sustainable Cities Index 2016 evaluated 100 cities worldwide. The Top 10 cities are mostly European cities as well as Singapore and Seoul. American cities are ranked in the mid-range, the taillights are Asian and African cities with four Indian cities in the last 10 places. According to the director of the study, those cities have little chances to rank higher due to the consequences that follow climate change, rapid urbanisation and lack of capital. The Index is conducted in three categories: “People”, “Planet” and “Profit”. The category People inspects health, education, income equality, work-life balance, crime and housing and living costs – these indicators can be broadly thought of as capturing “quality of life”. The second category Planet inspects the “green factors” of a city, such as the use of renewable energy, energy consumption, green space within the city, greenhouse gas emissions, drinking [...]

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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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