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Guide to Sustainability

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For many people, sustainability ends with their weekly shopping or choice of transportation. But when it comes to sustainability, we also need to think sustainably. With these guides, we aim to promote your environmental awareness and accompany you one step further.

In our article “Sustainable Cooking” we have already discussed sustainable food. However, we don’t want to stop there and have therefore worked out more tips & tricks for you.

Do it yourself (DIY)

Gifts, Furniture & Clothing

Why work to buy things when you can work on things! Whether it’s gifts, furniture, or clothing, just give it a try yourself. You save money, it’s fun, and you improve your craftsmanship. Plus, you learn to appreciate your things more.

Your gifts are always unique and provide a surprise every time. You know exactly how much hard work went into your shoe rack, and your T-shirt is exactly as you wanted it. It has the perfect color and a personal cut. You don’t have to spend money or struggle through confusing instructions. Just start and do it yourself.

Above in the post image, you can see our wardrobe. The wardrobe cost us just a walk in the forest and 20 minutes of our time. We already had the climbing ropes lying around in the cellar. Plus, we didn’t need a car for transportation or a machine for production. And the best part: Not a single tree was cut down for our wardrobe!

Making Cleaning Products

If you’re feeling brave, you can also try your hand at hygiene products and cleaners. Some products can be made in minutes and don’t require many ingredients. Homemade items also make excellent gifts.

You can find the suitable recipes for cleaning products in this article.

Growing Vegetables

You can even go as far as growing your own food. Why not? That’s what people used to do. Then you can harvest your own products all year round with less effort than going to the supermarket.

In this article, we show you how to easily regrow existing vegetables.

Plastic Waste

Plastic is probably one of the worst things humans have introduced into nature. Plastic waste spreads everywhere and burdens the seas, forests, and air. When plastic decomposes, it releases toxic and hormone-disrupting additives.

Numerous creatures mistake the garbage for food, leading to malnutrition. Also, the toxins enter almost every organism through the food chain. Despite this, many people largely ignore it.

“Out of sight, out of mind.”

If possible, you should try to completely avoid plastic waste with every purchase. It’s difficult but not impossible. Unfortunately, almost everything in the food industry is packaged in plastic. In Europe, 40% of produced plastics are used for packaging. As long as consumers don’t change, neither will the plastic waste producers.

Consider this: “When is plastic actually garbage?” Basically, a product is bought, unpacked at home, and in a fraction of a second, the high-quality and elaborately produced packaging material becomes worthless trash. You can actually reuse bags, containers, and packaging material excellently. So think about whether you could use the trash again.

Gradually eliminate plastic from your household. Start drinking from glass bottles, get metal lunch boxes, and reuse old canning jars. Humanity has managed without plastic for millennia. If you need new items, it’s better to buy something without plastic and only when necessary.

If you want to reduce plastic waste in the future, you can check out this article: “11 simple tips to reduce plastic waste”.

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Waste in Nature

Whenever you hike or take a walk, you can do a favor to the environment: you can pick up the trash lying around. We always carry trash bags when traveling and clean up hiking trails. It’s even quite fun as we turn it into a small competition every time.

We now pay special attention to PET and glass bottles. If the bottles are filled with liquid, they can cause a forest fire due to the burning glass effect.

So, if you find plastic waste on your way: Take it with you and dispose of it properly. Otherwise, it might end up in your food one way or another. Or worse yet, the forest and its inhabitants won’t be there next time.

Thinking sustainably – also while traveling

During your vacation, you can also save some emissions and reduce environmental impact. If possible, you should avoid flying as a means of transport. Take only the essentials with you, prefer local food, and dispose of your trash properly.

But besides these basics, you can do more. For example, by choosing your accommodation. Some hosts pay particular attention to certain environmental aspects and promote sustainable tourism. The criteria range from recycling, water & energy to cleaning and detergents.

These accommodations are often cheaper, more unique, and more diverse than conventional hotels. Plus, they are usually run by locals. They know everything about the region and can give you the best travel tips. The personal contact with your hosts gives you insights into their lives and culture, making your trip even more intense.

Sustainable Travel Portals

If you want to discover some of these accommodations, we can recommend these sites:

At Good travel, you’ll find accommodations with something special. Because “vacation can be much more than an experience.” Here, your everyday life is slowed down by sauna, pool, or massages.

5 out of 5 leaves at Bookitgreen. We have often landed at various locations through this travel portal and are very impressed. The sustainability criteria are based on trust and are subsequently confirmed or corrected by guests. The accommodations stand for conscious consumption and sustainable travel.

ReNatour ensures that the accommodations are “as typical of the country as possible and harmoniously fit into the landscape.” Here you will find select and regional accommodations in beautiful locations. The whole family can participate in this vacation guaranteed.

CO2 Footprint

The site EcoPassenger compares means of transport for a selected travel route and calculates the total energy and fuel consumption. Here, you are shown carbon dioxide emissions, energy resource consumption, particulate matter emissions, nitrogen oxides, and non-methane hydrocarbons.

We regularly use NatureFund to keep track of our CO2 levels. Over a year, you can find out how many trees you should plant to offset your emissions.

regrow itself tip:

Traveling and hiking are ideal for planting trees. But always make sure to plant only native trees!