2021 SUSAINABLE LIFESTYLES
Whether we sort our waste and where we dispose the sorted waste has a tremendous impact on the environment.
Waste sorting in a city can be slightly different from another, depending on the collection and treatment infrastructure in place.
In Vienna for example, the greenest city, you can find a full “Waste Sorting Dictionary” - ”Das Trenn ABC” on the city government’s website: https://www.wien.gv.at/.../ber.../muelltrennung/mistabc.html"
Check it out now to start sorting your waste right!
Christmas trees are not to be thrown away! THEY ARE FOR RECYCLING!
They become clean energy and goat feed!
Most cities organize Christmas trees collection points, where you can easily and quickly dispose them for free.
In Vienna, for example, they are set up at 546 locations, are marked by a sign and are available around the clock!
Every year, more than 170,000 discarded Christmas trees are brought to collection points. That's over 750 tons!
Electricity and district heating are generated from the trees. The energy produced is climate-neutral and sufficient to supply over 1,000 households with electricity and around 2,500 households with district heating for a month.
So remove all decorations... and contribute to this precious cycle too!
Vienna's collections point: https://www.wien.gv.at/.../sauberestadt/christbaumsammlung/
WASTE NO FOOD!
The festive season has just past, but even during everyday life, food waste in affluent societies is a huge problem!
Do you know that 1/3 of food produced is wasted globally?
Do you know that food waste ranks N° 3 in its total greenhouse gas emissions, just behind USA and China?
All the while, over half a million of people suffer from hunger.
Wasting food is bad for the environment and morally wrong.
With awareness, creativity and learning tips on how to plan and store food, everybody can make a small difference in their lifestyle to reduce food waste and feel good!
store vegetables in the fruit and vegetable drawer (6-10° C) (no tropical fruits or tomatoes) for longer duration;
clean the inside of your fridge regularly: this means that germs and mould do not stand a chance;
wrap your food, for e.g. sellerie and salad, in a dish towel so it stays crisp when you put it the fridge;
“best before” label doesn’t mean time to throw;
meal plans will prevent you from buying products that remain uneaten and will go bad;
do not overcook, prepare only food that you can finish;
prepare recipes to empty the fridge;
and... do not underestimate your creativity: there are many ways to make the most out of leftovers, reduce and prevent food waste!
• LINGUINE GREEN AFFAIRE •
Here we would like to share with you our top dish, a very simple, but super tasty vegan recipe.
As an example of how you can prepare a very tasty dish that using creativity and only few ingredients! Ready? Here we go!
For 1 portion: 100gr linguine - 1 ripe avocado - 4/5 big leafs of basil - 1 garlic clove - salt - chilli - olive oil
Cook the linguine in salty boiling water.
In the mean time, brown the garlic clove for a couple of minutes in a pan with oil. Turn off the heat, remove the garlic, add salt, chilli and the chopped basil leafs.
Using a fork, mash the avocado until it become puree, add it to the pan, and mix it with the other ingredients.
Drain the linguine ‘al dente’ and put them into the pan.
Turn on the stove, and mix everything together for a couple of minutes. Transfer the linguine on the plate, add a drizzle of olive oil… Done!
If you want you can add some pine nuts on top for an extra taste, otherwise... Enjoy the top LINGUINE GREEN AFFAIRE!
And what about the unavoidable food waste?
Great news! It will be recycled into fertile compost for agriculture or potting soil!
So don’t throw it into the garbage bin! Instead, collect it separately in a bin or a compostable bag and dispose it in the designated bin in your neighborhood.
(in Vienna, that is the brown Biotonne, stationed in every other corner of a block of buildings).
Do you dare to take a challenge for a month?
Don’t buy more than one piece of textile clothing a month!
And here a suggestion for you:
prefer high-quality clothes!
Why? Read here:
high-quality clothes last longer in the long-run and it may very well be cheaper than buying loads of cheap clothes that you have to throw away just after a year or less;
when you buy cotton-based clothes, prefer organic cotton! It posts less chemical damage to the environment and to the workers producing it!
fast-fashion clothes are often made by people working under conditions of modern child labour and slavery, contaminate the environment as are often non-biodegradable and have a very low quality!
Have you ever heard about the ‘FAST FASHION’ phenomenon?
The logic behind fast fashion is:
sell at extremely cheap prices;
renew the collections after a few weeks and ensure that the consumer is induced to buy again;
produce low quality garments with a very short life, which lead the consumer to buy new clothes again.
But how is it possible that a t-shirt costs only € 5 (or less)?
Companies tend to save the most on labor: most of the garments they produced are Made in Bangladesh a developing country where workers are paid around € 1.50 per hour and do have almost no rights.
Many of us tend to buy too many fast-fashion clothes and once used feel better by donating them to charities or taking them to recycling. After all, they don’t go wasted, help other people in need, or become new clothes right?
Well, yes and no. From the perspective of waste, it’s far from enough to save textile waste!
Even though some countries have high collection rates for reuse and recycling (such as Germany, which collects 75% of textiles), much of the collected clothing is exported to countries with no collection infrastructure of their own, most of which ultimately end up in landfills.
Also, only less than 1% of materials used for producing clothes is recycled into new clothes! And only another 13% is down-recycled, but mostly into lower-value products such as cleaning cloth, mattress stuffing and insulation material.
So, more than 70% of clothing is landfilled or incinerated globally. We, as consumers, need to do our part of change to reduce this wastage!
Do you know that fashion industry is the second most polluting after oil industry?
Buying garments programmed to be disposed only increases the damage that this industry creates to the environment: every year 11 million tons of textile waste from the US alone end up in landfills and most of these fabrics are synthetic!
So, have you ever thought about buying clothes from second-hand shops? If not, well it’s a fashion insider’s secret: you can find unique pieces at a lower price, and saving clothes from being wasted at the same time!
There are numerous second-hand clothes stores in every city.
Check them out!
Maybe you’ve heard of “ZERO WASTE”. Or maybe not. What does it mean?
We are going to delve into this topic and encourage you to take a #IBuyNoWaste challenge. Just to clarify: we don’t encourage extreme measures, therefore we will not suggest to reduce wastes to fit them into a mason jar! Interested? Follow on!
Zero Waste as a lifestyle simply means that you live in a way that doesn’t produce waste which goes to the “residual waste” bin (which is then sent to either a landfill or an incineration plant).
A Zero Waste lifestyle:
1. starts with buying things with re-usable or recyclable packaging
2. followed by waste-less consumption
3. and finally proper waste sorting.
In the end, except for hazardous waste, you only dispose things that can be reused or recycled.
Is a Zero Waste lifestyle possible in our consumerist world?
Well, we believe that, with proper collection infrastructure and systems for reusable and recyclable materials, it is possible!
Simple things we do that help reduce waste:
buy goods with reusable packaging (like glass or metal containers)
or at least recyclable packaging;
shop with your own reusable shopping bag;
think twice when you buy something new: do you really need it? We tend to buy so much junk that in the end we don’t use…
and shop in packaging-free shops!
Trying to live a Zero Waste lifestyle would reduce the amount of waste we otherwise would produce.
Keep simply in mind the 3 R’s:
Practising the the 3R’s is one of the best ways to eliminate waste and protect our environment!