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4/2013 green journey: public libraries

January 21st, 2013 by sophie · green journey

My green tip for this week is very simple:

  • use public libraries
We don’t actually need all the books we buy or all the books we read. Most of them get read once and afterwards they won’t be touched in years. So why shouldn’t we use the libraries or at least buy second-hand books? Maybe also sell the books we are sure of that we are not going to read them again, someone else will be happy to get a bargain.

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3/2013 green journey: coffee to go

January 14th, 2013 by sophie · green journey

Coffee to go – a great addition to our culture! but do we really need to produce so much rubbish?

  • the solution: a thermos mug!
    - you can buy them at many coffee places (i got one from starbucks which doesn’t leak out a drop, even if you have it upside down in your bag) , and they are all happy to fill your coffee in the mug you bring with you!
    - plus: your coffee stays warm for a longer time!

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2/2013 green journey: junk mail

January 7th, 2013 by sophie · green journey

we all get a lot of junk mail every week. there is one free sunday paper, which everyone trashes without actually having a look at it. and besides that we also get a lot of other advertising and free pizza menus. it made me think about how much paper rubbish we produce without actually wanting it. and there is such a simple solution:

  • just stick a little label on your mailbox: no junk mail!

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1/2013 green journey: gift wrapping

January 3rd, 2013 by sophie · green journey

new years makes you think about a lot of stuff. what happened last year, how did your life change and what missions did you accomplish. it also makes you think about the future, about which goals you want to reach in the coming year and which dreams you would like to come true. and of course, you think about what you would like to change in your lifestyle. maybe as i did, you also thought about, how you could be more friendly with your environment and how you could reduce the pollution you cause.

green journey will be one of our new blog-inventions we start in 2013. the weekly posts will give you some advice about what you could do to live more green. whenever you have a question or an idea, let us know, we would love to hear some feedback and share your ideas!


Christmas is just over and my full rubish bin makes me think about finding a better solution for wrapping gifts, than buying loads of paper, which gets thrown away after it got wripped off the presents. I love giftwrapping, its a big part of giving a present to someone. Still, I don’t like buying stuff which isn’t useful at all and gets thrown away in the end – like paper for gift wrapping.┬áThe fact that making paper is one of the most polluting industries on earth confirmes my point: The less we use, the better.

Thats why i spent some time to think about alternative solutions to actually buying gift wrap paper.
Here they are:

  • Reuse the Paper from gifts someone else gave to you!
  • Newspaper – Giftwrap
  • Shopping Bags
  • Sunday Comics
  • Food packaging
  • Banana leaves (if you have a plant at home)
  • Posters
And some other options, which are not free, but still reusable:
  • Reusable Cloth Bags
  • Kitchen Towels
  • Scarves
  • Recycling Paper


You are welcome to add your ideas as comments, so we can collect as many alternative solutions to gift wrap paper, as possible!

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