Winter is here again and brings cooler temperatures. Some love it and others flee into the warmth. We'll show you how you can survive the cold months at home without worries – and in a sustainable way.
Some love it and others hate it: the winter. Regardless of whether you like it or not, it comes every year – sometimes longer and sometimes shorter. Everyone has his tricks and preferences how to survive the cold winter days undamaged. The following tips should help you to get through the winter months sustainably.
Regional before international
Actually, the rule "regional before international" applies throughout the year. But especially on cold and dark winter days, the desire for something fresh, such as exotic fruits or berries, sometimes prevails. It goes without saying that they have long transport routes behind them and are not typical foods in the cold season. If strawberries are a must in winter, they can be frozen in summer and eaten all year round. If you're not sure which vegetables or fruits are seasonal, just check out the internet with a few clicks or go to the shop for advice.
Artificial fur instead of real fur – or even better: no fur at all
The colder the wind that blows around your ears – perhaps warmed with a NIKIN Treeanie – the more comfortable you feel in a thick, warm winter jacket. Every year they offer models whose hood or inside is "pepped up" with fur. When customers buy fur, they also assume that they are wearing fake fur; which is actually logical, as animal suffering in the fur industry has long since ceased to be a secret. The idea of carrying real fur around with you instead is something very few people would think of. Why should they? All the more frightening are the results of the Stiftung Warentest, which were found in 2016 with four jackets and a cap apparently fitted with fake fur. All (!) of the examined garments contained real fur – despite the clear indication that it was artificial fur. Even more frightening is the fact that real fur from China is often cheaper than fake fur. There the animals are kept under horrible conditions before they are gassed or beaten to death. In order to distinguish artificial from real fur, you can blow into the fur. Synthetic fur remains stiff and immobile, while real fur clearly moves. To avoid angry glances – just leave the fur out, whether real or not.
Mountain air instead of a sandy beach
Winter sports enthusiasts and lovers are really looking forward to it until the thermometer drops to minus temperatures again, the mountains are white, and the skis and snowboards can finally be taken out of the basement again. Where can winter sports enthusiasts exercise their passion better than in the Alps? Avoid long flights or car rides and benefit from the possibilities offered by our numerous mountains. The best is usually not far away anyway and even more ecological. In winter, the mountains offer not only beautiful ski slopes, but also many other great activities such as snowshoeing or sledging.
Proper heating and ventilating
Switching off the heating for a longer period and then reheating it consumes a lot of energy and is therefore not recommended. Instead, just turn it down a little. Turning the heater to maximum temperature causes immense energy consumption and should therefore be avoided. When heating, however, you should not ventilate, as the energy is also wasted by heating "out of the window". Although cold temperatures do not exactly invite ventilation, this should still be done two to four times for five to ten minutes per day. This prevents mould and fresh air can never do any harm.
Public transport before car
Long walks on early winter mornings are a wonderful enrichment for body and soul, but not everyone's cup of tea. For the sake of comfort and to avoid the icy temperatures, the next bus stop is often avoided, and the car is given priority. The problem is self-explanatory and can easily be solved by tightening the button on the winter jacket, putting on another layer and taking the route to the next bus or train. A little cold kick will also help you to wake up – and perhaps save a few coffees.
Of course, there are 1000 more tips on how to make your winter more sustainable – these are just ideas to help you get started.