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Compassionate Earthling 🐷🐮 Zero-Waste ♻ Vegan 🍉 Plant-Lover 🌱 Traveller 🌍 Lioness 🦁 🌎📌: Germany 🇩🇪 🍃 Let's make this world a better

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Zero Waste Travelling Part 1 Hi. I've decided to do a little series on here thematising Zero Waste Travelling. What are the essentials to travel with a small environmental footprint? How can you prepare to avoid unnecessary trash? Which everday objects can you swap for environmental alternatives? So, without further ado (this one's an obvious one) - Nr. 1: Take your own REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE with you wherever you go! Tap water is potable in most places I've travelled to. Yes, sometimes the taste requires getting used to, but it's so much cheaper & more environmentally friendly than buying water in single-use plastic bottles. And if the water really isn't fit for consumption, buy the biggest available bottle or container of water and fill up your own bottle. . . It goes without saying that you should RECYCLE the bottles that can't be avoided. Most plastic bottles are made from PET (body) & PP (lid). Both are recyclable, although it always depends on the recycling infrastructure & techniques that exist in each country. ♻️ . . The beautifully colourful bottle I am using in the picture is my mom's @kleankanteen bottle made from STAINLESS STEEL. Generally I'd recommend avoiding cheap plastic bottles as they may release toxins into your water when exposed to sun, salt, etc. Glas bottles are typically too heavy to travel with & can break easily (I speak from lots of experience :p), so stainless steel is a great solution. . . What about you? Still buying water at the supermarket or already saving tons of money by drinking from the tap? 💰💡 . . (Tip for going out: Need a glass of water from all the dancing, eating, heat? Just ask for a glass of tap water, it's free in most countries!) . . . . #zerowastetravelling #ecolouontour #zerowaste #zerowasteplantbased #zerowastevegan #vegan #plantbased #series #waterbottle #eco #ecoconcious #bethechange #recycle #zwchallenge #byo #plasticfree #cleankanteen #atacama #rainbowvalley #basuracero #trashisfortossers #beajohnson

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Have you ever thought of going Vegetarian or vegan? What is keeping you from making the switch? Too hard? Don't know what to eat? Scared of not getting enough protein? Scared of malnutrition? Could you "just never give up cheese"? Do you "just loooove meat"? I believe it's all about taking one step at a time. Educate yourself (watch documentaries, read books, listen to podcasts, watch videos). Try out some vegan options when you eat out at a restaurant (it's so easy & 99% of the time delicious). Realise how many animal products you consume. Try a few alternatives (plant milk instead of calf milk, tofu/seitan instead of animal corpses, baking with banana instead of chicken period, etc (you get the picture)). Here's a few tips on where to get info, inspo & tips on veganism: @cowspiracy (documentary about the environmental impact of veganism) @wthfilm (documentary about the health benefits of veganism) @earthlinged (see if you can convince him to NOT be vegan...) @veganistungesund (German duo being funny af and vegan) @happycow (an App that shows you vegan & vegetarian restaurants/options wherever you are) @jamesaspey (this guy stayed silent for a year to raise awareness for all the animals who can't speak up for themselves) (This list might eventually be expanded when I remember other cool accounts :p) #vegan #veganinspo #veganfortheanimals #veganforthehealth #veganfortheenvironment #animalproducts #seedofchange #vegetarian #happycow #jamesaspey #cowspiracy #whatthehealth #documentary #netflix #earthlinged #meat #milk #egg #veganalternatives

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I hadn't seen @superuthy in over 1,5 years, when I visited her in Cuenca, Ecuador, 2 weeks ago. . Spent a week discovering the city together, eating lots of vegan food (the perks of having a vegan best friend 😊), playing the Ukulele together, pondering over life choices & not finishing a single movie (we really prefer talking ourselves to sleep, ey? 😋) . I'm so glad that you responded to my facebook post back in early 2016. Discovering New Zealand with & Veganism through you was the best thing that could have happened to me. 🌏🌱 . I'm also glad to still be calling you a best friend after 2,5 years of long distance friendship. Thank goodness for technology, ey? . Love you, my favourite foody 😘 #wemadeitaroundtheworld #newzealandeuropesouthamerica #friendship #3years #friends #travelbuddies #semesterabroad #exchangestudent #cuenca #ecuador #kartoffeln #vegan #veganbesties #veganfortheenvironment #veganforthehealth #cowspiracy #animallovers #longdistance

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Plants are awesome, don't you think? 🍃 And you CAN live off of only them if you WANT to! 🥦🍉🥥🍍🥑🍒🍌 #plantbased #vegan #plants #veganactivism #zerowastevegan #herbivore #plantprotein #vegetarian #veganism #vegantravelling #plantkingdom #veganforthewin

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My favourite house mates of the past few months were these two little nutheads tbh. Lily moved into our house about a month before I did and it was amazing seeing her grow up. She's the cutest crazy little puppy! Isis showed me what it feels like when you come home and a dog is waiting for you. Really makes you feel so special! Am gonna miss that welcoming tail-shaking 🐕 #finallookback #summaryofmytimeinchile #thatsawrap #dogs #housemates #friends #adoptdontshop #felinefriends #lily #isis #crazy #animals #veganfortheanimals

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Martina, my favourite Aquarius ♒. Thanks for being such a wonderful human. I remember when I met you I only wished we had started talking sooner . I miss you, your energy, your sunshine, your glittery personality. I miss travelling together and developing plans to change the world. ✊🌍🌱 . See you soon 😘🌍 (Semi-professional photoshoot Part II) . #finallookback #thatsawrap #summaryofmytimeinchile #ecofriends #aquarius #leo #oppositesigns #friends #martina #cool #semesterabroad #seedofchange #exchangestudent #sweden #chile

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Looking back on the past semester there were a couple of people that made this time one I will always remember gladly (I've posted about a few of these awesome peeps already). Elsa is one of them. I'm so lucky to be able to call you my friend. Thanks for being there for me, for having my back, for giving me advice, for helping me out in difficult times, for coming with me to dance our asses off at the Chainsmokers concert 💃, for eating vegan foods with me & for sharing an amazing trip to Buenos Aires! Enjoy your coming semester in wonderful Santiago de Chile 😘 #finallookback #summaryofmytimeinchile #thatsawrap #elsa #friends #exchangesemester #semesterabroad #chainsmokers #concert #buenosaires #santiago #chile #roommate #vegan #sunflower #graffiti

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Andrea and I met because of a pretty cool project that we worked on this semester. It's funny how motivating change can be when you work with passionate people. It's definitely been a trip. Writing papers, baking coffee stirrers, putting ourselves out there, being disappointed & positively surprised, realising how wrong our assumptions were, changing our ways, getting awesome feedback, nailing presentations & becoming friends in the meantime. 🤓 I am excited for the future of our project BiteMe & can't wait to see where this journey will take us. Are you following our project yet? @biteme.eu #thatsawrap #summaryofmytimeinchile #finallookback #andrea #friends #biteme #bitemedibles #bitemeeu #ediblecutlery #leanstartup #socialentrepreneurship #entrepreneurship #semesterabroad #exchangestudent #coffeestirrers #business

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Aline, you amazing woman. I love the fact that we became friends at a Wormcompost Workshop - that was definitely a first for me 🤓🐛 It's not everyday that I meet someone who's so interested in living more eco-friendly and actively challenging themselves to do so. 🌱🌎♻️ You are such a wise and hard-working person, please continue using that energy and knowledge to make this world a better place ✊🤓 Thank you for being a true friend and always giving great advice. Hope to see you on the other side of the ocean 🌍😘 #finallookback #thatsawrap #summaryofmytimeinchile #chile #wormcompost #ecofriendly #udd #friends #semesterabroad #exchangesemester #zerowaste #vegan #internationals

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Cheers to my favourite nerds, Mili & Frankie. So glad we met so early on during Matt's amazing class, bringing different view points and knowledge to the conversations and somehow surviving his high expectations in our Project 🤓 Keep being awesome and follow Matt's advice on changing the world: Start small, but start! 😘 ✊🌎🌱 And I really hope I can welcome you in Europe someday (@franurenda897, I'm counting on you there, ey? 😉) #finallookback #summaryofmytimeinchile #thatsawrap #semesterabroad #exchangesemester #chile #santiago #nerds #udd #geology #design #business #meme #powertothepeople #changetheworld #startsmallbutstart #veganfortheenvironment #cutdownonmeatanddairy

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Here are some of my favourite pictures of my trips with John & Gio at the beginning of the semester in Chile to Mendoza, Argentina & the desert of Atacama, Chile. 🐎🇦🇷☀️☃️🇨🇱 You guys are such kind humans, hope to be able to share more adventures (preferably not the freezing cold ones) in the future! #finallookback #thatsawrap #summaryofmytimeinchile #semesterabroad #exchangesemester #atacama #mendoza #weekendtrip #fiestaspatrias #internationals #geyserdeltatio #pukaradequitor #horseriding #cabalgata #roadtrip #chile #canada #italy #germany

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Paula! Es tan increíble como la vida nos ha juntado. Primero in Mainz, después al otro lado del mundo en Chile 🇩🇪🇨🇱 Eres una persona increíble, con una energía y una risa que me faltarán mucho ❤ gracias por enseñarme el Chileno, la Uke y (un poquito) la tela! Si algún día vuelvas a Europa, me avisas cachai? Obvio que tocaremos la Uke juntas otra vez, sería bacán! 😄😘 siempre eres lo bienvenido. Te echaré de menos @pdelsolaro ❤💫 Y por final mi canción favorita que toquemos juntas 😍🙊 #pleasebeniceiveneverpostedmysinginganywherebefore #frommainztostgo #exchangesemester #friends #chile #semesterabroad #ukulele #jolene #mileycyrus #cover #bestukebuddy #missyou #chileno #udd #internationals

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Our little getaway to Buenos Aires felt like a short trip home. After only 2 hours of flying it felt like we had landed in Europe. The architecture really is a mix between the one of Madrid, Barcelona, Paris & Milan. @e_fems j'ai adoré notre petit voyage! I'm so happy to have found such an open-minded, passionate and adventurous person in you 🌱💫 I mean, not everyone would endure my rants about veganism, astrology and zero waste 😉 #getaway #buenosaires #argentina #friends #architecture #europe #europa #home #flyingisshit #flyless #voyage #trip #openminded #passionate #adventurous #vegan #zerowaste #astrology

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Five days of walking until our feet hurt, of being wowed by European-like architecture, of genuine laughter at ridiculously funny stories, of hugging trees, of falling asleep at museums, of falling asleep pretty much anywhere anytime tbh, of painfully bright sunshine, of incredible heat and humidity, of weird hostel life, of cosy ukulele jam sessions, of yummy vegan food, of funny encounters with porteños & of wobbly but entertaining flights. What a wonderful 5 days with you @e_fems! On se voit en Europe, hein? 😘 #buenosaires #argentina #trip #europe #architecture #laughter #treehugger #colour #hippie #hipster #ootd #friends #porteño #sunshine #vegan #getaway #travelling

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Missing this one like crazy today ❤ Looking forward to soon be on the same side of the planet again! 🇸🇪🇩🇪 #ecofriends #chile #exchangesemester #udd #sweden #germany #special #valparaiso #islanegra #air #fire #oppositesigns #soulmate #stillaspiritualveggie #missyou #seedling #sunshine #hug 🌱💫🌻

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Second day of my solo trip to Chiloé. I got on a bus to the other side of the Island, hiked over beautifully lush green hills only to end up here: Muelle de las Almas. 🌊 The Mapuche people believed this place to be the port from which the souls of the dead sail towards the horizon to get to paradise. 💫 To me, this place is already pretty much like paradise. No need to sail to the horizon any time soon. I might come back for that in another 60+ years. 👵🏼 Ps: I also made some rather painful acquaintances with a barbed wire fence and had a rather wet encounter with some mud. 😋 I like that I'm back in a mental space where these little mishappenings make me laugh and not break down. 🧘‍♀️ I have also started to smile at little moments again, like hearing little birds singing, seeing cute little house gardens, feeling the wind in my hair, the sunrays warming my skin, seing couples showing their affection and parents giving their kids their full attention. Such beautiful moments that shouldn't go unnoticed 💝☀️🌎

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Semi-professional Photoshoot Part I Found a pretty wall and decided to give this whole looking sexy and bored thing a try ... not sure if it worked haha, but the reality is, that in @annamartinajonsson's company, I mostly laugh until my stomach hurts or we dream of sustainable businesses or imagine some other way to make this world a better place 😍💭 👭❤🌻 🔥🌬 📷 @sebastien.betsch

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Only one more exam and then I'm done. Feels strange to soon be saying goodbye to this wonderful place. 🌎🇨🇱 . The experience in Santiago has been a roller coaster. I'm forever grateful for the incredible humans I met here and although I am sad to have to say Goodbye to them soon, I know that in some cases it is more of a "See you later" as we will see each other again for sure! ❤ . I also learned some hard lessons during my time here. It wasn't all sunshine and rainbows. I had a few mental breakdowns and personal crises, but I know that I will look back on this time as one in which I grew immensely and I was lucky to be surrounded by beautiful people who lifted me up when I hit rock bottom . As they say, "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger". And I will return with a fire in my heart burning brighter than ever before. I will make damn sure to spread seeds of change wherever I go, bringing sunshine into people's lives and continue wearing flowers in my hair. 🔥🌱☀️🌺 . @annamartinajonsson @e_fems @oneword.oneworld ❤ #exchangestudent #santiago #chile #mentalhealth #seedofchange #fire #leo #sunshine #sunset #flowers #friends #rockbottom #udd #ootd #colour #flowersinthehair #yellow #semesterabroad #zerowastechile #vegan #seedling #motherearth