Sustainable App Cosmos

Living healthily, saving resources, taking care of the environment, and, naturally, also of our fellow humans.

Many people would like to do it all, but how? Doing good is becoming increasingly difficult as a result of the constant flood of possibilities in daily life. COMPANION introduces five apps that make mindful living easier.

Transparent Ingredients
What food to put in the shopping basket? Sometimes it’s not so easy, with there now being so many things to take into account if you want to eat sustainably, or if you suffer from food allergies. Those with no patience to trawl through food blogs and consumer forums can download the app Barcoo. The barcode scanner compares data on price-comparison sites and organic portals, checks test reports, and provides app users with information on pricing, ingredients, and ratings. It can also be used for products other than food.
barcoo.com 

Social Driving
The U-Bahn has stopped running, and one drink too many means going by bike or car is out of the question. Time to order a taxi with the Clever Shuttle app. This application ensures ecological, fun travel: Clever Shuttle pays fair wages, uses only electric vehicles, and advocates car-pooling. Meaning that other nice passengers can join you on your way home, which brings down the price for everyone.
clevershuttle.org

Offtime = Metime
Those on a serious search for relaxation should use their smartphones to download the app Offtime, which has been developed to combat the phenomenon of permanent availability. This application puts the brakes on and blocks other apps, preventing phones from constantly pinging and push notifications from appearing on the screen. Using the simple settings, you can specify how you want to spend your time and who is allowed to get through despite the do-not-disturb mode. Finally, time for yourself — the world will have to wait!
offtime.co

Zero Waste Goal
Every restaurant and café has been there: Superfluous food ends up in the trash. Every year approximately one million tonnes of perishable food is thrown out. The concept of the app Too Good To Go is fighting food waste, providing consumers with a sustainable alternative to pizza delivery services. Food service providers post what’s left just before they close, and users of the app can reserve a dish before picking it up from their favorite restaurant. Leftovers with a difference!
toogoodtogo.de

Win-Win Situation
The kitchen is once again full of empty bottles, but there’s not enough time to take the burdensome recyclables back to the supermarket. Perhaps the bag is too heavy, or the queue at the recycling machine is too long. Watch this space! The app Pfandweg lets you advertise your empties, which will then be picked up free-of-charge from your home. This way you’re doing a favor for bottle collectors, who would otherwise be combing the streets, and simultaneously keeping your flat tidy.
pfandweg.de

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Diving into The Forest

Nature, awareness, deceleration, meditation: 'shinrin-yoku', meaning 'bathing in the forest', is a recognised treatment in Japan. It's also spreading to Germany as a by-product of the general mindfulness trend. Why is it so popular? What does the bathing part involve? Accompanied by two guides, partners Carlos Ponte and Emma Wisser, COMPANION headed off to the Mangfall Valley, close to Munich, to test the waters and discover what this activity is all about. Between the trees and wet earth, we learned something about the healing qualities of the forest - and about ourselves as well.

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The Science of Scent

Subtle and seductive, the aroma molecule Iso E Super was created in a laboratory in 1973. In 2006, the master perfumer Geza Schön bottled it pure to create Molecule 01 - a fragrance that fast gained a cult following the world over. Many more scents later, COMPANION visited Schön at his Berlin apartment and lab to get a whiff of the chemistry behind his 'anti-fragrances', and glean his take on the wellness industry's obsession with nature (hint: it's overrated).

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Happy Go Vienna

Once again, Vienna has been named the most liveable city in the world. Horse-drawn carriages, Sachertorte chocolate gateau, 'Küss die Hand' - really now? Oh yes, says Zara Pfeifer. Thirteen years ago, she came here from Cologne to study and, bar a few short hiatuses, has stayed ever since.

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Petit Paris

In all its sophistication, Paris often feels very grown up. But the pleasures it holds for pint-sized bon vivants are manifold, if you know where to look. Xavi Vega, general manager of the new 25hours Hotel Terminus Nord and father of two-year-old Sofia, helped us plot out the city's treasures for les petits. The Catalan-born Francophile first moved to Paris in 2009, and returned in 2016, after a short intermezzo in Madrid. Together with his wife, he delights in raising his daughter amidst the culture, cuisine, intellectual rigour, and simple pleasures the city so elegantly embraces. Here are his secrets to sharing the Parisian art de vivre with your little ones on a weekend in and around Paris.

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Marseille Mon Amour

A Mediterranean climate and laid-back urban flair on the Côte d’Azur: Marseille certainly has more to offer than its reputation would reveal. The lively international port city, with its 300 days of sun per year and a particular passion for bouillabaisse and pastis, was long considered the French Naples, ruled by criminal gangs and the violence of its ‘French Connection’ mafia. Much has changed since then. In 2013, Marseille was named the European Capital of Culture, and pocketed significant subsidies that were invested in polishing up its appearance. France’s second-largest city now attracts growing numbers of creative minds and artists. Hot on their heels are the galleries, hip boutiques, and cafés. For the younger French generation especially, Marseilles is becoming a real alternative to the exorbitantly priced Paris due to its affordable standard of living — with a view of the sea included.

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The Taste of Tel Aviv

Haya Molcho and her sons, the family behind eatery empire NENI, have written a new cookery book about the people of Tel Aviv and their culinary histories. And it has recipes too. The most important ingredient? Friends with whom to share what you make.


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