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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Hamburg’s Got Groove

Hamburg’s iconic Elbphilharmonie is just as famous for its insane acoustics as it is for its programme, which weaves traditional classical music together with rock bands, festivals, and jazz — like the Scandinavian piano band Rymden, for example. On the occasion of their concert, we met the jazz trio in the so-called ‘Elphi’, where we delved into the history of the concert hall and considered, among other questions, whether jazz is the classical music of the 21st century.

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The Jack of All Trades

Dieter Meier is someone who, without exaggeration, can be described as a music legend. With the band Yello, the Swiss native became world famous in the 80s together with his colleague Boris Blank. Heard their hits like ‘Oh Yeah’ and ‘The Race’? Experimental and electronic, and a little gaga, the tunes get under your skin thanks to Dieter’s deep voice. Yello still perform today. But music is by no means Dieter’s only mode of expression: Dieter, probably the best dressed rebel of Zurich, who even earned his living as a professional gambler for a while, started working as a performance and conceptual artist in the late 60s. In 1972, he took part in Documenta 5 in Kassel, for which he installed a metal plaque at the main station with the inscription, ‘Dieter Meier will stand on this plaque on 23 March 1994 from 3pm to 4pm’ — a promise he later kept. As a creative entrepreneur and investor, Dieter has his fingers everywhere in the game. His greatest passions, however, are the worlds of culinary delights and nature, and, following from that, his farm in Argentina, where he cultivates wine, breeds cattle, and spends a lot of time. He serves up products from his second home in his restaurants — of course this jack-of-all-trades is also a restaurateur. And he has also just set up a chocolate factory. Somewhere between his many projects, Dieter took a moment to answer some questions for COMPANION.

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Creating a Cult Label

It all started off with a modest music label and a few pairs of jeans. Since Maison Kitsuné’s origins in 2002, the purveyor of cool has spiralled out into a cult fashion brand and music label with coffee shops in Paris and Tokyo. How did it all come to be? Co-founder Gildas Loaëc shared with COMPANION how he seeks out the eclectic and the classic to stay fresh in these fast-moving industries.

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Generating a Genre

Natascha Augustin, senior creative director at Warner Chappell Music, is the cool-headed industry leader who’s responsible for propelling Germany’s hottest hip-hop and rap acts to the peak of international acclaim — though her humility prevents her from taking any of the credit. Having pioneered ‘Deutschrap’ (German rap) right from the beginning, her knack for navigating the ever-shifting tides of taste in popular music has stood not only Warner Chappell but also the entire industry in ever-stronger stead. Natascha took a moment out of her nonstop schedule to share with COMPANION how she discovers new talent, what she likes about the new wave of female German rappers, and her outlook for the future of the genre.

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Ballads of a Bad Boy


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