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Little steps go a long way!

The recent Corona crisis has had a great impact on our daily lives and is changing the way we think about health and the environment we live in. We've put this little guide together in order to make it easier for you to reduce the amout plastic generated on a daily basis. It's a small step on the way to finding answers to the big questions the future holds. I am grateful to Elizabeth Toth from Green Heroes Austria and our district task force “Plastikfreie Josefstadt” for their valuable contributions to this important issue. My thanks also extend to you personally for helping us to commit even more fully to a plastic-free future.  


1 Reusing & Repairing

• Reuse bottles

• Reuse bags

• Reuse drinking straws

• Reuse cups and dishes

• Repair technical devices

• Repair clothing & shoes


• Repairing electrical equipment: Visit the Energy & Repair Cafés at the Neighborhood Center, Florianigasse 24; WAWA Elektrotechnik, Lange Gasse 52; Red Zack, Josefstädter Strasse 35;

• For laptop & computer repair: HELFERLINE, Josefstädter Straße 25;

• Mobile phone repair: HELFERLINE, Josefstädter Straße 25;

SamCom, Josefstädter Str. 99; speedynet, Josefstädter Str. 82;

• Tailoring: Ninve Änderungsschneiderei, Albertgasse 5; Änderungsschneiderei und Maßschneiderei Express Tailor, Skodagasse 25; Models at Tina, Josefstädter Str. 46; Schneiderei Eva, Blindengasse 18; Änderungsschneiderei Murat Akkan, Alser Str. 19; Änderungsschneiderei Süleyman Erdogan Josefstadt Vienna, Lerchenfelder Str. 134; Richard der Schneider, Albertgasse 6; TextilWerkstatt Xo, Alser Str. 39; Änderungsschneiderei Nadel, Jasia Nadja, Lange G. 76; Mr. Robert Chomout, Piaristengasse 26;

• Cobblers: Schlüsseldienste & Schuhservice zur Lerche, Lerchenfelder Str. 36; Jaguda Boruchov, Skodagasse 27;


2 Exchanging & Sharing

• Borrow equipment

• Borrow books from the library

• Use second hand products

• Rent a bike or electric scooter

• Use public transport

• Take advantage of public bookcases and second-hand clothing bins


• Renting devices: www.leila.wien, renting games:

Spielebox, Albertgasse 37;

• Library: Books4Life Vienna, Skodagasse 17;

• Second hand: Secondi - exclusive exchange boutique – Second Hand, Piaristengasse 5-7; Humana Secondhand, Alser Str. 41; Second Hand Mode Meirhofer, Lerchenfelder Str. 94-98; Jotex Army, Lerchenfelder Str. 6; Boutique Charm, Auerspergstrasse 21/2; Klein Stein Second Hand

Spielwaren, Lange G. 63;

• City bike: 801 Alser Straße / Feldgasse; 802 Albertgasse;

• Public bookcase: Josef-Matthias-Hauer-Platz

• Used clothing bins: Uhlplatz 5, Skodagasse 1,

Blindengasse17, Pfeilgasse 3, Pfeilgasse 42, Hernalser Gürtel 2, Friedrich Schmidtplatz 5, Florianigasse 22, Blindengasse 46a, Bennoplatz, Trautsongasse 3, Alser Straße 17, Pfeilgasse 37, Pfeilgasse 1A, Lerchengasse 18, Laudongasse 36, Landesgerichtsstr. 9a


3 Food

• Prepare shopping lists and plan ahead

• Store food properly

• Buy seasonal fruits and vegetables at local and regional farmers markets 

• Take your own containers with you

• Shop without unnecessary packaging


• Organic market: Lange Gasse, Sa: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm; Lerchenfeld farmers market: Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Ceija-Stojka-Platz

• Farmer's market: Josef-Matthias-Hauer-Platz (corner of Josefstädter Straße 64) every 3rd Thursday of the month from 8 a.m.

• Shopping without packaging: der Greißler, Albertgasse 19; essenswert.at, Schlösselgasse 20


4 Separating Waste

• Separate your garbage at home

• Dispose of plastic bottles, beverage cartons, and metal cans in Vienna’s yellow / blue bins

• Use organic waste bins

• The city of Vienna has receptacles for disposing of used cooking oils (WÖLI). Use them.

• Dispose of expired medication at the pharmacy

• Dispose of old batteries in Vienna’s battery boxes

• Take old electrical appliances back to the dealer

• Dispose of bulky waste at designated collection points


• Separating garbage at home helps save resources 

• As of Sept. 2019, beverage cartons, metals and Plastic bottles go in Vienna’s yellow / blue bins 

• Organic waste: Vienna produces more than 45,000 tons of compost yearly from organic waste, used mainly in organic agriculture. That’s why you should never dispose of plastic bags in organic waste bins, even if biodegradable. They disintegrate into micro-plastic particles and do not turn into compost. 

• The WÖLI is available free of charge at all MA48 delivery points for disposing of used edible fats, capacity 3 liters 

• Every pharmacy takes back expired medications: Maria Treu Apotheke, Josefstädter Str. 68; Weltapotheke, Lerchenfelder Str. 122; Alte Löwen-Apotheke, Josefstadt Str. 25; Kaiser Josef Apotheke, Alser Str. 51; Apotheke zur heiligen Johanna, Florianigasse 13; 

• Every business that sells batteries has to take them back (supermarkets, retail chains, drugstores etc.) and can be disposed of in special battery collection boxes 

• Small electrical devices (less than 50 cm edgewise) can be turned in free of charge when purchasing a new device in stores with a sales area upwards of 150 m2.


5 Cosmetics & Household products

• Use soap instead of shower gel

• Use bamboo toothbrushes

• Use cotton pads

• Reuse glass packaging

• Use glass or metal lunchboxes for transporting snacks

• Use beeswax cloths instead of aluminum foil

• Stickers for the mailbox: No advertising material


• Natural soaps are not packaged in plastic like shower gels. They are also better for the environment as no emulsifiers, preservatives or silicones are used in production.

• 17.64 million plastic toothbrushes are used up annually in Austria.

• Cotton pads made of real cotton can be washed and reused.

• Glass packaging such as jam jars can be reused for storing other foods.

• Instead of using plastic containers for your snack, glass or metal lunchboxes are recommended. They are easy to clean, are durable and do not release toxins when exposed to heat.

• Beeswax cloths are a good alternative to

aluminum or plastic foil and keep food just as fresh. Beeswax cloths are available at Sorgsam Streetshop, Skodagasse10.

• You can save a lot of resources by opting out of receiving advertising mail. You can download printable stickers or order them directly on the Umweltberatung website: www.umweltberatung.at/bestellen-sie-werbung-ab


Book tip: The Beachcomber’s Guide to Marine Debris

by Josefstadt marine biologist Dr. Michael Stachowitsch


         Did you know?

1 billion plastic bottles are produced in Austria every year

5-7,000 tons of plastic bags are manufactured in Austria every year

1.3 billion plastic straws are used in Austria every year

56 million take-away dishes and 300 million disposable cups are consumed in Austria every year

1.6 billion: Disposable plastic bottles are sold in Austria every year.


• plan shopping in advance and do not buy simply when you are hungry

• Store food correctly:

• Salads, broccoli, asparagus, spring onions

wrapped in a damp cloth, prevents them drying out in the refrigerator;

• Tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, eggplant and zucchini are best kept at around 15° C and out of direct light;

• Store bread and pastries in a paper bag, a lunch box or in a cotton cloth;

• Store onions and garlic in a cool place or in a clay pot that has enough space to for them to “breathe”;

• It is best to store exotic fruits such as bananas, melon, pineapple or mango in a cool place.






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