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    The one where I say goodbye | Ok wow.

    As I already wrote in my first post, I had to create a blog as part of an uni module. In Scotland the term is over now and that’s why I will say goodbye for now. This has been quite the experience with some ups and downs. I gained a lot of respect for everyone for all those who regularly run a blog.It was very important to me to write about something that is relevant and close to my heart. I think I achieved that. I hope you could take something away from the blog as well! I don’t know if I will contine this blog yet, but will make…

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    Misconceptions,  Sustainability

    Misconception: The Thing with Plastic | Ok wow.

    Everyone is talking about the environmental impact of plastic, which means a lot of half-knowledge is buzzing around. I will try to clear up a few misconceptions. But there is so much to say about it, so I will try to limit myself. We consume a lot of plastic Humanity produces and uses plastic every day in large quantities with the trend pointing upwards [1,2]. That is problematic as a new study by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) shows that its production and combustion will create 850 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in 2019 and here, too, the trend is upwards [3]. So, we need…

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    Microventures

    Microventures: Hiking in Scotland | Ok wow.

    I’m a city girl, always have been and even though I found nature quite beautiful for vacation, I was always happy to be back in the city. When I was younger going for a walk was boring to me and hiking wasn’t something I linked to the term fun. In the meantime I’ve reached an age where I think going for a walk is great (probably because I don’t live at home anymore and therefore my parents can’t ‘force’ me), but I still wasn’t a fan of hiking. Fast-forward to coming to Scotland for my Erasmus term, I realised that I have been missing out. So, this week’s blog post…

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    Beauty,  Sustainability

    Clean Beauty: The Makeup Edition | Ok wow.

    So, I talked about my skin care routine in my last post. But I would also like to mention my makeup products. Honestly, it’s not that exciting because I don’t own many products. On the one hand because skin care is more important to me than make-up and I rarely wear it anyway and on the other hand because I have high standards. As you may have noticed, my skin care routine consists only of products that are natural or ‘clean’ cosmetics or that at least do not harm people or the environment. The same can’t be said about my makeup products and I will try to explain it a…

  • Beauty,  Misconceptions

    Misconception: Clean Beauty | Ok wow.

    Due to the climate crisis, people are trying to reduce their personal influence in various ways. Others just want to eliminate ‘toxic’ materials from their lifes. Many start in the bathroom and end up at ‘clean beauty’. But what is clean beauty and how useful is it? My skincare journey Beauty products and me have had quite a journey since I started using them as a teenager. Most of the journey took place only theoretically. As a student you don’t buy that much. I don’t want to describe this in too much detail here, so I’ll give you a short version. I really began to think about what I’m putting…

  • Late Night Thoughts

    LNT: Struggling with Body Image | Ok wow.

    This time Late Night Thoughts will be very personal. (If you missed the first part in the LNT series, click here.) For the blog I have to take pictures of myself and I really don’t like that. And when I was awake at night again, I realized once more why: I struggle with my body image and I’m pretty sure that I’m not alone with it. [Warning: if you struggle with your body image, the following text could trigger unpleasant feelings in you. Please talk to a mental health professional or another person you trust.] Body image First of all, what is body image? According to the Oxford Dictionary, body…

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    Late Night Thoughts: Being Vegetarian | Ok wow.

    Not long ago I was wide awake in bed at night and thought about the life as a vegetarian. I think we all know those moments where instead of falling asleep, the brain begins to form the strangest thoughts. I definitely have that problem. Occasionally, something interesting comes out off it, so I thought I’d share a few of mine with you. So, I’ll start off my second series on the blog called Late Night Thoughts (LNT). As I said, I laid in bed and realized that there is nothing special about being a vegetarian anymore. I can remember that during my school days it was quite spectacular when someone…

  • Microventures

    Microventures – My first trip in Scotland to Ayr | Ok wow.

    Travelling can have a big influence on the climate, especially long journeys and especially if we undertake them by plane. [1, 2] Even though flying accounts for only a small part of the world’s total CO2 emissions, it is still critical because the number of passengers is rising steadily and even if the proportion may be small in comparison, the absolute figures are still considerable. [3, 4] Now does that mean that we have to stay at home and renounce travelling completely? No, one way to keep up the wanderlust is to take Micro Trips. With this trend, it means that you can take short weekend trips, no matter where,…

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    Travelling to Scotland by train and back | Ok wow.

    It may seem crazy to some people, but I have decided to travel by train from Germany to Scotland; and back again. Let me tell you why. If you’ve read my last blog posts, you already know that I’m currently spending my semester abroad in Scotland. Actually, I come from Germany and when it became clear that I was going to be studying abroad, the question arose how I could travel to Scotland in the most climate-friendly way. When asking the internet (and friends), it seems that trains do better than flights in terms of environmental impact. But can this be said in such general terms? Although the CO2 load…

  • Sustainability

    Beach Clean Up in North Berwick | Ok wow.

    The climate crisis and therefore the environment is attracting a lot of attention thanks to Fridays for Future and other organisations. Maybe you are involved with FfF yourself or in another initiative. But maybe you see the protests or the commitment of your friends and acquaintances and ask yourself how to start. You think that you don’t have time or don’t know what possibilities there are. Or you just want to find other ways and inspirations to get more active and involved in sustainable projects. Then, let me tell you about my saturday morning at the beach clean up in North Berwick and how you can help protect the environment…