End friendship - so you stay fair

Ending a friendship is never easy, but sometimes necessary. We’ll help you make the right decision and show you how to respectfully separate.

When we are unhappy and dissatisfied in a love relationship, it often leads to a separation. Maybe there is a big bang or a subtle insight that it just doesn’t work. In any case, the end of a partnership is very difficult and emotional. 

Countless films and songs give us a good insight into what such a separation should look like. We know how to end a relationship with dignity. And then we cry quietly lovesickness or are happy about the new freedom.

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Foreign objects in the eye - these home remedies help

If foreign objects land in the eye, this can be very uncomfortable. Fortunately, you can often simply remove smaller objects yourself. We’ll show you how it works best.

With small foreign bodies in the eye, your body mostly helps itself. Eyelashes, small insects or dust grains can often be easily rinsed out of the eye by the tear fluid. If this does not work, you can carefully help yourself to remove the foreign body.

Safely remove foreign objects in the eye

You are sure that the foreign body only on the surface of your eye lies? Then you can try to carefully remove it. Make sure that you do not rub the foreign body outwards, but wipe it towards the nose to the tear duct. You can quickly get rid of loose eyelashes, for example.

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Freelance authors wanted - come to utopia

Utopia is looking for freelance authors for advice texts: Would you like to accompany people on their way to more sustainability? Then apply now! 

The scarcer the resources, the more important it becomes to deal with people, animals and nature – regardless of whether it is about climate change, regional food, fair clothing or future-oriented technologies. Utopia has been providing information about this for years, making a contribution to a more sustainable society. Do you want to support us? Then apply now!

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Researchers are safe - there is one thing we have to do to stop climate change

A Swiss team of researchers found that in order to meet the climate target of 1.5 degrees, we have to do one thing above all: plant trees. According to your calculations, new forests could bind two thirds of our CO2 emissions.

By planting trees, we can bind CO2 – that’s nothing new. (ETH) Zurich, however, trees can counteract climate change more effectively than previously thought.

Because: On earth there would be space for a third of the current forest area. Cities or agricultural areas would not be affected by this, the researchers wrote in the scientific journal Science. That would be an additional 900 million hectares of forest and would correspond to an area the size of the USA.

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Researchers have found microplastics in the high mountains

It is becoming increasingly clear how big our plastic problem really is: Swiss researchers have even found microplastics in the high mountains – in remote areas where no one lives. But how does the plastic get there??

Microplastics float in the oceans, but it is also becoming a problem on land. Scientists at the University of Bern have now been able to prove that even supposedly untouched areas are contaminated with plastic.

For their study the geographers took soil samples from 29 areas in Switzerland. They focused on floodplains, i.e. environments near rivers and streams. All of the areas examined were also nature reserves. The result of the analyzes: The researchers found 26 of the 29 soils examined MikroPlastik. Only three samples were not contaminated with it.

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Food waste - let's stop the madness

From the field or from the plate straight into the bin: Food waste is a big problem. To finally curb waste, we have to keep a different eye on things – and change our behavior ourselves.

We live in abundance. We eat what we want and when we want. The shelves in the supermarkets are always full, almost all groceries are available anytime, anywhere. What spoils, has expired or remains ends up in the garbage – on average (according to a 2018 publication by the Society for Consumer Research) that is 55 kg of food per person per year. A new calculation by the University of Stuttgart even comes to 85.2 kg. About half of it would be avoidable.

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Foodsharing - like foodsaver foodsharer actively saving food from the trash

Food waste is a big problem in our affluent society. For more than three years, the foodsharing association has been successfully ensuring that we throw away less food. We spoke to co-founder Raphael Fellmer.

Two packed shopping carts: Each of us throws away so much food each year. Supermarkets produce large amounts of organic waste, but it is also private households that throw away a lot of food.

The voluntarily operated internet platform foodsharing.de organizes the rescue and distribution of surplus but still edible food. Since the start almost three and a half years ago, almost five million kilos of food have been saved in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

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Fondue side dishes - delicious ideas for vegetarians and vegans

Here you can get ideas for classic and unusual fondue side dishes. These delicious dishes should not be missing at any social evening or festive occasion!

Side dishes for a classic cheese fondue

The term “fondue” comes from the French and means “melted”. Traditionally, a fondue consists of a melted cheese sauce with white wine and kirsch, garlic and pepper is refined. You traditionally dip white and wholemeal bread in this sauce. If you want, you can roast it crispy in the pan beforehand.

Since this main ingredient is already very rich, you should look at the fondue side dishes lighter fare To fall back on. For example, the following are suitable:

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Make fondant yourself - simple recipe for beautiful cakes

Making fondant yourself belongs to the premier class of baking, but also to the greatest fear of many hobby bakers. We’ll show you two recipes, as well as tips and tricks for making the sugar mass.

Make tips on fondant yourself

Fondant regularly brings hobby bakers to despair. It is not only the shaping of the sugar mass that requires experience and sensitivity, the production also has its pitfalls. However, with a few effective tips and tricks, you can easily make fondant yourself:

  • Be sure to sift the powdered sugar well before you process it! Small lumps of sugar ruin the homogeneous mass of fondant.
  • Knead the fondant long and well with lightly oiled hands! This makes the mass supple and elastic and is easier to process.
  • Make sure that both the cake and fondant are at room temperature when processing. So get both out of time fridge or let the cake cool completely immediately after baking!
  • If your fondant becomes hard and brittle, you can try placing it over a water bath (or in the microwave) to reheat to make it supple again.

Recipe for beginners: marshmallow fondant

With marshmallows, you can make smooth fondant quickly and easily. (Photo: CC0 / Pixabay / pixel2013)

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Flygskam - brilliant environmental trend from sweden

If you want to protect the environment and the climate, you should forego one thing above all: air travel. In Sweden, the plane boycott and the hashtag "Flygskam" is becoming a trend – thanks in part to a famous athlete.

Flygskam is made up of the Swedish words "flyg" and "skam" – "flight" and shame. So it’s about being ashamed of your air travel – and now choose other modes of transport. As the portal reports, the term could become the word of the year 2018 in Sweden.

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