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The Gap Year Blog

The Gap Year Blog

You have a reusable coffee cup, take your own cotton bags to the supermarket and bring your own lunch in sustainable boxes to work. Do you think you have ditched disposable plastic now and got everything all green? Before you do so, I would like to help you to do a reality check and show you even more single-use plastic items that you use in your everyday life without even realising it and can easily be replaced.

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Plastic pollution is ubiquitous and a threat to everyone. But how much do you actually know about it? Take this quiz to test your knowledge!

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The mass production of plastic only started about 70 years ago and yet created 8.3 billion metric tons worldwide. Can you imagine that? It is an incomprehensive quantity. Out of that 6.3 billion metric tons have become plastic waste – most of it are disposable products that end up as trash. And only 9,5 percent of that plastic waste has been recycled because many plastics cannot be recycled due to contamination, market value, sorting or transport. That’s I why you should know your plastics. Find out which types of plastic are (currently) not recyclable and why.

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Of course, you can have a proper English breakfast in Italy or eat Fish and Chips in South Africa, but what is the point in going abroad into a foreign country without experiencing its culture? If you want to go beyond the typical tourist experience and want to make your holiday exciting and different, try volunteering and get to know the new culture at their heartbeat while being part of ongoing efforts where it is needed most.

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Costa Rica is a country full of myths and folkloric tales, most of them dating back to the days of the country’s colonialisation in the 16th century. They reveal a lot about the history of Costa Rica’s culture, its traditions and scrutinize socially undesirable behaviour.

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This beach could be a paradise. In Indonesia one white sandy beach lines up to the next one as far as your eyes can see. You can just barely see any sand. It is buried under piles of trash – food wrappings, plastic bags, discarded clothes, cans and bottles and unloved toys. All around the globe people get together in organized beach cleanups to get rid of the unwanted pollution.

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No one can deny it, it is obvious. Climate change and overpopulation are real threats that are not restricted to any country or state. We are on top of a global crisis and have to think about our future. The concept of vertical, green cities could be one solution.

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There are a lot of facts you might never know about wildlife! Take this quiz to test your knowledge!

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Last morning arrived, I was a river of tears, a wonderful send off by everyone for me and Vic, even Betty (one of the camp dogs) came to say goodbye. I so didn’t want to leave. From that moment to arriving back in England, I cried over 40 times. I Am going to miss such a bright and caring atmosphere that I was lucky enough to be around.

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The buzz around the possible extinction of bees, and the devastating consequences of that, have overshadowed a bigger problem. The world’s whole insect population is heading towards extinction and fast.

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