Zero Waste in Vienna

Last week, I headed to Vienna in Austria, to work at an Event for one week and since I wanted to make this trip as Zero Waste as I possibly could, planning ahead was definitely a necessity.

What to pack

Since the the working attire at the Event was business casual, I decided to bring 5 dresses, 1 skirt and 3 tshirts, which was plenty and – in hinsight- way too much. I knew I would be walking a lot, which is why I opted for very comfortable sneakers and a pair of heels.

I also packed my toiletry bag, my weights for my tracy anderson workout, leggings, my laptop, my camera and my ebook.

To take on the go

This is obviously not me 🙂  but since I forgot to take a picture of my jar, this is the one I’d bring on any trips because it truly is the most versatile and convenient jar I know.

  • Mason jar, wide lid. To drink, for to-go lunches and perfect for cold and hot beverages
  • Reusable napkin
  • Spork
  • a small tin of shea butter as a light sun protection and moistoriser throughout
  • Reusable bag

Where to stay

I am lucky enough to have amazing friends in Vienna that let me stay with them whenever I come, which is wonderful because I get to spend some precious and much needed time with them and also, accomodation in Vienna cost me not more than a bottle of wine and a bag of organic muesli.

If you are planning on going to Vienna, but don’t have a person you can stay with, Airbnb would be my next go to.  Especially with all the old, beautiful apartments in Vienna, staying in an Airbnb is an absolute treat and such a great way to get to know the city from the inside out.

I also recommend checking out the Zero Waste shopping options on the BUlk Locator App first, which will tell you where you can get most of your things unpackaged and will make it easier to find an apartment around the area.

How to get around

  • I can’t say enough positive things about Vienna Citybikes. Even if you don’t have the app to locate the closest bike stands, it is incredibly easy to find a city bike, seemingly around every corner. They work incredibly well and enabled me to literally spend ZERO money on public transportation.
  • Public transportation in Vienna is well organised and reliable, which eliminates the need to take your own car to Vienna, especially since finding a parking spot is such a pain here.
  • The Uber app works in Vienna and is almost half the price you pay for regular taxis, which is a great option if you are out late and don’t want to bike home, as the Ubahn stops going at 12 pm.

Where to find Bulk

I like Lunzer’s Maßgrießlerei, which is a well curated  package free shop in Vienna, but for fruits and veggies, I also went to regular super markets, as much of the produce in Austria isn’t packaged.

Vienna also has great markets that are definitely worth a visit. In my opinion, these are the best 5:

  • Biobauernmarkt Freyung |Freyung 1010 Wien |Fri and Sat: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Karmelitermarkt |Karmeliterplatz 1020 Wien | Sat 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Rochusmarkt |Landstraßer Hauptstraße 1030 Wien | Mon– Fri: 6:00 am – 7:30 pm /Sa: 6:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Naschmarkt|Wienzeile, U4-Station Kettenbrückengasse 1060 Wien|Mon – Fri: 6:00 am – 7:30 pm /Sa: 6:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Biomarkt Josefstadt |Lange Gasse 1080 Wien| Sat: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

For a great choice of bulk stores, check the map below.

Food findsFor this trip I wanted to spend as little money as possible, which is why I mostly cooked at home and brought my own snacks to work.

I went shopping twice to a store right around my friends apartment called Denns, an organic health food store chain, that is not the cheapest but has many delicious treats package free. I brought my moms homemade bread, a small bag of dried beans and a small bag of rice from home and used this as my base for the week. I also brought homemade vegetable stock powder, in case I was craving a “no effort meal” where I could just snibbled some veggies and beans, add water and called it a day.

All in all I spent around 60 Euros for food on my trip, including the vegan cake I had from Simply raw bakery .

For delicious, plant-based restaurant options, scroll down to my Zero Waste Vienna map.

Workout

From what I hear, Vienna has many great workout places, including outside gyms and pilates on boats. But as I was very limited with my spare time, I opted for a home workout.

Since I knew I would have internet at the place I was staying, I could just do my Tracy Anderson workouts in the morning before goint to work.

Second-Hand Shopping

Me running around in my second-hand dress ( Notice my hand on my dress?,  It’s very windy in Vienna at all times and I am pretty sure half of Vienna now knows what kind of panties I wear).

For a great choice of second hand shops, check the map below, Vienna has a lot to offer and I highly encourage you to pack light, you will definitely find one or two second hand beauties while you’re there.

For me, the shop Burggasse 24 turned out to be my abysolute favorite second-hand shop in Vienna. It is an incredibly well curated designer/ vintage second-hand shop that will absolutely satisfy all of your vintage fashion dreams.

The Map

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