Reconnect with Nature

Deep inside we know that we are part of nature. As humans, we are wired to be outside, nature makes us happier and healthier. But modern life often mutes the call of the wild, and that’s why we created THE OUTDOORS. We are here to show you all the wonderful aspects of being outside. To get you off the couch and out into nature. Let yourself be inspired to step outside, reconnect with your spirit and recalibrate your senses.

Don’t Plug That Duck: Feather-Light Down Alternatives

Microguard Superloft is an animal friendly material that offers even more advantages than real feathers

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From Babylon to Berlin – Vertical Gardens Help to Feed Cities

Vertical Farms and urban gardens are a huge trend. Can they solve problems that we will face in the future?

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12 – percentage of used clothing that is globally being recycled.

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64 – number of used PET bottles that go into a recycled Jack Wolfskin men’s jacket. To date, Jack Wolfskin has given 19 million PET bottles a new life.

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The Church of Sweat

The health benefits of sauna use are indisputable. Our author worships the church of sweat

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A Father-Son Transalpine Journey

Crossing the Alps by bike from Lake Constance to Lago Maggiore

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5 Easy Tips for Eco-Friendly Hiking in the Canadian Rockies

Hiking can be done pretty unsustainably. Here's what to keep in mind to protect nature

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Refuse

An interview with molecular biologist and plastic pollution activist Andreas Noe aka the Trash Traveler

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110.000 – Number of miles an average person walks in their life.

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The Art of Shinrin-Yoku

An Interview With Nature Therapist Lia Braun About Forest Bathing and How It Can Enhance Our Health

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Transcending Boundaries – The Gendarmstien Trail

Unlimited Views on Denmark's Most Beautiful Hiking Trail Along the German Border

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Slow but Steady

A Conversation About Hiking on Your Front Doorstep With
Hiking Guide Gustl Fraedrich

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Following Rivers

For Four Weeks Author Jens Steingässer Travels by Bike and Packraft Along German Waterways

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Walden 2020 – All Paths Lead to the Self

In Times of Crises We Seek to Ground Ourselves Through Nature. What Can Thoreau’s Classic Teach Us Today?

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The Cherry Season Has Begun

We Had Big Plans for the Summer, but Then Came the Pandemic, So Why Not Go Cherry-Picking at Your Local Farm?

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Walking in nature can boost creative problem-solving skills by 60%

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Vancouver, Canada is the most instagrammed #vanlife location in the world.

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Picnics Instead of Conference Calls – The New Work-Life Integration

3D Artist Paul Milinski's Dreamy Designs Inspire Us to Re-Think Integrative Living and Working Spaces

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Traveling to Montenegro in Our Van

Picture Perfect Van Life Causes Our Author Anguish. Yet Her Family Is Giving It a Try on a Trip to Montenegro

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Due to the Corona restrictions, Germans currently ride their bikes twice as much as before the pandemic. In April 2020, bicycle usage even quadrupled.

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Dogs may sniff out COVID-19 infections in the future. In a Finnish study, dogs trained as medical diagnostic assistants learned to recognize the signature odor caused by the coronavirus.

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Wolfgang Buttress – A Symphony of Bee and Man

The artist's sculpture Hive in London is controlled by the vibrations of honeybees

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570K – Tons of plastic waste that end up in the Mediterranean Sea every year. The Seaqual Initiative has retrieved 600 tons of it and turned it into Seaqual yarn.

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How I became a photographer

Anna Heupel's office job made her unhappy. So she took a plunge into uncertainty only to come out stronger

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“If we don’t flip the switch, the littering will just continue”

SEAQUAL Initiative offers yarn made from marine plastic. An Interview with CEO Michel Chtepa

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Can You Keep It Down?

Noise pollution is stressful for humans. We can only imagine the harmful effects on the animal world.

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A Night Hike to Mount Bromo

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60 – number of centimeters that the Himalaya’s highest peaks lost during the 2015 earthquake in Nepal

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Swimming in Cities

Swimming in urban waters gives our author a completely new perspective of a city

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Parks Project – National Parks Apparel

Out of love for US national parks, Parks Project makes merchandise that funds the parks and drives awareness

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12,5 – Kilograms of CO2 that a beech can absorb per year

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Staying at Home With Kids

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The Wild Ride

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2 Minimum of hours per week spent in nature will improve health and well being.

The Language of Nature in Our Lives

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Why Do Women Birdwatch Differently Than Men?

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Wild Eating

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The Wild (-Life) Sound Recordings of Chris Watson

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A newly discovered deep-sea crustacean has been named after heavy metal heroes, Metallica

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Saving the Last Remaining Virgin Forests in Romania From Illegal Logging

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Camino de Santiago – A Pilgrimage in Plastic Ponchos

Inspired by an Interview with Shirley MacLaine, a mother and her daughter hike the Camino de Santiago

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Hunting for Mushrooms in the Brandenburg Woods

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347,538 – Number of people who walked the Camino de Santiago in 2019

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Hiking in a Place Built for Cars

California is built for cars. Here is what you experience if you walk along El Camino Real instead.

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The Virtual Illusion of Marisa Hampe

Instagram Influencer and photographer Marisa Hampe about the perfect illusion of social media

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Learning from Nature

An Interview with Petra Jäger, the founder of Germany's first forest school

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Winter Escapes – Surfing in Fuerteventura

As the days get shorter and colder our author heads south to the Canary Islands

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500 – Years it takes for average plastic bottles to fully decompose. Or it gets a new life as a Texapore Ecosphere product.

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35 – increase in percent that food tastes better on hikes (active time starting at 2 hours 40 minutes)

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Tiny Houses May Not Be the Future of Housing but They Can Be a Gateway Drug to Simpler Life

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Lost Places – Abandoned Military Base Vogelsang

Nature is impressively reclaiming this deserted former soviet town

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The Mystery of the Corfu Trail

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The Sound of Silence

The sound of nature has inspired musicians from Björk to Billie Eilish

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