doing handicrafts rather ordering things

We order most of our gifts in the Internet these days. However, we could be making wonderful new things ourselves ...

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Doing handicrafts rather than ordering things

Look at photos rather
than give a camera

Every day thousands of new photos are saved on hard discs and quickly forgotten. ...

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Look at photos rather than give a camera

Fresh forest air
rather than perfume

The best prerequisite for lively discussions and new ideas is fresh air ...

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Fresh forest air rather than perfume

Plant flowers rather
than give a bunch of flowers

When did you last get your hands really dirty? As a child? ...

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Plant flowers rather than give a bunch of flowers

YOU CAN ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT.

Do away with gifts you don't need and simply wish to spend time with your friends.

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The project

Why do we give things to the people we love most?

The energy and climate crises are directly related to our behavior as society. And, above all, to our behavior as individuals. Our consumption determines what is produced and how it is produced. Which raw materials are used. We buy a lot of things although we don't really need them. One quarter of food in Germany ends up in the garbage. One third of the clothes in our closets are never worn.

That's one side of the coin. The other side is time, which seems to be slipping away. Time that we don't have to meet friends, for example. Anybody who has read Eckart von Hirschhausen's book "Happiness rarely comes alone" knows that it's social contacts that make us happy, not consumption.

The fifth scarf, the tenth perfume. It sounds banal. But things we buy and then possess cost time, money, and resources. Traditionally, it gets even worse at Christmas. And we still think we're doing a favor to our loved ones when we give them stuff.

So why don't we kill two birds with one stone: give good friends time spent together. Give the world less consumption. Welcome to Zeit-statt-Zeug.de.

  • Harald Welzer, Sociologist and Social Psychologist

    Without a profound change in the economy and lifestyles, we won't get through the 21st Century which is getting warmer and warmer. And that's what "Time rather than stuff" is all about: Changing our way of thinking. Changing our way of giving gifts.

    Harald Welzer, Sociologist and Social Psychologist Futur Zwei
  • Peter Unfried, author of the book "Öko" and main reporter of "the taz", the Berlin daily newspaper.

    My son said: "I want a Macbook, a smartphone, and a meal at McDonald's." I said: "Listen, this time I'm going to give you time rather than stuff." Furious, he screamed: "Then I'm going to find myself a new dad." But it worked out in the end.

    Peter Unfried, author of the book "Öko" and main reporter of "the taz", the Berlin daily newspaper. Öko
  • Thomas Henningsen,  European Campaign Director Greenpeace

    Like every living creature, we humans also have to consume and there is nothing wrong with enjoying consumption. However, we often lose our grip on things, particularly on the amount of stuff that is not important or even completely superfluous. And this results in a lack of raw materials for others or for more important purposes. All these needless things mean that we waste energy and, in turn, contribute to climate change, which menaces everything. So it's worth doing without things - less is more.

    Thomas Henningsen, European Campaign Director Greenpeace Greenpeace
  • Thomas Friemel, chief editor, enorm

    When hundreds of people who are making clothes for us in textile factories in Bangladesh and Pakistan die, it's high time we started thinking about where the stuff under our Christmas trees comes from, how it is produced, and who made it. Take the time! Time to think! And banish the superfluous stuff from your minds!

    Thomas Friemel, chief editor, enorm enorm
  • Dr. Heike Kahl, Managing Director of the German Children and Youth Foundation (DKJS)

    Often kids and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are very well equipped with technology - often to compensate for their lack of real opportunities. They need our time, attention, and care – not more things.

    Dr. Heike Kahl, Managing Director of the German Children and Youth Foundation (DKJS) DKJS
  • Florian Opitz, documentary film producer and author

    Eirch Fromm already knew that being is more important than having. Time rather than stuff motivates us to put his insight into practice.

    Florian Opitz, documentary film producer and author Speed
  • Stefanie Wahl, Managing Director of Denkwerk Zukunft

    Eirch Fromm already knew that being is more important than having. Time rather than stuff motivates us to put his insight into practice.

    Stefanie Wahl, Managing Director of Denkwerk Zukunft Denkwerk Zukunft
  • Prof. Dr. Lothar Seiwert, best-selling author ("Slow down to speed up", "Simplify your Life"), keynote speaker

    Books can be a shared experience ... Read out loud rather than read quickly. Give friends a reading evening. Read your favorite book to your partner. Read and learn with children. They are intensive moments together during which we share experience and joy. Time spent in this way is valuable.

    Prof. Dr. Lothar Seiwert, best-selling author ("Slow down to speed up", "Simplify your Life"), keynote speaker Lothar-Seiwert.de

This is how it works

  • Select gift

  • Set date and
    send it off

  • Spend time
    together

There you go
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