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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

With regard to my work and CareElite, there are many questions that I am asked particularly often. Here you will find the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) and my answers in the overview without having to wait for my feedback.

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Frequently asked questions about sustainable living

FAQ sustainable living
How do you define environmental awareness?

Being environmentally conscious means knowing that every single one of your everyday actions can have a negative impact on the environment - and using this knowledge to consciously make your own actions more environmentally friendly. I know that a plastic straw is made from the finite raw material crude oil and goes straight into the bin as soon as the cocktail is empty. To conserve natural resources, I prefer to use eternally reusable glass, stainless steel or bamboo straws in future.

Environmental awareness For me, however, it also means not having to do everything perfectly, but rather taking a relaxed step-by-step approach to living as sustainably as possible and learning something new every day.

What are the benefits of a plastic-free life for the environment and myself?

Plastic waste kills animals, is toxic and non-biodegradable. Plastic waste in nature is one of the biggest environmental problems of our time because plastic does not disappear by itself. Our way of life has brought it into the world and into the oceans - and that is exactly what we need to change. (more under why live plastic-free?)

How can I easily avoid plastic waste?

There are thousands of ways to significantly reduce your personal plastic waste without compromising your quality of life. Learn in this article to consume plastic free & sustainable.

What all can I conveniently make myself?

Theoretically, you can make or teach yourself everything these days. From Homemade washing-up liquid until the DIY Toothpaste.

Just look times in the Do It Yourself Blog drop by and try yourself out. These home remedies can help you to produce many things yourself.

Where can I shop online plastic-free and sustainable?

There are now several online stores that specialize in sustainability and plastic-free shopping. Here in the Sustainability Shop of CareElite you will already find a large number of things that will enable you to live a plastic-free everyday life. I am gradually trying to provide you with an environmentally friendly alternative for all everyday products to save you the often long and time-consuming search.

How can I take a sustainable vacation?

Whether your vacation or trip is sustainable is ultimately determined by your behavior before, during and after the trip.

In this article you will learn all about sustainable travel.

How does the minimalist lifestyle work?

Roughly speaking, minimalism means getting by with only the things you really need. Minimalism creates an overview and makes you happier. Learn all about minimalism in this article.

Isn't sustainable living expensive?

In my opinion, the bottom line is that it is not more expensive. If you live sustainably, you may pay a little more for some products, but some products, such as the jute bag, you only pay for once in the best case scenario. Live sustainably also means, live minimalist. With this lifestyle, you spend less money on useless things and ultimately have more money in your wallet.

In the article save money through sustainability you can find out more about this.

Many newcomers have the feeling that sustainability can only be achieved by doing without. Is that true?

It's not a sacrifice if I can simply replace things I'm used to in a more sustainable way. I'm already acting sustainably by replacing a disposable straw, which would go in the garbage can after 10 minutes in the cocktail, with an eternally reusable one. Stainless steel straw replace. And so there really is a sustainable alternative for almost everything.

Can I, as an individual, make a difference by just making the "little" things in everyday life more sustainable?

Naturally! Doing without a plastic straw, for example, is a small thing. If eight billion other people also thought that "the ONE straw won't be so bad", we would have a real environmental problem. We may be a small part of the problem as individuals, but we can just as easily be a valuable, small part of the solution. Many people believe that they can't change anything on their own anyway. They are not even alone in this. They inspire others with their sustainable lifestyle and make a real difference that way.

Why should you live vegan?

The move to veganism is a matter of the heart. The motives are ethical, ecological, health-related and social. This lifestyle is the least any of us can do for the planet and all the creatures that live on it. By taking this step, we are already taking decisive action against cruelty to animals, deforestation, global warming and countless other problems and injustices.

At Why vegan? you will find a detailed overview of the reasons for veganism.

How does the Zero Waste lifestyle work?

The zero waste lifestyle works with 10 valuable basic rules that you implement in your everyday life. Read the article Zero Waste Lifestyle by.

Why do many people fail to live more environmentally conscious lives?

We are creatures of habit. Change is difficult for usbecause we find security and stability in the familiar. We tend to be afraid of the unknown and the new. Our own environment can also have a strong influence on us and dissuade us from making changes. Projects often fail due to a lack of foresight and motivation. That's why everyone should know and internalize why it's worth living sustainably.

What tips do you have for increasing your own environmental awareness?

Our own environmental awareness increases when we spend more time in the countryside and consider the consequences of our actions for nature. Here are three very important tips with further articles from me:

  • Spend more time in nature: Go to the park, the lake or the mountains regularly and just do nothing but observe your surroundings. Simply spend More time outdoors in nature. It gives us so much peace and strength that you automatically want to protect it.
  • Identify problems: Learn the Environmental problems of our time and become aware of the extent to which you are currently still part of the problem and what you can do to become part of the solution.
  • Understanding your own advantages: Better health, greater biodiversity, more money for important things, cleaner landscapes, more time, greater satisfaction, respect for other people and animals, a happy future for your own children and grandchildren... the list goes on. Benefits of a more sustainable lifestyle is as long as a horse's ass. Make yourself aware of it.

Frequently asked questions about the vegan lifestyle

Frequently asked questions vegan living
What is the easiest way to get started being vegan?

In my opinion, it is important to internalize why you are taking this step in order to get off to a good start. Documentaries such as "Dominion", "Cowspiracy" or "Seaspiracy" boost motivation immensely. Personally, I then started by replacing the animal-based foods in my diet. For example: Oat milk and soy yogurt instead of conventional dairy products - and meat-like mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes or direct meat substitutes like a burger patty made from pea protein. With each passing day, it really has never been easier to eat a plant-based diet. Once you've understood this, the next step is to turn your attention to animal-free cosmetics and clothing. 

What do you recommend for making meat-based recipes like bolognese or stir-fry vegan?

Basically, there are plant-based substitutes for minced meat, gyros and the like in almost all markets these days. Personally, however, I now only eat a few "ready-made meat substitutes" - but they were of course a blessing when I changed my diet, as they made it much easier to get rid of old habits.

But now it is also possible to do largely without ready-made products and therefore more wholesome, healthier, more environmentally friendly and also cheaper. Dried tomatoes, countless edible mushrooms or even the flesh of the eggplant, for example, are very similar to meat when chewed. You can also "veganize" countless meat dishes with tofu and the appropriate seasoning.

Frequently asked questions about CareElite

CareElite CleanUp
How do you fund CareElite?

Through income from sales of sustainable products from my partner stores, online courses, advertisements on the website, sponsored posts, my book sales and occasional donations to the Coffee cash register. You can find a transparent overview at Advertising and cooperation partners.

Does CareElite have permanent employees?

I run the company as a sole trader without permanent employees. However, I am currently supported by two freelancers, which is the CareElite Blog or are responsible for the social media channels. This concept makes me more flexible in all areas and can also be implemented very well regardless of location.

Why are there partly products from Amazon in the store?

I run the company as a sole trader and currently have no permanent employees. The many blog posts, the educational work and the CleanUp organizations cost a lot of time and money. In the Store from CareElite you will also find products from the e-commerce giant Amazon, because its affiliate program allows me to finance CareElite easily and quickly. However, there are now also more sustainable alternatives for (almost) all products from other providers. In this way, I am constantly trying to develop the store further and also promote smaller retailers.

Where can I find CareElite in the media?

All questions about media, interview partners, guest appearances and website figures will be in this post answered.

How can you support CareElite?

Just become a valuable part of the CareElite community. Discuss in our Facebook grouppass on your experiences and learn from others. Sustainable living can be so simple. By doing so, you support our common goal of a sustainable way of life in our global society.

If you would like to make a small financial contribution, you can simply donate something to the Paypal coffee cash throw. The proceeds are used, for example, for new blog posts and CleanUp material for clean-up campaigns.

You can also support CareElite on these social media channels:

Either way - thank you very much for your support!

How does the job portal work?

The Job portal for sustainable professions works just like any other job portal - except that you will only find job advertisements that will make our world and our coexistence a little better every day. You can also filter the job advertisements according to your interests. For example, "conscious management", "protecting the environment" or "helping people". The job vacancies themselves all come from my partner and are constantly updated.

You can now search for a suitable job for you here.

How can I become part of the sustainable Facebook community?

In the sustainable Facebook community of CareElite (CareElite Connect), like-minded people exchange ideas on how to make everyday life as sustainable as possible. All members share their experiences and ideas on waste avoidance, vegan nutrition and many other everyday topics. Here you can join CareElite Connect.

How can I become part of the global CleanUp community?

In the Facebook community for garbage clean-up campaigns (CareElite Global) you can motivate and praise others and, of course, share your own clean-up campaigns and clean-up events with the whole world. I will also provide you with a World map with all organizers of our community are available. This means you can quickly find contacts on vacation in Indonesia, India or Colombia who can always use support in the fight against plastic waste.

Here you can join the Nature & Beach CleanUp Community on Facebook.

Are guest contributions also published?

Yes, you can also publish a guest post on a topic that is close to your heart at I am just as open to sponsored posts as long as they add real value for my readers and the protection of our planet.

At Write guest article you will find an overview of all requirements.

Frequently asked questions about me personally

Christoph Schulz from CareElite
What is your personal background?

After leaving school, I first trained as a bank clerk and then studied multimedia marketing. At the end of my studies, I worked in online marketing for larger companies in both Hamburg and Berlin before finally founding my first company in the capital. When this failed, I decided at the beginning of 2017 to dedicate myself professionally to my passion for environmental protection. I am currently doing my master's degree in environmental sciences.

At Christoph introduces himselfyou can find out a little more about me.

What motivates you to get involved?

I feel that our society is gradually losing touch with nature and the origin of life. Smartphones, online streaming, cruelty to animals, increasing meat consumption, the throwaway society, consumption, consumption, consumption... with CareElite I want to preserve and sharpen our society's awareness of nature so that we never forget why protecting our planet, our health and respect for other living beings are the most important things. I want to leave the world a better place than I found it.

What was your first step toward a plastic-free life?

The trigger for the change was a flood of plastic waste on the beach. I then collected my garbage for a week and thought about what I could do better. A reusable stainless steel drinking bottle instead of plastic bottles, a jute bag and rucksack instead of a plastic bag, and cotton vegetable nets instead of thin plastic bags - these were my first steps.

Why did you start CareElite?

The CareElite environmental protection project in the first quarter of 2017 because I was fed up with our society's unconscious consumption of plastic. Basically, I want future generations to be able to live just as well on this planet as we do. I am also an absolute pacifist and reject any kind of violence against people and animals, who feel emotions such as joy and fear just like we do. I had and still have the feeling that there is still a great need for education on these topics.

What books have you already published?

An overview of all published books and planned new publications you can find here.

What prompted you to go vegan?

The trigger was the Documentary "Dominion". The film can be watched for free on YouTube and shows the background of animals that are kept in factory farming for their meat, milk, fur, feathers or eggs under cruel conditions and ultimately gassed or killed by having their throats cut. Until then, I had simply never wanted to see how such food and products were produced.

You have more questions?

Then just contact me by mail.