Records & Superlatives: Austria's Extraordinary Nature Up Close
From the longest gorge and the oldest national park to the largest bathing lake: where Austria's nature boasts superlatives. #feelAustria
Unfortunately, many people leave their rubbish behind when in nature - in the forests, on the mountain, and on the lakeshore. Volunteers regularly set out to pick up the plastic bottles, packaging and junk, setting a valuable example of sustainability and preservation of our natural treasures.
The journey continues! Collecting rubbish is a start to help preserve and protect our natural environment.
A plastic bottle takes up to 450 years to decompose - but only into microplastics. These particles are smaller but never decompose completely.
It takes 10 to 15 years for a cigarette to completely dissolve. What's more, when it gets in touch with water, the poison is washed out and ends up in the groundwater.
Depending on thickness and production, it takes 6 weeks to 3 years for paper to decompose. However, if it is coated, which is usually the case, it takes significantly longer.
Although made of cellulose, tissues are made tear-resistant and thus durable. They take 5 years to decompose.
Litter takes different amounts of time to decompose, depending on the material and the environment in which it ends up. Plastic is a particular problem. A plastic bottle takes up to 450 years before we can no longer see it.
The Styrian region of Gesäuse National Park is an untamed beautiful landscape with wild water, impressive gorges and steep cliffs. The special location allowed a great diversity of species to develop in untouched nature.
None-the-less, or precisely because of this, the motto here was also: Let's get our hands dirty and clean up together! As many people as possible were invited to give something back to nature. That way, the region made an important contribution to raising awareness for nature and the impact of visitors. Guests and locals alike set out in self-organized small groups to clean up in the mountains and along the Enns and Salza rivers.