Everybody knows that waste is a very big problem all over Asia,so it is in Indonesia.Exerts talking about a real waste management crisis.And its getting more worse and worse with growing tourism,economics and cities.Indonesia has no waste managment systems,no garbage collections as we know that from western countries,no waste seperation and you can hardly find waste bins. The local peole just throw all their trash into the nature or rivers or they burn their garbage. One of the main reasons is that the local peole do not have the awareness to taking care of their environment,the awareness for a clean and green,a waste-free and plastic-free environment.
And this is the where our project work starts with the CARE NOW project.
We can not change everything in a quick time but what we mostly want is to encourage the local community here to taking more awareness of indonesias waste problem.
This project is very close to my heart and we started it with our fully conviction.I am a german emigrant and you maybe can imagine how difficult it is to see and understand all the rubbish everywhere and to see peole throwing rubbish in the rivers and burning their rubbish (even organic waste and toxic waste!) ,and to try to understand the local attitude. We as westerns do know about the impacts of this problem like air polution,global warming,climate change,health effects,all the plastic ends up in the oceans,etc.But the locals don`t!
They dont get any education and if some of them do, they find it difficult to change something as there is no support from the government like a good-working waste management.
What we dont want is disabuse the community as they wont follow our project ( indonesian people wont listen to a western if they dont behave polite and just tell them you are doing wrong,you should do that!).We are trying to organise small workshops and meetings to discus these topics in a comfortable way for both sides.
WHAT IS THIS PROJECT ABOUT?
It is about topics like conservation,protection of animals and nature,but the focus will be the education,training and support of local communities about waste,waste management,plastic recycling and waste reduction,waste seperation,waste burning and its impact to the environment ( global warming and climate changing,air polution) same like health effects,recycling,composting (locals even burn their organic waste),waste recovery and wate reduse.
We want a clean and green environment and a trash and plastic free nature ( plastic get thrown in the rivers where fishes or chickens can eat small plastic particles which ends up in human stomaches if they eat those animals,all the plastic trash ends up in our big ozeans where it harms the ecosystem of animals and plants).
Another imortant fact is how to handle toxic trash?For the moment all toxic trash like battieries,old medicines,etc, get threatens like normal trash and is just thrown away into nature and rivers which is a disaster.There are no disposal route here to get rid off it.
KEEP YOUR ENVIRONMENT CLEAN AND GREEN
SAY NO TO PLASTIC
These are our project slogans!
The project is part of our Ecotourism and its policies:
We finance this project with 5% of our profits.
Furtherway we have some amazing friends and partner from TheGrassvan.com who created the lovely project logo for us and who lately donated some money for the project work!
THANK YOU CARO,TOBI & MAX SO FAR FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT <3
For the future we hope to find guests which are willed to help and support our project.
If you would like to donate something,please contact us.
Any donations-no matter how small or large-can make a difference!Thank you!
Its also possible that you stay a few days and help out at CARE NOW project:)
Just send us an email if you are interested or if you have any further questions.
ECOFRIENDLY TOTE BAGS
One part of the CARE NOW project are these ecofriendly totebags. We are making them together with local people (material,tailor, printer) to hand them out to the community for free. Our hope is that locals will use them as a shopping alternative to the usual plastic bags and therefore the consequene will be a reduction of plastic trash. Until now we got great feedback from the community and they all were happy and keen about this campaign and it seems that they understood the aim of the CARE NOW project which makes us confident for further activities like that.
PICTURES SPEAK MORE THAN WORDS
Furthermore we were able to create and print out big and colourful photo collages from the lately donated money of our friends from TheGrassVan.They will help to explain the community about all the waste problem and its effects to the environment like described above in a more demonstrative way. There are also pictures about the effects of the global warming and climate changings which we talked about.and we explained through these collages the photosynthesis of trees,about oxygen and carbon,and told them about the fact that palm oil palms produce more carbon than oxygen and are therefore really not good for a balanced environment,we talked about recycling and waste seeration,about how long things need to rot,about composting,landfills full of waste and many other things like that.The photocollages really help the people to understand everything more easy.
Follow up our Blog below:
🍀#foodandhope for 65 families 🍀
( February 2021 )
This month we were able to deliver more food parcels to 65 families in our community. Its amazing that we still are receiving support from people all over the world and we hope we can continue our campaign as the lockdown has been extended once again and people had no income since 10 month now !
THANK YOU SO MUCH again and again to everyone who has donated ! We have given out our food packages to 365 families until now . ⚠️If you can, please help us and donate here:
Each donation is highly needed and appreciated THANK YOU
(Ap(💚(( January 2020 )
Even though our CARE NOW project was originally established to focus on waste management and raising awareness for this topic, the corona pandemic showed us once more how important it is to take care of each other. So as a responsible tour operator, we felt to do something more to support the local community. The result is a brandnew partnership with the great team of the HARAPAN project. Harapan project is supporting families and kids with physical and mental disabilities on sumatra. Mostly those families and kids belong to the poorest and are often left behind. Harapan project is providing special needs aids, accessible transportation, special training and education and increasing awareness about life with disability in society in order to decrease discrimination. Please check out their homepage and learn more about their meaningful and outstanding work: www.projectharapan.com
We have decided to join their newest programme and do sponsor a local child from now on with a monthly donation....Say Hi to lovely Subari with the most beautiful smile ever!:) We are looking forward to our sponsorship with him , cant wait to build a great relationship with him and hope to meet him and his family in person one day !
The team of Harapan project is always looking for more supporters. So maybe YOU will become a child sponsor too and change someone`s life and probably you own life as well :)
💚New green partnership💚
( December 2020 )
Since December 2020 Marie&Leo from Germany will support our Care Now project with parts of their quarterly profits. Marie&Leo are the founder of Ferkel&Pfeffer , an online shop for vegan, handmade and natural cosmetics.
We all share the same attitude and feel responsible for our planet, humans, animals and nature! Their products are made and sold in an ecofriendly and sustainable way.
Check them out here:https://ferkelundpfeffer.com/
💚New green partnership💚
( December 2020 )
We are thrilled to anounce that TheGreenStamp labelled our organisation amongst their wildlife projects!
Travellers all over the world can support ecological initiatives through their website.
The Green Stamp reaches travelers worldwide and assists those travelers in implementing an all-round eco-friendly travel lifestyle. Check it out here:
💚🌿 Clean up during ongoing lockdown💚🌿
(November 2020 )
Live almost stands totally still in our little village Bukit Lawang due to the ongoing corona lockdown and still no tourists visiting, but our team keeps doing their green activities whenver they can like on this picture during their latest rubbish pick up around the river in november 2020.
-Clean and Green is our perfect dream-
🍀Smiling faces at our latest food delivery🍀
( September 2020 )
Travel restrictions have been extended until at least end of 2020 which means 7 months with no income for the locals then!
Bukit Lawangs community is still in need and our fundraising campaign still open!
We are glad to be able to provide free food parcels to 80 families again in september 2020.
In total we were able to help more than 300 local families allready, 75% of the campaigns goal go reached! This is amazing!
Please help us make it to 100% by sharing and donating.
We cant do what we do without all your generous support 💖
LANDAK RIVER CLEAN-UP
( August 2020 )
In july, we were happy to join with a local church community for a clean-up activity around landak river area.
This area is more and more becoming a famous spot for local tourists.
As we are always continuing our green initiatives, we decided for a clean-up at that area this time to take care of the impacts this new developement has!🍀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
A great aspect is that communitya are coming together now to show responsibility and keep their nature clean! We are happy to support this with our men power of team BLJT💚
The corona pandemie is still present and the community has to live with the current restrictions ( closure of the national park and no income from tourism However our team is constantly active with green activites so we were happy to join with a local church community last month for a clean-up initiative around the area
⚠️URGENT HELP-BUKIT LAWANG COMMUNITY /COVID-19 OUTBREAK⚠️
( June/July 2021)
UPDATE : A third big food delivery was handed out to 80 local families!
Please check out our campign directly to read more about our latest initiative.
Thank you very very much in the name of the community! Your kindly help will be highly appreciated and needed!
⚠️URGENT HELP-BUKIT LAWANG COMMUNITY /COVID-19 OUTBREAK⚠️
( April/May 2020 )
Due to the corona virus outbreak and the physical distance restrictions, we canot continue with our green activties right now. However as we still care about Bukit Lawang´s community, we have created a fundrasining campaign to support local families with food parcels because so many people have lost their jobs. Please check out our campaign and think about if you can help too. Every donation is so much needed and greatly appreciated:
Thank you very very much in the name of the community!
💚🌿 300 free totebags💚🌿
( March 2020 )
This month our team together with the help of our lovely german blogger family went to the big local market in Bahorok to hand out 300 of our eco-friendly Care Now totebags for free to the community. It was a good day and people are happy to receive our bags and we hope our CARE NOW message reaches as many locals as possible!
WE CARE NOW !
💚🌿 Big Clean Up Day💚🌿
(February 2020 )
On 1st of february 2020 our team joined a huge Clean Up campaign in Bukit Lawang, organised by Bukit Lawang Trust and Project Wings. More than 200 people came together for a big rubbish pick up. We feel happy to be part of such a great teamwork!
And if many people work together, we can all reach more towards a better future!
💚🌿 Bags for a good cause💚🌿
( January 2020 )
Late Post: In december 2020, we were on the road again with our CARE NOW tote bags, raising awareness towards plastic pollution amongst young students as we believe we must empower the youngest generations to fight for our planet!
Everyone should stand up and CARE NOW!
.Keep the jungle clean
( December 2019 )
As often as possible our team is doing rubbish pick ups and Bukit Lawang-Jungle Trekking guests are always welcome to join. The last one took place in november 2019.
Its sad to see that there is still visitors leaving rubbish behind during their treks in this beautiful nature..However you can allready find a few ethical tour operators in Bukit Lawang taking care of this issue and following one of many important guidelines such as not to leave anything behind in the wild than your footprints.
Remember this guideline next time you walk into the rainforest or any other nature place, please!
We always need support with our project work and most important financial help....but what a great way to help by spending your time with the community like our recent guest Caroline from Germany did. Besides the famous orangutan trekking, she also helped out at a local school project and did some activities with local kids based on our Care Now mission.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO CAROLINE FOR YOUR TIME, IDEAS AND THE FABULOUS FUNDRAISING YOU DID AS WELL You definely made an impact with your stay here to the community!
🌱 Trees for the National Park🌱
We hope to reduce the conflict between humans and orangutans in the future because sometimes orangutans come out of the jungle to close by farms and eat the farmers harvest which sometimes leads to shooting on orangutans! Long live these trees and the precious orangutans!🌿🐒
World Clean Up Day 2019 🌍 a1🌍 11
🌿 On CARE NOW mission again 🌿
( August 2019 )
5 of our CARE NOW team members went for a 2 hours motorbike ride to visit a local school and spread the mission and vision of our project , hand out 120 of our famous bags and donated school supplies to the more than 120 students. We think its important that we spread our message to as many people as possible,even far away, and are thankful that our members took the long journey to that school. Quite an exhausting trip but worth it after they told us how their day was and how happy the entire school team was. Again we hope to raise awareness amongst the young generations for a better environmental education and understanding.
If you are interested to support us as well, please send us a message to :
💚🌿🐵 Conservation Festival 2019💚🌿🐵
( August 2019)
For the 4th time, Bukit Lawang-Jungle Trekking joined the Bukit Lawang Conservation Festival...this year we even became one of the sponsors for the event!
You can read here more about it:
The festival aim is to protect the Gunung Leuser ecosystem, one of the last orangutans sanctuary in Earth as well as many other species. A gathering for the indonesian community to find ecological and economocal alternatives on a long term and present NGOs that work in North Sumatra for the protection of the wildlife and rainforest. We feel very proud and honoured to be part of this great event and collaboration!
Our first big Ecobrick module
( July 2019 )
During the last months, we have been busy collecting, washing and drying out plastic rubbish to create and collect ecobricks .
With almost 900 ecobricks we have now started re-building our local partners house and are proud to present the first part now....it looks awesome....in real even more....we are all very happy !
We used almost 900 ecobricks and therefore recycled almost 450 kg of trash!
An Ecobrick is a reusable building block created by packing clean and dry used plastic trash into a plastic bottle to a set density.
Ecobricks are a great way to take personal responsibility for our plastic trash and a fantastic solution to live again in harmony with our ecosystem!
We love this idea and are totally convinced about ecobricks.
We definetly plan to build more green spaces in the community and remove plastic trash from the biosphere.
Further they also create new income for the locals as we buy parts of the amount of ecobricks we use form the locals for 5.000rp each....which is a fully meal for the locals....and it encourages them to take care of their environemnt and keeps the nature clean.
As our CARE NOW project is self-financed, we are only able to do what we do with the support of donations.If you would love to be part of our initiative, please email us to : email@example.com. We are looking forward to hear from you!
Lastly we need to shout out a big THANK YOU to all our great Bukit Lawang-Jungle Trekking guest and friends who supported us allready.....without your help, CARE NOW is not possible.<3
New Bamboo straw edition for a good cause💚
Since June 2019, Bukit Lawang-Jungle Trekking guests can enjoy their drinks with a new edition of our great bamboo straws since they are now laser graved with our business logo and homepage:)
They are ecofriendly ,handmade, reusable, biodegradable, natural, stylish and a great gift to bring back home.
We say no to single-used plastic straws.
💚🌿 Pekan Sunge Landak💚🌿
( June 2019 )
On 9th of june 2019, we took part at a brand-new event called Pekan Sunge Landak at Landak RIver area, created by our familys guesthouse Bukit Lawang Indah and his manager Kornel. Its a traditional local market in the middle of a beautiful nature where yummy traditional food and drinks and local organic products are available. The event is also plastic-free!
So we jumped into the chance to present the mission and vision of our CARE NOW project ( basically to raise awareness of the dramatic plastic trash problem worldwide and its impacts to the environment!).
We can not imagine a better place to talk about the plastic trash issues and it was a great day ! Hopefully you can join us next time as this event is planned to run regularly:)))
💚👍♻ Delivery of 500 more ecobricks💚👍♻
Slowly but sure,we are reaching our goal and can start our next bigger project from ecobricks soon!
An ecobrick is a reusable building block/brick created by packing clean and dry plastic trash into a plastic bottle to a set density. Ecobricks enable us to take personal responsibility for our plastic trash and our planet! 🌍 11
🌹🌿 Rubbish pick up and library session 🌹🌿
( May 2019 )
On sundays we are joining a regularly rubbish pick up with kids from our neighbour hood. To motivate them to keep up their action work and to reward them for helping keep their environment clean, we decided to create a community library for them as they are very keen to read books and really enjoying story time.This is also only possible due to some generous donations from friends,families and guests.
Thank you very much to all the ones who have supported us allready !
Having access to books will also help them to develop literacy skills. It's also good for children to understand that books are a useful source of information and that good reading skills are important for success in their future lives. We are very happy to support this and help with building up the library and raise more awareness towards the environment. We could always need help and support with this too. So if you enjoy spending time with locals and wish to help, please send us an email. We are looking forward to hear from you :) Its lovely to sit outside under the tress and reading them books.....
🌹🌿Spreading the CARE NOW message 🌹🌿
( April 2019 )
Our members made a second school visit this month.This time to the primary school in Bohorok Village.
We donated books, school supplies ,handed out our CARE NOW ecofriendly totebags and talked about the huge plastic problem our planet is suffering now and explained the students what everyone can do to help solving it!
We very much hope that we can step by step raise awareness by visiting schools and trying to change the younger generations minds.
🌸Sharing is Caring🌸(A
( April 2019 )
In the beginning of april 2019, our staff member Iwan went to a kindergarden in remote area to hand over learning supplies, some sport equipment and our CARE NOW ecofriendly tote bags.
Everyone was very happy so are we if we can help❤
We are always looking for guest and friends who are happy to support us....please contact us .
💚 Keep Bukit Lawang clean💚((March 2019)
We are trying to do regular rubbish pick ups with our team.This month we past a local school and it was lovely to see that it didnt took long to ask the students to help. Its important to be an example for the youngest as they are the future generations wo will need a healthy ,strong, clean and green planet to live on !!!
Its so urgent to educate them and raise awareness for the plastic pollution worldwide. We are happy to help a bit with that and hope many others will do as well .
( February 2019 )
Our local partner is busy collecting rubbish in her daily life and making a lot of ecobricks out of it....stay tuned and see what we plan do make out of them:)....but first we need around 1000 ecobricks!
An Ecobrick is a reusable building block created by packing clean and dry used plastic trash into a plastic bottle to a set density. Ecobricks enable us to take personal responsibility for our plastic trash.
💚👍♻Eco-Activities continuing in 2019...💚👍♻
For our last green activity in 2018, we went again to the local market in Bukit Lawang to spread our CARE NOW tote bags. More than 300 pieces were given out again along with conversations about how bad plastic bags are and what we can all do for a better future for our nature. We really hope that we can change the mind of at least some locals:)
( December 2018 )
For this years Christmas we had the great idea to build the Christmas tree in our familys guesthouse Bukit Lawang Indah out of the ecobricks we are producing.
What a fantatsic idea to reccyle plastic trash!
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE
💚🌿🐵Bukit Lawang Conservation Festival 2018💚🌿🐵
(November 2018 )
On 3rd of november 2018 we joined the 3rd Bukit Lawang Trust Conservation Festival and presented our Care Now project.
The festival aims to protect the Gunung Leuser ecosystem, one of the last orangutans sanctuary in Earth as well as many other species. A gathering for the indonesian community to find ecological and economocal alternatives on a long term and present NGOs that work in North Sumatra for the protection of the wildlife and rainforest. We feel very proud and honoured to be part of this great movement! It was a great and very interesting day :)
💚👍Recycled Rubbish Bins💚♻💚👍
A good way to use our recycled Ecobricks are rubbish bins. So we are now providing ecofriendly and selfmade rubbish bins at our familys guesthouse Bukit Lawang Indah....100% made out of the guesthouse´s trash.
They are easy to make so everybody can do it!
Bukit Lawang-Jungle Trekking started to provide reusable waterbottles for our jungle tours. Plastic bottles need around 450 years to decompose so lets all act responsible and say no to single used plastic-bottles.
plastic free lunch in the jungle💚👍 ♻🍲🌍
Since August 2018 , Bukit Lawang-Jungle Trekking guests exclusively can enjoy their meals in the jungle without single-used plastic packagings.We now provide either tupperware containers or metal crockery. Another important step towards zero-waste tourism! And ecofriendly meals taste definetly better:)
💚👍♻MaMaMaking more Ecobricks💚♻💚👍(June 2018)
♻MWith the great support of our Bukit Lawang-Jungle Trekking guests, we also continued making more ecobricks. For this we used parts of the collected trash from our rubbish pick up campaign End of Ramadan / Mid June 2018 ( see above).
Let us know before your arrival if you wish to help too.Thank you very much for everyone who supported our CARE NOW project allready!
Clean-up-End of Ramadan
Mid of june 2018 the locals celebrated end of Fasting/Ramadan; the most important public holidays.Usually many locals then come to Bukit Lawang to swim and picnic close to the river...which they well deserved after one moth of fasting!Unfortunately a lot of rubbish comes along with it ;(!!! Our little CARE NOW team therefore took action and did another rubbish pick up campaign. We try to recycle as much as we can.(JUn
( June 2018 )
The whole Bukit Lawang-Jungle Trekking team cares for a clean and trash-free nature. Therefore we are doing regularly rubbish pick up activities. Everybody is welcome to join us ( guests, locals,other guides ). Together for a cleaner Bukit Lawang!!!
💚👍♻Spreading our free totebags💚👍♻
Our team has been to the local market again to spread our lovely CARE NOW totebags. We hope that the locals will use them instead of plastic bags. It was exhausting and great fun too...we handed out over 300 bags and talked to more than 300 locals about how bad all the plastic trash is and what WE ALL can do for a better future. Also we had huge support from 3 of our guests this time. At then end we did also a little rubbish pick upIf you want to help us in someway, please contact us.👍IfIf
♻💚Future for the Nature💚♻
(M)MAAy ((May 2018)
We are working together with the project FUTURE FOR THE NATURE now, All our ecobricks get donated to them and we will also support Sebastian,the founder,in any way we can. The main idea is to build an ecohostel made out of ecobricks! Read here more:
They have set up a crowdfunding page to realize this project. So any financial support is very much welcome and needed to reach our project goal!😍🏆🎆!!.SeeSeebkjhf
Watch the video about the FUTURE FOR TEHE NATURE project below:
Bamboo straws for a good cause💚
Bukit Lawang-Jungle Trekking guests can now buy their own ecofriendly bamboo straws. They are locally handmade, reusable, biodegradable, natural,stylish and fun and a great gift to bring back home🍹🌴🍍💚plus they come in a beautiful little batik-bag. which is also locally handmade😍..
Ecobricks...plastic problem solved!!!???
(from january 2018)
After searching a while we found a great way to recycle plastic trash...Ecobricks!!! We think this can be a fantastic solution to solve plastic pollution. And the best fact...everybody can do it as its very simple and for free. You just need to pick up rubbish and bottles and squeeze all the trash into the bottle...thats it. We employ someone now who is resposible only for making those ecobricks. Almost the whole rubbish from our familys guesthosue Bukit Lawang Indah gets recycled now! We first try to make easy modules like chairs and our big goal is to build a house out of ecobricks. We also make chairs for our jungle camps...made out of trash from previous treks...isnt that amazing...we try to leave nothing behind. Some local people allready saw our first ecobricks and really like this idea so they started making them too which makes us very happy. We found this idea in internet and we hope that a lot of people can see what we do and follow....its easy, for free, its fun as you can create your own modules and it will lead to a cleaner Bukit Lawang.💚Enough reasons to stand up and get active for in our eyes.
Together with a local friend Apni we have made purses...100% handmade and 100% from plastic trash. We sell them now at our familys guesthouse and all profits go fully back to Apni and her family. We love to give something back to the community and also its one of our aims to work together as much as possible. So a combination of both...working together with a local woman and point out ways to reduce, reuse or in this case recycle plastic trash, is a perfect litlle start for waste management.
To reduce plastic trash from single used water bottles, we now offer new and very stylish water refill-bottles in many different colours in our familys guesthouse Bukit Lawang Indah❤.
Keep the jungle clean
(January until December)
Bukit Lawang-Jungle Trekking guests&guides are always bringing back all their rubbish from the jungle.Its one of our aims to leave nature green&clean and we are trying to build up a sustainable ecotourism as we feel very responsible for what we do and how we do it.We are not the only one and we hope other will follow 😇
🌱🌎🌿 👍🌴 💚
Decomposing signs for the school and us
Our team has self-made! two new big educational boards...one for our familys guesthouse Bukit Lawang Indah and one for the Bukit Lawang Trust Education Centre school which we support.The boards show how long it takes for the different kind of materials to decompose.We hope to raise a bit more awairness for the huge plastic problem here with these signs as its quite shocking to see for example how long it takes for plastic to decompose.🌎
To reduce our own environmental footprints, we have created a rubbish recycling area in our familys guesthouse Bukit Lawang Indah.
💚No straws for a good cause💚
Since january 2018, we are no longer serving single-used plastic straws anymore in our familys guesthouse BUKIT LAWANG INDAH. Instead we are having re-useable and stylish (stainless) steel straws now.
The drinks are tasting so much better now if you know you also help keeping the environment clean of plastic trash this way:)
CARE NOW team visits a local food market
On 20th of october 2017, for the first time, we went to a local market to spread the CARE NOW ecofriendly totebags there...for free,of course. It was interesting and fun because we just had positive feedbacks from the locals who were open minded to listen to what we had to tell them about global plastic pollution.We saved about 70 plastic bags in only 2 hours!!!You can imagine how many plastic bags are still used in a day,momth or year in only one small village...its shocking! .We really hope that the community will use the cloth bags next time they go shopping at the market. You can easily help...just bring cloth bags next time you visit Bukit Lawang:) In the meanwhile we keep visiting local markets and spread our bags.
Spreading the CARE NOW message in local kindergardens
(September 2017 )
We are trying to educate the youngest generations about the huge plastic and rubbish problem and hope to encourage them not to throw rubbish away anymore. On 27th of september 2017 we have visited the local kindergarden NUSAH INDAH LANGKAT and brought them our ecofriendly tote bags and talked about the impacts of rubbish in the nature.
With the support of our friend Marion from
http://marestella.me/ , we have designed 3 new styles for ecofriendly totebags which are now ready for sale in our familys guesthouse Bukit Lawang Indah.The proceeds go 100% towards this project.
#SAY NO TO PLASTIC#STOP GARBAGE#REDUCE#REUSE#RECYCLE#
#KEE YOUR ENVIRONMENT CLEAN AND GREEN#
(together with us)
If you would like to donate something, please contact us.
Any donations-no matter how small or large-can make a difference!