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SWITCHING TO SOAP NUTS

If you’ve been following along in here for a while, then you know that I’m in the process of switching things out as I go for more sustainable options. Just search for “switching to” in here and you can see some of the switches I have made, everything from menstrual cups, to stainless steel straws, to reusable cotton pads.

This time it was time for laundry detergent to get switched out. I was already using a more ecofriendly one from Ecover, which I’ve actually written about here, but I am trying my best to reduce plastic in my household, and when I found an alternative I thought it was time to switch. And the alternative is: soap nuts!

Now you might think, what on Earth is soap nuts?

It’s basically, as the words says, nut shells which you can use as a soap to wash your clothes with.

When you buy them you buy a big cotton bag with many small soap nuts in it and then you also get a little small cotton bag. Then when you wash your clothes, you just put 4-6 soap nuts into the little cotton bag and throw it in the washing machine together with the clothes, and voila clothes is clean! A bag with 4-6 soap nuts can do around 4-5 washes and then you just take out the soap nuts and compost them, and replace the old ones with some new ones.

 

Read also: Switching to a menstrual cup

 

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SUSTAIN YEARLY MAGAZINE – ONE WEEK LEFT!

As I’ve already written about once before in here, the sustainable lifestyle magazine Sustain Yearly is running its crowdfunding campaign at the moment and now there’s only 1 week left!

 

More than 400 people have backed the project so far and the 100,000 DKKR is reached – but, they still need 20,000 DKKR. So even though they are so close to reaching the goal – there is still a little way to go yet. 

If you are considering buying a copy of the magazine then you should buy it now. It is an all or nothing project, since it is being run through a crowdfunding campaign. That means that they need to reach their goal (which is 120,000 DKKR before Sunday March 4th) or else all the money will just go straight back to those who have supported the project, and the magazine will not become a reality.

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If you are still wondering whether or not to buy the magazine, then I can tell you a little bit about what’s in it and why I think you should support it.

The magazine is made to inspire people to live a more sustainable lifestyle and it’s filled with inspirering articles, interviews, guides, recipes, beautiful pictures and so much more. If you support this project you can thereby help a sustainable lifestyle get spread out to even more people (not just in Denmark, but all around the world – because if funded, the magazine will be available in both Danish and English).

 

Buy your copy and support the magazine here. 

 

Have you already got your copy? Or are you still considering it? (then just don’t wait too long)

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HOW TO REGAIN YOUR MOTIVATION

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There’s nothing better than feeling inspired and motivated to do something. Whether that be eating healthy, going zero waste or exercising regularly – am I right? But, this feeling of motivation can sometimes fade after a while.

I’ve found that the best way to regain your motivation (at least for me) is to either watch some inspirering and motivating videos or documentaries, or to read a book concerning the subject you want to regain your motivation upon.

Sometimes I can start thinking “does it really matter whether if I buy my skincare products in plastic?” or something like that. When I begin to feel like this once in a while, I know that it’s time to look at the things that got me into these values in the first place.

So, then I start to watch documentaries about how the environment is being destroyed by human actions, or I choose to watch inspirering Lauren Singer and how she makes living zero waste look so easily and fashionable – and not long after, I’ve fully regained my motivation and determination to do something about whatever it is that I want to do.

You might know what your values are, but it can be so easy in a busy everyday life to get distracted and start to not care that much about certain things – and therefore, I find it so important to keep yourself reminded by watching movies, documentaries, reading books or watching youtube videos which keeps reminding you of why you chose to do what you do.

A tip for you, is to write down:

– a list of why you want to do these things

fx I will not buy products sold in plastic, because I do not want to contribute to more plastic in the world

– a list of what you can do to improve within the areas where you are clear on your values

fx I keep a list of zero waste goals, and then one by one, slowly, I try to focus on a new habit and implement it into my life

– a list of movies, documentaries, books etc. which you know will inspire you

Keep this list for those days where you need a reminder, and just watch a quick youtube video that inspires you, or watch a bunch of documentaries

 

What is your best way(s) to regain your motivation? And which things in life excites you the most?

 

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GARBAGE SORTING – WHY AND HOW

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A year ago I did not care about garbage sorting at all, and it was never really something I had done before. I was used to just throwing everything I used into one big garbage can and then not think about the trash ever again.

But wow, things have changed. Ever since I discovered the whole “zero waste” movement, I’ve learned so much about trash and how it pollutes the Planet.

 

“Did you know that Denmark is the 2nd highest garbage producing country in Europe? With around 668 kilos trash per person per year in Denmark. Not really something to be proud of.

 

So, what is garbage sorting?

In all its simplicity, it means that you sort your garbage, instead of throwing everything into one big trashcan.

 

Why should you sort your garbage?

I will admit, it does take a little bit longer than just throwing everything into the same trashcan, but it makes a huge different. Because then it can be recycled and reused, instead of just ending up in landfill and pilling up.

 

How do you do it?

If you live in Copenhagen you’ll most likely have access to sorting your trash into: glass, metal, plastic, cardboard, paper, electronics and bio-waste (compost).
If you are in doubt about what category you should sort something into, then you can find information on this site, or join the Zero Waste Danmark facebook group and simply just write and ask, people are so nice and wants to help!

 

Souce: Danskerne er de næststørste affaldssvin i Europa 

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HOMEMADE AND SIMPLE CLEANING SPRAY

This year I’m trying to empty my old cleaning products and switch them for some more natural and environmental friendly ones. First I’ve made a very simply cleaning spray!

This cleaning spray can be used to clean surfaces with, and if you want a deeper clean, then try sprinkle some baking soda over the specific area and then spray this cleaningspray over the baking soda and let it sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off with a good scrub.

Ingredients

  • 1 part white vinegar
  •  1 part water

Put both ingredients in a spray bottle, and then you’ve made a very natural cleaning spray. In this way you can clean your house/apartment without worrying about letting any nasty chemicals out into the nature when you rinse it down the sink, and thereby take even better care of our lovely Planet, while at the same time having a clean house.

*I bought my spray bottle through this shop at etsy.com 

Read also: Natural and toxic-free cleaning 

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SWITCHING TO BEE’S WRAP

This switch has actually been on my “gotta buy list” for the past half year, don’t even ask me why I haven’t bought it before now, but now I finally got around to it and bought it!

Now you might think, what on Earth is bee’s wrap?

Bee’s wrap is very simply a reusable alternative to tin foil or plastic wraps, which you can store your food in. The smart thing about bee’s wrap is that it is reusable, once you have used it you simply just wash it with cold water and some soap and then let it dry and then it’s all ready to use again and again and again! In that way you never have to throw out tin foil again, because you can just simply avoid buying it – pretty awesome!

Bee’s wrap comes in many different colours, and you can buy it on many sustainable online webshops such as Bleschu, Økofamilien and ilovegreen etc.

 

Read also: Switching to a reusable to-go cup

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ZERO WASTE BATHROOM ESSENTIALS

I made an article a while ago for Sustain Daily about ways in which you can make your bathroom more sustainable. I thought that I would translate it into English and add some more things on it as well and show you, how you can make your bathroom more zero waste.

 

1. Switch to reusable cotton pads

Instead of using single-use cotton pads, buy some reusable ones which you can just wash after use and then use again and again. For make-up removal use some almond oil and water on the cotton pad and use this to fx take off mascara.

2. Use a shampoo bar and an applecider vinegar hair rinse

Instead of buying plastic bottles of shampoo and conditioner, try to switch to a shampoo bar, and to make your hair more soft after using it try using an apple cider hair rinse afterwards.

3. Switch to a menstrual cup

Save money and save the environment from a lot of trash by switching from single-use tampons and pads to a menstrual cup, reusable cotton pads or menstrual panties.

4. Use a bamboo toothbrush

Next time you’re buying a toothbrush go after one in bamboo instead of plastic, then it can be composted once you are done using it.

5. Make your own body products

There are a ton of DIY recipe’s out there. You can make your own deodorant, make your own body lotion and so much more.

6. Go for skincare in glass, steel containers or without any packaging

Whenever you are buying skincare products, strive for fx oils in glass or cremes in steel containers. Or go for soaps without any packaging or soaps wrapped in cardboard which can be recycled afterwards.

7. Switch to a safety razor

Instead of buying plastic razor heads, then try to switch to a safety razor. This will also save you money in the long run since the blades are much much cheaper.

8. Make your own toothpaste

Make your own toothpaste in a glass container, easy, cheap and better for the environment.

9. Get a wooden hairbrush

If you have a hairbrush, then of course just use that, but if it is time to get a new one then go for a wooden one.

10. Make your own scrubs and face masks

You can easily make your own scrubs or face masks out of natural food ingredients such as coffee grounds, avocado, oats, salt, sugar, honey, bananas etc. There are so many awesome recipe’s out on the internet, just google!

Read also: 10 ways to cut down your plastic use

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20 SUSTAINABLE CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS

Today it’s going to be all about more sustainable Christmas gifts! Maybe you’ve already found most of the Christmas gifts, or maybe you’ve stopped receiving and giving gifts? Nonetheless, here you get some Christmas gift ideas which is a bit more sustainable. These are also great suggestions to give if you know of anyone being interested in zero waste and sustainability.

1. Experiences 
Get plenty of ideas for experiences to give right here.

2. Stainless steel straws
Stainless steel straws isn’t just pretty, they also help reduce plastic.

3. A wooden hair brush
A good wooden hairbrush is a lovely thing to give in a present, mainly to women.

4. Safety razor
A safety razor is a perfect gift for someone interested in “zero waste”.

5. A reusable to-go cup 
A reusable to-go cup is a cool gift, especially because there are so many different ones on the market. Fx are the ecoffee cup or the KeepCup some good suggestions.

6. A cool reusable bag 
Who doesn’t love reusable canvas bags? I’m in love with this one

7. Skincare in glass or tin
A lovely oil, a good face creme or a facial scrub in glass or tin, then it doesn’t get much better. Some good suggestions are brands such as Isangs or Voelve

8. A homemade bodyscrub  
There is nothing like homemade gifts, give your mom, aunt or sister a lovely homemade bodyscrub which they can use for real selfcare days.

9. A homemade bodylotion 
Another lovely gift to give is a homemade body lotion. If you want to give a really nice gift, then you can make both the bodylotion and the bodyscrub and perhaps also give a dry brush. It’s the ultimate selfcare gift.

10. Give a tree 
What is more sustainable to give a person who loves the climate, than a tree? At least I cannot think of anything more sustainable to give a person, and I’m sure anyone loving the Planet would love getting that as a gift.

11. Give a subscription
It can be a subscription for Netflix, Spotify, Mofibo, Yogavivo or something else. Of course the subscription should match with the person you are giving the gift to.

12. Reusable cotton pads 
Reusable cotton pads is a great gift. It’s a super simple way to save the Planet for more unnecessary trash, and they are just really pretty!

13. Soy candles 
There are so many lovely soy candles, and what is more Christmasy and cozy to give than candles? Just look at these here and here.

14. Organic bed linen
If you’re looking for some organic bed linen it can become an expensive thing to buy. Therefore it’s a perfect thing to give to someone who loves sustainability. Just look at these here and here.

15. Organic clothes and underwear 
Just like the above, giving organic clothes and underwear is a great gift idea. There are many lovely brands such as Organic Basics, Woron or Dilling Underwear.

16. Natural make-up 
Miild makes the most lovely make-up out of pure and natural ingredients, and the packaging which the make-up comes in is made out of 90% recycled cardboard.

17. Kindle
If you know someone who loves to read, then a Kindle is a perfect gift idea. A Kindle is kind of an “iPad”, but where you can only read books on it. It’s specifically designed to be small and handy, and the screen is designed so it doesn’t reflect lighting and it’s therefore perfect to read on.

18. Plants
Plants are always lovely! Give a plant which you know the person you are giving it to will love.

19. Giftcards
Give a giftcard to a place you know where the person you are giving it to will buy from. It could fx be a giftcard to study books if it’s a student, or a giftcard to a shop selling sustainable products if that is what the person is interested in.

20. Give money to a charity organisation
If you’re going to give a gift to someone who loves animals, then give the money to a charity which supports animals, or refugees or something else, and give a little card where you mention how the gift has helped someone else in need.

Do you have any other great gift ideas? And what is on your wishlist for Christmas?

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VIND ET GAVEKORT PÅ 600,- TIL BLESCHU

Jeg besluttede mig for at lave en konkurrence på Instagram, mest af alt for at give lidt tilbage til alle de fantastiske mennesker der følger mig derinde og som liker, kommenterer og skriver beskeder. Det betyder SÅ meget!

Jeg lavede en konkurrence hvor man kunne vinde et gavekort på 300,- til Bleschu’s online webshop, så den der vinder kan bruge pengene på at købe noget der kan gøre livsstilen lidt mere bæredygtig. På Bleschu’s hjemmeside kan du få alt fra træopvaskebørster, sæbenødder, sæber, shampoo barer, bee’s wrap og meget, meget mere!

Men! Nu har Bleschu valgt at doble beløbet op! Så nu kan du altså vinde et gavekort på 600,- til Bleschu!

Hvis du vil være med i konkurrencen, så foregår den inde på min Instagram profil
Alt du skal gøre er at følge mig, kommentere 1 ting som man kan gøre for at passe bedre på planeten, og tagge en ven som også kunne være interesseret i at deltage i konkurrencen.

Konkurrencen er kun for folk der bor i Danmark, og den slutter på søndag d.10. december kl. 10 hvor jeg trækker en tilfældig vinder og kontakter personen.

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GREEN FRIDAY AND WHITE MONDAY?

As many of you know on Friday it is “Black Friday” aka. buying a lot of stuff and consumerism. It is a day where you can find a lot of sales in stores all around the world and people go crazy shopping. I think buying things on sales is of course fine, as long as it is something you really need. But, the problem is that many people have a tendency to “just buying things because it is cheap”, even though they had never thought about that thing before they just saw it that day.

As a correspond to this consumerism mentality and Black Friday there have been created some new events called “Green Friday” and “White Monday”.

Green Friday

There are some different places in Copenhagen which are having this “Green Friday”. In all its simplicity it’s a trade market where people bring things and trade for no money. It’s based on the principles of circular economy, which are focused on not throwing things out, but instead is focused upon passing the stuff you do not longer want on to someone else who might find joy in your old stuff. As the quote goes “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure“.
The same concept is also being used by more sustainable shops around in Copenhagen which, as a correspond to Black Friday who lowers the prices, actually set the prices up. They call this concept for GoGreen Friday. This is to make the consumer think about whether they actually want to buy things, or if they are just buying it because it is cheap. You can read more about this concept here (only in Danish).

White Monday

There is a new revolution started in Sweden which is a revolution against Black Friday, and it is called White Monday. It’s a revolution against the big consumerism which is going on in our generation, and a request for people to stop consuming so much. It invites people to not spend any money on Black Friday. If you want to follow this revolution further you can find it on Instagram under the hashtag #whitemonday .


What do you think about Black Friday? And what are your thoughts about Green Friday and White Monday?