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10 WAYS TO CUT DOWN YOUR PLASTIC USE

Every year 8 million tons of plastic are dumped in our oceans.

Not only does this affect fish lives and corals, but this also affect our health, just watch this video with Zooey Deschanel encouraging you to bring your own reusable water bottle. But it is also just terrible to think at how much plastic there is lying around everywhere. This is not something I want to contribute to. I don’t want the Planet to be destroyed, I want to leave it just as beautiful as it was when I grew up to future generations – and most important of all – I want there to actually be a Planet which is possible to live on!

Therefore, I am trying my best to switch out so many plastic products in my everyday life as possible. I gotta admit, it ain’t always easy, especially not when it comes to buying food, but I try my best, and I hope that this blogpost can help you to see where you can try as well.


10 ways you can cut down your plastic use

1. Use a reusable water bottle
Instead of buying a plastic water bottle, invest in a reusable one which you can bring along with you and fill up wherever you go. This also saves you a lot of money.

2. Use stainless steel straws
Invest in some stainless steel straws instead of using plastic straws.

3. Use skincare and bodycare products in glass or without packaging
Have you ever thought about how much packaging beauty and skincare products come in? Go for glass or cardboard packaging instead, or buy fx soap bars and shampoo bars without any packaging.

4. Use a bamboo toothbrush
Ditch the plastic toothbrush and buy bamboo toothbrushes instead, which can be composted after they are used up.

5. Use glass or steel containers to store your food in
Invest in some glass or steel containers and prepare your lunch at home, and avoid buying take-away lunch in lots of plastic. Or, if you are buying take-away food, try and ask if you can get it in your own container.

6. Use reusable cotton bags
Bring a reusable cotton bag with you whenever you are buying groceries or anything else, and say no to plastic bags.

7. Buy in bulk
If possible buy your groceries at a bulk store, in that way you can avoid a lot of plastic. If you don’t have something like that nearby then try to opt for the plastic free options you have available, fx buy the single bell pepper without packaging, or the loose bananas and use your own reusable produce bags.

8. Go for loose leaf tea
I have a hard time with this point myself, but striving for buying loose leaf tea and use a tea egg to make your tea also saves the environment for plastic, because in regular tea bags there are small plastic parts in it.

9. Use a safety razor
Investing in a safety razor can also save you from having to buy plastic razors.

10. Use a reusable to-go cup of sit down to drink your coffee or tea
Get a reusable to-go cup, and whenever you are out and about then bring your own cup and get it filled, or choose to sit down at the café and just drink whatever you are having from a normal cup.

Read also: 30 things you can do to live a more sustainable life

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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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MY ZERO WASTE GOALS FOR 2018

2018 is getting closer, and it is the perfect time for new year resolutions and new goals! I have several goals for the new year to come, but I also have some specific ‘zero waste goals’. By that I mean things I want to change in my life to live a more sustainable life.

You can’t do everything at once, and I’ve already changed many things in 2017, so here are some of the things I want to change in the new year:

  • I want to buy these boxes from IKEA for my waste sorting, to make it more practical and prettier at home. Because at the moment my waste sorting looks like piles of plastic, cardboard and glass in random places in the kitchen, and it’s certainly not very pretty.
  • I want to gain some courage to actually bring my own food container whenever I’m buying take-away food from our local bagelshop. I’m still in the phase of thinking too much about what other people might think of me if I do that, so that is something I want to work on in 2018.
  • I want to become better at saying “no thanks” to plastic bags quicker whenever I’m buying something in shops. Sometimes the cashiers are so quick that I haven’t even noticed they’ve put my stuff in a plastic bag before it’s too late to say something.
  • I’m going to buy a washing-up brush in tree once we’ve used up the plastic one that we have in the kitchen.
  • I want to finish off all plastic cleaning products, and get some glass bottles and make my own cleaning products.
  • I want to buy some bee’s wrap and thereby never have to use tin foil or foil again for food.

 

These were some of the things which were on my ‘zero waste goal’ list for 2018. Do you have any zero waste goals for the upcoming year? And have you changed anything this year?

 

Read also: 30 things you can do to live a more sustainable life

 

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ORGANIC YOGA CLOTHING

I have been looking for some new yoga clothing, because I simply just didn’t really have any good yoga clothing. And I do find it necessary to have some as I’m practicing more and more yoga nowadays. But as you might know, if you follow me regularly on my blog and Instagram, I don’t really want to support brands which do not take care of the environment and our Planet while producing their products. Therefore, I was very pleased to find the brand Yogamii.

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Yogamii – Organic Yoga Clothing

Yogamii is a Danish brand which makes beautiful, organic yoga clothing. Their clothing has the GOTS certificate which means that you can trust that the clothing has been produced with care for both you, the environment and the people who produce the clothing. The clothing design is simple and comfortable and have been created with the intend of making you feel comfortable in whatever you are using the clothes for, whether that be yoga, exercising or just everyday life. Another amazing thing is that for every item you buy on their website, you also help support a girls orphanage in Arni (India) through the help of Danish Indian Child Care. I love brands who make sure to take care of the environment in their production and brands who support good causes as well.

I was grateful to be gifted the clothes on the pictures. I’ve also been trying out Yogamii’s clothes for a couple of hours of yoga filming with Cathrine and Yogavivo, and I feel absolutely comfortable in the clothing and I also think the design is very lovely. I can therefore definitely recommend you the brand.

I’m wearing a black strap top in x-small and black long tights in small on the pictures. 

Discount code

If you also want some organic yoga clothing, then I have a little discount code for you. In collaboration with Yogamii, I have a code for you which you can use on all of the items on Yogamii’s webshop. Thereby you can choose a pair of nice basic yoga pants, or a tank top or a warm blouse for the colder months or just for relaxing in when you are home. Or, if you know of anyone who is interested in yoga then it’s a perfect idea for a Christmas gift!

You get 15 % off on Yogamii’s webshop when you use the discount code “Camilla15”.

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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?

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SWITCHING TO A SAFETY RAZOR

In my little journey to live a more sustainable life, I’ve changed a few things in my everyday life. As you might have noticed (if you have been following along in here) I’ve slowly over the past half year tried to switch some of my old products out, once I was done using them, for some more sustainable options. I have switched out cotton pads for reusable cotton pads, menstrual pads for a menstrual cup, plastic bags for compostable bags, plastic bags for a bamboo travel case, to-go cups for a reusable to-go cup, plastic straws for stainless steel straws and stearin candles for soy candles.

This time, it was time for switching out my regular razor. Normal razors come with plastic and all the shaving blades you buy come in plastic as well and cannot be recycled, which is of course not good for the environment. And this is why the more sustainable option, a safety razor, comes into the picture!

Why switch to a safety razor?

More sustainable
A safety razor is made out of steel, and the same are the blades. The blades can therefore be recycled once you’re done using them.

Cheaper in the long run
Not only is a safety razor better for the environment, it is also a lot cheaper in the long run. They can be a little expensive to buy the actual razor, but that is only a one time investment, and you can also find some cheap ones secondhand. But the blades you have to buy for them afterwards are incredible cheap compared to what you’ve been used to, if you’ve been using a regular shaver before.


Have you considered switching to a safety razor? Or, do you already have one? And in that case, what are your thoughts about them?


Read also
: 30 things you can do to live a more sustainable life 

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ELIMINATING TOXINS FROM YOUR LIFE

Toxins are small molecules, peptides or proteins that are capable of causing disease on contact with or absorption by body tissues. Toxins are something which affects you and your body’s health and you should strive for avoiding them as much as possible in your everyday life if you want to be as healthy as possible. However, it can be difficult in our age today, because we are exposed to toxins almost all the time without us even being aware of it. But, if you learn which things you can change in your everyday life in order to get less exposed to toxins, then this is a great way to begin if you want to live a healthier life.

Here are some of the different areas in your life where you should be aware of toxins.

Skin, body and hair products
Some of the first things to look at when trying to eliminate toxins from your life are all the products you use on your skin, hair and body. Such as shampoo, conditioner, cleansers, cremes, body lotions, toothpaste, deodorant, make-up etc. You can strive to buy products with more natural ingredients, or you can simple make your own natural products and in that way be completely sure that they only contain natural and pure ingredients.

Cleaning products 
This is an area many people might forget about when trying to clean out in their products at home. But this area is so important, since you clean everything with these products, the sink, your food plates, your kitchen surfaces where you prepare food etc. All these cleaning products that you use in these places will somehow get in contact with you as well.
Here you can find some of the natural cleaning products you can use instead.

Food 
Go for organic food and thereby avoid food which is sprayed with a lot of pesticides. Pesticides does absolutely nothing good for your body.

Clothes 
The clothes you wear is in constant contact with your body, and regular clothes is also full of chemicals. Therefore you should go for buying organic clothes if you really want to avoid as many toxins in your life as possible.


Have you thought about these things before? Or, is there any other area that you think should have been included as well?

 

Read also: Natural and Toxic-Free Cleaning

 

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BÆREDYGTIGT INTERVIEW MED KLIMAMUSEN (ANNA)

Det blev tid til endnu et bæredygtigt interview, og denne gang er det med Anna, eller Klimamusen, som jeg også har mødt i virkeligheden et par gange, og som er super sød. Anna interesserer sig for at leve et bæredygtigt liv, og hun deler ud af forskellige tips og tricks på hendes Instagram Klimamusen. Lær Anna lidt bedre at kende lige her.


Fortæl lidt om dig selv

Jeg hedder Anna og har Instagram-profilen Klimamusen, hvor jeg fortæller om bæredygtig livsstil og grøn omstilling på hverdagsniveau. Jeg er tosset med planter og bliver igen og igen begejstret over deres udseende og egenskaber. Planter er for vilde. Jeg går lidt med en drøm om at uddanne mig til gartner på et tidspunkt.

Hvornår og hvorfor begyndte du at interesse dig for miljø og bæredygtighed?

Jeg kan ikke huske, hvornår min interesse begyndte, men jeg kan huske, hvornår den tog til i styrke. Det var da jeg i 2011 begyndte på en kandidat i Politisk Kommunikation og Ledelse på CBS. I introdagene var der forskellige oplæg, og et af dem blev holdt af Martin Lidegaard, der på det tidspunkt var formand for den danske grønne tænketank CONCITO. Han talte om klimaforandringer og sagde blandt andet, at vi måtte se tingene i øjnene og handle. Han talte også om Klimaambassaden, som er et projekt tilknyttet CONCITO, hvor man som ung holder oplæg og workshops for andre unge om klimaforandringer og forbrug. Det lød helt vildt spændende, syntes jeg, så jeg skrev til han, som han havde opfordret os til at gøre, og så blev jeg klimaambassadør og var med på en masse spændende projekter. Derfra er min viden og mit engagement vokset stille og roligt.

Hvordan lever du mere bæredygtigt?

Her i sommers blev jeg vegetar, hvilket lyder som en stor ting, men jeg spiste i forvejen ikke specielt meget kød, så det var et nemt skridt at tage. Så kan man måske tænke, at forskellen på om og gevinsten ved, at jeg så spiste lidt kød eller slet ikke, ikke er særlig stor. Det er den nok heller ikke, men det påvirker mine omgivelser, fx bor jeg sammen med min kæreste og to roomies, og når vi spiser sammen er det meget ofte kun vegetarisk, nogle gange laver de noget kød til, men det er sjældent. Og jeg har ingen klager hørt endnu. Derimod overhørte jeg en af mine roomies, med en vis stolhed i stemmen, sige til en ven, at ”her i lejligheden spiser vi jo vegetarisk”. Så nogle gange skal man ikke kun tænke på det konkrete output, men også tænke på de ringe i vandet, som man laver.

Hvad er dit bedste råd til andre som gerne vil begynde at leve mere bæredygtigt?

Tag de nemme skridt først. Hvis du som jeg ikke var/er den store kødæder, så er det måske et godt første (lille) skridt at blive vegetar eller skære endnu mere ned på kødet. Og husk at være flink mod dig selv. Så hvis du spiser noget kød eller noget andet, der er mindre bæredygtigt, så bare gør det lidt bedre næste gang.

Research og tale med venner, bekendte og familie og spred budskabet. Jo flere, der kommer med på vognen jo bedre. Og prøv så vidt muligt ikke at blive prædikende.

Hvad er din største bæredygtige drøm?

På det store plan håber jeg på, at vi MEGET snart får styr på klimaforandringerne, brugen af ressourcer og håndtering af affald.

Lidt mere egoistisk, så håber jeg på, at det bliver CO2-neutralt at flyve meget snart. Det er noget af det mest irriterende ved at leve bæredygtigt.


Tusinde tak til Anna for at besvare disse spørgsmål og være med til at inspirere mig på hendes Instagram.

Læs også: bæredygtigt interview med Sara Sophie, Gittemary og Lasse.

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SWITCHING TO A BAMBOO TOOTHBRUSH CASE

Hver gang jeg har skulle ud og rejse har jeg før i tiden brugt en plastik pose til at lægge min tandbørste i, men nu har jeg fået købt mig det fineste bambus tandbørste hylster, som jeg kan putte min bambus tandbørste i.

Et meget simpelt lille tip, men noget som kan spare én plastik pose hver gang jeg skal et sted hen, og det løber jo alligevel op. Det handler om de små ting, hvor man kan gøre en forskel – og så bare tage et trin ad gangen imod noget bedre.

Jeg købte min i Res Res, men jeg er sikker på at man også kan finde den i online shops.


English:
Overtime I went traveling before I always used a plastic bag to put my toothbrush in, but now I’ve bought a lovely toothbrush travel case, where I can put my bamboo toothbrush in. 

It’s a very simple tip, but a place where I can avoid using 1 plastic bag everytime I need to go somewhere, and that quickly adds up. It’s about the small things you can do which makes a different – just take one step at a time toward something better.

I bought mine in Res Res, but I’m sure you can find it on online shops as well.