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SWITCHING TO A WOODEN DISH BRUSH

As you might know I’m in the process of slowly switching things out in my everyday life for better and more sustainable alternatives.

And a dish brush might seem like such a simple thing to switch, and it is, the only problem was that when my boyfriend and I moved in together in our apartment 2,5 years ago we went to IKEA and bought 2-3 plastic dish brushes because then we “didn’t need to buy those again for the next long time”.

So the problem came when I wanted to switch to some more sustainable household things, because then I, of course, didn’t wanted to throw out our existing plastic dish brushes, so I had to wait until we had used them all up.

But, now it is finally time to switch to a wooden dish brush. And I gotta admit, I find them so beautiful. And just like with the bamboo toothbrush, it is such an easy and simple thing to switch for a more sustainable one.

Read also: Switching to a safety razor 

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HOW TO REGAIN YOUR MOTIVATION

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

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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SUSTAIN YEARLY MAGAZINE KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN

Hvis du ikke allerede kender til Sustain Yearly, så er det et skønt magasin med fokus på hvordan man kan leve mere bæredygtigt hele året rundt. Magasinet blev udgivet for første gang sidste år i Danmark, og i år er drømmen at det skal udgives både på dansk og engelsk, så det kan nå flere mennesker.

Magasinet er fyldt med inspirerende artikler, interviews, opskrifter og meget, meget andet. Magasinet er så smukt, og er den perfekte “table book” hvis du spørger mig. Og, så har jeg måske også skrevet en lille artikel deri 😉

Men, magasinet bliver kun en realitet hvis det bliver støttet nok igennem kickstarter kampagnen. Du kan altså derfor gå ind og købe dig et eksemplar (eller flere, det er en skøn gave at give!) og derved være med til at støtte kampagnen og sørge for at magasinet kan komme ud til en masse mennesker og inspirere dem til at leve mere bæredygtigt.

 

STØT KAMPAGNEN

Jeg håber at du vil være med til at støtte Sustain Daily og deres fine magasin. Hvis du køber magasinet igennem dette link* så får jeg en procentdel af salget, og du støtter derved både magasinets tilblivelse, samt mig.

English:

If you don’t already know about Sustain Yearly, then I can tell you that it is a lovely magazine with focus upon how we can all live a more sustainable life all year round. The magazine was published for the first time last year in Denmark, and this year the dream is that it will be published in both Danish and English, to reach more people.

The magazine is filed with inspirering articles, interviews, recipes and much, much more. It’s such a beautiful magazine and the perfect “table book” if you ask me. And, I might have written an article in it as well 😉

But, the magazine is only going to be a reality if it gets funded through the kickstarter campaign. You can buy a copy (or more, it’s a lovely gift idea!) and thereby support the campaign and make sure that the magazine will become available for lots of people and inspire them to live a more sustainable life.

 

SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN

I hope that you want to support Sustain Daily and their beautiful magazine. If you buy the magazine through this link* then I’ll get a percentage of the sale, and you thereby support both the magazine and me.

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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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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.