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YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING PERFECTLY

The other day I met up with Johanne and Emma and had a little chat about how living more sustainably should not be about being perfect at everything, and that it is much more important for others to see that you are also in a process and working on things and in that way are much more relatable to others, than if you were the perfect example of something. No one is perfect, we all struggle with things and we should not beat ourselves up about it, that won’t help anyone.

 

If you strive so much to be perfect that you end up burning out mentally, then this will do not good at all because eventually you might just give up on everything and that is no good. So don’t be so hard on yourself.

You might want to live more sustainable (which is awesome!), but take your time and make it a slow process. Habits needs to change and that just takes time. You might also have started with something but have went back to your old habits – no worries, that doesn’t mean that you have failed. You can just start trying again once you are ready.

Here are some of my back and forth processes

  1. The shampoo bar

    I had been using the shampoo bar for a couple of months and then went on a skiing trip with my boyfriend and his family, and to be honest I was just so tired and exhausted that I just didn’t bother to wash my hair with the shampoo bar at the holiday and I ended up using my boyfriends shampoo and have been since. I want to get back to the shampoo bar again, but I have honestly just been too lazy and busy with a lot of other things lately, but I for sure want to start using it again.

  2. Toothpaste

    For a while I made my own toothpaste, but I am currently being way too confused about oral hygiene and whether or not to use fluorid etc. and I really want to take good care of my teeth, so I have (for now) returned to a plastic packaging toothpaste. If any of you have awesome recommendations for toothpaste in glass jars or anything like that, please let me know!

  3. I still buy groceries in plastic packaging

    More than anything I wish I lived next door to LØS market and could buy all my food there without having to worry about plastic packaging, but I just live too far away for it to make sense to go there for every time I need to buy groceries. Whenever possible I will always strive for the plastic free option where I am, but that is the current reality. However I’m extremely happy about seeing more and more cardboard alternatives to plastic in supermarkets, fx Fakta now has rice in cardboard packaging instead of plastic packaging, so I always buy rice there.

Etc. I might have several other things that I have gone back and forth with. But what I wanted to say with this is that we should not beat ourselves up about not doing everything perfectly. Take your time, and be okay with going back and forth. It is a process, and it takes time. And sometimes you try something which does not work for you, and that is okay, then try to search for other alternatives or ways to do things.

You might have heard about the saying “you teach best what you most need to learn“? That is so true for me with this post, because I have certainly been guilty of beating myself up a bit (mentally) because I have gone back to some old habits. So this blog post is just as much a reminder to myself not to blame myself so much. I know that I still want to change things and strive for living more sustainably, but I don’t want to spend all my time worrying and stressing about it. I will much rather have fun with it!

 

Do you know the feeling? Have you also gone back and forth between some old habits as well?

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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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SUPPORTING LOCAL BRANDS

What does ‘supporting local brands’ mean?

It means that you support brands that are local to you. So very simply put; if you live in Denmark, then supporting local brands means supporting Danish brands, or brands which are very close to Denmark.

 

Why is it good?

It is good for your nations economy to support many smaller, local brands. In that way you ensure that people in your country have a job and that makes the economy go around (read a more in-depth article about that here). There is, of course, also the more environmentally friendly aspect, that the goods you buy don’t have to get transported across the globe (either by plain or ship or whatever means of transport) when you buy locally, instead it can get transported by trucks/the local mail – and if you live close to the physical stores, you can just go there yourself and buy the things.

Another thing I love about supporting smaller, local brands is that you can very often “feel” the person(s) behind the brand, their vision and their passion. Often times, you can actually meet the owners/creators behind the brand in a physical store or get in contact with them, and I really like that. You can sincerely feel that these people wants to make a difference, and that is beautiful and inspirering.

In connection to the above I love this quote:

So just a little recommendation for you is to seek for the things you are searching for in smaller, local businesses. This does not mean that all that I personally buy is from small, local businesses, but I prefer supporting local brands if I can find what I need from these. I truly love to discover new Danish brands (which have the environment in their hearts), I find it very inspirering.

Here are a few of the Danish brand that I like to follow closely:

Miild make-up, LØS market, Isangs, Gritt & Borris, Atelier AarhusAiayu, Woron, Dilling Underwear, Yogamii.

 

Do you have any favourite local brands?

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INTERESTING THINGS

It’s been forever since I last shared an ‘interesting things’ post. But sometimes there just isn’t that much inspiration, and then I’d rather just wait until I have some than just share something which I don’t really find that interesting. I hope you can find some inspiration in the 3 things I want to share with you today.

And, remember, if you have found anything interesting (links, articles, videos, documentaries, books etc.) please just share them with me, I would love to know!

 

1. UN environment #CleanSeas Break-Up PSA: “it’s not me, it’s you” video about breaking up with plastic. I love this, it’s hilarious – and yet also something we all need to take seriously to protect our seas, and our Planet. I love that the UN has made this video!

2.  Grøn KBH 2018 – det grønne teleselskab GreenSpeak afholder igen i år en grøn/bæredygtig messe fra d.2.-3. juni på Remisen. Jeg nåede ikke med sidste år pga. eksamener, men håber at jeg i år kan nå at smutte ind forbi, for det er et skønt koncept!

3. Organic Olivia’s youtube channel – I just found this girl yesterday and I love her channel. She’s all about holistic and natural health and beauty, she also has a video about how to do a gua sha facial massage

4. Sustain Yearly, the sustainable lifestyle magazine, is now SO close to reach its goal on kickstarter! If you haven’t bought your copy yet, go and support it! (*10 minutes after I wrote this, they reached the goal! Sustain Yearly 2nd year is becoming a reality!) 

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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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SWITCHING TO A WOODEN DISH BRUSH

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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.
wooden dish brush

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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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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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