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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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SWITCHING TO COMPOSTABLE BAGS

Jeg elsker at finde nye måder hvorpå jeg kan ændre små ting i min hverdag, og gøre mit liv lidt mere bæredygtigt.

Derfor blev jeg også rimelig excited over de her komposterbare poser fra Maistic! Så behøves man ikke længere købe plastik poser som er skadelige for naturen, men man kan istedet for bruge disse poser som også kan nedbrydes og dermed ikke skader naturen. Ret fantastisk ikke?

Jeg ville også lige slå et godt ord for Maistic, som ikke kun laver poser, men også miljøvenlige skuresvampe, rengøringsklude og meget andet.

English:
I love to find new ways where I can change small things in my every day life to make it more sustainable.

I’m pretty excited about these compostable bags from Maistic! In that way you do no longer have to buy plastic bags which are harmful for the nature, but instead you can just use these bags which are compostable and thereby do not harme nature. Pretty amazing right?

I just want to put in a good word for Maistic which does not only make bags, but also environmental cleaning cloths and other things.

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GREEN SHOPS IN COPENHAGEN

Da jeg begyndte min lidt ‘grønnere rejse’, var et af mine store spørgsmål: men hvor finder jeg alle de grønnere alternativer? Så derfor gik jeg lidt amok med at researche, om hvor jeg kunne finde de forskellige ting og sager jeg skulle bruge til en sundere og mere bæredygtig livsstil. Jeg fandt heldigvis en masse fine steder, og jeg tænkte at jeg ville dele dem allesammen med jer, så i også let kan finde nogle af alle de ting i leder efter – om det så er en bambus tandbørste, komposterbare affaldsposer eller en butik hvor du kan købe mad i løsvægt!

/When I first started my green journey, one of my biggest questions was: but where do I find all these green alternatives? So I went a bit crazy with researching on where I could find the different things in order to live a more healthy and sustainable lifestyle. Luckily, I found a lot of wonderful places and I thought that I would share them with you guys, so that you can find all the things you are looking for as well – whether that be a bamboo toothbrush, compostable garbage bags or a shop where you can buy your food without waste! 

EcoEgo
EcoEgo har forskellige ting til hjemmet, personlig pleje, tøj, øko stofposer, komposterbare affaldsposer og meget andet. Du kan finde butikken på Nørre Farimagsgade 82, 1364 København K.
/EcoEgo have several things for the home, personal care, clothes, eco bags, compostable garbage bags and much more. You can find the store at Nørre Farimagsgade 82, 1364 Copenhagen.



GåGrøn
GåGrøn har stålmadkasser, glas vandflasker, toilettasker og meget, meget andet. Du kan finde butikken på Jægersborggade 48, 2200 København N.
/GåGrøn have steel lunch boxes, glass water bottles, make-up bags and much more. You can find the store at Jægersborggade 48, 2200 Copenhagen.

Isangs
Isangs har shampoo barer, ansigtsrensebarer, kropsolier, hårolier og meget andet – og du kan tilmed medbringe din egen beholder og købe olier i løsvægt hos dem. Isangs kan findes på Flensborggade 22, 1669 København V.
/Isangs has shampoo bars, cleansing bars, body oils, hair oils and much more – and you can also bring your own glass and buy oils there. Isangs can be found at Flensborggade 22, 1669 Copenhagen.

LØS Market
LØS Market har jeg jo allerede skrevet om før lige her, men her kan du købe madvarer ind i LØS vægt. Du medbringer altså bare dine egne beholdere og så kan du købe alt fra pasta, ris, linser, kartofler, te og meget andet. LØS Market finder du på Saxogade 77, 1669 København V.
/LØS Market is a place I’ve already written about before, but at this place you can buy food without waste. You bring your own jars or containers and fill them up with everything from pasta, rice, lentils, potatoes, tea and much more. LØS Market is found at Saxogade 77, 1669 Copenhagen.

Res Res
Hvis du er på udkig efter bæredygtigt tøj og tilbehør, så skal du lægge et besøg forbi Res Res butikken på Nørrebro.
Adressen er Guldbergsgade 29, 2200 København N.
/If you are looking for some sustainable clothing and accessories, then you should visit the Res Res store at Nørrebro. The address is Guldbergsgade 29, 2200 Copenhagen.

AsaSpice
Hvis du vil købe krydderier i løsvægt, så kan du smutte forbi AsaSpice og købe karry, chili, paprika og hvad du ellers lige mangler i dine egne beholdere. AsaSpice finder du i Torvehallerne lige ved Nørreport station.
/If you want to buy spices without waste, then you can pay a visit to AsaSpice and buy curry, chili, paprika and what else you need in your own jars. AsaSpice is found in Torvehallerne, just next to Nørreport station.

Spidsroden
Hos Spidsroden kan du købe masser af grønt, ting og sager i løsvægt, komposterbare affaldsposer, menstruationskop og andre ting og sager. Adressen er Prins Jørgens gade 14, København.
/At Spidsroden you can buy vegetables, things without waste, compostable garbage bags, menstrual cups and other things. The address is Prins Jørgens gade 14, Copenhagen.

Lush Butik
Lush Butik har tøj, sko, toiletsager, genbrugelige to go koppe og meget mere. Du kan finde butikken på Nordre Frihavnsgade 57, 2100 København Ø.
/Lush Butik has clothes, shoes, toiletries, reusable to-go cups and much more. You can find the shop at Nordre Frihavnsgade 57, 2100 Copenhagen.

Hvis du kender til andre gode grønne butikker, så må du endelig dele dem med mig i kommentarfeltet!
/If you know any other good green stores, then please share them in the comment section!

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30 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO LIVE A MORE SUSTAINABLE LIFE

Many of us want to live a more sustainable life and take better care of the Planet. But sometimes it can be difficult to figure out what more you can actually do in order to do this. That is why I’ve made a little list of things which I’ve found in my research for how I personally can strive for living a more sustainable life, and you might find some inspiration too. If you have more suggestions, then please share them below in the comment section so that we can all learn from them!

 

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

1. Change your shampoo and conditioner to a shampoo bar and a hairtonic

2. Switch your ordinary cleanser to a soap bar

3. Switch to a menstrual cup instead of pads and tampons

4. Ditch the plastic straws and go without or use stainless steel or glass straws instead

5. Use a canvas bag when buying groceries, and say no to plastic bags

6. Switch to a safety razor instead of conventional plastic razors

7. Say no to junk mails

8. Buy secondhand when in need of new clothing, or support an awesome sustainable brand

9. Use reusable cotton pads for make-up removal instead of single-use cotton pads

10. Invest in your own water bottle and stop buying plastic bottles

11. Get a reusable to-go cup and bring it with you when you are going for a cup of tea or coffee to-go, instead of getting it in single-use to-go cups

12. Switch to a bamboo toothbrush instead of a plastic one

13. Buy soy candles instead of stearine candless

14. Make your own body lotion, or use coconut oil or another oil on your body instead of buying lotions in plastic containers

15. Always just strive for buying wooden, stainless steel or glass things instead of plastic

16. When buying groceries, stop putting vegetables and fruits in small plastic bags. Either just choose to ditch the plastic bag, or buy some small reusable bags which you can use again and again

17. Try soapberries when doing laundry instead of regular laundry detergent which normally comes in a plastic bottle

18. Make your own face masks, face scrub, body scrub etc. You can use many things from your kitchen for this; bananas, oats, honey, green tea, coffee grounds, cucumber etc.

19. Invest in quality pieces which can last you for a longer time rather than small cheap pieces which is going to break quicker

20. Make your own deodorant, or buy one in a tin container instead

21. Cut down on meat, or stop eating meat all together, since the agriculture industry is one of the world’s most polluting industries (plus there are lots of delicious vegan recipes out there!)

22. Give experiences when giving gifts, or try to make something yourself – fx a homemade body lotion or body scrub for your mom?

23. Switch to compostable bags instead of regular plastic bags in your kitchen

24. Try vegan food wraps for food storage instead of tin foil or kitchen foil

25. Rent books at the library before deciding whether you really want to buy them, or read books on a kindle

26. If possible, buy your things in bulk and bring your own containers to fill up to avoid packaging. If not, try fx to see if it is possible to buy fx rice in cupboard packaging instead of in a plastic bag, and go for that option instead

27. Turn off electronics and lights when you are not using them

28. Learn how to separate waste properly. Glass in the glass container, compost old food and flowers etc.

29. Use the bike, or walk, whenever possible

30. Buy things in season, and buy more locally. Fx eat root vegetables during Autumn, and strive for supporting local businesses rather than buying overseas since this is going to be shipped either by plane or with a ship and is a lot more polluting than buying locally

 

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