Browsing Category

Zero waste

Environment Sustainable Sustainable & Conscious living Zero waste

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

 

Sustainable Sustainable & Conscious living Zero waste

SWITCHING TO A WOODEN DISH BRUSH

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.
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 

Environment Sustainable Sustainable & Conscious living Zero waste

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

Environment Sustainable Sustainable & Conscious living Zero waste

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

Sustainable Sustainable & Conscious living Zero waste

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

Environment Inspiration Sustainable Sustainable & Conscious living Zero waste

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?

Environment Sustainable Sustainable & Conscious living Zero waste

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.

Sustainable Sustainable & Conscious living Zero waste

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

 

Environment Sustainable Sustainable & Conscious living Zero waste

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?

Holistic beauty & skincare Zero waste

HAIR ADJUSTING TO SHAMPOO BARS

I finally used up my old regular shampoo bottle the other day, and tried a shampoo bar for the first time. And to be honest, I was almost ready to ditch the shampoo bar right away after having tried it, and to find a regular zero waste shampoo alternative instead, because my hair felt so weird, heavy and greasy. But, then I googled it, and I found out that this is actually very normal.

I found out that there is an adjustment period for your hair when going from regular shampoos to shampoo bars, and that this transition period can even take a few weeks or several months, before your hair starts to feel normal again.

Now you might think “why even go for a shampoo bar?“, for me it’s simply a question of trying to eliminate as much plastic from my life in order to live a more sustainable and environmental friendly life, and shampoo bars comes without the need for a plastic bottle, which is pretty awesome. But for now, let’s get back to the shampoo bars!

Things which could have an impact on why your hair feels weird:

A new product
Conventional shampoos strip away the natural protective oils from your hair, and your hair therefore produces more oil to compensate for the removal. Your scalp thereby becomes used to this cycle of excess oil production. As you then go to transition to a natural shampoo bar, which doesn’t strip away the protective oils from your hair, your scalp needs time to rebalance the scalp oil production. During this period your hair may feel greasy and heavy.

Hard water
Hard water can make it more difficult to rinse out all of the shampoo from your hair, especially if you have long hair. If you have hard water (which is very common in apartments in Copenhagen), then it can be recommended to using distilled water to rinse or a shower filter head.

The wrong shampoo bar
It can simply also just be that you have chosen the wrong shampoo bar for your hair type. Everyone’s hair type is unique, so if you have tried a shampoo bar and given the hair some time to adjust to it, but it still doesn’t work, try another shampoo bar type.

Tips to make the transition from normal shampoo to a shampoo bar easier:

Apple Cider Vinegar rinse
Many people using shampoo bars also use Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) rinse. You simply just fill up half a cup with ACV* and the rest of the cup with water, and then after having shampooed your hair, you pour this mixture over your hair and rinse it out.

Changing shampoo technique 
The feeling of weird and greasy hair normally arise due to not having rinsed all of the soap out of your hair. It can therefore be recommend to rinse your hair very thoroughly. You might also find it helpful when you start using a shampoo bar, not to rub the bar directly on your hair, but take the foam from the soap by rubbing the bar between your hands and then only use the foam to wash your hair with.

If you are still not hooked on the idea of using a shampoo bar, then don’t worry. It is also possible to find the ‘normal’ shampoo in bulk and thereby get it in a more sustainable way than buying a plastic bottle. At EcoEgo and LØS Market they offer shampoo in bulk. So you can simply just bring your own bottle and fill it up with shampoo.


Have you tried a shampoo bar? And do you have any other tips for getting your hair adjusted to the shampoo bars?

 

Read also: My favourite self-care rituals 


*Affiliate link: this means that I get a percentage of the sale if you buy through this link.