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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

 

Read also: 5 documentaries about global warming

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BÆREDYGTIGT INTERVIEW MED GITTEMARY

Velkommen til endnu et bæredygtigt interview! I dag har jeg inviteret Gittemarie, eller bedre kendt som Gittemary på hendes blog, Instagram og youtube, til at besvare nogle spørgsmål omkring hendes egen bæredygtige livsstil.
Jeg håber at du, ligesom jeg, kan blive inspireret af Gittemary!

 

Fortæl lidt om dig selv

Mit navn er Gittemarie, jeg er 23 år gammel og læser Engelsk og Kulturforståelse på Aalborg Universitet.  Jeg er lidt en urban hippie, som altid har genbrugeligt service i tasken, gror grøntsager i min vindueskarm, shopper secondhand, går ture i bare fødder med noget lækkert metal i ørene.


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

Min interesse startede for omkring 2,5 år siden. Jeg har aldrig været særligt opmærksom på den slags, men en dag slog det bare klik, cirka den dag jeg opdagede at alt plastik der nogensinde er blevet brugt stadig eksisterer, jeg spurgte min daværende kæreste om vi skulle prøve at undgå plastik i en måned, og jeg har ikke kigget tilbage siden.


Hvordan lever du mere bæredygtigt?

Jeg følger zero waste livsstilen, det vil sige at jeg undgår engangs-produkter, ikke genanvendeligt affald og plastik. Det resulterer i et meget mindre dagligt impact. Desuden så bestræber jeg mig på at engagere mig i lokale butikker og landbrug og så har jeg selvfølgelig skåret kødet (samt de fleste animalske produkter) ud af min kost.


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

Reflekter over dit forbrug og sæt dig ind i hvor de ting kommer fra. Det er så nemt at finde mere bæredygtige alternativer, desværre har vi vænnet os til at det er okay at vælge de muligheder vi har lige for hånden, og selv om mange produkter virker billige for dig, så koster de dyrt i det lange løb.


Hvad er din største bæredygtige drøm?

Jeg ville elske at være selvforsynende mht. grønt, jeg ville også elske at have høns, og generelt fuldstændigt holde op med at støtte industriel produktion af fødevarer, det ville være fantastisk.


Tusinde tak til Gittemarie for at besvare disse spørgsmål, og for at være en stor inspiration for mig og mange andre på de sociale medier!

 

Læs også: Bæredygtigt interview med Sara Sophie

Environment Sustainable & Conscious living Zero waste

3 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO LIVE MORE SUSTAINABLE

Her er 3 simple ting som du kan implementere i din hverdag for at passe bedre på miljøet og leve et mere bæredygtigt liv:

1. Brug et stofnet

Istedet for at takke ja tak til, eller bruge penge på, plastikposer, så sørg istedet for altid for at medbringe dit eget stofnet når du er ude og handle eller shoppe eller hvad du nu er. Det sparer dig ikke blot penge på den lange bane, men skåner kloden for en masse unødvendig plastik.

2. Brug en genanvendelig drikkedunk

Istedet for at købe en plastikflaske hver gang du er ude på farten, så invester istedet for i en genanvendelig drikkedunk. Det er ideelt især når man lever i Danmark, for vores postevand er så rent, at du kan fylde den op alle de steder du nu engang kommer forbi. Plus, det er så vigtigt at huske at drikke nok vand i løbet af dagen – så en god måde at holde styr på hvor meget vand du drikker, er også at du kan sige til dig selv hvor mange flasker vand du skal have drukket i løbet af en dag.

3. Invester i en to-go kaffe kop

Istedet for at takke ja tak til de små to-go kopper man normalt får hvis man tager sin kaffe eller te to-go, så vær forberedt og køb en genbrugelig to-go kop. Det eneste svære her, er at huske at have den med dig, og sørge baristaen om de ikke vil hælde din te eller kaffe i din egen kop istedet for. Dette er selv en udfordring jeg glæder mig til at skulle tage fat på engang i efteråret, når vejret bliver til en hyggelig gang te eller kaffe og en gå tur i skoven imens farverne på bladene skifter.

English:
Here are 3 simple things you can implement in your everyday life to take better care of the environment and live a more sustainable life:

1. Use a reusable bag

Instead of saying yes to, or spending money on, plasticbags, make sure to always carry around a canvas bag when you are out buying groceries or shopping or whatever you are. It not only saves you money on the long run, but it also saves the Planet for a lot of unnecessary plastic. 

2. Use a reusable water bottle 

Instead of buying a plastic bottle every time you are out on the run, invest in a reusable water bottle. You can fill it up as you go, plus it is so important to remember to drink enough water throughout the day – and by keeping your own bottle you can keep track of how many bottles you have to drink through the day.

3. Invest in a to-go cup

Instead of saying yes to small to-go cups when you buy your coffee or tea to-go, be prepared and buy a reusable to-go cup instead. The only hard thing here is to remember to bring it along with you, and make sure to ask the Barista to pour the tea or coffee into your own cup instead. This is a challenge I myself look forward to in the Autumn, when the weather calls for a nice cup of warm tea or coffee and a walk in the park while the colors are changing on the leaves.


Read also
: Switching to reusable cotton pads 

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN TOOTHPASTE

Mit første DIY (do it yourself)-projekt under min zero waste rejse var at prøve at lave min egen tandpasta. Det var enormt nemt, godt nok kan jeg prøve nok så mange produkter af på min hud uden at være bekymret, men jeg må nok indrømme at jeg er lidt mere forsigtig i forhold til tandpleje, da jeg ikke tør at risikere at der pludselig er noget galt med mine tænder. Så jeg bruger den hjemmelavede tandpasta engang imellem, men jeg supplerer stadig med en købe tandpasta størstedelen af tiden (Aloe vera tandpasta fra Forever Living). Jeg ved dog at der er mange zero wastere som kun bruger den hjemmelavede tandpasta opskrift, og Lauren Singer har brugt den i årevis og har ganske fine tænder!

Men, hvis du også gerne vil prøve at lave din egen tandpasta, så følg med her!

Ingredienser
2 spsk kokosolie
1 spsk natron
15-20 dråber pebermynte æterisk olie
En lille smule stevia pulver

Fremgangsmåde
Du blander simpelthen bare alle ingredienserne sammen i et glas og rører godt rundt, og så har du tandpasta! Pga. kokosolien som smelter ved for meget varme, kan den have tendens til at blive for ‘vandet’. Hvis det sker, propper du den bare ind i køleskabet i lidt tid, og så stivner den og bliver klar til brug. Jeg opbevarer normalt min tandpasta i køleskabet, og de dage jeg bruger den, husker jeg bare at tage den ud ca. 1-2 timer før jeg skal bruge den.

My very first DIY (do it yourself)-project during my zero waste journey was to try to make my own toothpaste. It was incredibly easy, but while I have no problems trying products on my skin without much concern – I must admit that I am a bit more cautious when it comes to dental hygiene, since I do not want to take any risk with my teeth. So I use this homemade toothpaste once in a while, but I still complement with using a bought toothpaste most of the time (Aloe vera toothpaste from Forever Living). However, I do know that many zero wasters are only using the homemade toothpaste recipe, and Lauren Singer has used it for years and have fine teeth! 

But, if you want to make your own toothpaste, then follow along!

Ingredients
2 tbsp of coconut oil
1 tbsp of baking soda
15-20 drops of peppermint essential oil
A little bit of stevia powder

Procedure
You simply combine all the ingredients together into a glass and mix it well together, and then you have toothpaste! Because of the coconut oil melts at too warm temperatures, it can have a tendency to become too liquid. If that happens you can just pop it into the refrigerator for a while and it will stiffen and become ready to use. I normally store my toothpaste in the refrigerator, and the days that I use it I just remember to take it out 1-2 hours before I need to use it.

Read also: Oil pulling and its benefits

Read also: Tooth health: The Do’s and Don’ts

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SWITCHING TO A REUSABLE TO-GO CUP

Som en del af hele mit zero-waste projekt, så var en af tingene på min liste, at få købt mig en genbrugelig to-go kop. Det blev denne fine sag fra Ecoffee Cup i farven sort.

Men hvorfor skal man anskaffe sig en genbrugelig to-go kop, tænker du måske? Alene i USA smider man 25 millioner to-go kopper ud hvert eneste år, det er sindssygt meget skrald man producerer på blot et enkelt år. Og det er kun i USA. I Danmark, som også er et kaffe-elskende land, kan vi også godt regne med at der dagligt smides en masse af disse to-go kopper ud. På verdensplan smides der over 100 millioner to-go kopper ud hvert år!

Og det er netop derfor at det er en fantastisk idé at købe en genbrugelig to-go kop, som man kan have med sig og bruge igen og igen, og derved ikke behøves at smide de andre kopper ud hver eneste gang man køber sig en to-go kaffe. Man kan selvfølgelig også bare vælge at sidde på den pågældende café og få sin kaffe, eller te, i en normal kop. Men to-go kop kulturen er ret stor efterhånden – og her er det så smart at kunne spare verden for en masse skrald, ved blot at tage sin egen med.

Det smarte ved Ecoffee Cup’en er at den er lavet af bambus materiale, og når du engang er færdig med at bruge den (om mange år), blot kan kompostere den.

Nu har jeg altså fået fat på sådan en smart to-go kop, nu er udfordringen bare at huske at medbringe den når jeg skal ud og have mig en kaffe eller te med på farten!


As part of my whole zero-waste project, one of the things on my list that I wanted to buy was a reusable to-go cup. It ended up being this pretty thing from Coffee Cup in black.

But you might think, why get a reusable to-go cup? Alone in the US they throw out 25 billion to-go cups every single year, that produce a lot of trash in just a single year. And that is in the US alone. In Denmark, being a coffee-loving country, I bet we can count on throwing out a lot of to-go cups every single day as well. In the entire world we throw out 100 billion to-go cups every single year!

And that is exactly why it is such a great idea to buy a reusable to-go cup, which you can bring along and use over and over again, and thereby you do not have to throw out single-used cups every time you buy a coffee to-go. You can of course also just chose to sit down at the café you buy your coffee or tea at and get it in a regular cup. But the whole to-go cup culture has become quiet big – and therefore it is so easy to save the world from a lot of trash, just by bringing your own cup.

A smart thing about the Coffee Cup is that it’s made out of bamboo material, which means that once you are actually done with using it (in many years), you can just compost it.

Now I’ve got my hands on this to-go cup, the only challenge is going to be to remember to bring it along with my whenever I’m going to buy a cup of coffee or tea on the go!

Read also: Switching to a menstrual cup

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SWITCHING TO REUSABLE COTTON PADS

En ting jeg aldrig nogensinde havde overvejet man kunne skifte ud til noget mere bæredygtigt, det var vatrondeller! Aldrig nogensinde havde jeg tænkt på at dette var noget jeg faktisk kunne skifte ud, lige indtil at jeg så Carolina ligge et billede op på instagram med genbrugelige vatrondeller. Det er jo intet mindre end genialt.

De fleste kvinder bruger minimum 1 vatrondel om dagen til at fjerne make-up med. Det vil altså sige 365 vatrondeller om året, og så kan du selv gang det op med et par år og se hvor vanvittigt mange vatrondeller du smider ud.

Men så er det jo heldigt at man kan erstatte engangs vatrondellerne, med nogle genbrugelige nogle. Jeg har købt disse, men de kan også findes mange andre steder. Så vasker du simpelthen bare vatrondellerne efter brug, enten i vaskemaskinen eller i hånden efter du har brugt dem – og så kan du bruge dem igen og igen. Så smart, og miljøvenligt og ikke mindst bæredygtigt!

One thing that it never occurred to me that I could switch to something more sustainable was cotton pads! I had never thought about that I could change these, until I saw a picture which Carolina posted on Instagram with reusable cotton pads. That is genius. 

Most women use at least 1 cotton pad once a day to remove make-up with. That equals 365 cotton pads a year, and then you can multiply that with several years and see how many cotton pads you throw out.

But luckily enough you can switch the single-use cotton pads with some reusable ones. I have bought these, but I know you can find them many other places as well. You just wash the cotton pads after use, either in the washing machine or hand wash and them you just use them again and again. So smart, environmentally friendly and sustainable!

Read also: Switching to a menstrual cup

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SWITCHING TO A MENSTRUAL CUP

Nu til et emne, som nogle nok kan finde en smule grænseoverskridende, men ikke desto mindre er det altså noget som vi kvinder skal forholde os til hver evig eneste måned. Det er selvfølgelig, menstruation.

Jeg kan huske at jeg hørte om menstruationskoppen engang for 1-2 år siden, og var totalt frastødt ved tanken om at skulle bruge en kop til at samle ens menstruation og så skulle smide det ud. Alligevel kunne jeg ikke lade være med at tænke på hvor sindssygt smart det var at man kun skulle købe én kop som man så kunne bruge i mange år, og man derved ikke skulle bruge tonsvis af penge på bind eller tamponer hver måned. Alligevel var den frastødende tanke lidt mere dominerende på daværende tidspunkt og jeg gjorde ikke mere ved det.

Men, da en veninde så begyndte at fortælle om at hun brugte den og flere hun kendte brugte den og var virkelig fan af den, så blev min interesse alligevel vækket. Jeg begyndte at undersøge lidt på det hele, og fandt frem til hvor usunde bind og tamponer er for ens underliv da der er en masse dårlige ting i dem, jeg blev også igen klar over hvor mange penge jeg selv kunne spare hver måned, og ikke mindst hvor meget skrald jeg ville kunne spare miljøet for ved at skifte.

Så, jeg købte en kop! Men ærlig talt, så var det altså ikke en succes historie første gang. Heller ikke anden gang. Men jeg var rimelig opsat på at få det til at virke. Og jeg eksperimenterer stadig lidt, men er allerede blevet virkelig glad for den. Og i “opstartsfasen” kan man bruge bind samtidig, bare så man er sikker på at der ikke sker uheld. Men jeg kan i den grad anbefale det! Jeg har altid følt mig sådan lidt ad og ulækker førhen når jeg havde menstruation og brugte bind, men nu føles det egentlig bare som enhver anden dag, da man slet ikke mærker det på samme måde. Så det er virkelig skønt, plus jeg sparer masser af penge og skåner miljøet for en hel del skrald!

Men hvordan gør man så?
Det er meget simpelt. Du folder koppen sammen, og sætter den op. Og så tager du den ud om morgnen og om aftenen og tømmer den ud i toilettet, og skyller den lige inden du sætter den i igen. Når menstruationen er færdig skoller du den bare i noget kogt vand, tørrer den af og ligger den i den lille pose den kom i da du købte den.

Selv bruger jeg en OrganiCup, men ved at der er tonsvis af andre versioner derude også MoonCup, DivaCup osv.

Du kan læse meget mere om fordelene ved menstruationskoppen lige her!

Now to a topic which can be a bit too much for some people, nonetheless it is something which we women have to deal with every single month. And that is of course, menstruation.

I can remember when I first heard about the menstrual cup for 1-2 years ago, and was totally disgusted by the thought of collecting your menstruation into a cup and throwing it out. However, I could not help but thinking about how cool it was that you only had to buy 1 cup which can last you for years, and thereby you could save so much money on not having to buy pads or tampons every month. Yet, the disgusting thought seemed to dominate more in my head at the time and I did nothing about it.

But when a friend started telling about how she used it and several of her friends used it and were huge fans of it, it woke my interest. I started researching a bit about it, and found out how unhealthy pads and tampons are for our lower body since they are filled with a lot of bad stuff, and I also got more aware of how much money I could save every month, and not least how much trash I could spare the planet from by switching to a menstrual cup.

So I bought a cup! But to be honest, it was no success story the first time. Neither the second. But I was really hooked on getting it to work. And I’m still experimenting a but, but I’m already really happy about it. And in the “beginning phase” you can still use pads just to be sure you’re not leaking or anything. But I can definitely recommend it! I’ve always felt kind of gross whenever I had my menstruation beforehand and used pads, but now it just feels like every other day, since you don’t feel it the same way. So that is really wonderful, plus I save a lot of money and spare the environment for a lot of trash!

But how do you do it?
It’s very simple. You fold the cup together and put it up. And then you take it out in the morning and in the evening and empty it out in the toilet, rinse it with water and put it up again. When the menstruation is done you just put the cup in a bowl and pour some boiling water over, dry it and put it back in the little bag it came in when you bought it.

I use an OrganiCup, but there are lots of other versions out there fx MoonCup, DivaCup etc.

You can read much more about the benefits of using a menstrual cup right here!

 

 

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ISANGS HAIR & BODY PRODUCTS

Under min nye zero waste rejse, så at sige, er jeg så heldig at jeg har opdaget en skjult lille Københavner-perle. Det er nemlig butikken Isangs. Isangs forhandler sæbe og olie produkter til hud, hår og krop. Deres produkter er både økologiske og naturlige, fair trade, indeholder kun veganske ingredienser, er uden parabener og sulfater, og pakket ind i bæredygtigt materiale i form af genbrugspapir, glas eller metal – og så er de håndlavede i København.

Økologiske og naturlige produkter – what’s not to like?
Jeg er i hvert fald elle vild med hele konceptet! Derfor har jeg nu købt mig en ansigtssæbe bar som jeg renser mit ansigt med om aftenen, og så har jeg også købt en shampoo bar og en barbersæbe bar. Barbersæben og shampoo baren har jeg stadig til gode at bruge, da jeg pt. lige vil opbruge mine tidligere produkter. Men ansigtssæben er jeg allerede stor fan af. Man fugter den bare med noget vand og så skummer den op og så renser man ansigtet med den.

Isangs finder du på Flensborggade 22, 1669 København V.
Men, du kan også bestille Isangs varer via nettet. Jeg ved at de selv har en online hjemmeside, men at der også er mange andre online hjemmesider som forhandler deres varer.

Jeg vil i den grad anbefale at gå ind og tjekke deres hjemmeside ud, og se hvor rene og naturlige ingredienser de bruger, og bare hvor fedt deres koncept er!

… Og mens du besøger Isangs så skal du næsten også lægge et besøg forbi LØS market som ligger meget tæt på!

During my new zero waste journey, so to speak, I’ve been so lucky to discover a true treasure in Copenhagen. It is a store called Isangs. Isangs sells soaps and oils for your skin, hair and body. Their products are organic and natural, fair trade, contains only vegan ingredients, is free from parabens and sulphate, is wrapped in sustainable packaging in the form of recyclable paper, glas or metal – and they are handmade in Copenhagen.

Organic and natural products – what’s not to like?
I love the concept! Therefore I have bought a soapbar which I cleanse my face with in the evenings, and then I have also bought a shampoo bar and a shaving soap bar. The shaving soap and the shampoo bar I haven’t used yet, since I’m currently finishing up my old products. But the face soap I’m already a big fan of. You just wet the bar with some water and then it foams up and you rinse your face with the foam.

You can find Isangs at Flensborggade 22, 1669 København V.
But you can also order their products online. They have an online shop on their website, but there are also many other online stores where you can buy their products from.

I will definitely recommend checking out their homepage, and look at how natural and clean ingredients they use, and just how cool their concept is!

… And while you are visiting Isangs you might as well just stop by LØS Market which is very close by!

 

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ZERO WASTE SWAP INSPIRATION

Jeg har efterhånden set så mange zero waste blog indlæg, instagram posts og youtube videoer og mange af dem indebærer hvad man kan skifte sine daglige ting ud med, for at gøre sin hverdag mere bæredygtig. Jeg har ikke selv fået skiftet alt ud endnu, da jeg gerne vil bruge mine nuværende ting op før jeg køber noget nyt, men derfor tænkte jeg at jeg jo godt alligevel kunne dele denne liste med jer og måske inspirere jer. Men jeg vil selvfølgelig anbefale at man bruger sine nuværende ting op, giver dem videre eller sælger dem, istedet for bare at smide dem ud, før man anskaffer sig nogle nye ting.
Så her har i altså en liste med ting man kan udskifte i sin daglig dag med mere miljøvenlige valg.

I have read so many zero waste blog posts, instagram posts and watched youtube videos with which things you can switch in your daily life, and buy an alternative which is more sustainable. I have not switched all of these things out myself, since I want to use my old products up before I’ll buy something new, but nonetheless I thought I could share this list with you and maybe inspire some of you. But I will of course recommend to use your old stuff up, or give them away or sell them, before you acquire some new stuff.
So here you have a list of things which you can swap in your everyday life for some more sustainable choices.

Istedet for en standard barberskraber, kan du købe en safety razor lavet af stål. Denne kan holde i rigtig mange år, og så skifter du bare bladene ud, som du så kan sende til genbrug.
/Instead of a regular razor you can buy a safety razor which is made of steel. This can hold for several years, and you just switch the blades which is also made of steel and can therefore be recycled.

Du kan skifte dine plastic sugerør derhjemme, eller når du er ude, ud med stål sugerør eller glas sugerør
/You can swap your regular plastic straws at home, or when you are out somewhere, with some stainless steel or glass straws

Når du skal ud og handle eller købe noget, så kan du bruge stofposer istedet for at takke ja til, eller købe, plastik poser
/When you are going out to buy groceries or to shop, instead of saying yes to, or buying, plastic bags, you can use a canvas bag

Istedet for at købe plastikflasker med vand når du er ude og omkring, så medbring din egen vandflaske! På den måde sparer du også en hel del penge, og jorden for plastik
/Instead of buying plastic water bottles when you are out and about, then just bring your own water bottle! In that way you save a lot of money, and save the environment for a lot of plastic

Ligesom med vandflasken, så gælder det samme hvis du skal ud og have te eller kaffe i byen! Medbring din egen to-go kop og sig nej tak til standard to-go kopper
/Just like with the water bottle, the same applies for when you are going out for coffee or tea in the city. Bring your own reusable to-go cup and say no to regular to-go cups

Når du skal handle ind, så prøv evt. at gå efter supermarkeder hvor du kan købe i løsvægt (hvis du har sådan nogle i nærheden). Fx i LØS Market inde i København, her kan du selv medbringe dine egne glas og poser og fylde op, og dermed undgår du den plastik som varer normalt er pakket ind i i standard supermarkeder
/When you are going to buy groceries, try to go after a supermarket where you can buy things in bulk (if you have something like that near you). Fx is LØS Market in Copenhagen a place where you can buy things in bulk, so you can just bring your own glasses or bags and fill them up, and thereby avoid all the plastic which the groceries would usually be wrapped in in a regular supermarket 

Du kan også udskifte din shampoo eller sæber i plastikflasker med sæber og shampoo barer. Du kan fx købe sådanne nogle i Isangs inde i København (de har også en hjemmeside så man kan få det leveret).
/You can also change your shampoo or soaps in plastic bottles for shampoo and soap bars. You can fx buy these in Isangs in Copenhagen (they also have a website so you can get it delivered)

Udskift plastikmadkasserne med enten nogle glas beholdere, eller stålmadkasser
/Change plastic boxes for lunch with glasses or steel boxes 

Til at fjerne make-up med, så kan du istedet for at købe vatrondeller som du smider ud købe genbrugelige vatrondeller som du bare vasker og så er de klar til brug igen
/To remove make-up you can instead of buying cotton pads, buy reusable cotton pads which you can wash and use over and over again 

Angående det personlige hygiejne, så kan du istedet for at bruge bind og tamponer vælge at bruge en menstruationskop. Den vil ikke kun spare dig ufattelig mange penge, men er også bedre for dit underliv, da den ikke indeholder de samme dårlige sager som bind og tamponer gør. Der findes flere forskellige versioner både OrganiCup, Lunette Cup, Ruby Cup, The Diva Cup osv.
/Concerning hygiene you can switch regular pads and tampons with a menstrual cup. This will not only save you a ton of money, but also be a lot better for your area down there, since pads and tampons contain some bad stuff. There are many different versions both OrganiCup, Lunette Cup, Ruby Cup, The Diva Cup etc.

Du kan skifte din standard plastik tandbørste ud med en bambus tandbørste som er nedbrydelig
/You can switch your regular plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush with is biodegradable 

Og der er mange flere ting man kan skifte ud, men her er en lille starter-pack hvis man er interesseret i hvilke ting man kan købe istedet for det man normalt plejer, og dermed udlede lidt mindre plastik i sin hverdag.

/There are many more things you can switch out, but this is just a little starter-kit if you are interested in which things you can buy instead of what you usually buy, and thereby reduce the amount of plastic you use in your everyday life.

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SWITCHING TO STAINLESS STEEL STRAWS

Hvis man drikker juice eller smoothies jævnligt, så har mange nok tendens til at have plastik sugerør derhjemme. Og antallet af plastik sugerør man smider ud kan godt blive ret højt, hvis man bare drikker et par smoothies eller juices derhjemme et par gange om ugen, eller måneden. Et godt alternativ til plastik sugerør kan derfor være genbrugelige sugerør, som du bare vasker og dermed kan bruge igen og igen.

Af genbrugelige sugerør kan man både få glas sugerør, eller rustfrie stål sugerør. Forleden var jeg i den hyggeligste lille butik på Jægersborggade (København), der hed gågrøn! Her købte jeg 4 rustfrie stål sugerør og en renser.

Min intention er ikke kun at bruge sugerørene derhjemme, men også blive bedre til at tage dem med ud, og huske at sige nej tak til plastik sugerør hvis jeg er ude på en café, og så istedet for bare bruge mit eget sugerør.

If you drink juices or smoothies regularly, then many might have a tendency to have plastic straws at home. And the amount of plastic straws which you throw out can get quiet high, if you drink just a few smoothies or juices at home a couple of times a week, or month. A good alternative to plastic straws could therefore be reusable straws, which you can just wash when you are done and use them again and again.

You can both get glass straws and stainless steel straws. The other day I visited a nice little store at Jægersborggade (Copenhagen), which was called gågrøn! (go green). Here I bought 4 stainless steel straws and a cleanser.

My intention is not only to use the straws at home, but also become better at taking them with me, and saying no to plastic straws when I’m out on a café, and instead just use my own.

 

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