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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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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.

sustain yearly

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

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 

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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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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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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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BÆREDYGTIGT INTERVIEW MED LASSE KJØBELØV

Det er tid til endnu et bæredygtigt interview. Denne gang er det Lasse, bedre kendt som Hellolasse på Instagram, som besvarer spørgsmålene. Lasse er studerende, gør sit bedste for at formindske affald i hverdagen, og så er han næstformand i Zero Waste Danmark.


Fortæl lidt om dig selv

Jeg hedder Lasse, jeg bor i Kolding (pt) hvor jeg er i gang med at læse min kandidat i Designledelse på SDU.
Jeg har en PBA i Design og Business samt en Produktionsteknolog AK.
Jep, jeg kan godt lide at snakke om mine uddannelse og generelle uddannelser, fordi jeg mener det er en vigtighed i at blive et bedre dannet menneske end man var før!

For uden at være en travlt studerende, er jeg også del af Zero Waste Danmark som næstformand og SoMe koordinator.
– Best work ever!

Jeg elsker at jonglere med mange bolde i form af forskellige projekter, studie og venner, som mine forældre mener at jeg skal passe på med 😉
– Du ved stress hahah


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

Jeg kan som sådan ikke huske hvornår, men jeg husker bare de samtaler jeg havde med en veninde omkring økologi, bæredygtighed og miljøet, så har min underbevidsthed åbenbart fangede af det og ændret mit syn på verden i forhold til hvordan jeg så på den før i tiden.

Jeg husker de gange jeg har haft undervisning, hvor snakkende altid omhandlede hvordan at vi kunne producere tingene til de billigste penge, som i min optik siger billige = dårlig kvalitet.

Så trods disse oplevelser startede mine tanker omkring bæredygtighed, med den legendariske Mason jar og dens affald som Lauren Singer snakkede om, jeg var helt forelsket i hvor smukt, simpelt og æstetisk det var! Og så blev det kaldt Zero Waste!

Når folk spørger om hvorfor jeg gør det, jeg gør, fortæller jeg bare min tilgang til det kreative og den proces, man går igennem, det har gjort at jeg har fået en bedre forståelse for forbruger kulturen, men også generelt for den kultur vi mennesker er en del af.

Jeg har en stor interesse i hvordan Køb-og-smid-væk kulturen har påvirket os som mennesker og hvordan vores indkøbsvarer ser ud, men også det sociale aspekt har en stor indflydelse på hvordan jeg tænker på at arbejde med bæredygtighed.

Så man kan siger at jeg bruger bæredygtighed til gøre min kreative processer stærkere og ved at læse folks adfærd og forbrug.


Hvordan lever du mere bæredygtigt?

Hmmmm, lever mere bæredygtig? Hahah.

Ej, jeg lever vegansk og forsøger på ikke rigtigt at spise forarbejdede fødevarer.

Mange af de produkter jeg bruger dagligt er kemikali-fri, fair trade og økologisk m.m.

Nu hvor jeg bor i Kolding, har jeg måtte ændre mit fokus på mine indkøb. Jeg køber mere økologisk end før, men desværre i emballager, men jeg arbejder på andre muligheder både i forhold til indkøb men også Løs salgs butikker (for jeg ved at der findes en i Esbjerg som jeg SUPER gerne vil besøge).

Jeg har åbenbart i underbevidstheden stoppet med at købe tøj i lang årrække, uden at være sådan rigtigt bevidst om det, og det er måske derfor at jeg kan finde meget af mit tøj der er mellem 5-10 år gammel.

Jeg har valgt at i fremtiden når jeg skal investere i nyt tøj, så skal alt være bæredygtig; tøjet, virksomheden og dem der har lavet tøjet! Alt skal være synligt for start til slut når jeg køber tøj!

Men i ny og næ besøger jeg også forskellige genbrugsbutikker.

Jeg har valgt ud fra erfaring, at købe mange af mine elektroniske produkter fra ny, fordi jeg har oplevet mange gang at give penge for brugt elektronik, som så holdt i utrolig kort tid i forhold til hvad jeg fik lovet m.m.

Det er derfor vigtig for mig at produktet lover en lang leve tid!

Fx valgte jeg for 1 år tilbage at købe en Fairphone, fordi jeg elsker konceptet omkring en mobil hvis leve tid kunne forlænges, fordi man kunne udskifte de ødelagt dele i stedet for at købe en ny mobil. Men jeg valgte også produktet pga. at virksomheden har en synlighed for hvad der sker fra start til slut med deres produkt.

Jeg er virkelig fan af Fairphone og håber på i fremtiden, at man vil komme til at se flere forskellige tiltag også.

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

LÆR DIT AFFALD AT KENDE!

Det burde være det første man gør når man starter sin rejse!

Man bliver mere bevidst om hvad man kan gøre omkring sit affald, hvor man kan lave ændring for at skabe størst indflydelse for sig selv men også for sine omgivelser.

Men man skal også vide at man ikke kan ændre sine vaner på en dag, men hvis det tager lidt længere tid end man regnede med, så skal man ikke miste håbet!

Men affald kan både være en fysisk genstand men også en mental genstand, så hvis du kun kan slippe af med den ene vil den anden nok altid prikke til ens samvittighed 😉

 

Hvad er din største bæredygtige drøm?

…. I dont know, ej

Bæredygtighed hænger meget samme med de social forhold vi har i verden og hvordan man ser på bæredygtighed kommer an på hvor i verden du befinder dig, mener jeg.

Min drøm vil nok være en synlighed i hele supply chain og at alle får et større fokus på CSR, Fair Trade, Cirkulær økonomi, økologi m.m. og at arbejde med bedre forhold for både mennesker og dyr.

Men også at folk bliver mere dannede til at tage aktivt valg med et faktuelt grundlag for hvorfor de gøre som de gør. Folk begrundelser for hvad de gør nu til dags er, efter min mening, meget tam og vattet. Det viser efter min mening at vi er i en tid hvor folk bare opsluger viden men ikke stiller spørgsmål ved det.

For at skabe en mere bæredygtig og grøn fremtid, bliver vi nødt til se på menneskers adfærd, vi kan ikke springe en gruppe over når vi snakker om at vi vil havde en bedre verden, for så er det bare plante et træ og fælde 3!


Tusinde tak til Lasse for at besvare disse spørgsmål!

Læs også: Bæredygtigt interview med Sara Sophie, bæredygtigt interview med Gittemary