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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?

Environment Inspirering people Sustainable & Conscious living Zero waste

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

RIVER BLUE DOCUMENTARY

Mit seje blognetværk Sustain Daily har fået dokumentaren River Blue til Danmark!

Dokumentaren omhandler hvordan at tøjproduktionen forurener Planeten, i Kina er fx 70 % af alle floder forurenede. Tøjproduktionen skader altså ikke bare miljøet, men også os mennesker på Jorden.

Jeg skal uden tvivl ind og se dokumentaren, og blive klogere på dette emne, så jeg har allerede købt en billet til visningen i København d.20. september.

Filmen bliver også vist i Aalborg i dag d.12. september og i Aarhus d.13. september. Du kan læse meget mere om filmen, og om hvor du kan købe billetter lige her.

English:

My awesome blog community Sustain Daily has gotten the documentary River Blue to Denmark!

The documentary is about how the clothing production industry is polluting the Planet, and in China 70 % of all rivers are polluted. This industry does not only damage the environment, but also the people on Earth.

I am for sure going to watch it, and become a little bit clever upon this topic, so I’ve already bought my ticket for the show in Copenhagen on September 20. 

The movie is also going to be shown in Aalborg today and in Aarhus tomorrow. You can read a lot more about the movie, and find your ticket here.

 

Read also: Slow fashion and buying secondhand

Environment Sustainable & Conscious living

5 DOCUMENTARIES ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING

Food Choices

Food Choices handler om hvordan vi spiser i verden i dag. Der bliver spist så meget kød, og produktionen af kød er på ingen måde bæredygtig for vores planet. Dokumentaren kommer også ind på hvordan det vi spiser i dag påvirker vores helbred i en dårlig retning.

/ Food Choices is about how we eat in the world today. A lot of meat is being eaten, and the large production of meat is in no way sustainable for our planet. The documentary also touches upon how what we eat affect our health in a negative way.

Chasing Ice

Denne dokumentar handler om en mand som vil fotografere udviklingen af hvordan isen smelter, og overbevise befolkningen om, at klimaforandringerne og global opvarmning faktisk er en realitet. Hans beviser har været med til at gøre global opvarmning til noget man faktisk kan se ændrer naturen og den verden vi lever i.

/This documentary is about a man who wants to take photos of the development of how the ice is melting and thereby convince the population about climate change and global warming is a reality. His evidence has been crucial to actually prove that global warming is something tangible that you can actually see in the world we live in.

Chasing Coral

Chasing Coral er direkte sørgelig, og jeg må ærligt indrømme at jeg var ved at tude da jeg så den. Den handler om hvordan at flere og flere koraller i verdenshavene dør, og de dør hurtigt. Koraller er grobund for økosystemer i havet, og hvad der sker i havene viser hvad der også kan komme til at ske på Jorden. Grunden til at korallerne dør er temperaturstigningerne pga. den globale opvarmning. Chasing Coral blev til som inspiration af ovenstående dokumentar, Chasing Ice, og dokumenterer på samme måde, med billeder, udviklingen af hvordan korallerne dør.

/Chasing Coral is really sad, and I must admit I cried a bit while watching it. It’s about how more and more corals are dying in the oceans, and they are dying fast. Corals is the foundation for ecosystems in the ocean, and what happens in the oceans show what will eventually happen at Earth as well. The reason for the corals dying is because of the rising temperatures caused by global warming. Chasing Coral became a reality through inspiration from the above documentary, Chasing Ice, and documents in the same way, with pictures showing how the corals are dying.

Cowspiracy

Ligesom ‘Food Choices’, kigger Cowspiracy også på hvordan vi spiser gør os syge, men også påvirker planeten på en dårlig måde.

/Just like ‘Food Choices’, Cowspiracy looks at how what we eat make us sick, and how it also affects the planet in a very negative way. 

A Plastic Ocean

Denne dokumentar handler om en mand som ville filme nogle store hvaler. Men da ham og hans filmhold var ude for at filme dem, indså de hvor meget plastik der var midt ude i havet. Verdenshavene er fyldt med plastik, og i denne dokumentar vil filminstruktøren undersøge forureningens indvirkning på miljøet.

/This documentary is about a man who wanted to film big whales. But when him and his production team were out filming them, they realized how much plastic was in the oceans. The oceans are filled with plastic, and in this documentary, the instructor wants to investigate how the plastic affects the environment. 

Alle dokumentarerne kan ses på Netflix pt.
/All documentaries are currently available on Netflix.

Health Holistic & Spiritual living Holistic beauty & skincare

MY FAVOURITE PODCASTS ABOUT HEALTH AND SPIRITUALITY

Det er noget tid siden jeg har delt mine yndlings podcast, og dengang var det mere rent generelt. Nu har jeg fundet nogle nye favoritter, og da jeg for tiden er all-in-for sundhed, holisme og spiritualitet, så tænkte jeg at det kunne være interessant at dele mine yndlings podcast indenfor denne genre med jer. Og så passer det jo perfekt hertil weekenden! Selv skal jeg på arbejde hele weekenden, men det kan være at du har helt fri og kunne bruge et godt og inspirerende podcast til en god gå tur ude i naturen.

 

The Melissa Ambrosini Show

Denne her er efterhånden en gammel favorit, for jeg har efterhånden hørt med længe, og har også anbefalet podcastet flere gange herinde på bloggen. Men, hvis du ikke kender til det, så interviewer Melissa Ambrosini alverdens spændende mennesker og man får en masse ny og spændende viden. Især er der fokus på sundhed, men der kommer også emner som parforhold, selvudvikling og meget mere.

 

Awaken Radio

Denne her er en ny favorit. Podcastet er lavet af Connie Chapman (som forresten har den fineste Instagram profil!). Connie’s stemme er så dejligt beroligende, og dette podcast har også fokus på sundhed, men det har også et meget spirituelt fokus – hvilket jeg er elle vild med disse dage.

 

Everyday Ayurveda and Yoga at Hale Pule

Jeg er begyndt at være meget fascineret af Ayurveda (læs lidt mere om det her), og i dette podcast finder man information og hverdagstips til hvordan man kan implementere ayurvedaen i sin egen hverdag. Podcastet er lavet af Myra Lewin som er ayurvedisk udøver og er stifteren af Hale Pule som er et ayurveda og yoga skole.

 

The Spa Dr

The Spa Dr er også kendt som Dr. Trevor Cates, besvarer på spørgsmål omkring sundheds myter, interviewer spændende mennesker indenfor sundhedsfeltet og kommer med en masse tips og tricks til hvordan man kan passe bedst muligt på sin krop rent sundhedsmæssigt.


Hvis i har nogle gode podcasts indenfor samme genre, så må i endelig dele dem med mig, for jeg elsker at opdage nye gode podcasts!

English:

It’s been a while since I last shared my favourite podcasts, and at that time it was more podcasts in general. Now I’ve found some new favourites, and since I’m at the moment all about health, holistic and spiritual living, I thought it would be interesting to share some of my favourite podcasts within this genre with you. And it’s perfect here for the weekend! I have to work all weekend, but you might have a free weekend and could use a good and inspirational podcast to listen to while going for a walk outside in nature. 

 

The Melissa Ambrosini Show

This is an old favourite, which I’ve already shared several times on the blog. But, if you do not know about it, Melissa Ambrosini interviews a lot of different people and you get so much new knowledge. There is especially focus on health, but it also touches upon subjects such as relationships, self development and much more.

 

Awaken Radio

This is a new favourite of mine. The podcast is made by Connie Chapman (which btw has the most lovely Instagram account!). Connie’s voice is so soothing and calm, and this podcast has focus on health, but also a lot of spirituality – which I’m loving these days.

 

Everyday Ayurveda and Yoga at Hale Pule

I’ve become very fascinated with ayurveda (read more about it here), and in this podcast you get information and everyday tips and tricks on how to implement the ayurvedic lifestyle into your everyday life. The podcast is made by Myra Lewin which is an ayurvedic practitioner and the founder of Hale Pule which is an ayurveda and yoga school.

 

The Spa Dr

The Spa Dr is also known as Dr. Trevor Cates, and she answers questions about health myths, interviews exciting people within the health field and comes with a lot of tips and tricks on how to take care of your body and yourself in the best way. 

If you have any good podcasts within the same kind of genre, please share them with me, because I love discovering new amazing podcasts!

 

Read also: Improve your life by simplifying it

Environment Sustainable & Conscious living

DITCH THE JUNK MAIL

En simpel ting du kan gøre for at passe bedre på miljøet, er at framelde dig reklamer. Dette var selv en ting jeg aldrig rigtig havde tænkt over, for det var jo bare helt normalt at få tonsvis af reklamer ind af døren.

Men prøv lige at tænk over hvor meget papir der går til spilde på nogle tilbudsaviser som man knap nok læser? Prøv at tænk på sidste gang du faktisk kiggede igennem reklamer? For mig var dette nærmest aldrig. Og hvis man gør, så kan man stadig finde reklamerne online hos de forskellige butikker.

Ved at tilmelde dig Reklamer Nej Tak, kan du altså undgå virkelig meget unødvendigt papirspild. Og du kan gøre det lige herinde.

Bare et lille tip, som alligevel gør en stor forskel på den lange bane!

I don’t know how this works in other countries, but in Denmark you can sign up for not receiving junk mails and commercials in your mailbox. This is such a great thing to do in order to reduce waste in your everyday life. Most of the offers and commercials you can find online anyway nowadays, so there is no need for getting it in the physical form.

Happiness Sustainable & Conscious living

IMPROVE YOUR LIFE BY SIMPLIFYING IT

Nogle gange har vi tendens til at komplicere tingene alt for meget. Hvis vi vil være sunde tror vi at vi skal ud og investere i 20 forskellige superfoods. Hvis vi vil have flot hud tror vi at vi skal investere i 5 forskellige, dyre hudplejeprodukter. Hvis vi vil være gladere tror vi at vi vil opnå dette ved at købe det ene, det andet og dit og dat.

Men nogle gange overkomplicerer vi tingene alt for meget.

Istedet burde vi fokusere mere på at forenkle vores liv mere. Gøre det nemt og enkelt for os selv.

Hvis du vil være sund behøves du ikke investere i en masse superfoods. Bare hold dig til det nemme og simple valg: grøntsager og frugt.

Hvis du vil have flot hud, så prøv istedet at skære så mange hudplejeprodukter fra som overhovedet muligt, og brug kun produkter med helt rene og naturlige ingredienser – og drik masser af vand, og i forbindelse med valget ovenover med grøntsager, så hjælper dette også på at få fantastisk flot hud.

Hvis du vil være gladere, så lad være med at investere i ting. Brug istedet for din tid på, at sætte dig ned og tænke over hvilke ting det egentlig er der gør dig glad, oftest er det de helt simple ting i livet. Det kunne være at drikke en kop te, læse en god bog, gå en tur udenfor, snakke med en god ven eller kæmpe for en sag du virkelig tror på.

Det er ikke altid nemt, specielt ikke i en verden hvor vi bliver fortalt at vi har brug for det ene og det andet for at være glade, smukke, sunde osv. Jeg falder også selv i fælden alt for ofte. Hvor har jeg ikke købt mange superfoods, hudplejeprodukter og remedier som jeg troede jeg ville blive lykkeligere af igennem livet.

Men jeg er ved at være der hvor jeg ved, at det at forenkle mit liv, faktisk er med til at forbedre det. Jeg bliver gladere af at læse en god bog eller snakke med en god veninde, end jeg gør af at gå på shopping tur og købe en hulens masse ting. Jeg bliver sundere af at spise helt enkle grøntsager, end at bruge en formue på forskelligt spirulina eller acai pulver. Og min hud har det aller bedst når jeg spiser sundt, drikker masser af vand, er udenfor i naturen og bruger så lidt produkter som overhovedet muligt.

Kender du til det med at overkomplicere tingene i dit liv? Og på hvilke områder har du gjort det?

Sometimes we have a tendency to overcomplicate things too much. If we want to be healthy we think that we need to invest in 20 different superfoods. If we want to have beautiful skin, we think we need to invest in 5 different expensive skincare products. If we want to be happy we think we need to buy this and that.

But sometimes we overcomplicate things way too much.

Instead we should focus more on simplifying our lives. Make it as easy and simple for ourselves.

If you want to be healthy you do not have to invest in a lot of superfoods. Just stay with the easy and simple choice: vegetables and fruits.

If you want to have beautiful skin, try cutting out as many skincare products as possible, and only use simple, pure and natural ingredients – and drink lots of water, and in connection to the choice above, eating more vegetables also helps on getting beautiful skin.

If you want to be happier, stop investing in things. Instead use your time on sitting down and really think about which things make you happy, often it is the simple things in life. It could be drinking a cup of tea, reading a good book, going for a walk outside, talk with a good friend or fight for a cause you truly believe in.

It is not always easy, especially not in this world where we get told that we need to buy this and that in order to be happy, beautiful, healthy etc. I often fall into this trap. I have bought so much superfoods, skincare products and things which I thought would bring me more joy and happiness in life.

But I am starting to get there where I know that simplifying my life actually is improving it. I get more happy by reading a good book or talk with a good friend, than I do going shopping and buying a lot of stuff I really don’t need. I get healthier when I eat simple, whole foods, instead of using a fortune on spirulina or acai powder. On my skin feel the best when I eat healthy, drink lots of water, spend time in nature and use as few products as possible.

Do you know the feeling about overcomplicating things in your life? And in which areas have you done it?

Read also: Get out in nature and get grounded

Environment Sustainable & Conscious living

CLEAN UP COPENHAGEN

Jeg er lige kommet hjem fra en skøn ferie på Kreta, og under ferien opdagede jeg en Instagram profil kaldet 5minutebeachcleanup, som handlede om at inspirere folk til at bruge 5 minutter af deres tid på stranden til at samle skrald op fra naturen. Jeg blev simpelthen så inspireret af dette initiativ, at jeg besluttede mig for at lave et lignende et bare med fokus på København.

Derfor har jeg nu lavet initiativet Clean Up Copenhagen. I al sin enkelhed går det bare ud på at inspirere folk til ikke at smide skrald i naturen, og at samle det op hvis man har tid og lyst til at hjælpe med at gøre naturen fri for affald.

Jeg har lavet en Facebook gruppe, og en Instagram profil hvor du kan følge selve konceptet – og også MEGET gerne dele ud af dine egne skrald fund og bruge hashtaggene #cleanupcopenhagen og #cleanupcph .

Forhåbentligt kan vi sammen inspirere hinanden og mange andre til at passe lidt bedre på vores dejlige by, og vores dejlige Planet!

 

I’ve just got home from a wonderful trip to Crete, and during the vacation I discovered an Instagram profile called 5minutebeachcleanup, which was about inspiring people to use 5 minutes of their time on the beach to pick up trash from nature. I got so inspired by this initiative and decided to make a similar one just with focus on Copenhagen.

Therefore I have now made the initiative Clean Up Copenhagen. In all its simplicity it’s about inspirering people to not throw trash in nature, and to pick it up if they have the time and want to and help make the nature free of trash.

I have made a Facebook group and an Instagram profile where you can follow this concept – and please share your own trash findings and use the hashtags #cleanupcopenhagen and #cleanupcph.

Hopefully we can inspire each other and many others to take better care of our lovely city, and our wonderful Planet!

Environment Sustainable & Conscious living

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD

I går så jeg dokumentaren “Chasing Corals“, som kan ses på Netflix. Den handlede om hvordan de mange koralrev der findes i havene er ved at dø ud på grund af den stigende temperatur der skyldes global opvarmning. Koralrevene er essentielle for liv under vandet, og rigtig meget af livet i havet kan dø hvis korallerne dør. Indenfor blot de sidste 30 år er næsten 50 % af verdens koraller døde. Det er fuldkommen sindssygt hvor meget vi har skadet Jorden indenfor de sidste par år. Gang på gang ser jeg film og beviser som viser hvordan at vi indenfor de sidste 30-50 år har skadet Jorden i en sådan grad, som det aldrig før er set i historien. Det er skræmmende så hurtigt det er gået, og det er en skræmmende tanke, så hurtigt det kan gå de kommende år. Hvis ikke vi gør noget!

Men, vi kan gøre noget. Og det er det jeg bliver ved med at sige til mig selv. Nogle gange kan det hele virke så uoverskueligt og håbløst, men hvis hver enkelt person tager bare nogle små valg i sit liv og ændrer dem, så vil det enkelte valg have en stor betydning. Jeg husker altid på Ghandi’s citat “Be the change you want to see in the world”.

Hvis der er noget du ikke er tilfreds med, så nytter det ikke noget at beklage sig og brokke sig. Istedet for gør noget ved det. Vælg at ændre noget i dit liv. Du kan gøre SÅ mange små ting i dit liv, som virker små og ubetydelige, men som alligevel vil have en stor indflydelse på Jorden på sigt. Og dine valg kan også inspirere andre mennesker, og sammen kan vi gøre verden til et bedre sted.

Det er det jeg ønsker mere end noget andet. Selv at være med til at bidrage til at gøre Jorden til et bedre sted, og forhåbentlig inspirere bare én eller to mennesker til at ændre nogle af deres handlinger og gøre noget godt for vores planet.

Yesterday I watched the documentary “Chasing Corals” on Netflix. It was about how many coral reefs in the oceans are dying because of rising temperatures caused by global warming. The coral reeds are essential for life under water, og a lot of life will die if the corals die. Within the last 30 years almost 50 % of the world’s corals have died. It’s completely insane how much we have damaged our Earth within the last couple of years. Time after time I watch documentaries and see evidence on how we within the last 30-50 years have damaged the Earth in such a matter, which have never before been witnessed throughout history. It’s terrifying how fast it goes, and it is a terrifying thought how fast it can go the next couple of years. If we do not do something about it!

But, we can do something about it. And that is what I keep telling myself. Sometimes it can seem like too much and seem hopeless, but if every individual just take a decision to change some small things in their life, then the small changes will have a big impact. I always remember Ghandi’s quote “Be the change you want to see in the world”.

If there is something you are not content with, it simply doesn’t work to just keep complaining about it. Instead do something about it. Choose to change something in your life. You can do SO many small things in your life which might seem insignificant, but which will have a big and significant impact on Earth. And your choices might inspire other people, and together we can make the world a better place.

That is what I want more than anything. To contribute to making Earth a better place, and hopefully inspire just one or two other humans to change their actions and do something good for our Planet.

Read also: Climate change – we have to do something now