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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

 

Sustainable Sustainable & Conscious living

SUPPORTING LOCAL BRANDS

What does ‘supporting local brands’ mean?

It means that you support brands that are local to you. So very simply put; if you live in Denmark, then supporting local brands means supporting Danish brands, or brands which are very close to Denmark.

 

Why is it good?

It is good for your nations economy to support many smaller, local brands. In that way you ensure that people in your country have a job and that makes the economy go around (read a more in-depth article about that here). There is, of course, also the more environmentally friendly aspect, that the goods you buy don’t have to get transported across the globe (either by plain or ship or whatever means of transport) when you buy locally, instead it can get transported by trucks/the local mail – and if you live close to the physical stores, you can just go there yourself and buy the things.

Another thing I love about supporting smaller, local brands is that you can very often “feel” the person(s) behind the brand, their vision and their passion. Often times, you can actually meet the owners/creators behind the brand in a physical store or get in contact with them, and I really like that. You can sincerely feel that these people wants to make a difference, and that is beautiful and inspirering.

In connection to the above I love this quote:

So just a little recommendation for you is to seek for the things you are searching for in smaller, local businesses. This does not mean that all that I personally buy is from small, local businesses, but I prefer supporting local brands if I can find what I need from these. I truly love to discover new Danish brands (which have the environment in their hearts), I find it very inspirering.

Here are a few of the Danish brand that I like to follow closely:

Miild make-up, LØS market, Isangs, Gritt & Borris, Atelier AarhusAiayu, Woron, Dilling Underwear, Yogamii.

 

Do you have any favourite local brands?

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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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BÆREDYGTIGT INTERVIEW MED KLIMAMUSEN (ANNA)

Det blev tid til endnu et bæredygtigt interview, og denne gang er det med Anna, eller Klimamusen, som jeg også har mødt i virkeligheden et par gange, og som er super sød. Anna interesserer sig for at leve et bæredygtigt liv, og hun deler ud af forskellige tips og tricks på hendes Instagram Klimamusen. Lær Anna lidt bedre at kende lige her.


Fortæl lidt om dig selv

Jeg hedder Anna og har Instagram-profilen Klimamusen, hvor jeg fortæller om bæredygtig livsstil og grøn omstilling på hverdagsniveau. Jeg er tosset med planter og bliver igen og igen begejstret over deres udseende og egenskaber. Planter er for vilde. Jeg går lidt med en drøm om at uddanne mig til gartner på et tidspunkt.

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

Jeg kan ikke huske, hvornår min interesse begyndte, men jeg kan huske, hvornår den tog til i styrke. Det var da jeg i 2011 begyndte på en kandidat i Politisk Kommunikation og Ledelse på CBS. I introdagene var der forskellige oplæg, og et af dem blev holdt af Martin Lidegaard, der på det tidspunkt var formand for den danske grønne tænketank CONCITO. Han talte om klimaforandringer og sagde blandt andet, at vi måtte se tingene i øjnene og handle. Han talte også om Klimaambassaden, som er et projekt tilknyttet CONCITO, hvor man som ung holder oplæg og workshops for andre unge om klimaforandringer og forbrug. Det lød helt vildt spændende, syntes jeg, så jeg skrev til han, som han havde opfordret os til at gøre, og så blev jeg klimaambassadør og var med på en masse spændende projekter. Derfra er min viden og mit engagement vokset stille og roligt.

Hvordan lever du mere bæredygtigt?

Her i sommers blev jeg vegetar, hvilket lyder som en stor ting, men jeg spiste i forvejen ikke specielt meget kød, så det var et nemt skridt at tage. Så kan man måske tænke, at forskellen på om og gevinsten ved, at jeg så spiste lidt kød eller slet ikke, ikke er særlig stor. Det er den nok heller ikke, men det påvirker mine omgivelser, fx bor jeg sammen med min kæreste og to roomies, og når vi spiser sammen er det meget ofte kun vegetarisk, nogle gange laver de noget kød til, men det er sjældent. Og jeg har ingen klager hørt endnu. Derimod overhørte jeg en af mine roomies, med en vis stolhed i stemmen, sige til en ven, at ”her i lejligheden spiser vi jo vegetarisk”. Så nogle gange skal man ikke kun tænke på det konkrete output, men også tænke på de ringe i vandet, som man laver.

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

Tag de nemme skridt først. Hvis du som jeg ikke var/er den store kødæder, så er det måske et godt første (lille) skridt at blive vegetar eller skære endnu mere ned på kødet. Og husk at være flink mod dig selv. Så hvis du spiser noget kød eller noget andet, der er mindre bæredygtigt, så bare gør det lidt bedre næste gang.

Research og tale med venner, bekendte og familie og spred budskabet. Jo flere, der kommer med på vognen jo bedre. Og prøv så vidt muligt ikke at blive prædikende.

Hvad er din største bæredygtige drøm?

På det store plan håber jeg på, at vi MEGET snart får styr på klimaforandringerne, brugen af ressourcer og håndtering af affald.

Lidt mere egoistisk, så håber jeg på, at det bliver CO2-neutralt at flyve meget snart. Det er noget af det mest irriterende ved at leve bæredygtigt.


Tusinde tak til Anna for at besvare disse spørgsmål og være med til at inspirere mig på hendes Instagram.

Læs også: bæredygtigt interview med Sara Sophie, Gittemary og Lasse.

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GREEN SHOPS IN COPENHAGEN

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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