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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?

Inspiration

INTERESTING THINGS

It’s Wednesday and I finally have lots of interesting things for you this week! This week there’s an interesting guide about CO2 compensation, a beautiful and magical song, a new TRASH & TALK event with Clean Up Copenhagen and a speech about sustainable living!

If you have any interesting things, videos, talks, books, songs etc. please feel very free to share them with me!

 

1. Emma’s guide to CO2 compensate for your plane travels is so great! I wasn’t aware of that you could do this kind of CO2 compensation before reading Emma’s post. I’m for sure going to do this for every travel I go on from now on, I know that travelling by plane is not ideal, yet I still want to explore the world and spend some lovely time with those I love, and this is a great way to compensate a bit for that.

2. Cologne by Haux – I have been listening to this song non-stop for the last couple of days, it’s magical and beautiful!

3. TRASH & TALK event with Clean Up Copenhagen this Sunday at Amager Strand from 11-12, come and join!

4. I’ll be holding a speech together with Emma & Johanne about the small things you can do in your everyday life to live sustainably 12th of April in Fredensborg, come join if you are nearby!

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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.

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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)

Sustainable & Conscious living Zero waste

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.