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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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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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SWITCHING TO BEE’S WRAP

This switch has actually been on my “gotta buy list” for the past half year, don’t even ask me why I haven’t bought it before now, but now I finally got around to it and bought it!

Now you might think, what on Earth is bee’s wrap?

Bee’s wrap is very simply a reusable alternative to tin foil or plastic wraps, which you can store your food in. The smart thing about bee’s wrap is that it is reusable, once you have used it you simply just wash it with cold water and some soap and then let it dry and then it’s all ready to use again and again and again! In that way you never have to throw out tin foil again, because you can just simply avoid buying it – pretty awesome!

Bee’s wrap comes in many different colours, and you can buy it on many sustainable online webshops such as Bleschu, Økofamilien and ilovegreen etc.

 

Read also: Switching to a reusable to-go cup

DIY Holistic beauty & skincare

HOMEMADE NATURAL AND MOISTURIZING LIP BALM

Today it’s going to be all about how you can make your very own natural and moisturising lip balm! It only consist of 4 ingredients and it is super easy to make.

If you haven’t noticed it yet, then I can tell you that I love to make homemade skincare products. This time it was time to make homemade lip balm. I can absolutely not take credit for the recipe as I’ve mainly just followed ones I’ve found on the internet, but I’ve left out any kind of essential oils and just added some vitamin E oil. That is just my preference to leave out essential oils since I often find that lip balms can get too perfumed, and I actually just prefer the smell of more discrete and natural ingredients such as coconut oil and shea butter, this just smells divine, if you ask me!

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs of shea butter
  • 1 tbs of coconut oil
  • 1 tbs of beeswax
  • A few drops of vitamin E oil

This amount fills 4 of these small tin containers. 

 

How to do it

You put all the ingredients into a doubled boiler and wait for it all to melt and mix. Pour it all into small tin containers, I bought mine from Naturligolie.dk, and then put them in the fridge for about 1/2 hour. Easy peasy, now you’ve made homemade natural and moisturising lip balm!

 

“This is also a lovely little gift idea, which you can either give alone or you can make a little gift basket filled with homemade body butter, a body scrub and lip balm!

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ZERO WASTE BATHROOM ESSENTIALS

I made an article a while ago for Sustain Daily about ways in which you can make your bathroom more sustainable. I thought that I would translate it into English and add some more things on it as well and show you, how you can make your bathroom more zero waste.

 

1. Switch to reusable cotton pads

Instead of using single-use cotton pads, buy some reusable ones which you can just wash after use and then use again and again. For make-up removal use some almond oil and water on the cotton pad and use this to fx take off mascara.

2. Use a shampoo bar and an applecider vinegar hair rinse

Instead of buying plastic bottles of shampoo and conditioner, try to switch to a shampoo bar, and to make your hair more soft after using it try using an apple cider hair rinse afterwards.

3. Switch to a menstrual cup

Save money and save the environment from a lot of trash by switching from single-use tampons and pads to a menstrual cup, reusable cotton pads or menstrual panties.

4. Use a bamboo toothbrush

Next time you’re buying a toothbrush go after one in bamboo instead of plastic, then it can be composted once you are done using it.

5. Make your own body products

There are a ton of DIY recipe’s out there. You can make your own deodorant, make your own body lotion and so much more.

6. Go for skincare in glass, steel containers or without any packaging

Whenever you are buying skincare products, strive for fx oils in glass or cremes in steel containers. Or go for soaps without any packaging or soaps wrapped in cardboard which can be recycled afterwards.

7. Switch to a safety razor

Instead of buying plastic razor heads, then try to switch to a safety razor. This will also save you money in the long run since the blades are much much cheaper.

8. Make your own toothpaste

Make your own toothpaste in a glass container, easy, cheap and better for the environment.

9. Get a wooden hairbrush

If you have a hairbrush, then of course just use that, but if it is time to get a new one then go for a wooden one.

10. Make your own scrubs and face masks

You can easily make your own scrubs or face masks out of natural food ingredients such as coffee grounds, avocado, oats, salt, sugar, honey, bananas etc. There are so many awesome recipe’s out on the internet, just google!

Read also: 10 ways to cut down your plastic use

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REFLECTING ON THE YEAR THAT PASSED

I’ve already been writing down in my journal some of my reflections for the past year, but then I thought that some of these things might be interesting for you out there to follow along with as well. Here are some of the things which have had the biggest impact on my life in 2017:

 

Zero waste

2017 was the year that I learned about Zero Waste. I had NEVER heard about this concept, before I came across Lauren Singer from trashisfortossers on Youtube, and I fell head over heels in love with the concept and how Lauren made it look cool while at the same time doing something amazing for the planet. So, I started doing a lot of researching about this and saw a ton of youtube videos and read blogposts about this concept and started to change things in my own life.

I’ve already changed lots of things in 2017, I have changed to a menstrual cup, a shampoo bar, I’ve started to change my skincare and bodycare products for products that come in glass or steel instead of plastic, I’m still using a reusable water bottle which I’ve done for many years actually, I’m using reusable cotton bags whenever I’m buying groceries, I’ve switched to bamboo toothbrushes instead of plastic brushes and I’ve started trying to make a lot of homemade skincare products as well.

These are just some of the things which I’ve been changing, but the biggest one is just my mentality. I had honestly never thought about before how I could make a positive change in my life besides the usual advices such as”turn off the lights when you don’t use it” and “don’t shower too long”. It has encouraged me to really believe that I can make much more of a difference in my everyday life than I first thought possible, and I’ve also started to realised how I can show the world what I want to support by using my money. I’ve started doing a lot more research before buying anything new, I want the brands do be sustainable and ethical, and I especially want to support more local brands.

 

Friendships

2017 was also the year where I learned to reach out to new people with the same interests as me. I gotta make a shoutout to Ida for making me more open towards this. Ida was the one asking me if we should grab a cup of coffee in the beginning of the new year. I gotta admit, I was kind of nervous about meeting something for the first time whom I had only been writing with on Instagram.

But this had probably been one of the most life changing things for me. Because I came to realize that it really isn’t that frightening. I mean, what is the worst that can happened? That the two of you don’t get along, well then you can just stop meeting up anymore. And wow how I’ve met some inspirering new people through Instagram and my blog. I’ve met Ida, which is now one of my very close friends. I’ve met Anna, Cathrine and Cirkeline. I’ve also met some of the girls from Sustain Daily, and become a part of Sustain Daily influencers thanks to Instagram. And I’m constantly thankful for all those commenting and messaging me on Instagram or my blog, I absolutely love connecting with like-minded people, it is truly amazing and inspirering. Thanks to all of you out there.

 

Health

2017 has been one of the best years when it comes to my health both physically and mentally. I’ve learned a lot more about yoga, spirituality, ayurveda, hormones, the menstrual cycle and so much more! I’ve finally realized that the best way to be healthy is to have the connection between both the physical and the mental aspect. You will never be really healthy if all you do is eat strictly healthy, train all the time and just do things for the sake of your ‘outer appearance’ or physical health. Life is ALL about balance. It can be just as healthy for you to go on a café with your best friends, your loved one or your mom and just talk and eat a delicious cookie and drink a latte. Everything in moderation, but life is all about balance and it should not be about restricting yourself. Find out what makes you the happiest, and make sure to do these things regularly – life is made out of the small everyday things, and we should strive for bringing those small things into our lives as much as possible.
2017 was also the year I chose to stop taking birth control pills after having done a lot of research about how damaging this is to our bodies and how much it can affect our mood and our overall happiness, and I can already say after just 1 month without birth control pills that I’m feeling so much happier.

 

I feel unbelievably blessed for this past year and what I’ve experienced, and how my mentality has changed and for what I have learned. I want to take some days off from the blog for the rest of this year to take time to be with my family and friends (and work on some exams), and then I’m absolutely positive that I will return in the new year with lots of new content and inspiration.

I also want to say a big THANK YOU to all of you out there following along, both in here and on my Instagram, and thanks for engaging – it means the world. If there is anything you would like to see more of in the new year, then share your thoughts and ideas with me! I wish you all the best Christmas and a Happy New year – see you very soon! (btw, I’m still going to post some things on my Instagram, but the blog will take a little break and be back in the new year).

 

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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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20 SUSTAINABLE CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS

Today it’s going to be all about more sustainable Christmas gifts! Maybe you’ve already found most of the Christmas gifts, or maybe you’ve stopped receiving and giving gifts? Nonetheless, here you get some Christmas gift ideas which is a bit more sustainable. These are also great suggestions to give if you know of anyone being interested in zero waste and sustainability.

1. Experiences 
Get plenty of ideas for experiences to give right here.

2. Stainless steel straws
Stainless steel straws isn’t just pretty, they also help reduce plastic.

3. A wooden hair brush
A good wooden hairbrush is a lovely thing to give in a present, mainly to women.

4. Safety razor
A safety razor is a perfect gift for someone interested in “zero waste”.

5. A reusable to-go cup 
A reusable to-go cup is a cool gift, especially because there are so many different ones on the market. Fx are the ecoffee cup or the KeepCup some good suggestions.

6. A cool reusable bag 
Who doesn’t love reusable canvas bags? I’m in love with this one

7. Skincare in glass or tin
A lovely oil, a good face creme or a facial scrub in glass or tin, then it doesn’t get much better. Some good suggestions are brands such as Isangs or Voelve

8. A homemade bodyscrub  
There is nothing like homemade gifts, give your mom, aunt or sister a lovely homemade bodyscrub which they can use for real selfcare days.

9. A homemade bodylotion 
Another lovely gift to give is a homemade body lotion. If you want to give a really nice gift, then you can make both the bodylotion and the bodyscrub and perhaps also give a dry brush. It’s the ultimate selfcare gift.

10. Give a tree 
What is more sustainable to give a person who loves the climate, than a tree? At least I cannot think of anything more sustainable to give a person, and I’m sure anyone loving the Planet would love getting that as a gift.

11. Give a subscription
It can be a subscription for Netflix, Spotify, Mofibo, Yogavivo or something else. Of course the subscription should match with the person you are giving the gift to.

12. Reusable cotton pads 
Reusable cotton pads is a great gift. It’s a super simple way to save the Planet for more unnecessary trash, and they are just really pretty!

13. Soy candles 
There are so many lovely soy candles, and what is more Christmasy and cozy to give than candles? Just look at these here and here.

14. Organic bed linen
If you’re looking for some organic bed linen it can become an expensive thing to buy. Therefore it’s a perfect thing to give to someone who loves sustainability. Just look at these here and here.

15. Organic clothes and underwear 
Just like the above, giving organic clothes and underwear is a great gift idea. There are many lovely brands such as Organic Basics, Woron or Dilling Underwear.

16. Natural make-up 
Miild makes the most lovely make-up out of pure and natural ingredients, and the packaging which the make-up comes in is made out of 90% recycled cardboard.

17. Kindle
If you know someone who loves to read, then a Kindle is a perfect gift idea. A Kindle is kind of an “iPad”, but where you can only read books on it. It’s specifically designed to be small and handy, and the screen is designed so it doesn’t reflect lighting and it’s therefore perfect to read on.

18. Plants
Plants are always lovely! Give a plant which you know the person you are giving it to will love.

19. Giftcards
Give a giftcard to a place you know where the person you are giving it to will buy from. It could fx be a giftcard to study books if it’s a student, or a giftcard to a shop selling sustainable products if that is what the person is interested in.

20. Give money to a charity organisation
If you’re going to give a gift to someone who loves animals, then give the money to a charity which supports animals, or refugees or something else, and give a little card where you mention how the gift has helped someone else in need.

Do you have any other great gift ideas? And what is on your wishlist for Christmas?

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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