Living more Sustainable #Lifehacks

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To avoid a climate catastrophe, we must learn how to live sustainably. It is likely that many of us have grown up without giving it much though as we’ve been conditioned to ignore and dismiss the very real dangers that come with destroying our planet. I’ve come up with some tips on how to get started living more sustainably. No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. 

#1 Buy local as often as possible. Farmers Markets are a great way to buy your produce. Fruits and vegetables from a local vendor will most likely not be wrapped in excessive (or any) plastic, nor will they be shipped from hundreds (perhaps thousands) of miles away. Many of the vegetables sold here in Denmark are from Southern Europe or South America. Needless to say, that releases an incredible amount of C02 into the atmosphere. Buy local to avoid senseless waist. 

#2 Choose sustainable products. Once you finish something (ie toothbrush, toothpaste, make-up, lotions, cleaning products, etc), try looking for a more sustainable alternative. Genuinely eco-friendly products are becoming more accessible and can often be found in supermarkets. You no longer have an excuse for not owning a bamboo toothbrush!

#3 Stop being so wasteful. We’ve all gotten use to paper towels and plastic bags, cutlery, bottles, etc. Bring your own tumbler to the coffee shop! Carry your own cutlery for when you know you’re getting take-away and make sure to have an emergency tote-bag for when you unexpectedly have to carry something. 

#4 Re-use what you already have. A stained t-shirt can be cut up into squares and used as a cleaning rag. Cardboard boxes, shoe boxes, and cereal boxes can be used as shipping, gift, or storage containers. Wine bottles can be used to hold candles and glass jars make great looking cups (trying refreshing your Instagram feed and you’ll see what I mean). You get the idea!

#5 Do a little gardening. Growing your own food is incredibly rewarding. You can grow herbs in a small pot in your kitchen. Tomatoes and strawberries only require a balcony and small boxes to grow in. Having plant-life in your home is aesthetically charming and is nice small step towards self-sufficiency. 

Remember; living more sustainably does not mean being perfect. Focus on what you can do, not what you cannot. Every small step is a step in the right direction!

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Shop Swimwear and Clean our Oceans

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I really like the online clothing company TWOTHIRDS and I’m very impressed by their new swimwear collection. Their swimsuits are cute, comfortable, and is a good fit to any kind of body type.

Obviously, everything is vegan and (even better) made from plastic fisherman’s nets and plastic bottles found in the ocean! So by buying a TWOTHIRDS swimsuit you contributes ever so slightly to cleaning up our oceans. 

Everything is made by workers in the EU which means the people who produced your swimsuit are being treated and paid fairly. We really need to make ethical choices as consumers as the industry practices of now are abysmal and need systemic change. Why not start with looking fabulous on the beach?

I bought one of these swimsuits, can you guess which one?

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Zero Waste Phone Cover – Péla Case

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I love discovering new sustainability-focused companies who make eco-friendly products. A few months ago I purchased a (second hand) new phone and needless to say I needed a cover to go with it. After perusing plastic-free options I found the Canadian company Pela! They produce 100% compostable phone covers and screen protectors all while donating a % of every purchase made to Ocean Cleanup, an organization working to clean our oceans.  

I love my turquoise cover for my iPhone and you can find all different varies for different models here! You should probably buy a screen protector while you’re at it as you get one half-off after buying a cover. There are a lot of colours and designs to choose from.   

The material is very soft to the touch and it looks exactly like it does in pictures. Supporting companies like Pela and purchasing other eco-friendly products is a great way to start changing your habits and wasting less. We all vote with our money, so make sure your vote counts by supporting companies whose values align with yours!

My little dog Arne insisted on being in the photoshoot. He is the perfect combination of cute, cranky, and photogenic!

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Plastic Free Vegan Razor // Leaf Shave

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As boring and somewhat unnecessary as I find shaving, I do own a razor and occasionally enjoy the feeling of smooth legs. When it comes to shaving you should only do what feels right to you. But if you do shave, you should own a zero-waste razor.  

Normal plastic razors are bad for the environment (plastic, duh) and are often of poor quality. Gillette tests all their products on animals and their razors are no exception. Think about a shaved rabbit next time you shave your armpits… it’s not a pleasant thought. 

On my quest for the perfect steel razor I found THE PERFECT solution by Leaf Shave! It has a beautiful, sleek design that is very handy and easy to use. My shave went by quickly and left my legs feeling sleek and smooth. I’m a sloppy shaver and am not especially thorough, so it helps to have such a flexible, aerodynamic razor. It’s very easy to use all over your body (my boyfriend has a permanent beard he only trims, but I know they sell these for men and would assume they work great). 

The razor comes with blades and when they’re used up you can order more online; a wonderful way to use less plastic! I am ecstatic that I have effectively eliminated those wasteful trips to the beauty/drug store from my life! 

They come in six different colors- Rose Gold is my absolute favorite.  

You can find your plastic free vegan razor here 

Let me know if you love it as much as I do!

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Sustainable Fashion // TWOTHIRDS

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There are many reasons to boycott fast fashions companies like H&M, Monki, Only, Forever 21, ZARA etc. Horrible working conditions (sometimes child labor) and destructive, wasteful production methods in far away countries is problematic in a plethora of humanitarian and environmental ways.

Fast fashion means clothing that doesn’t last. There is nothing more wasteful than constantly buying new clothes and I try to get almost all of my outfits from thrift stores. 

There are however a few companies that focus on sustainable, vegan clothing. I like TWOTHIRDS; they use organic and recycled materials and produce everything in Europe. A lot of their clothes are vegan, which is awesome. By taking the time to invest in quality, I feel like I am saving time, money, and myself from the guilt that comes from going to H&M, etc. five times a year.

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The One Materialistic, Evil, Wasteful Company I Love

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I try to spend my money buying sustainable, vegan, and local products from ethical companies. I’m very aware of my power as a consumer so I only want to support companies I can vouch for. But no one is perfect and everyone has a weakness…

When I lived in Berlin I worked for Starbucks as a barista. I had some wonderful colleagues and really enjoyed the streamlined work routine I got into while working (no one can beat Starbucks’ ordering and drink-making system!). Starbucks is somewhat vegan friendly as you can choose a variety of dairy free drinks.

I’m aware how problematic supporting a company like Starbucks is when you’re promoting veganism, zero-waste, and sustainability.  You would be correct to say that I’m promoting a double standard. What can I say- I have great memories from working there and I always feel at home whenever I see the green and white siren. They have a decent selection of drinks and hey, at least I’m not buying shares of Marlboro!

I’m going to make a vegan Starbucks guide to all the secret drinks I know! They are way better than the ones on the menu.

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Eating Seasonal

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It’s freezing, constantly dark outside, and the onlyvegetables in season are carrots and cabbage. That’s winter in Scandinavia foryou. I was raised in my household to only eat fruits and vegetables that are inseason. It’s a great way to make sure you’re not eating stuff that was grownthousands of miles away and then shipped in a giant truck or plane. Seasonalproduce is also cheaper and filled with more nutrients due to being fresher.

Eating seasonal forces me to get creative with my cookinginstead of always getting what I want. Different fruits, nuts, and saladdressings can really spice up dull winter greens like cabbage.   

I find myself more in tune with nature. I’m always lookingforward to seasons changing and buying the fresh, tasty vegetables I crave. Nothingis worse than over-paying for a sad watermelon or cucumber that tastes likewater.

I do break the rules sometimes. The Danish climate makes it nearly impossible to grow bananas, oranges, avocados, etc. I buy this stuff year round because, well, I just can’t live without it! But do try to change your vegetable purchasing habits gradually; your wallet and taste buds will thank you.  

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Life is to Happy to Wear Uncomfortable Underwear!

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There is nothing I hate more than itchy, ill-fitting, synthetic fiber underwear. I have wasted so much money on underwear that only served to make my poor body uncomfortable. I cannot express in words how much discomfort that itchy, sweaty underwear felling leaves me with.

I want my underwear to be made out of comfortable fabric and made with sustainable, minimalist principles in mind. I’m so over leopard print, bows, and pink laces. Fortunately, I’ve discovered Organic Basics, a Danish company that produces sustainable, organic underwear made in European factories.

I had to order the Red Nude Triangle Bra as soon as I saw it. Everything is so comfortable, well-made, and affordable; a much wiser investment than the generic garbage peddled at H&M. Their men section is also great. I dream of my boyfriend in this pair of grey boxers

I have a DISCOUNT CODE with a 15% discount: organicbasicsxpa15 – And there is free shipping all over Europe. GO CRAZY

pst.. If you order now you will get a free sustainable bamboo toothbrush!!

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Living a More Sustainable Lifestyle with Zero-Waste Habits.

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My tumbler from BambooCup is super cute. Buy it here

I’m really inspired by the Zero-Waste movement. I think it brings awareness towards the consequences of our consumption. We should all be cognisant about how much plastic we use and make a serious effort to change our habits.  

Here are some useful tips:

  • ALWAYS carry a water bottle around. Plastic water bottles are horrible for the environment and although they can be recycled, they don’t always make it there. You’ll also save money by never having to pay convenient store prices just to hydrate yourself.
  • Carry around a tote bag or a foldable bag. You never know when you’ll have to shop and bringing your own bag protects the environment and your wallet. I have a little foldable fabric bag that takes up very little space. Here are some cute options.
  • Bring your own tumblers to coffee shops. If you frequently get your caffeine buzz from a cafe you can eliminate plastic waste by bringing your own consumption vessel. Keep in mind that even though many paper cups say they are recyclable, the glue used to hold together is not.
  • Bring your own cutlery everywhere (like the BattleGreenbox set I wrote about here). You’ll never have to use a plastic spork again!
  • Think about investing in a bag with lots of storage room. Why do people need a separate bag for their smartphone? The smaller the bag, the likelier you are to buy plastic bags at the store (this is easy for me to say as I’m not into popular fashion and am always carrying around my old Fjällräven backpack). Always say no to cashiers, baggers, and salesmen who try to pack your things!
  • Stop buying books and start going to the library. Going to the library is so relaxing and will leave you with a more peaceful, grounded outlook when you leave. Plus, by not buying books you’ll be saving space, money, and trees.
  • If you have to buy groceries with packaging, make sure it’s recyclable. If you have to choose between canned beans or beans in a cardboard container, go with the cardboard because it is easier to recycle.  

I hope you can use some of these tips. Share your own in the comments!  

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A great sustainable tip // BattleGreenBox Zero-Waste, vegan and Eco Friendly

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The cutlery is made out of Bamboo and is handmade

My love for the environment has led me to develop some greatnon-waste habits this year.

Plastic cups, cutlery, and straws are extremely wasteful andcause great harm to the world around us. Many of us have seen the viral pictureof the turtle with a straw through its nose. Due to the massive amount ofplastic in our oceans, an alternative to copious consumption of disposableplastic is an ultimate necessity for the eco-systems of our planet. 

Trying to further my no-waste journey, I bought this littlecute set from BattleGreenBox. The set consists of fork, knife, spoon, straw anda straw cleaner. It comes with a little bag so it can fit directly into yourpurse (or man-bag, back-pack, what have you). Also included is a stringshopping bag that’s perfect for buying vegetables without packaging. The wholeset helps me reduce waste so much that I rarely leave home without it.

It costs around 130 kr (around 20 USD). They also offerother great combination sets if you want to get the ball rolling towardsreducing your waste contribution. 

You can find the set I bought here

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