Living more Sustainable #Lifehacks

Sustainability

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!

BIG HUGS

Veganism for Dummies // The Importance of B-12

Veganism

The only vitamin you can’t get from a vegan diet is B-12; many people use that as an excuse to not go vegan. B-12 is found in meat, dairy, and eggs because animals consume dirt in their feed and produce B-12 in their intestines.  As most of us don’t eat dirt or un-washed vegetables (humans didn’t used to be as stringent about washing as we are today), we need to get the vitamin from a supplement.

A lack of B-12 can result in lower red blood cell counts and in some cases, chronic nerve disease. Those are serious health concerns, so make sure you play it safe and take a supplement.

I have struggled accepting the necessity of taking a B-12 supplement. I didn’t take vitamins growing up and therefore never saw it as something I needed when I switched to a plant based diet. Unfortunately, the consequences of being un-informed caught up with me and I frequently found myself feeling ill or dizzy. It took fainting twice (something I’d never done before) to finally realise that something was wrong. I didn’t go to the doctor (because I’m a lazy procrastinator- ALWAYS GO TO THE DOCTOR), but I did do a little of my own research. After a few hours of medical sleuthing, I concluded that since I was getting enough sleep, consuming a healthy diet, and exercising, I must have been lacking in B-12. I went to a health store, bought a years worth of supply, and haven’t fainted since. 

B-12 can be bought at pharmacies, health stores, or right here (international link/affiliate link) or here (danish link/affiliate link) It can also be found in Alpro’s soy yoghurt and nutritional yeast.

BIG HUGS

Living a More Sustainable Lifestyle with Zero-Waste Habits.

Sustainability
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!  

BIG HUGS