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

Plastic Free Vegan Razor // Leaf Shave

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Hi guys <33

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!

BIG HUGS 

Eating Seasonal

Sustainability

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.  

BIG HUGS

Life is to Happy to Wear Uncomfortable Underwear!

Minimalism, Sustainability

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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!  

BIG HUGS

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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Why I think you should become a member of the Vegan Club

Veganism

First of all, I would never force veganism on anyone. I only know a few vegans in real life, so the majority of people I’m surrounded by are non-vegans. people agree and/or sympathize with veganism but just don’t feel the need to change yet..

People adopt veganism for different reasons. Some do it for animal rights and welfare, others do it for environmental reasons, and some people just want to adopt a healthier lifestyle. I’m vegan for all those reasons. I can’t bring myself to see animals as products without feelings. But why not just become a vegetarian or pescetarian you may ask?

Well, dairy is what horrifies me the most. For cows to produce milk they have to give birth to a calf. The calf will be taken away from its mother immediately after its birth, just so humans can have its milk. (The calf can stay 24 hours if its organic.(Denmark Rules))

While the horrors of the dairy industry go unabated, our oceans are emptying at a remarkable speed. A study made by the Government of Canada shows that overfishing is damaging the ecosystems. When tuna is harvested, dolphins, whales, and turtles can get caught in fishermen’s nets and be left to die as collateral damage. Thinking of a creature as intelligent as a dolphin dying because of humanity’s insatiable appetite for sushi brings tears to my eyes.  

Every time I’m confronted with climate change I get this hopeless feeling in my stomach.  A study made by the University of Oxford found that committing to a vegan diet you can reduce your carbon footprint by up to 73%. The same study shows that meat and dairy industry is responsible for 60 percent of agricultural greenhouse gasses and studies show cutting out animal products from your diet is far more effective than cutting down flight trips or buying an electric car.

I’m not a doctor, but I have been following the health benefits of eating a vegan diet intensely.

According to a study by the NIH, vegan doctors are using plant-based diets to prevent and treat type 2 diabetes, heart problems, and obesity. Of course what we consume has a huge impact on our body! The health benefits of veganism are abundant and I would encourage anyone to research it on their own (a documentary on Netflix/YouTube called “What the Health” is a great starting point).

I think as 21st century consumers and citizens we have new moral responsibilities and obligations even though most of these arguments aren’t that new or radical. Still, I recognize the challenges that come with making serious lifestyle changes. But just keep in mind that a small change is still change and can eventually grow into something much bigger. So just start small and put yourself on the path towards a more compassionate and stable world and a healthier self. 

  • Study about plant based diet here:
  • Study about climate changes and vegansim here:
  • Study abut overfishing here:

BIG HUGS