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Our Planet on Netflix April 5th- We’re all in this together!

Our Planet on Netflix April 5th- We’re all in this together!

Endelig kommer det en ny serie med “the one and only” David Attenborough! Serien heter “Our Planet” og skal vises på Netflix med premiere 5 april. Den er laget i samarbeid med Verdens Naturfond – WWF og skal vise oss både de mest spektakulære naturscener, […]

Mini beach cleanup

Mini beach cleanup

Hei dere! Som vi skrev i forrige innlegg tok vi med oss kontoret ut på hytta i forrige uke. Da vi kom ned til havet fikk vi litt sjokk – stranden var fylt med plast. Det er alltid like urovekkende å se hvor mye som […]

Discovering the soft and feminine in yoga – Guest post from Iselin Amanda

Discovering the soft and feminine in yoga – Guest post from Iselin Amanda

Iselin Amanda is one of those inspiring people who make you want to take better care of yourself and the planet through cooking amazing plant-based food and doing more yoga. She tells us her story about discovering new parts of her practice and how we can learn to tap into different energies within us.

Last year I spent several months with a little bit of what I feel is best described as «soul-searching» in regards to my yoga practice. 

As a yogini, a student of yoga and a yoga teacher for more than five years, my practice and I have been through more than any other relationship I have ever been in. My practice has been my rock through thick and thin, my safe-space, my feeling- space, my creative-space and in many ways my closest friend. As I have changed, evolved and grown over the years, so has my practice, and my relationship to yoga and it’s many aspects. 

For years, my yoga practice was rather physical. My first few yoga teachers were all ashtanga teachers, and so I was thrown into a world of postures, performance and dedication. And that is how I first fell in love with yoga. I loved seeing how capable our bodies are; how it adapts, changes and evolves with our practice and lifestyle. Furthermore, I loved observing how my inner state of being always (always!) was reflected back to me as I stepped onto my mat in the morning for my series of Surya Namaskar.

When I was in recovery from a decade-long addiction and eating-disorder, my practice was there to give me more space, more room to be; to breathe, to cry and to release. A place for me to really, really feel. And from there learnt how I could use asanas as a tool to get out of my head for a little while, to allow myself to be more in my body. It has been a beautiful, powerful journey, and my yoga practice has no-doubt saved me from myself and my own inner daemons many a time. 

However, half a year ago, I noticed something had shifted. I didn’t necessarily look forward to stepping onto my mat in the morning like I used to. And so I would post-pone my practice for the evening, but when the evening arrived, I still wasn’t feeling it. I kept persisting in my practice most days though, thinking it was just a phase, a phase I was willing to wait out. I told myself, as the yogini I am, that things come and go, and perhaps I just needed to push through. Perhaps change things up a little? Give myself new challenges. Seek more inspiration. Simply sit with it.

Because regardless of how I felt before I did my practice, I would always feel better once it was done.

Maybe that was the thing though. It eventually became clear to me that my practice these days more often than not felt like something I wanted to be over with. As if it was yet another chore waiting to be done. Something I had to tick off my list in order to get on with my day, with my life. 

Perhaps this was the biggest realisation. Seeing how a practice I had adored and relied on for years, who had been my closest friend for so long, now seemed more like that not-so-pleasant neighbour that keeps bothering you, and that you have to deal with, just to get your sense of peace and quiet to enjoy your life.

I’m not having it, I thought. I refuse to let something that’s been so wonderful for years, so wonderful in fact, that I made it not just part of my morning routine, it was (is) my passion, my  lifestyle, my career. And so I thought, «now is a very bad time for me to realise that this is not what I want to be doing with my life. 

And I guess this is where I started digging a little deeper. Looking a little further. Asking myself what is really going on here?

Well, it us true what they say; Ask and you will receive. 

Not long after I started my quest to fall recklessly in love with yoga again, I stumbled upon a book that has been nothing less than life-changing for me. If you’re a yogini, a female yoga teacher, if you’re a woman, or if you’re simply practicing and/or teaching yoga with/to women, I can highly recommend this book. It is a game-changer. 

A few chapters into Yoni Shakti, I thought to myself that «no wonder I haven’t felt good about my practice for a while. I am, and have been for a long time, practicing the wrong kind of yoga». I have been committed to a promise I made to myself a few years ago; that I will always seek out, learn and be open to become a softer, caring and loving person; as a daughter, a friend, as a sister and a lover. And of course in my relationship to myself. But then I began to realize, that over the years, I have also been practicing a form of yoga that in many ways went against all of this.
My practice was until this stage very physical; mostly Yang-based. In other words, it was definitely masculine practice. It was more than anything about dedication, discipline, consistency, and, as much as I hate to admit it, also about performance. 

The next following months led my on a journey into the feminine that exists within the yoga world. I started diving deeper into the beautiful world of softer styles of yoga; yin and restorative yoga, Shakti-yoga, slow-flow and yoga Nidra. I spent days researching the history of women in yoga, reading about practicing in tune with our menstrual cycles, and how we can use yoga to empower ourselves as women; as mothers, daughters, sisters, friends and lovers. And as practitioners of the yogic traditions. 

Perhaps for the first time, I was giving myself full permission to practice and flow with the natural rhythms of my own cycle.

«it is not necessary to have a womb to practice ‘womb yoga’, in all phases of womens lives, it is the presence of womb space energies, the energies of «Yonisthana Chakra», which has a capacity to provide deep intuitive wisdom, and to reconnect us with the earthed and watery energies of creativity, fluidity, nurture and fertility that are characteristic of this energy centre.» (Uma Dinsmore-Tuli,  Yoni Shakti)

From the wisdom born from connecting to our wombs follows a naturally arising global green consciousness rooted in a sustainable and respectful honoring of the natural cycles and energies of the earth, the womb that nurtures all life in our wor. So it is through this wisdom, this spiritual awareness that is literally encoded in the cycles of the female body, that we can access the deep healing that our planet urgently calls for now. We are in deep need of exactly such yoga.

The excerpt from above simply resonates with me on so many levels. I swear that if Uma herself had been in the room with me as I read this the first time, I would have had no choice but to walk over and kiss her. 

And so this is what my practice has been about the past few months: Finding a feminine and soft approach to asana practice. Reconnecting to feminine qualities of fluidity, flow, creativity and nourishment. Cultivating softness, intuition and deep listening in my yoga.

And let me tell you this: it has felt so good. 

I believe these last six months has taught me how to develop a greater respect and understanding of yoga as a practice that revolves around cycles. How our cyclical practices inspires cyclical living, and helps us connect to the ever changing cycles of  Mother Earth herself.
I believe that in giving ourselves, as teachers and students, not to mention practitioners, permission to flow with our natural cycle (especially, but not exclusively, for women) we will in turn change the way in which we practice, think and feel, about yoga. Right now it feels like a precious little gift that was given to me, and for the first time in a long time, yoga has again become my best friend. And our friendship has grown much deeper roots and reached beautiful new heights.

So there are many aspects of our modern way of practicing yoga that unfortunately disconnects us female practitioners from our wombs and cycles. And «it is because of our profound disconnection from our own inner sense of what is right for us that we choose to practice forms of yoga which further disempower us (as women). When we adhere rigorously, and without regard for our own lifecycles, to those versions of yoga practice that focus on maintaining power over the body, rather than power moving through the body, then we imprison ourselves.»

We know that menstruation is a time of the month where women should avoid most standing yoga postures, inversions, or any other vigorous forms of practice and movement. However, this does not mean we have to avoid practicing all together. Creating and practicing a sequence of seated and lying down-asanas, with gentle twists, can be of great benefit this time of the month. We’re looking at finding postures that will encourage a positive experience as a bleeding woman, and for this time of the month to be a cleansing, quiet and rejuvenating period. We need to find ways in which to cultivate responsiveness to the cyclical changes in our bodies, as this is, without doubt, an important aspect of our yogic awareness.

I want to teach fluid styles and sequences of yoga; a beautiful balance between fluid sequences and deep resting poses. Movement and stillness. Cultivating the ability to listen to our bodies wisdom of when to move, and when to be still.

«Yoga came to the west to change the west. But the west has changed yoga. We have created forms of yoga in the image of our own disconnection. Practicing this simply mirrors our own disregard for our own inner guide». Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Yoni Shakti

Follow Iselin Amanda on Instagram and her blog for a daily dose of wellness, yoga, delicious food and feelgood images. She has created such a dreamy world well worth following!

Vegan cooking class video

Vegan cooking class video

Hei fine lesere. Jeg skriver til dere fra Hvaler hvor vi har tatt oss en liten arbeidsferie for å jobbe litt i fred og ro. Hytta er som en fryseboks, så det blir antagelig en ganske kort tur! Da vi var på Costa Rica i […]

New podcast episodes!

New podcast episodes!

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11 tips for a (bit) more eco-friendly travel

11 tips for a (bit) more eco-friendly travel

Ok, så det første du tenker er kanskje at det kan da umulig være miljøvennlig å reise? I hvertfall ikke med fly? Det er dessverre helt riktig. Det er vanskelig å forsvare at det er miljøvennlig å reise langt med fly, men på den annen side vet vi at nordmenn, inkludert oss selv, elsker å reise, utvide horisonten og bli kjent med nye mennesker og kulturer. Derfor synes vi ikke at vi kan avskrive det helt ennå. Det vi derimot kan gjøre er å gjøre reisen vår mest mulig miljøvennlig. Det er sikkert mange som sitter og planlegger sommerferier for tiden, derfor tenkte vi å gi våre elleve beste tips til å reise litt mer miljøvennlig.

EN. Spis plantebasert mat på reise! Det er kanskje ikke så nytt for mange lengre, men kjøtt og meieri-industrien er de to største verstingene når det gjelder miljøutslipp. Dersom du spiser plantebasert på reise, vil du allerede ha en meget god start på oppholdet, og hvor deilig er det ikke å komme hjem og føle seg fresh?

TO. Planlegg! Når du pakker kofferten din, tenk igjennom hva du skal på tur. Ta med handlenett hvis du skal på matbutikken, metallsugerør hvis du planlegger å kjøpe en kokosnøtt, matbokser til take-away og alltid en vannflaske.

TRE. Undersøk området, og se om du kan finne et hotell eller bosted som er drevet og bygget for å ta vare på naturen. Det du kan se etter er for eksempel om de er miljøsertifisert, velger vifter fremfor klimaanlegg, saltvannsbasseng istedenfor klorbasseng, om de er bevisste på resirkulering og plastbruk og om de serverer plantebasert mat. Det er selvfølgelig ikke enkelt å få til alt, men tenk så stor forskjell du kan gjøre som turist ved å støtte stedene som bryr seg om mer enn å tjene penger.

FIRE. Kjøp havvennlig solkrem! Solkremen flyter rett ut i vannet og blir absorbert i havet, og på det som lever i havet. Hvis du bruker en solkrem med masse giftstoffer, så gjør havet det også. Dessuten sparer du også deg selv for veldig mange unødvendig kjemikalier. Ingrediensene vi ønsker å unngå er oxybenzone og octinoxate – disse er kjent for å skade korallrevene samt å kunne virke hormonforstyrrende. Noen land har til og med bannlyst bruken av slike solkremer.

FEM. Plukk søppel! Ok, det føles kanskje litt rart å reise til å til et annet land for så å plukke søppel på gata, tenker du nå! Enig i det, men når vi først er ute og reiser, er det så mye bedre å legge igjen et håndavtrykk enn et fotavtrykk. Kanskje du til og med skal ta deg en joggetur, og hvorfor ikke da gjøre litt #plogging?

SEKS. Tenk på transportmulighetene. Er det mulig å kjøre tog, buss, eller dele bil med flere?

SYV. Ta med matpakke til turen! Du kan takke oss senere. Det smaker en million ganger bedre enn de smakløse hvite sandwichene de serverer på de fleste fly. For ikke å snakke om de millionene av plastposene med peanøtter som flyr der oppe i himmelen.

ÅTTE. Stem med lommeboken din. Med dette mener vi at hver gang du bruker penger, har du litt innflytelse. Vil du støtte McDonalds eller den lokale restauranten med ferske råvarer?

NI. Sett deg inn i det lokale avfalls- og resirkuleringssystemet. Mange land har ikke gode nok systemer, så man må bidra med den resirkuleringen man kan.

TI. Prøv å ta med deg minst mulig plast inn i landet du skal til, og resirkuler alt du klarer.

ELLEVE. Vil du kompensere for utslippet du har i forbindelse med turen? Les mer her.

Fun fact: I følge Avinor skal alle innenlandsfly i Norge være el-drevet innen 2040. God tur!

First thought: how on earth can we talk about traveling eco-friendly? We’re afraid you’re absolutely correct for the time being until technology further develops. It’s hard to defend that there is anything earth-friendly by traveling long distances with an airplane, but we know that lot’s of people, including ourselves, really love traveling, broadening our horizon and getting to know new cultures and people. Which is why we can’t say completely goodbye to that yet. What we CAN do is make sure that we take all the steps we can to making the travel as eco-friendly as possible!

ONE. Eat plant-based during your trip. As we know, the meat- and dairy industry are huge polluters. The bonus is feeling extra fresh and healthy.

TWO. Plan your trip well. When you pack your suitcase, think about what utensils you might need. For example a tote bag for grocery shopping, a metal straw for the coconut, food containers for take-away and a water bottle to avoid plastic.

THREE. Do some research on the area, and see if you can find a place to stay with some extra care for the environment. Look for places with some type of eco-certification, places that choose fans over air condition, salt-water pool instead of chlorine, and places that are conscious about recycling and reducing their use of plastic and whether they serve plant-based food. It can be challenging to find, but you might be really lucky and find a place that cares about more than just money.

FOUR. Buy ocean-friendly sunscreen. The sunscreen we use will directly enter the ocean when we swim and has a huge impact on the animals and habitat such as coral reefs. The ingredients we want to avoid are oxybenzone and octinoxate as they are known to bleach choral reefs and can disturb our hormones. Some countries even banned the use of toxic sunscreen.

FIVE. Pick up trash. Especially plastic. If you’re going for a run, you might as well do some plogging?

SIX. Think about your methods of transportation. Can you take a train, bus or share a car?

SEVEN. Bring a packed lunch for the trip. Thank us later – it tastes a million times better than the tasteless, processed sandwiches they serve at most flights. And let’s send a thought to the millions of tiny plastic bags of peanuts flying up in the sky.

EIGHT. Vote with your wallet. Think about the impact you have every time you spend money! Do you want to support McDonalds or the local restaurant with fresh ingredients?

NINE. Get to know how the local recycling system functions, so you can contribute as much as possible.

TEN. Bring as little plastic as possible into the country, and recycle it all.

ELEVEN. Do you want to compensate for your emissions? Read more here.

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Some of my favourit​e books

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6 tips to get through the flu season

6 tips to get through the flu season

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Spirulina cake

Spirulina cake

Denne kremete og freshe kaken er laget med så bra ingredienser at du kan spise den til frokost, lunsj, mellommåltid og middag! Viktigst av alt, den smaker helt nydelig. Du kommer ikke engang til å tenke på at toppingen er laget av avokado og lime. For en liten ekstra boost har vi tilsatt spirulina fra Supernature.

Spirulina er en mikroalge som har vært brukt i lang tid som mat grunnet helseeffektene. Spirulina inneholder proteiner, gir god energi og inneholder potassium, magnesium, B vitamin og jern.

Bunn:

  • 2 dl mandler
  • 2 dl revet kokos
  • 0,5 dl smeltet kokosolje
  • 1 kopp dadler uten stein (bare bruke en vanlig kaffekopp)
  • 1 klype salt

Bland alle ingrediensene sammen i en food prosessor til det får en litt klissete konsistens. Legg alt i en springform, gjerne med et (miljøvennlig) bakepapir i bunnen. Sett det inn i fryseren i ca. 10 minutter imens du lager fyllet.

Fyll:

  • 3 store avokadoer
  • 2 dl lønnesirup
  • Juice fra 4-6 lime
  • 2 ts spirulina fra Supernature

Bland alt sammen i en food prosessor eller med en stavmikser. Hell det deretter over bunnen og legg hele kaken tilbake i fryseren i minst to timer.

Ta kaken ut ca. 20-30 minutter før du skal servere den, slik at konsistensen blir helt perfekt!

This creamy cake is filled with healthy ingredients, making it a perfect breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner or dessert. Don’t worry even though it’s healthy, it also tastes amazing! When you eat it you won’t even think that the cream is made with avocados. To bring it that little extra punch we added spirulina from Supernature. We have written about spirulina before, as it is stable in our kitchen.

Spirulina is a microalgae (alge) that has been eaten for centuries due to its health benefits.  Especially great is the amount of protein, which actually makes up 70% of its weight! Spirulina is also a great energy booster, as it contains potassium, magnesium, B vitamins and iron.

Crust:

  • 2 dl raw almonds
  • 2 dl shredded coconut
  • 0,5 dl melted coconut oil
  • 1 cup (just fil up a coffe cup) with pitted dates
  • 1 pinch of salt

Mix all of the ingredients together until it´s sticky and place everything on a cake tin with a (eco-friendly) baking sheet (or grease it with coconut oil). Let it sit in the freezer for about 10 minutes while you make the filling.

Filling:

  • 3 big avocados
  • 2 dl maple syrup
  • juice of 4-6 limes
  • 2 tsp spirulinafrom Supernature

Mix it all together and add extra sweetening such as stevia if you want to. Pour the filling on top of the crust and let it sit in the freezer for at least two hours.

Take it out about 20 minutes before serving so that it melts a little bit.

Soho Urban Eatery – Little gem in Oslo

Soho Urban Eatery – Little gem in Oslo

Soho Urban Eatery er en nydelig café som ligger både i 4 etg. på Oslo City og i Drammen. I tillegg tilbyr de catering og leverer til eventer rundt omkring. Deres visjon er å tilby kundene mat at høy kvalitet og med fokus på økologi. […]

Authentic and eco-friendly lingerie for the conscious woman

Authentic and eco-friendly lingerie for the conscious woman

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Miniguide: plant-based in Trondheim

Miniguide: plant-based in Trondheim

Hallo dere! Håper dere har hatt en skikkelig kul helg. På torsdag kveld fikk Anette plutselig over seg at vi skulle ta turen til Åre for å se på VM. Vipps var vi innpakka i hundre lag klær på tribunen og heiet for full hals på de norske gutta! Visste dere forresten at Aksel har et eget klesmerke med bærekraftige klær som heter Greater Than A? Vi har skrevet mer om dette her. Åre ligger rett øst for Trondheim, og på vei hjem tenkte vi å ta turen dit for å spise lunsj på et sted dere tipset oss om. Siden det kom så utrolig mange tips hadde vi lyst til å dele dem med dere, i tilfelle dere plutselig befinner dere i Trondheim.

This weekend we took a spontaneous trip to Åre in Sweden to watch the Alpine World Cup in where one of the Norwegian hero’s (Aksel Lund Svindal) had his last competition ever. Radical to see it live! Did you, by the way, know that Aksel has a sustainable clothing brand called Greater Than A? We’ve written more about that here. Åre is located in mid-Sweden, right east of Trondheim in Norway. On our way home, we decided to stop by Trondheim for a few hours to eat and we asked you for some help on our Instagram. We thought we would share the recommendations with you so you have some tips for your next Trondheim trip!

. VEGAN FOOD TRONDHEIM .

MAT FRA HAGEN.

Nesten ALLE meldingene vi fikk fra dere sa at vi burde prøve ut Mat fra Hagen på Bakklandet, en plantebasert café med buffet av mat i sesong og masse glutenfritt utvalg. Du forsyner deg selv i to skåler av komposterbart materiale, og det eneste som er av plast på caféen er juiceflaskene! Hurra. Stedet er eid av Christopher Gulliksen som lager massevis av deilige oppskrifter. Vi hadde grønn curry, gresskarsuppe (beste vi har smakt), søtpotet, squash, potet, bokhvetepannekaker og rødbetejuice. Sjekk ut deres Instagram.

Almost all of you recommended Hagen, a plant-based cafe with a buffet of seasonal food and lots of gluten free options. You get two compostable bowls and the only plastic in the whole café are the juice bottles! It’s owned by Christopher Gulliksen, a creator of yummy plant-based recipes. We had green curry, pumpkin soup (the BEST we’ve ever had!), sweet potatoes, zucchini, potatoes, buckwheat pancakes, and beetroot juice. Check out their Instagram.

PERSILLERIET.

Mange av dere anbefalte også Persilleriet, som kaller seg en leverandør av grønnsaksglede. De lager herlig mat av kortreiste, plantebaserte og primært økologiske ingredienser. Du finner dagens lunsj og middag, hummuskubbe, chipotlekubbe og masse deilige råkaker. Sjekk ut deres Instagram.

We also got many recommendations for Persilleriet. They serve food made from local, plant-based and primarily organic ingredients. They serve a daily lunch- or dinner platter, hummus wrap, chipotle wrap and lots of yummy raw cakes. Check out their Instagram.

FALAFELKOMPAGNIET.

Falafelkompaniet var en annen favoritt blant dere der ute. De lager en nordisk variant av falafel og bruker potet, kål, bygg og gule erter som hovedingredienser i matlagingen. Maten smakssettes i samsvar med sesong, det er skikkelig koselig. Instagram.

Falafelkompagniet was another big recommendation. They make a Nordic kind of falafel with ingredients such as kale, barley, peas and potatoes, and develop the tastes according to the season. Instagram.

KVIKK.

Kvikk er Norges første sunn hurtigmatkonsept. De lager wraps av grov spelt med forskjellig fyll, fargerike salater, smoothies, avocado milkshakes, avocado med topping og Vikingshakes med ekstra protein. De prioriterer miljøvennlig emballasje! Yees. Se Instagrammen deres her.

Kvikk is Norway’s first healthy fast food concept. They make healthy wraps of different styles, colorful salads, smoothies, avocado milkshakes, avocado with topping and protein-rich Vikings shakes. They aim to use eco-friendly packaging, yay! Check their Instagram here.

HABITAT.

Det ryktes at de har byens beste veganske pizza på Habitat bar, som er et pizza og ølsted. Vi har ikke prøvd det ut, men vegansk pizza er alltid spennende. Sjekk Instagrammen deres her.

Habitat is a beer and pizza bar where they apparently serve Trondheim’s best vegan pizza! Check it out, and take a look at their Instagram here.

BANGKOK CAFÉ

På Bangkok café har de klassiske thailandske retter, med et utvalg av plantebaserte retter. Hjemmesiden deres finner du her.

For those who love Thai-food, Bangkok Café have a wide selection of dishes with lots of vegan options. See the menu on their site.

DROMEDAR.

Dromedar kaffebar skal ha fantastisk kaffe og koselig stemning. Vi ble anbefalt sweet chili med soyamelk. De har også smoothies, te og andre økologiske drikkevarer. Deres Instgram finner du her.

Dromedar coffee bar have great coffee with plant-based milk – we we’re recommended to try the sweet chili with soy milk. They also have smoothies, tea, and other organic beverages. You can find their instagram here.





Tusen takk for alle tips!! Hvis dere har flere, skriv gjerne i kommentarfeltet 💋

6 ways to start your day in the best way

6 ways to start your day in the best way

“How you start your day is how you live your day. How you live your day is how you live your life.” Louise Hay Our morning routines have changed a lot over the years and let’s just say they have changed for the better. We […]

Guide to 7 green treasures in OSLO vol 1.

Guide to 7 green treasures in OSLO vol 1.

Together with Sigurd and Tomine behind the Instagram Oslotips, we made what we like to call a mini green-guide to Oslo last year. IT’S TIME FOR A REPOST! We are always on the lookout for places that have that extra touch – they do something good […]

The Medical Medium celery juice

The Medical Medium celery juice

(Basert på egen erfaring)

I over en måned har jeg drukket fersk, hjemmelaget selleriuice før frokost, og dette er virkelig en liten næringsbombe av en grønnsak. Kanskje har du også sett bilder av andre som har gjort det samme på Instagram eller andre sosiale medier? Jeg startet med dette allerede i sommer etter å ha lest Medical Medium av Anthony Williams. Dette er en helt fantastisk bra bok for alle som sliter med litt kroppslige plager, store eller små og spesielt fordøyelse. For å virkelig kjenne effekten av sellerijuice må man drikke ca. 4 dl på tom mage hver morgen over en lengre periode.

(Based on my personal experience)

For a little over a month, I have started the day making fresh celery juice before breakfast. This has been such a game changer for me, and I started doing it while I was at Thea Retreat in Costa Rica. I had already read about this in Medical Medium by Anthony Williams, which is the book if you struggle with any sort of decease or health issue. I actually attempted to start with the juice once this summer, but only gave it a week. Now that I have been doing it for over a whole month it has really changed my health to the better. To get the real benefits out of celery juice you have to drink around 4 dl on an empty stomach every morning over a longer period of time. This vegetable is really underrated, and I am going to let you know why!

So what is celery juice supposed to be good for? 

  • Celery juice first thing in the morning will strengthen your digestion of the foods you eat for the rest of the day
  • It gives you more energy
  • Over time it will completely restore your stomach´s hydrochloric acid
  • The celery’s mineral salts are important for the nervous system and are therefore extremely healing for people who are struggling with depression, brain fog, and other nerve-related illnesses.
  • Celery juice also improves absorption of B12 and zinc.
  • It repairs damaged cells inside the liver and supports the adrenal glands.
  • It also keeps your digestive system alkaline

Hva er sellerijuice bra for? 

  • Sellerijuice på tom mage om morgenen gjør det lettere for magen din å fordøye all maten du spiser resten av dagen
  • Det gir kroppen din mer energi
  • Over tid vil det øke produksjon av magesyre (noe man mister hvis man er utsatt for stress over lengre tid – de alle fleste har faktisk for lite magesyre)
  • De naturlige saltene i selleri hjelper nervesystemet og er derfor ekstra fine å få i seg for folk som sliter med depresjon eller andre nerve-relaterte sykdommer
  • Sellerijuice styrker kroppens evne til å absorbere B12 og sink
  • Det hjelper til med å reparere celler inni leveren og gir støtte til binyrene
  • Det hjelper til med å regulere pH verdien i fordøyelsesystemet

Does it work? 

Personally, I really didn’t like the taste at first, and I  didn’t notice such a big difference, but I only did it for a week or so. Now that we have been doing it for a month, I can feel a lot of changes occurring. Some of these are better memory, less brain fog, ability to focus on one tast (I have a very hard time sitting still!) better digestion and clearer skin. I have also been making the Medical Medium heavy metal detox smoothie which I can write more about later. This book has really changed my relationship with fruits, and especially potatoes which I avoided for a long time (just because I didn’t feel good after eating them).

Funker det? 

Første gangen jeg prøvde denne juicen synes det virkelig ikke det smakte godt, så jeg holdt bare ut i en ukes tid. Nå som jeg har drukket det hver eneste morgen i over en måned kan jeg kjenne store forskjeller og jeg har begynt å like smaken skikkelig godt. Jeg har mer energi, bedre hukommelse, klarer å fokusere bedre og ikke minst bedre fordøyelse (som virkelig er kjernen til god energi). Jeg har også laget Medical Medium sin Heavy metal detox smoothie om morgenen, som smaker helt himmelsk. Jeg kan skrive mer om dette siden! Anbefaler virkelig denne boken, og den har forandret mitt syn på frukt og min helse til det bedre. 

Vegan bounty✨

Vegan bounty✨

Post written in collaboration with Supernature // Post i samarbeid med Supernature   Hola! The other day you might have seen us making these vegan bounties on Instagram, and we thought we should give you a better and more thorough explanation of how to make […]

A trip down memory lane, some of your favorite recipes!

A trip down memory lane, some of your favorite recipes!

We were looking through the archives a couple of days ago and found some old recipes we haven’t tested out in a while. These are actually some of your favorites! HEALTH BOOSTING GREEN JUICE AND 4 SUPER BENEFITS SAFTIGE SCONES, SMASHED AVOKADO & RØDBETE- OG […]

Is your New Years resolution to be more green? Here are 10 things you can do

Is your New Years resolution to be more green? Here are 10 things you can do

Then we are right there with you! In the last two years, we have gone from big-time consumers to trying to incorporate a more eco-friendly lifestyle while still living a hectic life in a big city. We are by no means perfect, but every day we try to do our very best!

There are lots of small things that you can do in your everyday life that will definitely help the planet. The trick is finding something that you enjoy and that you can stick with for a long period of time. For us, food is the easiest part because we both love vegan food, but traveling is the hardest because it gives us so much in terms of health, knowledge, inspiration and of course visiting family.  Rather than dwell on the negative, we would rather find solutions! For example, when we traveled to Costa Rica this winter, we both carbon offset our trip, stayed a month in one place and lived as eco-friendly as possible and cooperated with companies over there to help increase awareness.

So, how does one start? Here are 10 things that you can do already today!

  1. Eat green! Having a more plant-based diet is the single most effective way individuals can help reduce the worlds carbon footprint. How about trying a whole week with just vegan food? It’s so delicious!
  2. Recycle everything! That means you are creating less waste and making sure the resources that you use get a new life.
  3. No shopping for a month! Oh man this one might be hard with all the January sales going on, but trust us, you will feel so empowered by the end of the month and really start to appreciate and notice all the beautiful clothes you already have.
  4. Invest in a drinking bottle! This way you don’t have to buy any plastic bottles.
  5. Walk or use public transportation instead of using your car
  6. Sell the clothes you are not using anymore. In Norway, we have a great app called Tise where you can sell your clothes and furniture (it’s like Instagram just for clothes).
  7. Make a homemade facemask instead of buying one! This one is great: 1/3 banana, 1/3 avocado and 1/5 ts spirulina, mix it well and use it for about 10 minutes before washing it of.
  8. Make homemade oat milk! Check out our recipe here
  9. Take a walk in nature. It’s good for the soul and always makes us appreciate it more and remind us of why this is so important.
  10. Pick up trash! The streets are flooded with trash, especially plastic. The next time you see it on the street, pick up 5 items an share it with  #5forhvalen on Instagram to inspire others to do the same!

Vegan food inspiration in photos

Vegan food inspiration in photos

In need of some food inspiration? Look no further, we gathered it for you!

A week at Thea, vegan and eco-friendly retreat, Costa Rica

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10 tips to keep your calm this Christmas

10 tips to keep your calm this Christmas

Christmas is a magical time of the year, with family and friends, gifts, parties and dinners. In reality, it can also be a bit stressful. Therefore, we want to share out top 10 tips for keeping your calm during the holidays.

  1. Download the app “Calm“. It’s the best meditation app around. Lot’s of guided meditations specifically tailored to your mood that day, from “7 days of stress” to “better sleep”, “Staying on track” to “relationship with self series”. Taking 10 minutes with this app any time of the day can seriously change your whole day.
  2. Set your alarm clock a bit earlier one day and take a nice long walk before your day starts. During the holidays you can sleep as long as you want and still take a long walk before breakfast. It’s such a good way to start the day. Maybe you can borrow your friend or neighbors dog too? They will be so happy!
  3. Sit down and write a list of everything that’s going through your mind. Sometimes you just need to get it down on paper to feel organized and clear again. It can be to-do lists, a list of limiting beliefs that are weighing you down, a list of friends you want to visit this holiday. Whatever is on your mind!
  4. Make yourself a nourishing meal! Especially important during the holiday, to balance our all the other goodies.
  5. Take a look around you? Is it messy? Take one hour to declutter your home, especially the places where you spent most of your time.
  6. Workout! No one ever feels bad after working out
  7. Make sure to take time to do things you love! Maybe it’s photography, singing, writing or watching movies.
  8. Take a look at your calendar and see if there is anything you can say no to. Often, saying no to others means saying yes to yourself.
  9. Dance! Put on a silly song at home and just dance for 5-10 minutes.
  10. Take a bath, infrared sauna or go to your closest swimming pool. Being in water or being warm is such a treat for the body.

Homemade bread with vegan guacamole, cheese, and banana with salt. 

Greater than A! Norwegian brand leading the (sustainable) way

Greater than A! Norwegian brand leading the (sustainable) way

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Clean beaches with Lapoint Costa Rica

Clean beaches with Lapoint Costa Rica

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Q&A with H&M

Q&A with H&M

Last week we were invited to the H&M Flagship store in Oslo to join a Sustainability Talk! Exciting! We were so curios to ask them about the possibilities of making fast fashion sustainable, and whether it is enough to change the materials of the clothes among other things. Before the talk we asked you to send us ANY question you had on this picture on Instagram. Thank you so so so so much for all the cool questions. Some are in english and some in norwegian, and H&M has replied in the language you asked them.

 

The whole talk was filmed live and you can see it HERE.

 

Here are the answers to the questions so far, we will keep updating this post until all the questions are answered:

 

mpoptates

Q: 1. What is @hm doing about the environmental issues of fast fashion?

A: H&M: Hi! We want to create positive changes along our entire value chain – from the farms and factories that supply us to our millions of customers. Our strategy is grounded on the idea that we must use the size and scale of our business to leverage change and create maximum positive impact and minimum negative impact.

  • Design: Choosing sustainable material, look, style, and quality. Beyond the obvious, like what ends up on the cutting floor – the materials and looks chosen by the designer influence the environment and people across our value chain.
  • Raw materials: Processing raw materials such as cotton, is a part of the value chain often associated with concerns for intense water and chemical use. By making the right choices using a wide range of environmentally friendly cotton and sustainably sourced materials, like recycled polyester or lyocell, we can significantly reduce impacts at this stage. Our aim is that 100 % of our raw materials should be recycled or sustainably sourced by 2030 at the latest.
  • Fabric and yarn production: From making yarn to final fabrics, there are concerns regarding water, chemicals, and working conditions as well as greenhouse gas emissions. We do not have direct business relationships with mills, however, we are still working to improve their sustainability performance and have so far integrated the fabric and yarn mills involved in making about 60 % of our products into our supplier audit system. We also have one of the strictest Chemical Restrictions List in the industry.
  • Garment production: We work together with our suppliers to secure good environmental standards at the factories.
  • Transport: Transport represents around 6 % of the greenhouse gas emissions in a garment’s lifecycle. By choosing the right modes of transport, we can reduce this impact even further. We use ships and trains to transport over 9 0% of our products from the suppliers to our warehouses.
  • Sales: We have 4,800 stores across 71 markets. Here we, for example, use renewable energy in our stores, offices, and warehouses wherever this is credibly available and feasible.
  • Customers: Caring for the clothes at home represents about 26 % of all the greenhouse gas emissions in a garment’s life. Therefore, we want to inspire you to be conscious in the way you care for your clothes. For example, washing your garments at 30°C instead of 60°C and hanging your laundry up to dry will cut energy use – and save you money. Should the day come when you no longer want a garment; we consider it our job to make it as easy as possible for you to recycle it, no matter what brand or condition the garment is in. In 2013 we launched the world’s biggest retail garment collecting system.

Q: 2. Do they see themselves moving towards ethical, slow fashion in the coming future to decrease the environmental impact of fast fashion?

A: H&M: Our industry can – and must be – sustainable. And we will do everything in our power to make sure it will be. To contribute in creating a sustainable fashion industry that is good for people, communities and our planet, we’ve raised our sustainability work to a new level over the last years. Our vision is to use our size and scale to lead a change towards a circular and renewable fashion industry.

Best,

Kristin, H&M Norway

 

vildehatlo

Q: 1. Where do the materials that they use come from?

A: H&M: Hi! You can find information on all our sustainable materials here http://about.hm.com/en/sustainability/sustainable-fashion/materials.html

Q: 2. How is the working environment for the workers?

A: H&M: As a large global company, we have a responsibility towards all our 171.000 employees — but also for the 1.6 million textile workers employed by our suppliers. All workers should be treated with respect and be able to enjoy a safe and healthy workplace. H&M group has been working with these issues since the ‘70s and our methods and way of working are constantly evolving towards our ambition to become a 100 % Fair and Equal company.

  • Securing good working conditions: We are careful when entering new partnerships and committed to choosing suppliers who share our respect for people and who are willing to work with us to improve their practices. Our employees in our production offices work directly with our business partners to form good relations, assess their performance against our Sustainability Commitment, and support them in making improvements through different programs and activities. Our production offices also work with non-governmental organizations, experts, stakeholders, and local governments, meaning they have insight in the challenges and understands how to drive improvements in a local context. Once we are in a partnership we work together with the supplier to improve their sustainability performance through training and capacity building, but also by rewarding the suppliers who perform well by ordering larger quantities of products.
  • Good relations are great for business: But, we don’t assess our business partners just because we want to keep an eye on them — it’s also a great (and successful!) way to constantly improve, collaborate and push ourselves to become a better company. We see that when these requirements are fulfilled, both fundamental and aspirational, it’s also beneficial for the suppliers since the workers become more engaged in their work and tend to stay longer with the company.

Some of the topics mentioned above, like fair living wages, freedom of association and collective bargaining you can read more about here. And in the Fair & Equal chapter in our Sustainability Report, you’ll find more information regarding our vision to become 100% Fair & Equal.

Best,

Kristin H&M Norway

 

sigridsyd

Q: 1. Hvordan kan man forsvare at gjenvunnet polyester er miljøvennlig, når en andel havner i sjøen som mikroplast uansett? 🤔🧵

A: H&M: Hei! Vi fortsetter å øke bruken av resirkulert polyester (fra ulike kilder) fremfor konvensjonell polyester, da dette reduserer olje-basert avfall som finnes i naturen. Resirkulert polyester bruker også fire ganger mindre energi enn konvensjonell polyester, så dette påvirker også energiforbruket positivt. Sannheten er dessverre slik i dag at det finnes enormt mange plastflasker – disse fylles fortsatt også på kontinuerlig – så vi kan i dag med fordel drive både energiutvinning og lage nye materialer. Samtidig er vi i H&M opptatt av, og svært bekymret over, forurensningen i havet som følge av vask av syntetiske tekstiler, som det pekes på her. Vi er derfor pådriver for forskning som skal lede til en global og bransje-omfattende løsning på problemet. Vi forsker også på egne syntetiske tekstiler for å se hvordan fibersammensetningen påvirker utslipp i vaskingen. Forurensning gjennom vask kan variere avhengig av ulike plagg, materialkonstruksjoner og ulik materialfinish, så hvis vi kan endre noe i forhold dette, så gjør vi det. Blant andre tiltak tilbyr vi også vaskeposer som skal forhindre utslipp av mikrofiber i vask til kundene. Disse er til salg i et utvalg marked gjennom H&M Take Care, et konsept vi planlegger å rulle ut globalt.

Q: 2. Har concious merkingen også krav til bedre levelønn for arbeiderne, eller er det kun basert på miljøet?

A: H&M: Arbeidet vårt med levelønn er rettet mot alle våre leverandører, og bransjen i sin helhet, så dette er uavhengig av Conscious-merkingen.

Beste hilsen,

Kristin i H&M Norge

 

blackberrytrees

Q: Would love to know why it always takes companies so many years to make a resolution? “Blah free by 2020” or something like that. If you make a resolution to start changing things, even if it’s smaller, we will appreciate it as customers! Ex: no more plastic when shipping for all stores in Canada for example!

A: H&M: Hi! To reach our bigger goals, like 100 % circular and renewable by 2030, we’re doing bigger and smaller things every day. For example, we’re now replacing our plastic bags all over the world with paper bags. It’s important to communicate our bigger goals to work strategically and inspire others to follow, but we can be better at also communicating all the big and small things we’re doing to get there.

Best,

Kristin, H&M Norway

 

elinehelledal

Q: Når skal @hm slutte å produsere stadig nye sesongkolleksjoner, og heller lede an veien i bransjen fra fast til slow fashion, med tidløse plagg av god kvalitet? Pååå tide å begynne, synes jeg 🤩

A: H&M: Hei! Målet vårt er ikke at folk skal kjøpe mest mulig, vi ønsker at folk skal få uttrykke sin personlige stil gjennom å kjøpe plagg de liker, føle seg bra og ta vare på det de har. God kvalitet er helt avgjørende og et svært viktig fokus for oss. Vi har også blant annet introdusert H&M Take Care, som består av produkter, tjenester og veiledning som skal bidra til at kundene blir inspirert til å ta vare på de klærne de har. Under Take Care finner du produkter som sneaker wipes, lapper til å stryke på klærne, sy-kit og vaskeposer som samler opp mikroplast. Vi samarbeider også med norske Repairable for å tilby reparasjons- og tilpasningstjenester. Vi ønsker å bidra til gjøre det selvfølgelig og enkelt å reparere og tilpasse.

Beste hilsen,

Kristin i H&M Norge

 

linegj

Q: Hvordan kan de gå frem å kalle seg ledere innen resirkulering når de kunn brukte 0.7% resirkulerte materialer i hele 2016?

Føler de fører kundene bak lyset med resirkulerings kassene sine og conscious kolleksjonene, å gir inntrykk av at det er bærekraftig å ha før hos dem.. I tilleg bruker mindre enn 30% av fabrikkene de detes Fair Wage Method 😢hvorfor ikke fler!?

A: H&M: Hei! Vi har ikke et mål om å være leder innen spesifikt resirkulering, men resirkulering er en viktig metode på veien mot 100 % sirkulære og fornybare innen 2030.

Ifht Fair Wage Method er det 500 fabrikker (som leverer 67 % av produktvolumet vårt til sammen) som nå har implementert bedre systemer for rettferdige lønninger. Dette dekker 635 000 arbeidere. Vi har kommet langt på vei, men har fortsatt masse å gjøre – i 2018 er målet vårt å nå ytterligere 233 fabrikker med levelønnstrategien vår.

Beste hilsen,

Kristin i H&M Norge

 

nettern

Q: Can fast fashion ever be sustainable?

A: H&M: Yes, it can and it must be, and we will do everything in our power to make sure it will be. To contribute in creating a sustainable fashion industry that is good for people, communities and our planet, we’ve raised our sustainability work to a new level over the last years. Our vision is to use our size and scale to lead a change towards a circular and renewable fashion industry.

Best,

Kristin, H&M Norway

 

shaig_

Q: Hva gjør HM for miljøet? 🤓

A: H&M: Ansvar for miljøet har vært en svært viktig del av bærekraftarbeidet til H&M i mange år og vi jobber bevisst med dette gjennom hele verdikjeden vår. Designerne våre tar miljøbevisste valg når de jobber med materialer og design, vi stiller strenge miljøkrav til råmaterialene våre, til leverandører og fabrikker, vi kontrollerer at kravene etterleves og vi jobber sammen med leverandører for å utbedre eventuelle forhold som må utbedres, vi bruker skip og tog til å transportere varer (fremfor fly), vi benytter fornybar energi, vi oppfordrer til, og forteller om, hvordan kundene våre kan ta vare på plaggene sin på en miljøvennlig måte, og vi gjenbruker eller resirkulerer. Les gjerne mer om alle målene, prosjektene og tiltakene i bærekraftrapporten vår på http://sustainability.hm.com/

Beste hilsen,

Kristin i H&M Norge

 

katiheimen

Q: 1: What is their biggest value as a company?

A: H&M: H&M is delivering fashion and quality at the best price made in a sustainable way. We believe the combination of those 4 elements is our biggest value.

Q: 2: What is their biggest touchpoint in marketing?

A: H&M: A bit unsure what you mean here, let me know and I’ll try to answer 😊

Q: 3: what is HM’s mission?

A: H&M: We want to make great design accessible to everybody and to lead the way towards a more sustainable industry.

Best,

Kristin, H&M Norway

So happy you guys are doing this! 🙌🏻

 

siggevo

Q: Hva skjer med alle klærne som ikke blir solgt? 🙇🏼‍♀️🧐

A: H&M: Vi selger de aller, aller fleste klærne våre, evt på salg. Vi har også et samarbeid med Fattighuset i Oslo hvor vi donerer for eksempel returer og reklamasjoner som ikke kan selges igjen. Andre land har lignende lokale avtaler.

Beste hilsen,

Kristin i H&M Norge

 

susi2996

Q: Burde man støtte Concious Collection eller er det fortsatt dårlig for miljøet??

A: H&M: Våre Conscious-varer (som nå er ca 50 % av utvalget) er laget av bærekraftige materialer (for eksempel økologiske, under initiativ som for eksempel Better Cotton, innovative bærekraftige teknikker eller resirkulert). Dette er bra for miljøet. Gjennom våre Conscious Exclusive-kolleksjoner (1-2 ganger i året) bruker vi tid og ressurser på å utvikle nye bærekraftige materialer, som vi senere skalerer opp til bredden i sortimentet vårt.

Beste hilsen,

Kristin i H&M Norge

 

dedichen

Q: HM har mulighet til å ta en posisjon som et miljøbevisst selskap. Hva vil være første prioritet?

A: H&M: H&M skal lede en endring i en bransje som må endre seg. Vi har jobbet med hensyn til miljøet i mange år, men en av våre hovedprioriteringer er at vi innen 2030 skal være 100 % sirkulære og fornybare. Dette betyr at vi implementerer sirkulære modeller i alle deler av verdikjeden vår og 100 % av alle våre kolleksjoner og produkter skal være laget av bærekraftige materialer innen 2030 (økologiske, under initiativ som Better Cotton, innovative bærekraftige teknikker eller resirkulert). For å sørge for at klær og tekstiler gjenbrukes eller resirkuleres, så har vi klesinnsamling i alle butikkene våre i hele verden. Det har vi hatt siden 2013 og vi har samlet inn over 18 000 tonn klær. Les for øvrig mer om alle målene, prosjektene og tiltakene våre i bærekraftrapporten på http://sustainability.hm.com/

Beste hilsen,

Kristin i H&M Norge

 

__annixx__

Q: 1. Mener å huske man kan levere brukte klær til hm for resirkulering (mulig det bare er &otherstories) – hva gjør de med klærne?

2. Syr om/gjenbruker deler/donerer?

3. Hvorfor skal man levere de til hm og ikke til Fretex f eks?

A: H&M: For å sørge for at klær og tekstiler gjenbrukes eller resirkuleres, så har vi klesinnsamling i alle butikkene våre i hele verden. Her kan man levere inn klær og tekstiler fra alle merkevarer. Vi har hatt klesinnsamling siden 2013 og har samlet inn over 20 000 tonn klær.

Klærne som samles inn sendes videre til sortering gjennom vår samarbeidspartner I:Collect. Første prio er at klærne blir gjenbrukt gjennom ulike kanaler (second hand, brukt som isolasjon, kluter etc). Hvis klær/tekstiler er ødelagt eller ikke kan gjenbrukes av andre grunner, så resirkuleres disse og blir til nye tekstiler. Vi har allerede hatt flere kolleksjoner i butikk som er laget av klær som er samlet inn.

Vi ser ikke på Fretex eller andre som konkurrenter og heier på alle som tar imot brukte klær og tekstiler. Ifht mengden som fortsatt kastes i søpla er det viktig med mange og tilgjengelige alternativer, så velg selv hva som er enklest for deg – Fretex, H&M eller andre 😊

Beste hilsen,

Kristin i H&M Norge

 

fashion.by.amina

Q: 1. Vil H&M ever ta ansvar for å minimere microplastproblemet og fase ut polyester heilt av produksjonen?

A: H&M: Polyester er et ikke-fornybart materiale som ikke er bærekraftig. Innen 2030 skal H&M være 100 % fornybare og sirkulære, og vil dermed ikke benytte konvensjonell polyester lenger. Samtidig som vi øker bruken av resirkulert polyester som et alternativ til konvensjonell polyester, jobber vi med å bidra til en global løsning på problemet knyttet til utslipp av mikroplaster så raskt som mulig. Vi er derfor bl.a. involvert i forskning knyttet til hvordan fibersammensetningen påvirker utslipp av mikroplast. Forurensning gjennom vask kan variere avhengig av ulike plagg, materialkonstruksjoner og ulik materialfinish, så hvis vi kan endre noe i forhold dette, så gjør vi det.

Blant andre tiltak tilbyr vi også vaskeposer som skal forhindre utslipp av mikrofiber i vask til kundene. Disse er til salg i et utvalg marked (2 butikker i Oslo!) gjennom H&M Take Care, et konsept vi planlegger å rulle ut globalt.

Q: 2. Kjemikalier i produksjon av ein del tekstiler, planlegger H&M alternative produksjonsmåter?

A: H&M: H&M har svært strenge standarder og krav når det kommer til bruk av kjemikalier i produksjon. Produktene våre skal være trygge og de skal ikke skade hverken mennesker eller planeten vår. Anbefaler også å lese side 39 i bærekraftrapporten vår som oppsummerer arbeidet vårt rundt kjemikalier og resultatene. Vår restriksjonsliste finner du her.

Q: 3. Korleis tar dei ansvar for at dei som syr kleda får nok lønn og HAR DEI FAKTISK gode arbeidsforhold?

A: H&M: Alle H&Ms produkter skal være laget under gode arbeidsforhold, og vi stiller svært strenge krav til leverandørene våre for at de skal ha gode, rettferdige og trygge arbeidsforhold. Vi følger opp kravene gjennom jevnlige kontroller, men aller viktigst er et løpende samarbeid med leverandørene og fabrikkene på plass. Vi har produksjonskontorer i alle land vi produserer for å få til nettopp dette.

I forhold til lønnsspørsmålet så jobber H&M aktivt med en målrettet strategi og plan for å skape et grunnlag for rettferdige levelønninger i hele tekstilindustrien. Dette har aldri blitt gjort før i industrien, og vi tester derfor nye løsninger og lærer mye underveis. I dag når vi mer enn 600 fabrikker og flere en 930 000 arbeidere med levelønnsstrategien vår (som ble lansert i 2013).

Det er fortsatt utfordringer knyttet til arbeidsforhold og lønn i tekstilbransjen – men samtidig har det skjedd store fremskritt og positive endringer. For å kunne skape positive og varige endringer i hele industrien må man jobbe på mange nivåer og man må samarbeide på tvers med andre merkevarer, med fagforeninger, ulike organisasjoner og direkte med leverandørene. I forhold til lønnsspørsmålet jobber vi for eksempel for å skape endringer gjennom fagforeningsfrihet og kollektive forhandlinger, noe som er grunnleggende for en rettferdig levelønn. Vi jobber også direkte med fabrikkene for å skape en god dialog mellom arbeidstaker og arbeidsgiver, og for å styrke arbeidernes stemme. Like viktig er forpliktelsene fra nasjonale myndigheter i landene, da de lokale regjeringene setter minimumslønn, bestemmer arbeidslover og reviderer lønninger. Med vår størrelse og samarbeid med andre merkevarer, kan vi føre en dialog med myndighetene.

Q: 4. Kva er H&M sin strategi ellers for å ta vare på miljøet?

A: Vi jobber bevisst med å ta vare på miljøet gjennom hele verdikjeden vår. Designerne våre skal ta miljøbevisste valg når de jobber med materialer og design, vi stiller strenge miljøkrav til råmaterialene våre, til leverandører og fabrikker, vi kontrollerer at kravene etterleves og vi jobber sammen med leverandører for å utbedre eventuelle forhold som må utbedres, vi bruker skip og tog til å transportere varer (fremfor fly), vi benytter fornybar energi, vi oppfordrer til, og forteller om, hvordan kundene våre kan ta vare på plaggene sin på en miljøvennlig måte, og vi gjenbruker eller resirkulerer. Les gjerne mer om alle målene, prosjektene og tiltakene i bærekraftrapporten vår på http://sustainability.hm.com/

Beste hilsen,

Kristin i H&M Norge

 

vildeverden

Q: Spennende! Spørsmål ang. bruk av polyester i klærne deres.

1. Tar de stilling til de negative effektene polyester og andre oljebaserte materialer har på miljøet?

A: H&M: Ja! Olje-baserte materialer som polyester er ikke-fornybare og ikke-bærekraftige. Senest innen 2030 skal H&M være 100 % fornybare og sirkulære, og vil dermed ikke benytte for eksempel konvensjonell polyester lenger. I mellomtiden jobber vi med forskning for å redusere utslipp av mikroplaster og vi jobber med å hele tiden utvikle og skalere opp alternative og mer bærekraftige materialer.

Q: 2. Hvordan håndteres avfall under produksjonen? 🙂

A: H&M: Vi stiller strenge krav til egen avfallshåndtering og det samme gjør vi hos leverandørene under produksjon.

Beste hilsen,

Kristin i H&M Norge

 

likestillingforfaen

Q: 1. har H&M et ønske om å prioritere andre økologisk seritifserte og bærekraftige materialer enn polyester?

A: H&M: Ja, vi jobber løpende med å øke mengden av bærekraftige materialer i sortimentet vårt og vi som mål å være 100 % fornybare og sirkulære innen 2030. Dette betyr blant annet at vi skal bruke 100 % resirkulerte og bærekraftige materialer (økologisk bomull, energieffektivt, fornybart, etc). Vi er godt i gang, eksempel er 59% av bomullen vi bruker i dag er bærekraftig, målet er at 100 % av bomullen skal være bærekraftig innen 2020.

Q: 2. hva tenker de om mikroplastikk som slippes ut hver gang man vasker tekstiler basert på plastikkmateriale?⭐️

A: H&M: Polyester er et ikke-fornybart materiale som ikke er bærekraftig. Innen 2030 skal H&M være 100 % fornybare og sirkulære, og vil dermed ikke benytte konvensjonell polyester lenger. Samtidig som vi øker vi bruken av resirkulert polyester som et alternativ til konvensjonell polyester, jobber vi med å bidra til en global løsning på problemet knyttet til utslipp av mikroplaster så raskt som mulig. Vi er derfor involvert i forskning knyttet til hvordan fibersammensetningen påvirker utslipp av mikroplast. Forurensning gjennom vask kan variere avhengig av ulike plagg, materialkonstruksjoner og ulik materialfinish, så hvis vi kan endre noe i forhold dette, så gjør vi det.

Blant andre tiltak tilbyr vi også vaskeposer som skal forhindre utslipp av mikrofiber i vask til kundene. Disse er til salg i et utvalg marked (2 butikker i Oslo) gjennom H&M Take Care, et konsept vi planlegger å rulle ut globalt.

Beste hilsen,

Kristin i H&M Norge

 

bareselma

Q: 1. Jeg lurer på om de er villige til å innse at det å benytte seg av mer bærekraftige materialer ikke er nok? Da med tanke på at vi er nødt til å redusere produksjonsmengdene også.

A: H&M: I tillegg til å bli 100 % fornybare og sirkulere innen 2030, skal vi innen 2040 bli 100 % klimapositive. Målet vårt er ikke at folk skal kjøpe mest mulig, vi ønsker at folk skal få kjøpe plagg de liker, føle seg bra og ta vare på det de har. Derfor har vi blant annet introdusert H&M Take Care, som består av produkter, tjenester og veiledning som skal bidra til nettopp dette. Under Take Care finner du produkter som sneaker wipes, lapper til å stryke på klærne, sy-kit og vaskeposer som samler opp mikroplast. Vi samarbeider også med norske Repairable for å tilby reparasjons- og tilpasningstjenester. Vi ønsker å bidra til gjøre det selvfølgelig og enkelt å reparere og tilpasse.

Q: 2. Kunne de tenke seg å for eksempel begynne å gjenbruke materialer?

A: H&M: Ja! I dag gjenbruker vi allerede materialer gjennom resirkulering og vi har gjort flere samarbeid med re-design og gjenbruk av plaggene våre. Man skal ikke se bort fra at vi skalerer opp re-design i fremtiden.

 

birgit_ol

Q: Det er fint at H&M har startet en kleslinje med bærekraftige mote (concious), men utvalget er ganske begrenset. Nå går det for det meste i enkle basisplagg.

Har de tenkt å utvide bærekraftstanken til bruk på generell basis?

En stor del av H&Ms klær er av stoff og materiale som ikke er særlig bra for miljøet, som polyester, glitter og paljetter.

A: H&M: Så hyggelig å høre du setter pris på Conscious Collections. Innen 2030 skal 100 % av alle våre kolleksjoner og produkter skal være bærekraftige, og per i dag har vi kommet oss til rundt 50 % (laget av materialer som økologisk, under initiativ som Better Cotton, innovative bærekraftige teknikker, resirkulert etc). Dvs at du til enhver tid skal finne et relativt stort utvalg Conscious i butikk (se etter de grønne lappene) og på hm.com («Conscious» under «shop etter konsept»)😊

Beste hilsen,

Kristin i H&M Norge

 

heltre

Q: Spørsmål ang. retten til levelønn: hva er deres plan for å gi arbeiderne sine i alle land en levelønn?

A: H&M: Det er svært viktig for oss at alle som produserer for H&M har gode arbeidsvilkår og en rettferdig levelønn. Her har vi et stort ansvar. Lønnsnivåene må imidlertid defineres og settes av partene i det lokale arbeidsmarkedet gjennom rettferdige forhandlinger mellom arbeidsgivere og arbeidstakeres representanter, ikke av vestlige selskaper. Dette er noe både vi, bransjeeksperter, FN-organet ILO og fagforeninger er enige om. Det vi kan gjøre, er å påvirke og jobbe for en plattform for rettferdig levelønn – og derfor lanserte vi en egen plan og strategi for en rettferdig levelønn i 2013.

I vår bransje har dette aldri blitt gjort før, og vi tester nye løsninger og lærer underveis – men i dag når vi over 600 fabrikker og 930 000 tekstilarbeidere med arbeidet vårt for en rettferdig levelønn (disse utgjør 50 % av vårt produktvolum). På disse fabrikkene er det demokratisk valgte representanter og stabile og transparente lønningssystemer som ivaretar de ansattes kompetanse, erfaring, innsats og ansvar.

Utfordringene knyttet til arbeidsvilkår og lønn gjelder for hele tekstilindustrien. Vi kan ikke løse dette alene, da vi deler leverandører med mange andre merkevarer og de ansatte får den samme lønnen uavhengig av hvem de produserer for. For å kunne skape en positiv og varig endring som gjelder hele bransjen, samarbeider vi med andre merkevarer, organisasjoner, fagforeninger og leverandører når det kommer til fagforeningsfrihet og kollektive forhandlinger. Vi jobber også direkte med fabrikkene for å støtte oppunder en god dialog mellom arbeidstaker og -giver, og for å styrke arbeidernes stemme. Like viktig er forpliktelsene til de nasjonale myndighetene i landene, da lokale styresmakter setter minstelønnen, bestemmer arbeidslover og reviderer lønn. Med vår størrelse, og vårt samarbeid med andre merker, kan vi få til en dialog med disse myndighetene og på den måten bidra til endring.

 

stenhaughelene

Q: 1. Er arbeiderne sikret en levelig lønn og trygge arbeidsplasser. Hva betyr egentlig minstelønn i f.eks Bangladesh?

A: H&M: Hei! En minstelønn settes av de lokale myndighetene i et land. En viktig del av levelønnsstrategien vår er å påvirke og føre en dialog med myndighetene og på den måten bidra til endringer i riktig retning.

Q: Hvor mange timer er en normal arbeidsuke?

A: H&M: Arbeidslovene settes av lokale myndigheter og en normal arbeidsuke varierer derfor noe fra land til land, men for eksempel i Bangladesh skal en arbeidsdag ikke overskride 9 timer og man jobber 5 dager i uken. Overtid er en vanlig utfordring i enkelte produksjonsland og vi jobber målrettet med leverandørene for at overtid skal håndteres rettferdig og riktig, og reduseres. Blant annet støtter vi leverandørene med bedre kapasitetsplanlegging – noe som fører til bedre forutsigbarhet og færre produksjonstopper

Q; 2. Og, har de vurderer å kutte ned sortimentet og snu kjøp og kast holdningene de skaper nå?

A: H&M: Målet vårt er ikke at folk skal kjøpe mest mulig, vi ønsker at folk skal få uttrykke sin personlige stil gjennom å kjøpe plagg de liker, føle seg bra og ta vare på det de har. God kvalitet er helt avgjørende og et svært viktig fokus for oss. Vi har også blant annet introdusert H&M Take Care, som består av produkter, tjenester og veiledning som skal bidra til at kundene blir inspirert til å ta vare på de klærne de har. Under Take Care finner du produkter som sneaker wipes, lapper til å stryke på klærne, sy-kit og vaskeposer som samler opp mikroplast. Vi samarbeider også med norske Repairable for å tilby reparasjons- og tilpasningstjenester. Vi ønsker å bidra til gjøre det selvfølgelig og enkelt å reparere og tilpasse.

Beste hilsen,

Kristin i H&M Norge

 

elisabethvchr

Q; I tillegg til Bangladesh, så lurer jeg på forholdene for tekstilarbeidere i Kambodsja, spesielt for hm sine fabrikker og leverandører?

A: H&M: Hei! Det er utfordringer knyttet til arbeidsforhold og lønn i tekstilbransjen generelt, også i Kambodsja. Men samtidig har det skjedd store fremskritt og positive endringer. H&M stiller svært strenge krav til at alle våre produkter skal være laget under gode, rettferdige og trygge arbeidsforhold, også i Kambodsja, og vi produserer ikke ved steder man omtaler som «sweatshops». Vi følger opp kravene våre gjennom jevnlige kontroller, men aller viktigst er et løpende samarbeid med leverandørene og fabrikkene på plass. Vi har H&M-ansatte og produksjonskontorer i alle land vi produserer for å få til nettopp dette.

For å kunne skape positive og varige endringer i hele industrien må man jobbe på mange nivåer og man må samarbeide på tvers med andre merkevarer, med fagforeninger, ulike organisasjoner og direkte med leverandørene. I forhold til lønnsspørsmålet jobber vi for eksempel med fagforeningsfrihet og kollektive forhandlinger, noe som er grunnleggende for en rettferdig levelønn. Vi jobber også direkte med fabrikkene for å skape en god dialog mellom arbeidstaker og arbeidsgiver, og for å styrke arbeidernes stemme. Like viktig er forpliktelsene fra nasjonale myndigheter i landene, da de lokale regjeringene setter minimumslønn, bestemmer arbeidslover og reviderer lønninger. Med vår størrelse og samarbeid med andre merkevarer, kan vi føre en dialog med myndighetene.

Her finner du forresten hele leverandørlisten vår, inkl Kambodsja http://sustainability.hm.com/en/sustainability/downloads-resources/resources/supplier-list.html

Beste hilsen,

Kristin i H&M Norge

 

ceci123

Q: H&M har lovet at arbeiderne skulle få levelønn innen 2019, men de er fortsatt LANGT unna, og det har bare blitt verre. Hva sier de til dette?

A: H&M: Hei! Dette stemmer ikke. Vi når i dag mer enn 600 fabrikker og flere en 930 000 arbeidere med vår levelønnsstrategi lansert i 2013. Det betyr at vi har nådd vår første milepæl og løfte. Arbeidet vårt handler om å skape et grunnlag for levelønninger. Dette har aldri blitt gjort før i industrien – vi tester derfor nye løsninger og lærer mye underveis. Arbeidet vårt er langsiktig og dette er bare første milepæl på denne reisen; arbeidet vårt fortsetter selvsagt også etter 2018.

Utfordringene knyttet til arbeidsforhold og lønn gjelder hele tekstilindustrien. For å kunne skape en positiv og varig endring i hele industrien samarbeider vi med andre merkevarer, fagforeninger, organisasjoner og med leverandører. Dette gjør vi for eksempel gjennom industriinitiativet ACT, hvor vi jobber for å skape endringer gjennom fagforeningsfrihet og kollektive forhandlinger. Dette er grunnleggende for en rettferdig levelønn. Vi jobber også direkte med fabrikkene for å støtte en god dialog mellom arbeidstaker og arbeidsgiver, og å styrke arbeidernes stemme. Like viktig er forpliktelsene fra nasjonale myndigheter i landene, da de lokale regjeringene setter minimumslønn, bestemmer arbeidslover og reviderer lønninger. Med vår størrelse og samarbeid med andre merkevarer, kan vi føre en dialog med myndighetene.

Du kan lese mer om levelønnsarbeidet vårt her http://about.hm.com/en/sustainability/sustainable-fashion/wages.html

Beste hilsen,

Kristin i H&M Norge

sara.msck

Q: 1. would it still be profitable for them to make all their clothes 100% sustainably without exploiting people and resources?

2. how could they still be competitive?

A: H&M: Hi! Yes. Ultimately, we want to make sure that fashion continues to be enjoyed today and for generations to come. But looking good should do good too. We have a strong history in sustainability, but to create a truly sustainable fashion industry that is good for people, communities and the planet, we’re taking our work to the next level. Our vision is to use our size and scale to lead the change towards a circular and renewable fashion industry, all while being a fair and equal company. We strongly believe, and already see, that this is well-received and competitive.

Best,

Kristin, H&M Norway

 

din_venn_jules

Q: 1. Hvordan er forholdene på arbeidsplassene hvor klærne produseres?

A: H&M: Hei! H&M stiller svært strenge krav til at alle våre produkter skal være laget under gode, rettferdige og trygge arbeidsforhold. Vi følger opp kravene våre gjennom jevnlige kontroller, men aller viktigst er et løpende samarbeid med leverandørene og fabrikkene på plass. Vi har H&M-ansatte og produksjonskontorer i alle land vi produserer for å få til nettopp dette.

Q: 2. Har lønnen blitt bedre? Jeg boikotta H&M for en del år siden fordi de gang på gang lovte bedre arbeidsforhold, men ikke opprettholdt den standarden de lovet.

A: H&M: I dag når vi over 600 fabrikker og 930 000 tekstilarbeidere med levelønnsstrategien vår (disse utgjør 50 % av produktvolumet vårt). På disse fabrikkene er det demokratisk valgte representanter og stabile og transparente lønningssystemer som ivaretar de ansattes kompetanse, erfaring, innsats og ansvar.

Det er svært viktig for oss at alle som produserer for H&M har gode arbeidsvilkår og en rettferdig levelønn. Her har vi et stort ansvar. Lønnsnivåene må imidlertid defineres og settes av partene i det lokale arbeidsmarkedet gjennom rettferdige forhandlinger mellom arbeidsgivere og arbeidstakeres representanter, ikke av vestlige selskaper. Dette er noe både vi, bransjeeksperter, FN-organet ILO og fagforeninger er enige om. Det vi kan gjøre, er å påvirke og jobbe for en plattform for rettferdig levelønn – og derfor lanserte vi en egen plan og strategi for en rettferdig levelønn i 2013. I vår bransje har dette aldri blitt gjort før, og vi tester nye løsninger og lærer underveis – men vi har allerede oppnådd gode resultater. Arbeidet fortsetter!

Beste hilsen,

Kristin i H&M Norge

 

 

 

evfleury

Q: Can fast fashion really ensure sustainability and being ethical every step of the way from production to shipping to labor rights and recycling?

A: H&M: Yes, in H&M that is our goal. We want to create positive changes along our entire value chain – from the farms and factories that supply us to our millions of customers. Our strategy is grounded on the idea that we must use the size and scale of our business to leverage change and create maximum positive impact and minimum negative impact.

  • Design: Choosing sustainable material, look, style, and quality. Beyond the obvious, like what ends up on the cutting floor – the materials and looks chosen by the designer influence the environment and people across our value chain.
  • Raw materials: Processing raw materials such as cotton, is a part of the value chain often associated with concerns for intense water and chemical use. By making the right choices using a wide range of environmentally friendly cotton and sustainably sourced materials, like recycled polyester or lyocell, we can significantly reduce impacts at this stage. Our aim is that 100 % of our raw materials should be recycled or sustainably sourced by 2030 at the latest.
  • Fabric and yarn production: From making yarn to final fabrics, there are concerns regarding water, chemicals and working conditions as well as greenhouse gas emissions. We do not have direct business relationships with mills, however, we are still working to improve their sustainability performance and have so far integrated the fabric and yarn mills involved in making about 60 % of our products into our supplier audit system. We also have one of the strictest Chemical Restrictions List in the industry.
  • Garment production: Many of our products are made in some of the world’s poorest countries, and garment production is often the first step on the way out of poverty for many of these countries. Together with our suppliers, we have made great improvements in developing better social and environmental standards at the factories. Achieving fair living wages, reducing overtime and ensuring workplace safety are key focus areas. To achieve our goals, we collaborate with organisations such as the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Fair Wage Network and the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI).
  • Transport: Transport represents around 6 % of the greenhouse gas emissions in a garment’s lifecycle. By choosing the right modes of transport, we can reduce this impact even further. We use ships and trains to transport over 9 0% of our products from the suppliers to our warehouses.
  • Sales: We have 4,800 stores across 71 markets. Here we, for example, use renewable energy in our stores, offices, and warehouses wherever this is credibly available and feasible.
  • Customers: Caring for the clothes at home represents about 26 % of all the greenhouse gas emissions in a garment’s life. Therefore, we want to inspire you to be conscious in the way you care for your clothes. For example, washing your garments at 30°C instead of 60°C and hanging your laundry up to dry will cut energy use – and save you money. Should the day come when you no longer want a garment; we consider it our job to make it as easy as possible for you to recycle it, no matter what brand or condition the garment is in. In 2013 we launched the world’s biggest retail garment collecting system.

Best,

Kristin, H&M Norway

 

Mariafaradji

Q: har dere et system hvor det skjer redesign av plaggene som ikke blir solgt?

A: H&M: Hei! Vi selger de aller, aller fleste klærne våre, evt på salg. Vi har også et samarbeid med Fattighuset i Oslo hvor vi donerer for eksempel returer og reklamasjoner som ikke kan selges igjen. Andre land har lignende lokale avtaler. Ifht re-design har vi gjort flere samarbeid hvor for eksempel designskoler har re-designet plaggene våre. Man skal ikke se bort fra at vi skalerer opp re-design i fremtiden, det er en spennende måte å gjenbruke klærne på!

Beste hilsen,

Kristin i H&M Norge

 

evfleury

Q: how can fast fashion ensure to be fully sustainable and ethical sourced?

A: H&M: Hi! To contribute in creating a sustainable fashion industry that is good for people, communities and our planet, we’ve raised our sustainability work to a new level over the last years. Our vision is to use our size and scale to lead a change towards a circular and renewable fashion industry. Our sustainability strategy is based on 3 ambition areas: 100% Leading the Change, 100% Circular & Renewable and 100% Fair & Equal. Please read more in the 2017 Sustainability Report http://sustainability.hm.com/

Best,

Kristin, H&M Norway

 

solveigvitterso

Q: human trafficking og barnearbeid er leie sider ved H&M som de gjerne kunne forklart seg om!!

A: H&M: Hei! H&M verken benytter seg av eller tolererer noen som helst form for barnearbeid eller human trafficking. Vi foretar regelmessige kontroller hos leverandørene våre for å sikre at dette, og våre andre krav til ansvar, blir overholdt. Skulle vi oppdage for eksempel  mindreårige arbeidstakere, krever vi at leverandøren trekker den mindreårige ut av situasjonen og at utdanning blir sikret og økonomisk dekket. Anbefaler deg også å lese vår Modern Slavery Statement her

Beste hilsen,

Kristin i H&M

 

kanel_lena

Q: are you ethical?

A: H&M: Hi! Yes, being ethical is part of who we are as a company. To meet the requirements of both present and future generations, everything we do needs to be economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. Sustainability, and being ethical, is at the core of our business and will lead the way for our future growth.

Best,

Kristin, H&M Norway

 

freecakeforall

Q: nysgjerrig på hva de gjør for at frakt på netthandel skal være så bærekraftig som mulig?

A: H&M: Hei! Vi har fokus på at all vår transport, både fra produksjon til marked og ifm netthandel, skal være så bærekraftig som mulig. Vi bruker for eksempel skip og tog til å transportere over 90 % av produktene fra leverandørene til våre lagre. Vi stiller også krav til  transportselskapene vi bruker tar miljøvennlige beslutninger.

Beste hilsen,

Kristin i H&M Norge

 

fridabjornereim

Q: hvordan har tekstilarbeiderne deres det?

A: H&M: Hei! Alle H&Ms produkter skal være laget under gode arbeidsforhold, og vi stiller svært strenge krav til leverandørene våre for at de skal ha gode, rettferdige og trygge arbeidsforhold. Vi følger opp kravene gjennom jevnlige kontroller, men aller viktigst er et løpende samarbeid med leverandørene og fabrikkene på plass. Vi har H&M-ansatte og produksjonskontorer i alle land vi produserer for å få til nettopp dette.

Utfordringer knyttet til arbeidsforhold og lønn gjelder hele tekstilindustrien. For å kunne skape en positiv og varig endring i hele industrien samarbeider vi med andre merkevarer, fagforeninger, organisasjoner og med leverandører. Dette gjør vi for eksempel gjennom industriinitiativet ACT, hvor vi jobber for å skape endringer gjennom fagforeningsfrihet og kollektive forhandlinger. Dette er grunnleggende for en rettferdig levelønn. Vi jobber også direkte med fabrikkene for å støtte en god dialog mellom arbeidstaker og arbeidsgiver, og å styrke arbeidernes stemme. Like viktig er forpliktelsene fra nasjonale myndigheter i landene, da de lokale regjeringene setter minimumslønn, bestemmer arbeidslover og reviderer lønninger. Med vår størrelse og samarbeid med andre merkevarer, kan vi føre en dialog med myndighetene.

Du kan lese mer om arbeidet vårt i Bærekraftrapporten her og om levelønnsarbeidet vårt her

Beste hilsen,

Kristin i H&M Norge

 

kjerstisalicath

Q: hvorfor er det så stor forskjell på kvaliteten? barnetøyet synes jeg ofte er veldig dårlig kvalitet

A: H&M: Hei! God kvalitet er en del av forretningsideen vår og noe vi har stor fokus på. Vi gjennomfører kontinuerlige kvalitetskontroller for å sikre at våre produkter oppfyller våre standarder og krav. Vi tar gjerne imot tilbakemeldinger når det kommer til spesifikke produkter, så kan vi undersøke dette nærmere ifht behov for forbedringer. Ta da gjerne kontakt med oss på info.no@hm.com.

Beste hilsen,

Kristin i H&M Norge

 

marlenehaga

Q: følger h&m det er urettferdig mye fokus på dem som business i forhold til andre?

A: H&M: Hei! Det er naturlig, riktig og viktig at man blir gransket når man er et selskap av en såpass størrelse som vi er. Det bidrar også til å drive oss fremover. Vi har ingenting å skjule og oppfordrer alle som lurer på hva vi egentlig gjør til å lese bærekraftrapporten vår http://sustainability.hm.com/

Beste hilsen,

Kristin i H&M Norge

 

soylandsyr

Q: er det mulig å resirkulere klær som ikke utelukkende er laget av et materiale?

A: H&M: Hei! Det har lenge ikke vært mulig, men i samarbeid med The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) fant H&M Foundation frem til nye metoder i fjor, for bl.a å resirkulere en blanding av bomull og polyester, les mer her

Dette er et viktig skritt videre mot en fornybar og sirkulær motebransje!

Beste hilsen,

Kristin i H&M Norge

 

soylandsyr

Q: 1. hva gjør H&M med klær som de ikke får solgt?

2. eller klær som har designfeil eller er ødelagt?

A: H&M: Vi selger de aller, aller fleste klærne våre, evt på salg. Vi har også et samarbeid med Fattighuset i Oslo hvor vi donerer for eksempel returer og reklamasjoner som ikke kan selges igjen. Andre land har lignende lokale avtaler.

Beste hilsen,

Kristin i H&M Norge

 

theagullichsen

Q: 1. har de mål om å gi bedre lønn til arbeiderne sine?

2. hva skjer med klær som ikke selges på salg?

A: H&M: Hei! H&M jobber aktivt med en målrettet strategi og plan for å skape et grunnlag for rettferdige levelønninger i hele tekstilindustrien. Dette har aldri blitt gjort før i industrien, og vi tester derfor nye løsninger og lærer mye underveis. I dag når vi mer enn 600 fabrikker og flere en 930 000 arbeidere med levelønnsstrategien vår (som ble lansert i 2013). På disse fabrikkene (som utgjør 50 % av vårt produktvolum) er det demokratisk valgte representanter og stabile og transparente lønningssystemer som ivaretar de ansattes kompetanse, erfaring, innsats og ansvar.

Ifht salg, så selger vi de aller, aller fleste klærne våre. Vi har også et samarbeid med Fattighuset i Oslo hvor vi donerer for eksempel returer og reklamasjoner som ikke kan selges igjen. Andre land har lignende lokale avtaler.

Beste hilsen,

Kristin i H&M Norge

 

magnhildfr

Q: could you stop selling clothes made of polyester?

A: H&M: Hi! Polyester is a non-renewable material that is not sustainable. By 2030, H&M will be 100% renewable and circular, and thus will not use conventional polyester anymore. At the same time as we increase the use of recycled polyester as an alternative to conventional polyester, we are working to contribute to a global solution to the problem of microplastic release in washing as quickly as possible. We are therefore involved in research related to how the fibre composition affects the emission of micro-plastic. Contamination through washing may vary depending on different garments, material designs and different material finishes, so if we can change something in relation to this, we will.

Among other things, we also offer laundry bags that will prevent microfiber emissions from washing to customers. These are for sale in a selection market through H&M Take Care, a concept we plan to roll out globally.

Best,

Kristin in H&M Norway

 

mariafaradji

Q: er «ARKET» bedre eller samme i produksjon av klærne?

A: H&M: Hei! H&M Gruppen jobber på tvers av alle merkevarene når det kommer til bærekraftarbeidet. Jeg vil derfor heller si at arbeidet med ARKET er like bra som for H&M og de andre merkevarene. H&M Gruppen skal lede en endring i en bransje som må endre seg – vi skal bli 100 % sirkulære og fornybare, vi skal bli klimapositive og 100 % rettferdige. På veien dit gjør vi en lang rekke små og store tiltak og prosjekter, oppfordrer deg til å lese mer i bærekraftrapporten vår http://sustainability.hm.com/

Beste hilsen,

Kristin i H&M Norge

 

raquelmoliveira

Q: which steps do they have to skip to be able to sell their clothes so cheap?

A: H&M: Hi! We achieve the best price by having no middlemen, buying in large volumes, having efficient logistics, buying the right products from the right market and being cost-conscious at every stage.

Best,

Kristin, H&M Norway

 

 

askerbibliotek_ung

Q: hva er mest belastende for arbeiderne i produksjon av klærne?

A: H&M: Hei! På generell basis vil nok hva som er belastende for arbeidere i tekstilproduksjon variere fra land til land og fra leverandør til leverandør. H&M stiller svært strenge krav til leverandørene våre for at arbeidere skal ha gode, rettferdige og trygge arbeidsforhold. Vi følger opp kravene gjennom jevnlige kontroller, men aller viktigst er det løpende samarbeidet vårt med leverandørene og fabrikkene på plass. Vi har H&M-ansatte og produksjonskontorer i alle land vi produserer for å få til nettopp dette.

Bedre lønninger er en utfordring som gjelder hele bransjen og som er belastende. Alle tekstilarbeidere har rett til en rettferdig levelønn, og vi vil fortsette å bruke vår størrelse for å oppnå en varig endring gjennom en målrettet og tydelig strategi. Vi oppfordrer andre til å gjøre det samme. Les mer om levelønnsarbeidet vårt her

Beste hilsen,

Kristin i H&M Norge

 

askerbibliotek_ung

Q: hva skjer med det som ikke blir solgt ved sesong/kolleksjonsbytte?

A: H&M: Hei! Vi selger de aller, aller fleste klærne våre, evt på salg. Vi har også et samarbeid med Fattighuset i Oslo hvor vi donerer for eksempel returer og reklamasjoner som ikke kan selges igjen. Andre land har lignende lokale avtaler.

Beste hilsen,

Kristin i H&M Norge

 

askerbibliotek_ung

Q: hva er det mest bærekraftige stoffet dere selger?

A: H&M: Hei! Vi har en rekke bærekraftige materialer i dag, hele oversikten finner dere her. Innen 2020 skal 100% av bomullen vårt være bærekraftig og innen 2030 skal 100 % av alle våre materialer være bærekraftige.

Beste hilsen,

Kristin i H&M Norge

 

ronjash

Q: hvordan har de tekst å gjøre forholdene best mulig for tekstilarbeiderne sine?

A: H&M: Hei! I H&M stiller vi svært strenge krav til at alle våre produkter skal være laget under gode, rettferdige og trygge arbeidsforhold. Vi følger opp kravene våre gjennom jevnlige kontroller, men aller viktigst er et løpende samarbeid med leverandørene og fabrikkene på plass. Vi har produksjonskontorer i alle land vi produserer for å få til nettopp dette. Les mer om arbeidsforhold i bærekraftrapporten vår her http://sustainability.hm.com/

Beste hilsen,

Kristin i H&M Norge

 

emilie_kris2ffersen

Q: hvor stor fortjeneste av hvert plagg går til lønninger til fabrikkarbeiderne?

A: H&M: Hei! Dessverre er det ikke slik at høyere pris på et plagg betyr høyere lønning for de som arbeider i fabrikkene. H&M kjøper fra de samme fabrikkene som mange andre merkevarer, og syerskene får samme lønn uansett om de syr for en merkevare som tar 1 999 kr for en skjorte eller 199 kr for en skjorte. Vi kan ikke sette lønningene ettersom vi ikke eier fabrikkene, men vi har et stort ansvar i å påvirke og drive opp lønnsnivået i tekstilindustrien i land som for eksempel Bangladesh og Kambodsja. Lønnsnivåene må imidlertid defineres og settes av partene i det lokale arbeidsmarkedet gjennom rettferdige forhandlinger mellom arbeidsgivere og arbeidstakeres representanter, ikke av vestlige selskaper. Dette er noe både vi, bransjeeksperter, FN-organet ILO og fagforeninger er enige om. Derfor valgte vi i 2013 å lansere en målrettet levelønnsstrategi, som vi i dag når mer enn 600 fabrikker og flere en 930 000 arbeidere med. På disse fabrikkene (som utgjør 50 % av vårt produktvolum) er det demokratisk valgte representanter og stabile og transparente lønningssystemer som ivaretar de ansattes kompetanse, erfaring, innsats og ansvar. Arbeidet med å rulle ut levelønnsarbeidet fortsetter!

Beste hilsen,

Kristin i H&M Norge

 

itsrina4ever

Q: hvor mye selger de for per år?

A: H&M: Hei! Omsetningen til H&M-Gruppen var 232 milliarder (svenske kroner) i 2017. Du kan lese mer om H&M-Gruppen her https://about.hm.com/en/about-us/h-m-group-at-a-glance.html

Beste hilsen,

Kristin i H&M

 

isrina4ever

Q: 1. hvor mye tjener de som syr på klærne?

A: H&M: Hei! Det varierer fra land til land og i henhold til kompetanse, erfaring, innsats og ansvar. H&M har et stort ansvar når det kommer til å drive lønnsnivået opp i land som Kambodsja og Bangladesh. Lønnsnivåene må imidlertid defineres og settes av partene i det lokale arbeidsmarkedet gjennom rettferdige forhandlinger mellom arbeidsgivere og arbeidstakeres representanter, ikke av vestlige selskaper. Dette er noe både vi, bransjeeksperter, FN-organet ILO og fagforeninger er enige om. Det vi kan gjøre, er å påvirke og jobbe for en plattform for rettferdig levelønn – og derfor lanserte vi en egen plan og strategi for en rettferdig levelønn i 2013. I vår bransje har dette aldri blitt gjort før, og vi tester nye løsninger og lærer underveis – men vi har allerede oppnådd gode resultater. I dag når vi over 600 fabrikker og 930 000 tekstilarbeidere med levelønnsstrategien vår (disse utgjør 50 % av produktvolumet vårt). På disse fabrikkene er det demokratisk valgte representanter og stabile og transparente lønningssystemer som ivaretar de ansattes kompetanse, erfaring, innsats og ansvar.

Q: hvor mye penger bruker de på innkjøp av tekstiler per år?

A: H&M: Hei! Usikker på om du mener innkjøp leverandørene våre gjør av materialer/stoff til å produsere klær eller om hvor mye vi klær vi kjøper for fra leverandørene våre? Ettersom vi er børsnotert har vi ikke anledning til å kommentere spesifikke summer som dette, men kom gjerne tilbake hvis du lurer på noe mer rundt våre innkjøp. Beste hilsen, Kristin i H&M Norge

 

hiilojo

Q: how do you make your clothes so affordable but stil sustainable? is it really sustainable?

A: H&M: Hi! There is a misconception that lower prices in the stores mean bad working conditions or less pay. A sweater that costs as little as € 8 can absolutely be produced in a sustainable way — the sustainable option shouldn’t be more expensive, that would be extremely contra productive. The brands within H&M group can offer stylish garments at affordable prices, made in a sustainable way, since we’re a big company with our own design teams, we order in large quantities and don’t have any middle hands. The workers in the supplier factories make exactly as much whether they produce a €8 garment or a €80 garment. That’s because different brands in different price ranges produce in the same countries and the same factories, by the same people — one of the reasons why it’s so important to collaborate with other brands outside the group and encourage others to take responsibility. At H&M group, we want to make sustainable products available and affordable for all.

Best,

Kristin,

H&M Norway

 

juliannehwathne

Q: where do the clothes made of wool come from?

A: H&M: Hi! The wool comes from various markets. However, H&M does not accept mulesing. For wool originating from Australia H&M require that it is declared as Non-Mulesed wool or Ceased-Mulesed wool according to National Wool Declaration. Read more about our animal welfare policies here https://about.hm.com/en/sustainability/sustainable-fashion/animal-welfare.html

Best,

Kristin, H&M Norway

 

 

Robin Bruisje

Q: They’re bullshitting and putting the responsibility on the consumer while they are still the company with million dollar advertising campaigns, with which they lure the insecure into buying crap-quality stuff they don’t need. Of course, the people from H&M themselves are taught to think that H&M is good as it is, but the workers are still not receiving good wages, something that could be achieved quite easily if the CEO’s would just give up a piece of their profits and if they would manufacture LESS in LESS TIME.

A: H&M: Hi! We’ve been bad at communicating if your perception is that we’re putting the responsibility at the consumer. We offer fashion and design at a good value — but not at any price. We consider the needs of present and future generations, and our entire business must be conducted in a way that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. All of this is important for our future growth. I recommend you to read our sustainability report http://sustainability.hm.com/, where you also get insight into how we measure and comply our ambitious goals and strategies. And please get back to us if you have questions after reading the report.

Best,

Kristin, H&M Norway

 

Gorse Richard

Q: Considering brands do not provide reliable information to consumers with regard to how their clothes are made and what they are made of. How can consumers be expected to drive the change, when all they are fed are misleading marketing/pr campaigns?

A: H&M: Hi! Being a global brand comes with a lot of responsibility – and we take this responsibility very seriously, within all our processes, in all markets. Transparency is a key catalyst toward a sustainable fashion industry and we have nothing to hide. Ten years ago, our supplier list was locked up in a safe. Five years later, we were the first global fashion retailer to list our suppliers on our website.

With transparent information on how, where and by whom a product was made, customers are empowered to make informed decisions, ensuring that everything they buy is designed, manufactured and handled with responsibility for the people and the environment. The more informed customers become, the more pressure they can put on companies to act sustainably. H&M group is fully committed to do our part.

Recently we brought together the future generation, thought leaders and change makers with tech, sustainability and fashion expertise for a day full of ideation sessions with the aim of presenting scenario solutions for a transparent fashion future. We believe that if we collaborate across the industry and use new technologies such as blockchain and AI, we can push the fashion industry toward becoming fully transparent. Representatives from various companies and organizations such as Patagonia, Reformation, Nike, Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Studio 189, IBM, The Current, BCG, iCash and Microsoft participated in different workshops and addressed topics such as:

  • How we can set a standard and develop clear labels within the industry, so consumers can evaluate and compare garments on the market.
  • How to use the data embedded in a product through a digital label with the use of for example blockchain and RFID.
  • How to help customers understand the full complexity in all steps of manufacturing a product and educate them in how they can reduce their environmental impact by taking care of their products.

 

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Ledige plasser igjen til Costa Rica 16-22 desember

Ledige plasser igjen til Costa Rica 16-22 desember


(Annonse for en venn)

Hei herlige mennesker,

Vi er medarrangører på en zero-waste og detox pakkereise  i Costa Rica i desember og vil gjerne invitere deg til å bli med!

Husker du vår tur til Costa Rica i april? I Santa Teresa møtte vi velværeeksperten og vår kjære venn Adi. Vi gjennomførte begge en 5-dagers flytende detox fylt med Costa Rikanske urter og planter, utarbeidet av Adi selv, levert i gjenbrukbare glassflasker hver morgen. Detoxen endret bokstavelig talt for vår helse og livet til det bedre.

5-day liquid cleanse filled with Costa Rican herbs and plants

5-dagers flytende detox fylt med tropiske urter og planter

Etter å ha skrevet og snakket om våre egne helseproblemer skrev mange av dere til oss at dere har gått gjennom lignende ting. Vi tror virkelig at vår egen helse og velvære er tett knyttet til helsen til planeten. Når vi har det bra kan vi få overskudd til å gjøre gode ting for andre 🙂 Skikkelig klisjé, men det er jo fordi det er så sant.

BLI MED OSS TIL MAGISKE SANTA TERESA, COSTA RICA 16-22 DESEMBER

Info

Dato: 16-22 desember (seks netter, syv dager)

Sted: Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Deltakere: 8 personer

Ukentlig program:

  • Plantebasert, rå og økologisk * mat
  • Vegansk matlagingskurs x 2
  • Adis velkjente 5-dagers flytende rens med lokale og økologiske * ingredienser (som på bildene)
  • Lavintensitets treningsøkter x 3
  • 90 minutter terapeutisk massasje
  • 30 minutter infrarød sauna
  • Yoga og meditasjon x 4
  • Full biomagnetisk kroppsskanning
  • Overraskelsesstartpakke for en miljøvennlig livsstil + workshop
  • Tid til å tilbringe akkurat som du vil (surfing, ridning, fotturer etc)
  • Transport tur retur fra Tambor flyplass
  • Velkomstsmoothie

* All maten vil være organisk når det er mulig

Priser:

  • Soverom for to personer, ett bad: $ 1705 per person
  • Soverom for fire personer, to bad: $ 1530 per person

Thea Retreat, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Hva er egentlig et zero waste og detox retreat?

Vi håper å bringe vår filosofi om hvordan vi kan leve mer i takt med naturen inn i denne uken gjennom workshops og samtaler. Vi vil dele vår erfaring med å forandre våre liv rundt for å bli grønnere og hvordan vi kan redusere det vi ikke vil ha i livet for å gjøre rom for det vi virkelig trenger!

Så hva er zero-waste? Teknisk betyr det å ikke skape noe avfall – og man lever etter prinsippene refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, rot (kompost). For oss gjelder dette for alle aspekter av livet vårt. Vi ønsker å redusere negative tanker, mat med negativ innvirkning på kroppen, dårlig selvbilde. Vi ønsker å lære hvordan vi kan fokusere på det positive, nære kroppene våre med fantastisk mat som også er bra for planeten og finne ut hvordan vi kan ha mindre eller klarer bedre stresset vi opplever i hverdagen.

Målet med denne uken er ikke å finne ut hvordan man kan være et perfekt menneske, men å føle seg litt sterkere, litt mykere og litt sunnere samtidig som man kan lære nye miljøtriks til hverdagen og knytte seg til naturen.

Adis erfaring og Thea Retreat

Adi har gjort detox og juicefasting retreats i mer enn 15 år og har vært å behandle og trene mennesker over hele verden med hennes medisinske urter og menyer. (Hun har hatt kunder som Gisele Bünchen!) Nylig etablerte hun et vakkert velværeferiested som heter “Thea Retreat“. Sammen med Adi inviterer vi deg til å bli med oss ​​for å tilbringe en uke (6 netter og 7 dager) i denne fantastiske skogen over strendene i vakre Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.

Detoxen vil hjelpe oss å håndtere stress, allergier, fordøyelsesproblemer, kronisk magesmerte, tretthet, migrene og andre ting som mange sliter med daglig.

Booking

Har du spørsmål eller ønsker å bestille, kan du kontakte oss: post@radicalbroccoli.com

eller registrer deg her.

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Stay hydrated

Stay hydrated

Get that H20

Most of us have heard countless times how important it is to drink enough water and to avoid being dehydrated. Sometimes it seems impossible to keep the fluid balance in check. Nor is it so strange that it feels like this because it is actually estimated that 75% of the Western population is chronically dehydrated, according to the Medical Daily.

It is a little paradoxical to think about when we know that annual consumption of bottled water has reached a staggering 391 billion liters and that approx. 1500 plastic bottles end up in nature every second US alone.

Thus, it seems that we drink a lot, but the truth is that many of us actually don’t drink in an optimal way. As with all other “products”, there are different types of water of different quality. For example, experts point out that water that has been in plastic bottles over extended periods is “dead”.

 

In order for water to be absorbed at the cellular level, it needs some sodium and some glucose, also known as the correct level of electrolytes. Our body needs water like machines need oil as the body generally consists of 60% water – 75% in the muscles and 85% in the brain.

Often when you feel relaxed, have a headache or the like, you think you need food, while in reality you usually need something to drink. We need water to absorb vitamins and nutrients, and water is careful to have good digestion, it cleans the liver and kidneys and carries out waste materials.

So what can you do?

  1. Have some Himalayan salt in the water. It may sound like the opposite of what you need to get hydrated, but a good salt helps you build a nice fluid balance in your body. Plain table salt is stripped of nutrition and can make you even thirsty while heavenly salt contains traces of 84 nutrients and minerals.
  2. Lemon + some spices. Boost your water with some lemon and some cayenne pepper or red chili for a cleansing effect. It is said to be Beyoncé’s favorite.
  3. Let the water with crystals. Crystals are said to be able to “charge the water” as they are energy transducers and are regarded as natural water-filtrating and purifying.
  4. Have berries in the water. It simply makes the water more tempting and tasteful and increases the chance that you drink a little extra.

How do you know that you are hydrated?

A nice and easy way to observe if you have drunk enough is the well-known urine test. As long as your urine is a light, straw shade, you probably have a good fluid balance in your body.

All the facts and inspiration for the article are the Medical Daily and Porter Magazine Edition 27.

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Guest post: Words on waste in fashion

Guest post: Words on waste in fashion

Guest post by Celine Syverud – see full bio below

One of today’s main environmental concerns is the huge amount of waste that we generate. The fashion industry is mainly based on the linear economy of “take – make – dispose”, and as a result, the average garment is only worn 3.3 times in a lifetime and retailers destroy or burn about one-third of its unsold merchandise. According to new research, the United Kingdom was expected to dump 235 million items of unwanted clothing in 2018 alone, while at the same time we produce more than 100 billion items of apparel globally each year.

the average garment is only worn 3.3 times in a lifetime and retailers destroy or burn about one-third of its unsold merchandise

Even though we all own and wear these pieces daily, there are a few things we can do as a consumer to make more conscious decisions when shopping for new garments and numerous ways to avoid unwanted items to end up as waste. Here is a short list of suggestions on how to be more mindful in terms of apparel!

1. Seek information

The easiest approach in terms of choosing a garment is to look at the labeling. Here, the brand will give you information about the materials, production countries and certifications – if any. Though purchasing items from sustainable brands are favorable, there are different ways to act more sustainable in terms of fashion.

Natural fibers: These are fibers such as cotton, wool, silk, and linen, which are preferred in relation to textiles, as they can be recycled or decomposed at the end of its life-cycle. For this to be a possibility, choose materials in 100% natural fibers, as decomposing is only possible if not mixed with synthetic fibers.

Synthetic fibers: Polyester, nylon, modal, and spandex are non-renewable and will therefore eventually end up in landfills and finally travel through our eco-systems. These items will also release micro plastic during washing that ends up in our oceans and eventually our food chain.

However, some brands produce garments in recycled polyester and nylon, which is a better alternative if you want to have items in these types of material.

Fairtrade, GOTS, and Ekotex are some of the many certifications that give you an indication of cleaner, more eco-friendly and ethically produced items.

1. Trench coat, Bite Studios 2. Wool sweater, Envelope 1976 3. Wool mousseline shirt, Søster Studio 

Other brands worth discovering in terms of sustainability:

2. Embrace vintage and second-hand

Even though this might be obvious in terms of sustainability, some people could feel slight resentment towards wearing pre-owned items. However, chances are high that the clothes have never been worn, at least not as much as you would have thought! In return, vintage can provide uniqueness through one of a kind pieces and contribute to a more personalized wardrobe. There are a growing number of vintage and second-hand shops for apparel online, and therefore never been more effortless to find something for everyone’s taste and price levels.

4. Trench coat wool & cotton blend, Sentaku, 5. Prada Backpack, Sobo Community 6. Celine gold earrings, Vestiaire Collective 

Other current favorites for vintage shopping:

3. Quality over quantity

When shopping for new garments, try to think of it as an investment that should stay with you for a long time. Choose garments created in high quality and timeless designs that could easily fit into the rest of your wardrobe. Think about shape, durability, color, material, and comfort. Is it something you can see yourself wearing for the next ten years? Can you use it in different settings? Is it something you can wear during winter as well as summer? With these questions in mind, you are already being more attentive as a consumer and likely to come to a conscious decision. These thoughtful purchases will also be easier to re-sell later on, as you haven’t compromised in terms of quality or style, regardless of trends.

4. Take care of your garments

For an item to last for a long time, devote some caring in terms of maintenance and washing of your apparel. To keep clothing from shrinking, fragmentation and fade in color shading – wash less frequently at low temperature, low spinning rate and turn the garments inside-out. This will also save energy and water usage, which will lessen the impact on the environment. Before throwing out an old garment, consider the possibilities of repairing instead of replacing by taking it to a tailor or mend it yourself.

7. Washing bag for synthetics, Guppyfriend 8. Eco-friendly fluid detergent, C 9. Sweater stone to remove pilling,  Sweater stone

5. Be accountable

Instead of giving away your responsibility to a charity or thrift shop, take charge of your garments destiny by making sure fewer things go to waste. According to the documentary “The True Cost” (Morgan et al., 2015), only 10% of donations that end up in thrift shops actually gets sold. So instead, seek out social networks for threading clothes or give your clothes to a family member or friend. Not only will this prevent harmful waste to end up in our environment, it is also easier than ever before to recycle! As a final option, turn to your local store that offers a recycling station such as the ones in H&M and Nudie Jeans were textiles are given a new chance in life.

Some good networks for threading clothes are:

We all share a responsibility in terms of generating waste. Meaning we can have an influence in making sure that fewer things go to waste and shift the fashion system from linear to circular – giving our beloved items a second-chance in life!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Celine Stene Syverud holds a PBA in Sustainable Fashion from KEA in Copenhagen. She was a design-intern for Holzweiler Oslo in 2015 and was hired as Elin Kling’s personal fashion assistant in Stockholm under the brand Totême. Celine has written articles for The Daily, during Copenhagen Fashion Week, and for trendtablet.com. Celine will be hosting a sustainable Christmas workshop with Monica Øien at Core Balance December 9.

@celinedoubles

Christmas bingo with Rudolph Care

Christmas bingo with Rudolph Care

THE WHAT We had a cool bingo evening in the true Christmas spirit together with the certified organic luxury cosmetic brand Rudolph Care yesterday. They invited us to the prettiest home to enjoy cookies, caramels, gløgg (mulled wine(?)) and to play a game of bingo. […]

NEW PODCAST EPISODE

NEW PODCAST EPISODE

A new episode of our podcast – now under the name Radio Broccoli 😉  – is finally out! Only in Norwegian at the time being. //I den nyeste episoden av podkasten vår, Radio Broccoli, kan du høre om blant annet: Beste råd mot vinterdeppings Kuuuult […]

Spaghetti with creamy vegan basil pesto

Spaghetti with creamy vegan basil pesto

Spaghetti with creamy vegan basil pesto

Spaghetti with creamy vegan basil pesto
Serves: 2 Prep Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat

Ingredients

  • Spaghetti (we used gluten-free pasta of rice from Kolonihagen)
  • 2 large chunks of basil (preferably organic)
  • 3 tbs pine nuts (or sunflower for a nut-free recipe)
  • 3 tbs nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbs coconut oil (or just 3 tbs of the oil you have)
  • 3-6 tbs water
  • Himalaya salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

Add everything to your blender or food processor and run until you still have some small chunks left. Adjust the flavor as you like with salt, lemon and pepper.

Notes

The recipe is inspired by Easy Vegan Pesto by Minimalist Baker.

9 ways to avoid winter depression

9 ways to avoid winter depression

Advertisement for Supernature Hi lovely people. Who else is feeling the dark days draining out what’s left of your energy? I haven’t had a full winter in Norway for almost six years, so it’s been a huge adjustment this year. Therefore I’ve been putting extra […]

Eco-friendly gifts for the wellness lover

Eco-friendly gifts for the wellness lover

We love gifts that are both handly and friendly to mother nature. All of these gifts are made with care for the planet and can also contribute to a real wellness experience. The perfect combination for the wellness lover! Dry brush – the ultimate skin […]

22 ethical & eco-friendly christmas gift ideas

22 ethical & eco-friendly christmas gift ideas

Now that Christmas is around the corner, it’s time to present to you the ultimate minimalist, eco-friendly, ethical Christmas present guide! Christmas and the surrounding months are for some people synonymous with shopping mania, to-do lists, and stress and for those who want to avoid that, we have some cool tips. What’s better than giving gifts with meaning, that are great for the planet too? Minimalism is actually about having fewer choices, and thereby less stress in your life. What could be better than that?

  1. Buy tickets to a musical/theater/cinema/concert/stand-up comedy show/art gallery opening. If you are looking to be more original, what about looking for outdoor movie screenings or a trip to the sauna in the Oslo fjord?
  2. An invitation to go for a cool hike, maybe plan it as a weekend getaway, and stay the night at a cabin in the woods. We recommend Trolltungen if you live in Norway.
  3. Homemade gifts are always a winner (except maybe those you brought home from the ceramics class in 3rd grade?). What about granola (we have a delicious suggestion here), sauerkraut ( this is a great recipe) or crisp bread? Give it in a big glass jar with a gift-band tied around, and you will be begged to make more.
  4. A treatment at an organic spa. In Oslo, we suggest testing out Greel Peel and in Lisboa we love Organii. In Copenhagen and Bali, you can enjoy a luxurious, organic experience at Hotel Guldsmeden
  5. Minimalist kit – everything needed for people who often buy food/drinks at cafés to take away, and don’t want to use so much single-use plastic. Something like this.
  6. To the true environmentalists, a thoughtful gift is a washing bag that prevents microfibers from your clothes to enter the ocean. Radical! Guppy bags are cool.
  7. Organic makeup or cosmetics. Some favorites worth mentioning are: Evolve Organic Beauty (in Oslo you can find it at Green Spirit), ZAO nail polish without toxic ingredients, The Body Shop has tons of goodies, Dr. Organic’s facial scrub with Manuka honey, and Eco Minerals mineral foundation.
  8. A homemade “gift card” to go second-hand shopping!
  9. Sustainable swimwear from the amazing brand Halla Halla.
  10. If your mother/sister/father/boyrfriend/friend is into yoga, we recommend that you have a look at Hejhej yoga mats!
  11. Eco-friendly candles is a super cool gift. There are tons of brands online, or most likely in your closest mall or health store.
  12. Lingerie in organic cotton. Oysho and Lindex have some affordable choices.
  13. If they are into more luxurious eco-conscious brands, check out Mara Hoffman, Reformation, and Stella McCartney
  14. Sunglasses from W.R.Yuma that are 3D printed from plastic waste. Just amazing.
  15. If the person is into surfing, you should check out these sustainable surfing brands: Eco Fins surfboard fins made from recycled waste,  Bees Knees natural organic surf wax and EcoLeash from the Ecosurfshop.
  16. The “perfect” white T-shirt made from sustainable materials from The White T-Shirt Co.
  17. For the pricier gifts, have a look at Patagonia. The company is taking huge steps towards sustainability!
  18. Sustainable water bottles are very popular, and some types have such a nice design too.
  19. Take away cups are lovely gifts for the coffee or tea lovers.
  20. Check out ethical gifts from charity organizations – you can give away vaccination, invest in building a school, providing a birth certificate or give a family goat.
  21. Order used books from Amazon, or give a Kindle or a subscription to an audiobook app or Spotify!
  22. Give a subscription to a city-bike!

Other tips for an eco-friendly Christmas

  • Use newspaper as gift wrapping, and decorate the presents with thing you can find in nature, like pines
  • Recycle the wrapping
  • Swap a meat meal for a veggie meal
  • Make a plant-based hot chocolate with homemade hemp milk instead of using cows milk

Have a lovely pre-christmas time!

Small eco-friendly things you can do during a busy week!

Small eco-friendly things you can do during a busy week!

This week was hectic, social and very fun. We thought maybe it would be interesting to see what kind of eco-friendly things we do on a weekly basis? No weeks really look the same but we tried to capture some of the moments from this […]

Why is it so scary for other people that you change?

Why is it so scary for other people that you change?

Summer 2016 – Everything was gooodRewind back time to January 2017, I was working at a job that I liked but I didn’t love it.  At the time I already had a passion for plant-based food and watched a lot of youtube videoes about other […]

8 random things about us

8 random things about us

  1. Susanne was an astrology geek all summer and learned to read birth charts
  2. Anette loved being home alone when she was 5 years old and used to ask everyone in the family to leave so she could be alone for some hours
  3. Susanne’s favorite meal when growing up was spaghetti 🍝  (non-vegan) bolognese. She ordered it every single time we ate out for about 10 years
  4. Susanne surfed next to a sea turtle in Brazil 🇧🇷
  5. Anette once went to see a clairvoyant and got some good advice on dating
  6. Susanne’s favorite snack are dates with almond butter
  7. Anette moved to Texas when she was 17, won her first tennis 🎾  match in 40 degrees and drove around in a car with friends listening to Lil Wayne with cowboy boots.
  8. Susanne’s favorite artist when she was a kid was Eros Ramazzotti and Jørn Hoel

We’re writing a book!!

We’re writing a book!!

We’re actually publishing a real, handmade, thoroughly designed and well put-together book gathering all the eco-friendly tips and advice we have encountered over time! As eco-bloggers we have tested our way through vintage stores, eco-friendly brands, plastic-free shampoo bars, linen sheets, essential oils, diffusers, food […]

Our 4 favorite sustainable shops right now

Our 4 favorite sustainable shops right now

Luckily there are so many stores and brands with extra care for the world popping up all over. We currently have four favorites that do their very best at limiting their negative impact on the earth, while at the same time offering amazing clothes and […]

Let’s talk about traveling and the environment

Let’s talk about traveling and the environment

Let’s talk about traveling and the environment

To be honest, this has been one of the hardest issues we’ve dealt with since starting Radical Broccoli. We have a job that requires traveling, we have a grandmother in Portugal, we have family in Cape Verde, we still have places to explore to gather inspiration from, and we love surfing, which is amazing to enjoy in various tropical spots. Traveling and living abroad has been a big part of our upbringing.

This summer we both decided to have a staycation instead of traveling to see how that worked out. It was amazing. The city was to quiet all summer. We made a guide of hidden gems in Oslo that you can find here).

To us, connecting with other cultures is one of the most valuable learning experiences you can have. Being daughters of two military officers has brought us along on many travels, and we have moved across the world all through-out our childhood. And honestly, nothing has been more educational!

 

 

As a platform sharing inspiration on how to live more eco-friendly, traveling is a part of our lifestyle that has led to many questions. We’ve spent hours and hours to figure out how we can combine all our daily environmental efforts and still be able to have the freedom to travel without making a large negative impact on the environment. As we are super dedicated in our daily life and even embark on crazy projects like our month without plastic, we want to include all aspects of our lifestyle into this climate-positive way of living. We want to share the best solutions we have found yet, and how we plan to deal with our upcoming travels and emissions – and would love for you to do the same!

Why is this important? 

A 2017 estimate said air travel accounted for 2.5% of all carbon dioxide emissions.

What is carbon offsetting?

Carbon offsetting today is usually done by investing in a project that leads to a reduction in Co2 or equivalent, somewhere else on the planet. This can be anything from projects working on providing clean drinking water in Rwanda, investing in a hydroelectric power plant in Turkey, or investing in a solar power plant in India. Each project is measured in the amount of CO2 equivalents it will reduce each year.

Whatever the approach, a good carbon offset program has its calculations verified by third-party standards. It’s also important that any carbon offset program makes sure that the efforts wouldn’t have been done without the contribution (additionality). And a truly gold-standard carbon offset program also helps local communities by creating jobs or rebuilding biodiversity in the area (1).

What can we do?

1. Calculate the emissions of your trip. Use a calculator such as:

Different calculators have different methods, so the results may vary. Our upcoming trip to Costa Rica, for example, resulted in somewhere in between 1.9 – 3.5 tonnes Co2.

2. Reduce your emissions. There are various ways to go here:

  • Firstly, let’s reduce our fossil fuel consumption by setting up online meetings through Skype, FaceTime, and Google Hangouts instead of traveling for short meetings.
  • Investigate fuel-efficient airlines. The International Council on Clean Transportation has made a list of the 20 most efficient airlines in the Transatlantic (Norwegian Airlines is #1 – yay!!) and the Transpacific.
  • Join Chooose – an amazing company that does the offsetting for you, all you do is sign up to be a member.
  • Select a certified carbon reduction program. Check these sights:
  • Additionally, consider how you can alter your plans to include direct flights instead or layovers, closer destinations, and accommodations using renewable energy sources.

Carbon offsetting criticism

Of course, buying carbon offsets won’t stop global warming, but if you’re going to travel anyway, this is probably your best climate-friendly alternative. The method can also be criticized as a way to just feel better about our emissions and disincentive us from working to reduce them. This might be the case, but we always salute all efforts of doing better. Personally, we will work on doing both these things combined!

Until planes can fly on renewable power, air travel will have a carbon footprint. If you want to do your part in limiting your emissions, this might be your best bet!

More information:

Do you have advice, comments, tips, anything? Feel free to share in the comments below, to our email, or hit us up on Instagram.

Radical Broccoli curry with hemp seeds

Radical Broccoli curry with hemp seeds

(Recipe created in collaboration with Supernature) The first snow has arrived in Oslo which means the temperature has dropped and it’s time for hot stews and comfort food! This curry really reminds us of Sri Lanka and it is both incredibly tasty and a really […]

What’s your favorite gluten-free bread?

What’s your favorite gluten-free bread?

@nettern If it’s one thing that I really miss a lot and haven’t really tasted since going gluten-free in 2012 it’s the perfect piece of bread. You know the type that makes the whole house smell like childhood memories and is both crispy and soft […]

Podcast recommendation: Deliciously Ella

Podcast recommendation: Deliciously Ella

Hi all of you lovely readers!

In Oslo, the first snow just appeared and it’s for sure getting colder! We are testing out loads of new recipes for the winter month and it’s all about warm, cozy and nutritious meals. Since so much of our immune system is in the gut it’s really important to take good care of it in order to keep those nasty flu bugs away. We listened to Deliciously Ella’s podcast the other day with Dr. Megan Rossi from King’s College, London and she talks about how important veggies and fermented food are for our well being, both mentally and physically. One thing that we totally agree with her, is that how you feel about what you eat is so important! If you are stressing about your food even though it’s super healthy you might end up with a stomach ache.  So we just want to remind you to enjoy your meals and remember and have fun with food. It’s all about enjoying the taste, warmth, joy and fun with food.

Highly recommend the episode, listen to it here.

Test: vegan detox delivery box from Blended

Test: vegan detox delivery box from Blended

(Ad for a friend) Last week was our lucky week! The owner of the amazing café Blended in Oslo asked if we wanted to test their new detox food delivery box. It is a box full of healthy, plant-based and gluten-free food which lasts for […]

3 reasons to arrange your own backyard sale

3 reasons to arrange your own backyard sale

Last week we arranged not only one, but TWO backyard sales together with two friends. We were discussing how we had lots of clothes that we weren’t wearing anymore, and that it would be a nice way to gather lots of friends and make something […]

New podcast episode!

New podcast episode!

A fresh episode of our podcast is out now – yay! Still for Norwegian listeners only, but trying to keep everyone in the loop as always <3 Thanks for all the support and questions on the first episode.

Check it out with a fresh cup of vegan cacao!

 

Warming beet & potato soup for fall

Warming beet & potato soup for fall

This recipe can be varied just as you like it. You can swap any ingredient and add anything you love, make it thinner or thicker or use different seasoning. Here is what we used: Recipe (approx. 5 portions) 10 carrots 5 small potatoes 5 polka […]

Our podcast is launched!

Our podcast is launched!

We have been waiting all week to tell you that we have made our very own podcast! We have so much we want to share and sometimes an Instagram caption just isn’t enough especially when it comes to the not so pretty stuff. We want […]

What’s green n good in Oslo the next weeks

What’s green n good in Oslo the next weeks

You guys where super engaged last time we posted about cool sustainable events in Oslo, so we thought we would try and do this every once in a while!

The upcoming week the following things are happening:

Our own yard sale of clothes and accessories on Monday evening! YAY! 

Monday 15 oct 16-19 (Løkkeveien 9d)

 

Norway Ocean Summit

16 oct 8-16

 

Happy Organic Day 

20 oct 12-16

 

Pray for snow 

01 nov 18.30-22

 

Flea market at Oslovelo

Sunday 14.10 oct 12-17

 

Vintage Kilo Sale • Oslo • VinoKilo

Saturday & Sunday 27 & 28 oct 12

 

Clothing sale, Lille Tøyen Kolonial

Sunday 14 oct 10-16

 

Large flea market Vinderen

Saturday & Sunday 13.10 & 14.10 @ 11

 

The Fashion Archive & Friends

Saturday 27 oct 12-17

Nordic Foodprint – Plant based comfort food in Oslo

Nordic Foodprint – Plant based comfort food in Oslo

It’s so incredibly satisfying and actually a very proud feeling to find a place that combines quality, love for the planet and amazing food, in Oslo. We finally visited Nordic Foodprint this week and they have done such an amazing job creating a plant-based deli in […]

We’re having a backyard clothing sale!

We’re having a backyard clothing sale!

On Thursday 18th of October, we are having a backyard sale of clothes and accessories. We will serve lots of raw goodies, vegan candy, cacao, and chocolate. There will be mostly affordable items around 50-200 kr, and a few more exclusive items. Come and join […]

Want to join us for a magical detox-trip to Costa Rica?

Want to join us for a magical detox-trip to Costa Rica?

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Hi lovely people,

We are co-hosting a zero-waste & detox retreat in Costa Rica this December and would love to invite you to join!

Do you remember our trip to Costa Rica this April? In Santa Teresa, we met the wellness expert and dear friend Adi. We both did a 5-day liquid cleanse filled with Costa Rican herbs and plants, prepared by Adi herself, delivered in reusable glass bottles each morning. The cleanse quite literally changed our health and lives for the better.

5-day liquid cleanse filled with Costa Rican herbs and plants

After opening up about our own health issues, a lot of you wrote to us sharing that you have gone through similar experiences. We truly believe that our own health and wellness in inextricably linked to the health and wellness of the planet. When we feel good, we do good.

JOIN US IN MAGICAL SANTA TERESA, COSTA RICA THIS DECEMBER!

Even more, we want to inspire you to continue this journey back home again and see in what ways our wellness is connected with the planet.

Date: 16-22 December ( six nights 7 day)

Location: Santa Theresa, Costa Rica

Participants: 8 people

Weekly Program:

  • Plant-based, raw and organic* foods the days off cleanse
  • Raw vegan cooking class x 2
  • Adi’s well renowned 5-day liquid cleanse with local & organic* ingredients
  • Low-intensity workouts x 3
  • 90 minutes therapeutic massage
  • 30 minutes of infrared sauna
  • Yoga & meditation x 4
  • Biomagnetic full body scan
  • Surprise starter kit for an eco-friendly lifestyle + workshop
  • Time off to spend just as you like (Surf, Horseback riding, hiking etc)
  • Transportation roundtrip from the Tambor airport.
  • Welcome smoothie

Rates:

  • Bedroom for two people, one bathroom: $1705 per person
  • Bedroom for four people, two bathrooms: $1530 per person

*All the food will be organic when possible

Thea Retreat, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

What is actually a zero-waste & detox retreat?

We haven’t co-hosted a retreat before, but we plan on bringing our zero-waste philosophy into this week through workshops and talks. We will share our experience of changing our lives around to become greener and how we can reduce what we don’t want in life to make room for what we really need!

So what is zero-waste? Technically it means not sending anything to a landfill. We do not lead a zero-waste lifestyle today but this is definitely something we wish to improve in all areas of our lives. We aim to reduce what we need, reuse as much as possible, recycle and be creative. The circular economy of a zero-waste lifestyle mimics nature in that there is no trash in nature. We just need to create a smarter system than the one we have today!

Beautiful beaches for surfing and sunbathing

For us, this goes for all aspects of our life. We want to reduce negative thoughts, food with a negative impact on the body, bad self-image (let’s just call all of this trash for now). We want to learn how we can focus on the positive, nourish our bodies with amazing food that’s also good for the planet and figure out how we can have less or manage better the stress we experience in our everyday lives.

The aim of this week is not to talk out as a perfect human being, but to feel amazing, learn new tools and connect with nature.

Magical Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Adi’s experience and Thea Retreat

Adi has been doing detox & juice fasting retreats for more than 15 years and has been treating and training people worldwide with her medicinal herbs and menus. Just recently she established a beautiful wellness retreat center called Thea Retreat”. Together with Adi, we invite you to join us to spend one week (6 nights and 7 days) in this amazing forest above the beaches of beautiful Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.

We will learn about urban gardening, how to prepare healthy delicious meals, do some good yoga and low-intensity workout and of course learn about how we can lean toward a zero-waste lifestyle. The detox will help us reach a balance in all levels, which we really want more people to experience, and also is something we need ourselves. We will be learning how to manage stress disorders, allergies,  digestive dysfunctional problems, chronicle stomach ache, fatigue, migraines & all the everyday symptoms we suffer from.

Booking 

If you have any questions or want to book, feel free to contact us: post@radicalbroccoli.com

or sign up here.

3 warming beverages you will love

3 warming beverages you will love

These are our favorite warming elixirs for the colder months – turmeric latte, matcha latte, and hot chocolate. They are so tasty, full of nutrients and do good for your body! Matcha and cacao are energizing drink for the early hours, and turmeric latte can […]

How to reduce plastic from A-Z

How to reduce plastic from A-Z

It’s quite crazy to think about the fact that we managed to live a whole month without using plastic in February. Although it was tough, we got some really good habits from it. Not everyone needs to go plastic-free to contribute, everyone can do something, […]

Vegan Tom Kha

Vegan Tom Kha

Thom Kha is a traditional Thai coconut soup usually made with chicken. This soup is delicious, filling and warming in its plant-based wonderfulness, and we would think that meat-eaters will love this vegan version too!

We adapted the recipe from this blog into a gluten-free and sugarfree version).

Recipe (3 portions):

  • 3/4 of a large onion, chopped into boats
  • 3 large aroma mushrooms
  • 3 large oyster mushrooms
  • 2 x 400 ml coconut milk (preferably organic)
  • 1-2 tsp Thai red curry paste
  • 2 x lime
  • 6-8 cherry tomatoes
  • Lemongrass
  • Kaffir lime leaves (if you found it, we made a delicious soup without)
  • Fresh coriander
  • Fresh chili
  • Natural sweetener (coconut palm sugar, agave syrup, honey)

 

You can also add:

  • A side serving of rice
  • Chopped broccoli

How to:

Set the coconut milk up for a boil with the kaffir lime leaves, chili, and lemongrass. Mix in the curry paste, lime, and sweetener of your choice. When it’s boiling, add the mushrooms, tomatoes, and onion (and some broccoli if you’re keen). Let it simmer for 20-30 minutes while you prepare the rice. Add cilantro and serve warm!

YUM

Our favorite eco-candles

Our favorite eco-candles

@anette I LOVE candles, especially candles that smell good and look pretty. I also like to burn them all the way down and use the glass as containers for my jewelry. Did you know that candles that we buy in regular stores are really bad […]

Guide to: October reads

Guide to: October reads

We both love to read. It’s such a good and important way to disconnect from too much time on social media or in front of a computer. The last couple of years we have finally got back the joy of reading, after many years of […]

3 documentaries you have to see!

3 documentaries you have to see!

Fall is the perfect time to get cozy inside and watch documentaries with a cup of tea or hot chocolate and a blanket. We want to recommend three of our favorite documentaries – they are all really entertaining, shows amazing nature and are so incredibly full of insight. Sometimes documentaries about the environment can leave us feeling a bit hopeless and like everything is going wrong, but these just inspire us to make a change instead! Hope you love them as much as we do!

Before the flood

Before the flood has to be one of the best documentaries ever.  It has everything from breathtaking nature to really important information and insight about what is going in the world. It also features some really interesting conversations with Barack Obama and Elon Musk. Leonardo DiCaprio at his very best!

You can find it on Itunes, Amazon and Google Plat.

Minimalism

This lovely and cute movie is all about how we can live with less stuff. This way we will have more time and energy for real-life experiences. The movie is made by two men who felt depressed and unfulfilled in an 80-hour work week type of life, even though this meant they could afford to buy everything they needed. They explain that they lost control over their schedules and decided to take back control with some principles from minimalism.

This movie will definitely make you want to clean out your closet and see how you could manage with fewer things in your life.

You can find it on Netflix, iTunes, Vimeo, Google Play and Amazon.

Blue Planet II

Most of you have probably already heard of this documentary series, and if you haven’t seen it yet you really have a treat waiting for you! David Attenborough is the world’s most famous narrator and that is not without reason. He takes you on a journey all over the planet and you will see some of the cutest, weirdest animals and learn about how plastic and climate change affects their lives. It’s just heartwarming from the beginning to the end.

Blue Planet II is available on different platforms in different countries. Check out the list here.

One small hack that can make traveling more enjoyable 🧘‍♀️

One small hack that can make traveling more enjoyable 🧘‍♀️

Hello lovely people, Still writing to you from Tromsø, a beautiful city in the north of Norway. This morning I woke up a bit dehydrated and very tired after lot’s of impressions from the day before. So I stayed true to my new routine not […]

A trip to Paris of the North (Tromsø)

A trip to Paris of the North (Tromsø)

(Ad) Hi lovely readers! After we started updating this site more frequently we see that more and more people are in here every day and that makes us really motivated to write! If you leave a comment on what you think as well that would […]

How to embrace good vibes this fall

How to embrace good vibes this fall

So it’s definitely getting colder and darker in the morning, but when the sun shines it will still warm your face. This season is typically very hectic and therefore I want to focus on how we can find good vibes and gather energy. For me, it’s all about creating a space where I can de-stress & relax. I love mixing new stuff with vintage, spirituality, oils, and nature in my home.

Mornings:

So I created a new routine in the morning where I don’t check my phone for the first hour or so. I have my alarm clock on my phone, but I just put it on flight mode so no notifications or texts appear on my screen. It’s of course not possible every day, sometimes you have an early meeting or flight, but I hope to keep this routine as often as possible. Writing it down here also makes me more accountable for my actions, so thank you internet! If I have time I like to read a little bit or do something that puts me in a good mood.

Afternoon:

The afternoons are so different every single day, but if I’m working from home I like to make a big pot of tea. My current favorite is Yogi tea. They are not wrapped in plastic like a lot of tea bags are, they are fully organic and compostable, and they have the cutest little messages.

Evening:

I’m a sucker for working in the evening and I find it really hard to put away work. One thing that helps me sleep better if I’m a little worked up is essential oils and some good smells. I also like watching something funny or talking to a good friend that makes me laugh to shake off the serious mood. Finally, it feels good to snuggle into the best bed ever, with organic cotton bed sheets.

One thing that can change your whole morning

One thing that can change your whole morning

@nettern This year I have learned so much about habits and how small changes in our lives can lead to bigger improvements. One thing that I am really good at from time to time is not checking my phone first thing in the morning. Sometimes […]

7 lessons of self-love from our vacation

7 lessons of self-love from our vacation

This is a note to self: REMEMBER TO TAKE A VACATION! It is so important and we actually haven’t been taking it seriously. Funny but its true. Drinking 1,5 l of water every morning improves digestion and makes you hydrated for the rest of the […]

7 tips to beat a hangover naturally

7 tips to beat a hangover naturally

Yep, we’ve all been there – some even every week. Most people can’t escape a hangover after a big night out. The good news are that you can ease the symptoms with natural solutions!

With a hangover, you’re most likely suffering from dehydration and a deficiency of important minerals, such as magnesium and potassium. Symptoms of dehydration include, but are not limited to, headaches, cottonmouth and thirst as well as lightheadedness. Moreover, alcohol is an irritant and can cause inflammation of the stomach lining and gastrointestinal discomfort. According to LiveScience,  these symptoms become worse if someone has consumed beverages with a higher alcohol content like shots of whiskey, as opposed to more dilute drinks such as beer.”

How to Ease the Hangover

1. Water

According to Dr. Kahn, hydration is supreme. Make sure to drink water before, under and after your night out. Even better is drinking alkaline water – keep reading to find out how!

2. Antioxidants

Antioxidants fight free radicals, which are basically rogue cells that cause, amongst other things, degeneration and aging of the body. Most of us think of berries and certain vegetables as high in antioxidants. However, not many people know how much more potent essential oils are for this. ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity and quantifies the “total antioxidant capacity” (TAC) of a food. On the ORAC scale, blueberries contain 2,400 TAC, whereas premium quality Clove essential oil contains 1,078,700 TAC, Myrrh contains 379,800 TAC and so forth – you get the picture. IMPORTANT: most essential oils on the market are synthetic and should NOT be consumed internally. Make sure to get the right essential oils! Other great essential oils against a hangover are:

  • Ginger oil: Energizing, anti-nausea and liver-protecting
  • Lavender oil: Has shown to reduce headaches and have pain-relieving properties
  • Lemon oil: Ingest for alkalizing effect and inhale for anti-nausea
  • Peppermint oil: Anti-nausea, pain-relieving and assist digestion

3. Magnesium

Magnesium has shown to relieve headaches. You can either do supplements or pamper yourself with magnesium-rich Epsom salt bath. Magnesium absorbs through the skin and makes it easily available for the body to use.

4. Coconut water

In addition to the dehydrating effects of alcohol, it also triggers electrolyte imbalances. Coconut is by many considered better than sports drinks in terms of replenishing the body’s water levels after dehydration, and supply the body with  electrolytes. It’s a great source of potassium as well as containing small amounts of sodium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus.

5. Sulfur-rich foods

This mineral plays a big role in detoxifying your body. Your liver could use all the help it can get after a heavy night of drinking. Garlic, onions, cruciferous veggies are great sources. Moreover, turmeric, which is also highly anti-inflammatory, is amazing.

6. Sleep

Alcohol reduces the quality of sleep. However, as sleep deprivation increase a hangover’s misery, aim for at least eight hours’ sleep after you’ve had a liquid night out.

7. Exercise

While experts are divided about the benefits of mixing exercise with a hangover, research has found it gets the liver working faster to break down alcohol in the body and rid the body of those nasty toxins. As the liver is already working hard, make sure to do light exercise and nothing too straining on the body.

Bonus Tip:

One of the easiest and simplest things you can do is to start your day with something that is alkaline, detoxifying, easy to digest, and easy to make. However, it is beneficial to set your body up BEFORE you head to the party as well. An easy way to do this is; make yourself a small glass of water with ½ teaspoon of bicarbonate soda and flush it down. This is highly alkaline, and will be neutralizing for your body as alcohol is very acidic. Drink this before going to bed as well for optimal effect.

Guest Bloggers

Wellness Wednesday

Martine Thomassen and Olga Divakova run the concept, Wellness Wednesday. It is a series of workshops made up by four different health topics within a month. Week one: “Green Non-toxic Home”, week two: “Green Beauty and Body”, week three: “Natural Health and Diet”, and week four: “Emotional and Spiritual Wellness “.  Follow them on Facebook to see where we’re hosting our next workshop.

Divine Wellness Tribe

Divine Wellness Tribe focuses on community and to gather people who aspire to lead a green lifestyle. Are you looking to learn more about developing a sustainable lifestyle with less toxins, or are you already all in, leading a green lifestyle with personal and spiritual development? Either way, you’re welcome join the Tribe! ♡

 

How life changed radically in one year!

How life changed radically in one year!

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Falafel & cauliflower rice – easy vegan dinner you will love!

Falafel & cauliflower rice – easy vegan dinner you will love!

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Guide to: 13 kind&cool events in the Oslo area this week

Guide to: 13 kind&cool events in the Oslo area this week

We have researched the big internet for cool events in the area the upcoming week and found some good stuff we wanted to share with you.

(We’re writing in English even though these events are in the Oslo+ area so that visitors also can benefit from them!)

SUP yoga at Sognsvann

Tuesday 11.09 @ 18.45-20.15

Farmers market, Botanic gardens

Sunday 09.09 @ 11-16

Outdoors yoga, Lambertseter

Sunday 09.09 @ 16.30-17.30

Vegan Cake meet up, Kulturhuset

Sunday 09.09 @ 15-18

Open day, ROAF

Sunday 09.09 @ 11-15

Flea marked, Bærums Verk 

Saturday 15.09 @10-16

Design Flea marked, Aker Brygge 

Saturday 15.09 @12-17

Pick up cigarette butts, Grünerløkka

Saturday 08.09 @ 11-15

Manifestation Workshop, Oslo

Friday 14.09 @ 17-20.30

Feminine Yogi all-day event, Oslo

Saturday 15.09 @ 11-19

Tise Second-Hand Pop Up, Oslo

Monday 10.09 @ 17.30-19

Also Known As F5: Organics by Red Bull sale (Organic Cotton)

Friday 07.09 10-17 & Saturday 08.09 10-17

Green Market Days, Upcycling & Planting, Vollebekk Fabrikker

Saturday 08.09 @ 12-15 & Sunday 09.09 @ 12-15

 

ENJOY!

Guide to: Kumi – new vegan favorite café

Guide to: Kumi – new vegan favorite café

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These 6 tips will make it easier working from home

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Vegan black bean and sweet potato burgers

Vegan black bean and sweet potato burgers

Heiheihei!

Som dere muligvis så på story forrige uke lagde jeg noen sinnsykt gode plantebaserte burgere sammen med en venn som er veldig god på å lage mat. Han er ikke veganer, men digget disse burgerene (evt var veldig overbevisende), så jeg vil bare tipse dere om å prøve dem selv. Passer perfekt på en kjøttfri mandag? Oppskriften er inspirert av en på Pinterest – her finner jeg forresten sinnsykt god inspirasjon til matlaging.

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Hi guys!

As you may have seen on our story last week, I made some delicious plant-based burgers that many of you wanted the recipe for. My friend who I cooked with is really good at cooking, and he is not plant-based, but really approved of these burgers. Yay! If you are experimenting with more and more vegan recipes this is a safe bet. The recipe is inspired by one I found on Pinterest where I find LOTS of food inspiration! 

The recipe:

Start med “egget” – ha 2 spiseskjeer kvernet linfrø i en skål med 3 spiseskjeer vann. Kutt løk og hvitløk, og brun dem i pannen (gjerne i kokosolje – det er plantebasert og tåler oppvarming – vi bruker Cocosa). Kutt søtpoteten i terninger og kok den i 7-8 minutter. Blant alt sammen og kjør i kjøkkenmaskinen. Ikke la det kjøre for lenge – det er så godt med biter!

Topp med spinat, avokado, mango, spirer, agurk, tomat og spicy saus! NAM.

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Start with the “egg” – mix 2 tbs grounded flax seeds with 3 tbs water. Chop the garlic and onion, and fry them until they are a bit brown (coconut oil is perfect for frying as it can take the heat). Cut the sweet potato and boil it for 7-8 minutes. Mix everything together in a food processor, but make sure the batter stays a bit chunky. 

Top the burgers with spinach, avocado, mango, sprouts, cucumber, tomato and hot sauce. YUM!

 

ENJOY!

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Guide to: eco-friendly festivals across the world

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These 6 tips will brighten up your day

These 6 tips will brighten up your day

@anette

Hi guys! I hope you are doing wonderfully wherever you are. I want to explain a bit more about how I have been feeling while struggling with depression, and of course to share my best advice with all of you.  Last time I wrote about this, I got lots of feedback from you telling me how you have struggled with the same things, so I feel like building on that open relationship so we can help each other out! For me, it’s more comfortable to talk about now, because I finally feel good and like I am in a place without depression, and able to reflect back on my experience.

I have probably experienced depression more often than I have been aware of, I just never really understood what it was. I didn’t understand how the physical and the mental parts of the body and mind are interconnected, and I didn’t want to face the fact that my thoughts were making me ill. I actually thought the constant feeling of worry was a part of my personality, and I blamed my job, life situation and surroundings for how I felt.

In my down periods,  everything can feel incredibly hard to manage, and it just feels like I’m drowning and can’t breathe. One year ago I was in a completely different place than I am today. I was in a job I didn’t enjoy, my health was horrible and I was so depressed. I didn’t see any escape or relief and I probably didn’t want to either. But I decided that this was not how I was going to live my life, I am worth so much more and I intend to enjoy every single day of this ride. Since I made that decision my life has changed in so many ways. I love my life so much and can’t wait to see what the future holds. However, the mind is a tricky thing.

About a month ago I woke up with this very familiar feeling. I felt a sorrow lying in my chest, my stomach was hurting, I was bloated and just had no energy. I could not fit into any of my clothes. I knew I had to change my mood somehow so I put on some nice music, tried to smile and just ignore it until I managed to drop my blueberry smoothie on the floor making it look like a crime scene. That was it for me, I just sat down on the kitchen floor and cried. This was also ten minutes before a meeting.

If this happened to me one year ago I would just lock myself in the apartment and it would take me three weeks to recover. I was so exhausted that I just couldn’t deal with people, places and myself.

This year I have learned so much about myself and my mind and body and how it’s all connected. Therefore I want to share some of my best advice if you ever wake up with a morning like this, or if you experience severe depression as I did last year.

  1. Accept the situation, and let your feelings out! Cry, be angry, be worried, whatever you are feeling just let it out. When you calm down again it’s much easier to understand what’s behind these feelings.
  2. Try to understand that you are not your feelings or your thoughts. The mind/ego will always try to make you believe this.
  3. Ask yourself in what areas of your life you´re not giving yourself love? Did you eat well, enough and nutritious food? For me, this is always key. If I go too long without eating enough I get super exhausted.
  4. Remeber that you are good enough just the way you are.
  5. Ask your self where you are placing others happiness in front of your own? Is it more important that your boss/colleague/mother/brother/boyfriend is happy than you? No, if you are not taking care of your self you can’t take care of others.
  6. REMEMBER that life is meant to be enjoyed, stop taking it so seriously. When was the last time you laughed until your stomach hurt?

I know how hard it is to change your mindset, but start with the small things, like making yourself a lovely healthy meal and you have taken one step in the right direction! Is this something you want to read more aboout? Comment and let me know <3

Guide to: 8 Green Favorites in Barcelona

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Feelgood(z) with vegan, natural flip-flops

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Vegan cheese flavored kale chips

Vegan cheese flavored kale chips

Kale chips have gone from being something you would only find in the health shops to being super trendy, and then almost becoming retro again. For me, it was love at first crispy bite, and I’m ecstatic about the possibility of making this at home with local, Norwegian kale that is one of the healthiest greens there are. 

Grønnkålchips har gått fra å være skikkelig helsekostsmat til å bli supertrendy, for deretter nesten ha blitt litt retro igjen. For meg var det kjærlighet ved første crispy bit, og jeg er overlykkelig over å få laget dette hjemme med splitter ny debydrator. Fortvil ikke – dette kan du også lage i stekeovnen!

For those of you who haven’t tried kale chips, they may sound like the worlds greenest and tamest snack. Actually, it’s quite the opposite – the chips are crunchy, tasty, salty and have a delicious cheese flavor, even though it’s completely vegan. The cheese flavor comes from the nutritional yeast, which is a super popular ingredient among vegans because its so healthy and so tasty at the same time. Nutritional yeast is a complete protein and contains lots of vitamin B, and some types even contain vitamin B-12, which is really important for vegans to include in their diet. If you are curious about nutritional yeast, you can learn more here.

For de som ikke har smakt grønnkålchips høres det kanskje ut som verdens grønneste og kjipeste snacks. Det er faktisk tvert i mot – chipsen er sprø, salt og smakfull, og den varianten jeg gir dere oppskriften på her har en superdigg ostesmak, selv om den er helt vegansk. Ostesmaken kommer fra næringsgjær som er en favoritt hos mange med vegansk kosthold pga nettopp dette, samt at det inneholder b-vitaminer og er et komplett protein. Hvis dere ble nysgjerrige på hva næringsgjær egentlig er kan dere lese mer her.

Recipe:

  • 1 pack of kale, ca 5-6 large leafs
  • 2 dl cashew nuts (can be soaked to make it easier to digest)
  • 3-4 tbs nutritional yeasts
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Lemon squeeze
  • Opt. water to make it more fluid

Oppskrift:

  • 1 pakker med grønnkål, ca 5-6 store blader
  • 2 dl cashewnøtter (kan gjerne bløtlegges på forhånd så de blir lettere å fordøye)
  • 3-4 ss næringsgjær
  • 1 ts paprika pulver
  • 1 ts salt
  • Sitronskvis
  • Evt litt vann hvis massen blir for tykk

How to:

Wash the kale and remove the thick stems. Tear them into smaller pieces as you see above. Blend the cashews in a food processor or with a hand mixer. Add the rest of the ingredients and make a thick mass. Mix everything with the kale in a bowl, and use your hands to make sure the cheezy stuff is all over all the leaves.

If you have a dehydrator: Spread the mass onto the trays and dry it on 42 degrees overnight.

If you use your oven: Set the oven to 180 degrees celcius, with warm air. Fry them for 12-14 minutes and let them cool before eating (if you manage to wait)

Fremgangsmåte:

Vask grønnkålen og fjern de tykke stilkene hvis du kjøper pakker med hele blader. Del opp i mindre blader som du ser på bildet. Ha cashewnøttene i en foodprosessor og blend til det blir most, eller bruk stavmikser. Bland sammen resten av ingrediensene til det blir en kladdete masse. Ha alt i en bolle med kålen og bland sammen med hendene.

Hvis du har dehydrator/tørkemaskin: Sett dehydratoren på 41 grader og tørk kålen over natten. Dette er den absolutt sunneste måten å lage det på, fordi alle vitaminer og mineraler holdes intakt.

Hvis du bruker stekeovn: Sett ovnen på 180 grader varmluft. Stek i 12-14 minutter og la chipsen kjøle seg ned og bli sprø (hvis du klarer å vente).

 

ENJOY!

Susanne

Hidden gems in Oslo

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Eco weekend trip with our unique & recycled Grünbag

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Excited to be back at EAT

Excited to be back at EAT

Five years ago about this time of year, the very first EAT Forum was held in Stockholm by a relatively fresh and ambitious organization. The idea was to gather key persons to discuss a sustainable food production and health over a breakfast meeting. It didn’t take long until EAT grew large and would be recognized as a pillar of the discussion and research about sustainable food. Now, EAT gathers key stakeholders within business, politics and civil society in Stockholm year after year. This is where big plans grow, and we are so lucky to be able to spend time within EATs four walls over the next month.

EATs CEO Dr. Alessandro Demaio

What is EAT?

It all started when the doctor, environmentalist, and icon Gunhild Stordalens was convinced that the world’s food production needed a radical transformation to one that is healthier and more sustainable. She founded the organization that today is a fully packed and bubbly office with over 30 employees working full time, year round. Within the office, we have doctors, economists, social scientists, communications experts, graphic designers and many more. Just recently the Australian doctor Alessandro Demaio was brought in from Australia to become EATs new CEO. EAT works with partner organizations, and they hold a yearly event, the EAT Stockholm Food Forum. Last year they expanded and held the first forum in Indonesia. The central question at this year’s forum is “how to feed the world with zero land expansion and ocean depletion”.

Eat Forum Stockholm 2016
Photo: Linus Sundahl-Djerf

Our role

Anette and I are working at EAT for the second year in a row now. Last year we were employees at a one-month internship, and this year we are hired through our company Radical Broccoli. We are part of the communications team and are among other things responsible for EAT’s social media channels. You can find us on Instagram under @EATFoundation and the hashtag #EATForum18.

EAT Forum 2017
Photo: Linus Sundahl-Djerf

What can you do?

Just now we are having a competition where you can win two tickets for this years forum in Stockholm the 11 and 12th of June. Check our @EATFoundation‘s latest Instagram post and Facebook page to enter. You can watch the whole event live on EAT’s Facebook page, and there will be lots of good material on the webpage. Feel free to ask us anything about EAT!

Join the competition to win two tickets!

Book advice for spring part I

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Pura vida in Costa Rica

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About wellbeing and an eco-friendly life with yogi Iselin Amanda

About wellbeing and an eco-friendly life with yogi Iselin Amanda

Iselina Amanda is one of those incredibly inspiring people who make you want to take better care of yourself and the planet through cooking amazing plant-based food and doing more yoga. She tells us her story, about how she became a yogi and gives us her best advice for living more environmentally friendly life with lots of joy, passion, and happiness. 

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I grew up on a little Island south in Norway and lived there for most of my life. When I graduated high school at 19, I booked a one-way ticket to Australia and spent well over a year there, living, studying and breathing yoga.  I completed my teacher training in Byron Bay at Byron Yoga Centre during a twelve-month training (800-hours) and on the side, I worked part-time as a raw food chef at a beautiful café in the heart of town. After Australia, I moved back to Europe and lived in London for a while. Life in England was a huge contrast to the beachy hippie vibes I had grown so used to in Byron, but it was a wonderful experience. It’s easy to get lost in a big city, but I was fortunate to meet real and abundance of wonderful and inspiring people I deeply connected with, and who really helped me grow as a person and continue on my spiritual journey.
I came back from England only a few months ago, and am now back to living in Arendal in Norway, at least for a little while. These days I’m teaching yoga four days a week, and absolutely love it. It’s been an experience in itself to be back home after not having lived here for so long. Life here is much quieter than what I’ve been used to, and so I spend a lot of time on my own reading, writing, being out in nature and on my creative projects. As for the time being I am really enjoying it, though I can see some drastic and exciting changes happening in the not too far away future.

How did you get into yoga?

I started practicing yoga when I was 16. I’d love to say that I felt a huge call or that I had an epiphany, but really it began as a way to develop strength and flexibility. After a few months, however, I started to witness small changes within me. It felt as though there was more to this practice, something much deeper and more profound, than a series of physical postures. My mother and I pretty much started on this journey at the same time, but on slightly different paths. As I become more dedicated to my yoga practice, she began introducing me to books like “A New Earth” and Maya Fiennes’ Kundalini books. From there, it’s been a such a transformative and beautiful journey.
Today, my yoga practice is a very holistic practice, a lifestyle to say the least. The physical asanas are a small aspect of a much much broader picture. Yoga is perhaps more than anything a way of life and a method of deepening my understanding of life. I believe that a regular practice of yoga has the ability to strengthen the mind as much as the body; creating space and raising our awareness towards the point of physical liberation and enlightenment; which is eventually what I am striving towards.

What does your morning routine look like?

I don’t have a very organized morning routine, but I try to start each day with a few deep breaths and I love looking out at the trees outside my bedroom window first thing. I spend little time getting ready for the day, and usually just put on a pair of yoga pants when I roll out of bed. I always make sure to do oil-pulling (an amazing ayurvedic ritual for healthy gums and teeth) before brushing my teeth, and usually, I’ll put some oils on my skin and in my hair too (I am slightly obsessed with essential oils and carry a decent collection of them with me at all times). Most days I’ll spend a good hour and a half on my yoga mat at some point, either before, or after, a large soy cappuccino or a chai with fresh ginger and adaptogenic herbs. Then I’ll catch up on emails and messages, plan my classes, work on my blog, get creative in the kitchen or dedicate some time to the one thing I love more than yoga; writing and poetry (see The Flower Chronicles  for a collection of my poems).

What is your favorite meal?

That is a tough call to make, but I think more than anything I prefer a homecooked Indian daal or stew, preferably with fresh Peshwari naan and mint yogurt. Also, I have to mention that I always end my day with a few squares of organic dark chocolate. I believe it’s important to feed your soul too 😉

Can you share your top 5 tips for living more environmentally friendly?

There are many things we can do to live more environmentally friendly, yet I believe a few things we do or change that really makes for a difference. Eating a (mainly) plant-based diet is my number one, as the meat- and dairy industries are such huge contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, rainforest deforestation and uneven distribution of resources. I believe in using what we have and to use less, and move away from the mentality of buying and throwing away “stuff” the way many of us do. I try to buy sustainably sourced clothes, and all my makeup and skincare products are organic and ethically made. I like to buy in bulk and reduce my plastic consumption as much as I can. Bringing my own reusable bags and containers when shopping for food was a given when I lived in Australia and is something I’m trying to implement into my Norwegian lifestyle. Lastly, to walk or choose public transportation instead of driving is something we should all be doing more.


Follow Iselin Amanda on Instagram and her blog for a daily dose of wellness, yoga, delicious food and feelgood images. She has created such a dreamy world well worth following!

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A personal story on how we became “green”

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What Would Nature Do? Flow into Spring with Inspiration from the Ayurvedic Medicine System

What Would Nature Do? Flow into Spring with Inspiration from the Ayurvedic Medicine System

You did it! You survived winter, some powerful full moons, the equinox and the intense solar storms. Now that we are out on the other side of hibernation-mode, we can begin turning our faces towards the sun and give our bodies some much-needed spring nurturing. Since I discovered the Eastern medicine system of Ayurveda and started applying the practices in my daily life, it has become a transformative force for my own well-being and energy, and well as how I engage in the sustainable development of the world around me. Maybe it can also inspire you!

Extending the goal of health to embrace the health of our environment

A lot of people are practicing yoga, and have touched the surface of its essence, but less attention is given to Ayurveda, yoga’s system of healing. Practiced for over 5000 years by the sages and seers of ancient India, Ayurveda is an equally important branch of the yogic tradition’s tree of knowledge and extends even further into the realm of health and disease treatment. And if we start listening, it can teach us age-old lessons on how to tune into the subtle indicators of improved health in our inner and outer environment.

First of all, in the Ayurvedic medicine system, ‘health’ goes much further than the body, mind, and spirit, but also includes the health of our relationships to our surrounding ecosystems. Because everything is interconnected, what happens in one part of the system, will, in turn, affect another. This means that if we take care of our personal ecology while reaching for our highest collective potential, we also contribute to creating more harmony and sustainability in the system as a whole. And all we have to do is ask is – what would Nature do?

“And all we have to do is ask is – what would Nature do?”

Learning to know your Nature, and how to care for it

We like to think that we are in control of everything in our lives, and tend to forget that we are also part of a much larger flow, the universal river of Mother Nature. This river is in continuous movement, flushing away any sign of stagnation. The same goes for our bodies. In Ayurvedic theory, every human being has a unique constitution, as if each of us represents an entirely unique solar system or cascading river.

This individual nature is called the Prakriti. If there is an imbalance in our Prakriti over time, this will cause disease. To explain the balance between the different constitutions of our bodies, Ayurveda uses the three doshas – the elemental constitutions of vata, pitta, and kapha. If there is an imbalance in either of these, meaning too little or too much of either, your body and mind will also be out of balance. Following the Ayurvedic guidelines for your individual dosha will help awaken and reinvigorate the inner intelligence that supports your natural healing process.

“Following the Ayurvedic guidelines for your individual dosha will help awaken and reinvigorate the inner intelligence that supports your natural healing process.”

When everything flows freely – from blood and lymph to water and air – the waste will leave the body as it should, and be recycled back into our environment. In the body, this waste (called ama in Sanskrit) can come from many different sources, such as environmental toxins, processed foods, unresolved emotions, or psychological stress. When ama accumulates in the body over time, the vital energy (prana) cannot flow freely. Blockages and resistance appear and become foundations for ‘dis-ease’, manifesting as anything from anxiety and intolerances to allergies and in the worst case – chronic illness. These internal conflicts also prevent us from living to our fullest and brightest extent.

Time to clean our inner and outer ecosystems and choose the right fuel source for our progress?

There are many things we can change in our personal lifestyles to clear ama and speed up our internal waste management (read Radical Broccoli’s advice for a Spring Clean here). For a deep-rooted cleanse and detox, however, we have to go to the very core of our system, to make sure that the forces that are responsible for removing waste function in the most energy-elegant way. The more we can do to help this process, the better our body can recuperate, repair and revitalize itself.

Our Prakriti (individual nature) also undergoes seasonal changes, and in the transition to spring, the body works even harder to shed build-up of waste that has accumulated during winter. We clean the house, our backyards, and beaches every spring, but when did we forget to clean the most sacred temples of all – our bodies?

The first step in a spring clean begins with directing awareness to the fuel we choose to put in our bodies. In Ayurveda, the one component that influences our health more than anything is the metabolic fire, called agni. Agni drives the process of our physical transformation, drawing out nutrition, governing the digestion and turning the food into consciousness. What we choose to eat, to fuel the sacred fire, will, in turn, affect the balance of our internal ecology. In Ayurvedic practice, we say that the closer to its natural condition your food is, the less likely it is to cause waste and eruption of disease. It sounds simple, but very few of us actually take time to design a life and a diet that complement our own ‘biological blueprint’.

The more I study and practice Ayurveda, the more I realize the power of this inheritance and its connection to overcome some of the most complex challenges of our time. As in nature, everything you need for your own healing is already within you-you just have to start paying attention and then act on the signs. Leaving only one question to answer – what would Nature do?

Inspiration for an Ayurvedic Spring Cleanse – it begins with YOU!

Start with asking yourself some simple questions – How is your soil? Are you getting enough water? Where are your nutrients coming from? Are you stretching towards the light? If not, what is blocking your energy? What are the barriers that prevent our natural energy from flowing freely?

Take a dosha-test to find out more about your constitution, and make the necessary adjustments to your diet and lifestyle. NB. achieving the best results requires committing to an ever deeper dialogue with your own body, in consultation with an Ayurvedic practitioner.

It’s all about the fuel. You become what you eat. Increase your intake of fluids, such as herbal teas and tempered water, try a juice cleanse, and switch to a lighter, detoxifying diet. More fruit, herbs and greens, less heavy, oily foods, and no animal products. I can also recommend reading The Detox Miracle Sourcebook: Raw Foods and Herbs for Complete Cellular Regeneration by Dr. R. Morse.

Consider adding Ayurvedic supplements to your diet, for detoxing and strengthening the system after winter. I am currently using shilajit (detox, strength), ashwagandha (immune system) and triphala (balanced stomach).

BREATHE. Deep, conscious breathing (pranayama) can bring you closer to your inner nature – and towards the realization that you are your own medicine, and that life is an endless celebration.

Create daily routines for taking care of your body. I recommend dry brushing, tongue scraping, drinking hot lemon water before breakfast, daily yoga, meditation, and self-massage.

Replace your hygiene products with natural products that are good for both people, animals, and the planet – from cosmetics and clothes to containers and cleaning products.

Spend time re-connecting to nature as she wakes up from the winter sleep. Go forest-bathing, clean your local beaches, or make sure to connect to the sun if you can’t get out of the city.

Consider taking the next step and participating in a panchakarma retreat – an intensive, individualized detox led by skilled Ayurvedic therapists. We also have an upcoming yoga-retreat in Norway, where attention will also be given to Ayurveda see Nordic SATYA – Yoga, Tantra and Ayurveda Intensive with Uma Inder.

Want to know more? Read my latest in-depth article, Nordic Ayurveda – Nurturing Our Modern Bio-Rhythm for Hauste, about my quest to adapt Ayurveda to our local contexts!

About the author

Caroline has a Master in Humanitarian Emergencies and International Development from London School of Economics. She is also a certified raja yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner. While working as a diplomat for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nepal, she has immersed herself in the wisdom of Eastern medicine, focusing on the Ayurvedic system of healing. Caroline is the co-author of Growing A New Economy, advocating for the emergence of economics in accordance with nature. You can read more about her on Norwegian Sage and on her Instagram

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Easter with family in Portugal

Easter with family in Portugal

Easter is approaching and we are so excited to be heading back to our second home, Portugal. You might wonder why we spend a lot of time there, and that is because our grandmother is Portuguese. Ever since we were born we spent every summer in Portugal and we have a huge family there. This is also where we are able to surf and enjoy more time in the ocean than we do in Oslo.

We usually do a lot of beach cleanings in Portugal. Last year we picked up trash at a beach in Peniche together with some cool local girls, and it was heartbreaking how much trash filled the beaches.

When we are in Portugal we are also able to eat a lot more seasonal and organic food, because of the great selection in the grocery stores. We have a guide to our favorite places in Portugal here, and we will update it when we find new places this easter.

Do you have any good recommendations for places we should visit in Portugal?

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The ultimate guide to a month without plastic and why you should try

The ultimate guide to a month without plastic and why you should try

As we started becoming aware of the world’s plastic problem, we played around with the thought of going plastic-free for a whole month. This would be our ultimate challenge, not only to see how much plastic we actually use in our everyday lives but also to find out what barriers exist in our modern society and in what areas we should seek out change. The idea was good and our intentions even better, but we always found reasons not to begin. We wanted to wait until the summer, thinking that would be easier with warmer weather (isn’t everything?), we wanted to plan it better, and we wanted to ease into the lifestyle. At the end of January, we received a phone-call from the Norwegian media house VGTV’s editorial staff who had heard about our idea, and we just knew that we had to take the challenge straight away. That’s how #plasticfreeRB was initiated. No planning, no excuses, just jumping straight into it hoping for the best. 

The month without plastic is now officially over, and its time to spill the beans. Let’s just say we are glad it ended up being the shortest month of the year because it turned out to be pretty intense. It involved one three-hour grocery shopping, a few unplanned packages in the mail, re-using single-use lenses for a whole month, some intense chocolate cravings. On the other hand, it was the best detox we have ever tried, the birth of 100 new business ideas and the experience of a little community coming together for creating habits that are great for ourselves and the planet.

If you want to read how we felt halfway through, we have written an article about that as well.

The why

Why did we want to have a plastic-free month? In our modern society, we have learned to become dependent on practical, single-use plastic items such as plastic bags, wrapping around food, snack bars, bottles and coffee cups. We wanted to reduce plastic in our lives because it is a part of so many of the biggest environmental problems of our time, such as air and land pollution, production of fossil fuels, trash management, marine litter and health issues both for humans and animals. The consumption of this material that is designed to last forever has increased beyond whats healthy for the planet and for us living on it. By trying to avoid it for a month, we hoped to become aware of the hidden traps and how much plastic we unconsciously consume.

“By trying to avoid it for a month, we hoped to become aware of the hidden traps and how much plastic we unconsciously consume.”

  • On the production side, plastic is produced from petroleum (oil), a non-renewable resource. It takes about 2 kilograms of oil to produce 1 kilogram of plastic raw material (1).
  • Today our oceans are filled with plastic, and according to a study by the World Economic Forum, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and McKinsey and Company, we pour the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic in the ocean each minute. Per today the ocean contains about 1 kilogram of plastic for every 5 kilograms of fish, a ratio that will be 1:1 in 2050 if we don’t take action right away (2).
  • Plastic items such as bottles, bags, packaging, and straws break down into microplastics which fish and other marine animals confuse for food. Eventually, we end up eating plastic in our fish and seafood. Toxic chemicals are released into the ocean and air when plastic begins breaking down.
  • Plastics contain chemicals that might negatively affect our health, such as BPA and phthalates. The substances might possibly disturb our hormonal balance, and increase the risk of diseases such as cancer.

The how

We decided to set up some rules for the challenge, in order to make it meaningful, eco-friendly and doable. You can see our guidelines in this post.

In February we actually had quite different schedules, Susanne stayed in Norway working, while Anette had planned to take a yoga teacher training course in Spain. Luckily we had a couple of days before Anette left to test out this new lifestyle. Here’s what we did:

  • Out and about & take away: We ate out a few times during the month. As some of you saw on Instagram, Susanne ended up with two minor fails when getting take out. The first try involved two fully plastic wrapped meals, which we gladly ended up donating to a homeless family. At the second try, a plastic lid tagged along with a yummy veggie curry from Fragrance of the Heart while trying the food-waste preventing app TooGoodTooGo. Susanne brought boxes, but the food was already packaged. Learning, learning. Anette did not have the possibility to cook where she stayed at the yoga teacher camp, as the food was included in the stay. She made sure to order beverages without a straw but had an encounter with a plastic-covered teabag.
  • Grocery shopping: We learned that you always have to bring a tote bag when you leave the house because you never know when you will go to the store. We tried to shop at regular grocery stores, but in the end, the selection was not good enough so we also went to health stores, specialized bulk-item stores, and fruit and vegetable markets. We tried the extra challenge (as we mentioned in this article) to leave the plastic in the store as an activist move and asked them to recycle it for us. It was uncomfortable when we weren’t in the mood, and felt like cheating. One of the most genius things we discovered food-wise was to make our own oat milk because most plant-based milk containers contain a thin folder of plastic.
  • Health food, vitamins, supplements: We both love kombucha, but most of the bottles are made of plastic, or have a plastic lid, and they are also really expensive. So we decided it was finally time to brew our own kombucha, which was a success! We also grew our own sprouts and this took two tries before we got it right. Susanne got a cold and needed a nose spray – the whole lid is of hard plastic. We always prioritize health but luckily we had most of what we needed.
  • Traveling & transportation: Traveling and not consuming any plastic is really hard. As we described in our two-weeks update post, Anette had some water issues during the trip. Other than that she brought food on the plane flight, which is just genius (and healthier), and it worked well to travel with a water bottle, bamboo cutlery, glass jars, food container, and to explain the situation to the people she traveled with. With regards to transportation, one of the largest sources to microplastics in the ocean in Norway is car tires, and we have eliminated car use to an absolute minimum.
  • Cosmetics & hygiene: We had to be creative in the cosmetics department, as we ran out of shampoo and conditioner. Some lovely people on Instagram suggested using baking powder and apple cider vinegar, which actually worked. We did not buy any new makeup, and Anette was makeup free for the last three weeks. We both use bamboo toothbrushes and plastic free dental floss made from silk which comes in a tiny glass container with a refill option.
  • Clothing & apparel: Anette needed new yoga pants and a yoga mat to attend the yoga teacher training, but ended up borrowing everything she needed and did not buy any clothes in February. Susanne was guesting breakfast TV in Norway and wanted to look fresh, and opted for a really nice 100% organic cotton t-shirt (you can see it here). Other than that she didn’t buy anything.
  • Tech items: We didn’t buy any tech items, but received some images from a friend who bought a new charger. Hello hard plastic-covered plastic thing that cannot be recycled.

The advice

  • Out and about & take away: Never ever leave home hungry. Hehe. Seriously! Small snacks on-the-go are usually wrapped in plastic, and the packages are hardly or never recycled. Always carry some nuts, dates, fruit or other snacks that you like. Bring a box if you usually don’t eat up (for a doggy bag), and research before you order take away.
  • Grocery shopping: Bring your own shopping bag and small cotton bags for bulk items. It’s so easy and so incredibly important to reduce our consumption of plastic bags. Avoid wrapping your vegetables in plastic, and try to choose the items that are not pre-packed. Explore your neighborhood and you might be surprised to find stores with better options than your regular one. Also, ask in the shop if they have made any specific considerations regarding plastic – maybe they will take some steps to improve.
  • Health food, vitamins, supplements: This one is tricky because health is always a number one priority. Making your own kombucha and growing your own sprouts is highly recommended, and there are plenty other natural foods that are good for your health that you can make at home. Most vitamins and supplements come in glass jars with a plastic lid, which can be reused for other purposes afterward if you get creative.
  • Traveling & transportation: Plan your travels and research the area you are going to. If you need plastic free snacks, bringing chia seeds or oats in a glass container is genius. All you need is water and a banana to make a perfect snack. Bring your own water bottle and tote bag. Overall, one of our big goals this year is definitely to use more public transportation and play more in our own neighborhood.
  • Cosmetics & hygiene: Start with one area and expand. Get yourself a bamboo toothbrush, and aim for a shampoo soap bar when you’re ready for the next step. A vinegar and baking-soda hair wash may be too much, to begin with, but it’s really fun to try!
  • Clothing & apparel: Quality over quantity! A lot of the cheap, synthetic materials in the clothing we buy contain microplastics which leak into the sewage system when washing them, therefore it’s recommended to always check the label and ask yourself if you really need it. You can read more about recommended material choices here. It feels much better to buying something that you put thought and investigation into than buy something crappy in a hurry.
  • Tech items: Oh man, this is a whole other article. Most of us can’t avoid technology, and it’s amazing, but we can all think about the amount we consume and take good care of what we have so it lasts. Not only does a small charger come in a huge plastic box, but there are vast resources put into the production of each item.

The unavoidable items turned out to be 

  1. A plastic lid from a takeaway box from when we tried TooGoodToGo (an app that lets you buy leftovers from cafés and restaurants at the end of the day)
  2. Three (!) plastic bags/pieces from shipping of one pair of pants from Urban Outfitters ordered in early January arrived in the middle of February
  3. Fruit and vegetable stickers on avocado and grapefruit from our first grocery shopping
  4. Plastic packaging on a pair of stockings – didn’t find any without plastic packaging, but the stockings themselves are made from recycled nylon
  5. Luggage tags from traveling
  6. A tea bag from a cafe unfortunately wrapped in plastic
  7. A lid from a kombucha bottle
  8. A bubble wrap envelope from ordering a sustainable notebook in January
  9. Plastic packaging for contact lenses

The main takeaway

The feeling of detoxing your life from plastic is quite similar to the feeling of jumping into the ocean, taking a fresh shower after a workout, cleaning out your closet or treating yourself to a healthy meal. It’s something you put effort into in order to feel lighter and more refreshed afterward. Super, gigantic cliché, but it makes you happy.

We recommend everyone to try a plastic-free day, week or month. A new world will emerge – and that’s one with less clutter, toxins and trash and more freshness, wellness, and freedom. Peace.

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Ambassadors for eco-brand Aphru & WWF

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Eco-fashion advice from A Green Heart

Eco-fashion advice from A Green Heart

About a year ago I wasn’t a conscious consumer. I visited fast fashion stores weekly and didn’t pay much attention to what I heard about the industry being unethical and bad for the environment. I really don’t know what happened, but one day I started to research and what I found was so shocking, that I changed my behavior almost overnight. I was wondering why people didn’t talk more about this, and how I could become a more eco-friendly and ethical consumer. I felt like doing something, and my blog et grønt hjerte (a green heart) was born, to collect and share the information that I found, and hoped that other people would follow and get inspired.

The third most polluting industry

So why is this so important? The clothing industry is the third most polluting industry in the world, and the second largest consumer of water (reformation). In addition to this, it uses around 20 billion pounds of chemicals every year. Many of these chemicals are damaging and toxic to the environment, for our own health and for the workers that make the clothes. To give an example, you need 18 bathtubs of water to make one single cotton t-shirt, and in addition to that, you have the very damaging chemicals added in the process (reformation). Did you know that you can find traces of the chemicals in the fibers when the t-shirt has reached your local store? And that regular cotton, which is considered a natural material, is one of the materials that use the most chemicals? (onegreenplanet).

“(…) you need 18 bathtubs of water to make one single cotton t-shirt (…)”.

Ann-Kristin is the editor-in-chief of the eco-magazin A green heart

Eco-friendly choices

Luckily, when I started my research, it turned out that there is quite a lot you can do to become a more conscious consumer! I found that the common excuse we so often tell our self “I’m only one person, what difference can I do?” is not at all true. There are already many ethical and eco-friendly labels out there. These brands choose more environmentally friendly materials and don’t use harmful chemicals. These materials can be organic cotton, bamboo, tencel, and hemp.

“My favorite brand that uses up-cycled materials is the Danish brand Sissel Edelbo, that redesigns vintage saris that are pre-loved and used by Indian women”.

Recycled materials like polyester and wool can also be good eco-friendly options, as well as up-cycled materials that are being redesigned to make new beautiful clothes. My favorite brand that uses up-cycled materials is the Danish brand Sissel Edelbo, that redesigns vintage saris that are pre-loved and used by Indian women. How cool is that?! We need more brands like this!

Great material choices

  • Organic cotton
  • Bamboo
  • Tencel
  • Hemp
  • Wool
  • Recycled polyester

Not to forget that we should look for fair-trade brands. If you have not yet seen the documentary “The True Cost”, I highly recommend it! It’s an eye-opener about how workers in the fashion industry are being treated, working under horrible conditions and not getting paid enough to provide for a good life for themselves and their families. Therefore I think we should use the power we have as consumers to support the brands that are eco-friendly and fair-trade. Together we can show the fast fashion industry that we want change now, and that we wish for better and more ethical practices for the people that make our clothes. Use the hashtag #whomademyclothes and join the fashion revolution.

Blouse from the second-hand store Fretex

Why we need to go from fast to slow fashion

The term slow fashion is getting more attention and it’s a concept where timeless pieces come before trend items and quality comes before quantity. The change to slow fashion means that the insanely many seasons that is seen in the fast fashion industry is being ditched, and that’s really awesome in my opinion. Did you know that some fast fashion labels have 24 seasons during a year? That’s insane! This means that there is a new season every 2 weeks and that they want you to buy the items right away. What this also means it that the items you buy then, will be out of fashion within the next 2 weeks! In other words, the item will then be “useless” and there is now a new trend that they want you to follow.

“I think we all, including myself, could get better at respecting the materials and the labor that has gone into making the pieces of clothing we own”.

I think we all, including myself, could get better at respecting the materials and the labor that has gone into making the pieces of clothing we own. To me, it seems like we often don’t really want what we end up buying, and that we just buy it for reasons like “it was on sale” or “it was a bargain”, and not because “it was the right shape for me” or “this fits my wardrobe perfectly”. Then what happens is that we too often just throw it away, without giving much thought to it, when we have only just used it a couple of times. Even though some of it goes to charity, much of it still ends up at the landfill, and sometimes the items will still have the price tag on them. What a waste of resources!

Sweater from the second-hand app Tise and Levis jeans from StudioBazar, Oslo

My best advice

I recommend checking out the concept of making a capsule wardrobe, which helped me change my perspective on what clothes I actually need for one season. It’s also a really good help to get to know your own style, what items you actually use weekly and how to stop the impulse buying. After becoming more conscious about my own actions when shopping for clothes.

“I have also really fallen in love with secondhand and vintage shopping, and now I always try to look in thrift shops to find what I need, before I consider buying something new”.

I have also really fallen in love with secondhand and vintage shopping, and now I always try to look in thrift shops to find what I need, before I consider buying something new. It’s like going on a treasure hunt every time because you never know what you are going to find. It’s really exciting! Apps for selling and buying secondhand clothes are also a good option, and repairing old clothes is something I try to consider doing more. If you don’t have the skills to do it yourself, ask a friend or take the clothes to a tailor. In my experience, it often ends up costing less than buying something similar new. You also get the added bonus of it getting customized to you, plus you’re supporting a local sewer, their skills and business, it’s win-win.

So next time you want to buy something, start by asking yourself some questions:

  • Do I know of any thrift shops where I could find what I need?
  • Would I wear this item 30 times or more?
  • Can I wear this with multiple items from my wardrobe?
  • And if it’s a new item, is it fair-trade?
  • What materials are used?
  • Do I think that I would still be using this in a year?

Asking questions is a part of becoming more aware and starting the process to become a more conscious consumer. It’s actually not that hard when you get into it, and I think we owe it to the workers and the environment to at least try. Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.

Follow a green heart on Instagram, Facebook and visit her magazine for lots of inspiring eco-reading.

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Guide to: Green Peace Inn in Sri Lanka

Guide to: Green Peace Inn in Sri Lanka

While traveling the south-west coast of Sri Lanka I stumbled upon a beautiful yoga place in Welligama and instantly decided that I wanted to try it out. When I visited the Green Peace Inn they had just been open for one month, and the place was already buzzing. After meeting the owners, tasting the food and practicing yoga on the rooftop, I quickly understood that this was a magical place. I had a talk with the owners Amy, Martina and Alex to hear more about their life, how they all followed their dream to live in the tropics and do yoga, and their top tips on building a sustainable lifestyle.

How was The Green Peace Inn created?

Green Peace Inn has been a guest house running for the last 15 years. The owner Lucky was actually given the land by a good friend that had been living in Sri Lanka for some years, teaching local people English. He wanted to help Lucky make a better life for himself and saw something special in him. Lucky started with just 2 rooms, and every time he had enough money to build he added more rooms to Green Peace. Alex and Martina came as guests early in 2017 and spoke with Lucky about his desire to find some partners to help him grow and improve his space, and there the seed of what Green Peace Inn has become now was planted.

Can you tell us about your background?

Amy  – I’m actually an art director and have been working in the creative field for about 7 years now. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to work freelance, so for the past year, I’ve combined my love of travel with design. Since I left London and started to travel more, and explore the world of yoga, I naturally gathered more clients in this area. I spent a lot of wellness community and work with lots of lovely brands that are like-minded. It’s really great for me to combine work with my passions.

Martina – I worked as an event planner in Germany for some year, but after a while, I felt that it was not making me happy anymore. I quit my job and went traveling and started to share my passion for Yoga. Right now I’m doing a breathwork teacher training because I want to support people more in their process to step out of their fears and traumas and life a joyful and healthy life. For me this is one of the goals in life, to see how beautiful people can grow and find their inner truth.

Alex – Alex is a trained yoga teacher and studied programming and business informatics. Right now he is on a breathwork teacher training to deepen his knowledge about breathing, trauma, and meditation. He has traveled the world for several years as a freelance web designer, marketing expert, and programmer.

When and why did you start practicing yoga?

Amy – I started to practice yoga 6 years ago because I had a bad injury. I’d always been a long distance runner and had never really taken good care of my body, so I’m actually really thankful for this injury – it made me more aware of how I use my body and how to look after it. My first few years of yoga were a purely physical experience, it really helped my injuries and I felt stronger than I ever had in the gym. I would say I started to get deeper into my practice when I experienced my first retreat – spending 7 days in relative silence, and practicing yoga twice daily – I moved more away from what yoga does for the body into what it does for the mind.

Martina – My passion for yoga came into my life about three years ago, when I attended my first yoga class in Costa Rica. After 8 months of intensive practice, I decided to dive deeper into the yoga practice myself and started my 300h yoga teacher training in Germany. Yoga helps me to slow down, be present and mindful of the busy daily life.

Alex I had my first yoga class in India when I lived there for 4 months in Bangalore. I started to meditate very early and I heard so many times about yoga in different meditation centers, so I was curious about it and just booked a training in Bangalore. After a few year, I really felt that the yoga practice helps me in my daily life and in my meditation practice. So I decided one day to deepen my knowledge by doing an intensive yoga teacher training in Germany, which is such an important part of my life

What are your top 3 tips for living more sustainable in your everyday life?

  1. Spending so much time in Asia, our first point has to be to avoid plastic wherever you can. It’s so painful to see how many empty plastic bottles are left around in Sri Lanka, and I actually don’t think travelers realize this is because it is nowhere for them to go! Most plastic and waste at the moment is just dumped in the countryside. As tourism grows its so important for us to encourage refillable bottles, which we try to do with our guests, also by offering free filtered water.
  2. Second would be to reuse or upcycle – there are many great companies in Sri Lanka that are working with waste materials, such as Rice and Carry. They create cool bags and purses from discarded rice bags (something else you can find everywhere in Sri Lanka!)
  3. Finally, we would say you should use what you have around you and be creative. We used many materials that are readily available in Sri Lanka, such as cinnamon sticks for clothing rails and coconut rope to hang them. We made signs by hand from discarded wood and repainted old plant pots – all of this meant we’re not consuming in an unnecessary way – plus it gives our interiors a Sri Lankan touch.

“Spending so much time in Asia, our first point has to be to avoid plastic wherever you can. It’s so painful to see how many empty plastic bottles are left around in Sri Lanka, and I actually don’t think travellers realise this is because there is nowhere for them to go!”

What was your vision for the place?

We wanted to create a space we would all love to stay at, which meant somewhere more like a home than a guest house. It was important for us to have a sense of community, where like-minded people can come together, share their experiences, and learn and grow together. Our most ingenious idea for this was our long cafe table, where we’ve found everyone will sit together, and naturally introduce themselves to others. Sharing our meals together immediately makes us feel more like a family, and we’ve already had wonderful feedback about this, especially from solo travelers who immediately feel welcomed to the group.

What are the thoughts on the wonderful menu?

Alex and Martina created the menu, simply using recipes they loved, but also being aware of using local Sri Lankan ingredients, so in some cases, we had to tweak the dishes to include seasonal produce. We wanted to have an Ayurvedic inspiration to the dishes, and within Ayurveda, it is really important to use fruits and vegetables that grow easily around you, there are also many herbs and spices that can improve your health, such as cumin, ginger, and turmeric.

“We wanted to have an Ayurvedic inspiration to the dishes, and within Ayurveda it is really important to use fruits and vegetables that grow easily around you, there are also many herbs and spices that can improve your health, such as cumin, ginger and turmeric.”

What are your hopes and dreams for the Green Peace Inn?

We only want to make our guests happy, and hopefully, along the way make some new friends and connections across the world. We’ve made plans for workshops, festivals, and events where we will reconnect with our Green Peace family during the summer. We hope that the great people we have already met will come back and visit us again next season because for us Green Peace is just about the amazing people that make the energy here so positive and warm.

If you are ever in Welligama, we sure to stop by Green Peace Inn <3

You can also follow them on Instagram, Facebook or read about them here.

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How to rock a fashion show sustainably

How to rock a fashion show sustainably

[Clothes borrowed from Line of Oslo]

Hello fashionistas and environmentalistas! Now that fashion weeks are upon us in Scandinavia there is a lot of buzzing about fashion shows and events all over town. Us girls behind this blog cannot claim to have anything to do in the fashion world (one of us attended our very first fashion show a couple of days ago hehe). Anyways, we know some stuff on how to go along sustainably in this world, and thought we would give you our top advice!

1. Use public transport to go around

Self-explanatory but oh so important to remember. Here in Norway, the main source of microplastics in the ocean is actually small pieces from car tires, so let’s leave the car as often as possible people!

2. Borrow from friends or even a brand

We were so lucky to be able to borrow clothes from Line of Oslo for the fashion show and asked to borrow their absolute most sustainable pieces. The shirt on A and the pants on S are made of 100% Tencel which is one of the most sustainable materials out in the bizz. Big ups to Line of Oslo for choosing some pieces in this material and let’s hope for more!

3. Throw in some second-hand elements

This awesome fanny pack is from the coolest second-hand store in Oslo – Robot Oslo. As we are avoiding buying any new leather, this is a great alternative. It’s also such a good way to save the wallet a little. The red top below is from the same store. Glittery n glammy.

4. Choose sustainable materials for the rest

When choosing elements for our wardrobe we always think about how it impacts the earth. Of course, the best alternative is to not buy anything new and rely on borrowing and second hand. Although, when tuning into a new green lifestyle, some pieces will naturally be fresh from the store, and the most important to think about is the quality and lifespan of the piece. For example, a classic wool coat will last a whole lifetime if you take good care of it. The pants below are made of Tencel.

WHAT IS TENCEL: Tencel is a super soft, durable and very sustainable material that is becoming increasingly popular. It is a fiber made from cellulose that is found in wood pulp, often from Eucalyptus trees from Forest Stewardship Council certified forests. It is converted into a fabric using a nanotechnology process where the chemicals and solvents used in the process are recycled with a rate of 99% – reducing its emissions and waste significantly. Tencel uses less land and water than production of cotton (1).

 

The ultimate greenie-guide to Oslo

The ultimate greenie-guide to Oslo

If you follow us on Instagram, you may have noticed that we have been running around Oslo lately testing out different cafés, restaurants, and other spots. Together with the coolest Instagram account @oslotips we decided to show you the best eco-friendly places in Oslo. It was […]

Cool news – we’re joining Dailystory magazine

Cool news – we’re joining Dailystory magazine

Dailystory – A new Norwegian lifestyle magazine Hello people! A lot of fun things have happened lately with tiny Radical Broccoli. We are so lucky to have become part of a Norwegian lifestyle magazine called Dailystory together with talented bloggers, artists, a yoga teacher, a wine and […]

Guide to: Glamorous glamping @Bukubaki eco surf resort

Guide to: Glamorous glamping @Bukubaki eco surf resort

During the time we were living in Portugal last fall, we planned for a little weekend get-a-way. We were looking for a place that would leave us feeling refreshed, inspired and most importantly, a place that had a low carbon footprint. So we packed our bags, surfboards, and bamboo toothbrushes and headed to Bukubaki in Peniche for a weekend of Glamping!

We tried glamping for the first time, a glamorous form of camping (amazing beds inside a tent), together with enjoying surfing, good food, spa and sauna facilities, and exploring what Peniche had to offer. Bukubaki arranged a skate jam Saturday night, which attracted loads of local skaters to come and hang out (not too bad;)). We were amazed by the facilities and the closeness to nature, while at the same time being able to cozy up in a tent filled with lights.

WHAT’S GLAMPING? A concept where nature meets modern luxury, and it’s a way to live as close as possible to nature without having to sacrifice comforts. A glamorous camping!

WHAT’S ECO-FRIENDLY TOURISM? Enhances the positive economic and social aspects of tourism, while at the same time reducing the negative effects on nature or cultural and social heritage.

The story

Bukubaki came to life already six years ago, when Marco wanted to create a space that respected nature. Living in Italy at the time with his wife, two children and one on the way they decided to follow their dream of buying a piece of land in Peniche, a small town in Portugal famous for surfing. Marco with his skate background fell in love with the surf lifestyle and friendliness of the Portuguese people. Long story short, together with another Italian couple they founded Bukubaki and created Peniche’s first eco surf resort.

What is an eco-resort?

What makes Bukubaki special is that is it planned to exist around nature, and not to replace it. Bukubaki was built using natural materials and renewable energy sources, resulting in a wonderful combination of comfort offered by tree houses and Canadian tents and a cool, earthy vibe.

As we are all time eco-nerds we wanted to dig even deeper and find out exactly how an eco-resort works and what all the different systems mean and how many details they have thought about.

Eco-Q&A with Marco from Bukubaki

Who are the founders?

The idea started almost 12 years ago in the mind of Marco Muraro and Eva Gramola, visionaries, dreamers, travelers, father and mother, surfers and skaters…after years of working on our dream, we had the opportunity to meet Monica Gasparotto and her husband Danilo Costa that believe in our idea and decided to jump on board for this new and exciting project. By joining our forces we were able to bring to life this amazing project named Bukubaki!

Marco, the founder & surf instructor

Can you tell us a bit about your organic garden?

We are setting up an organic garden all over the Bukubaki area. We choose to plant aromatic herbs and some fruit trees that we and the hosts use in the kitchen. Our plan is to set up a bigger garden and grow our own vegetables and be able to share them with our guests, but at this stage, we were only able to set a little personal garden for our own use. We strongly believe that it would be a great experience for our guests who live in the city to see how an organic garden works!

Can you tell us about the separate waste collection system?

Like all over the area of Peniche the waste is separated between glass and metal, paper, and “normal waste” but here in Bukubaki we are separating (as much as we can) also the organic waste that we put in a compost which we then use to fertilize the garden.

In what ways are the eco principles incorporated into the food?

We are trying to use just local products and we are giving particular attention to how those products are made. Our little organic garden serves the kitchen with some fruits, herbs and a few vegetables, the rest is bought at the local market. We use only eggs from the chicken that live outside and we don’t want to use any product made by industrial methods. Also, the meat we buy is from animals that we know lived in good conditions (our butcher has his own animal farm nearby). The fish? Here in Peniche fishing is the most popular activity and we are so lucky to receive fresh fish every day directly from the fishermen! Ah, also the coffee is bio!

Approximately how much of the electricity is created through the solar (photovoltaic) system?

Our photovoltaic system is producing 15kwa of electric energy if the weather conditions are good. The photovoltaic system works properly if the sun is shining and there is no shadow on the panels, there are moments during the day that our panels are in shadow so the production is reduced in those moments. Anyway, it’s a big help for us because it produces almost 1/3 of our needs!

You have stated that “poo is black gold”. Can you explain?

Sometimes we like to say strong things! Hehehe… The reason for this affirmation is because our septic tank is collecting all the human waste produced in the resort and, after a natural treatment of fermentation and filtration, it is drained to the terrain giving nutrition to the soil.

In what ways are the eco principles incorporated into the choices of furniture, decoration etc?

The production of our furniture was handmade by me (Marco) and a team of carpenters using just “solid wood” treated with natural oils. We gave our best to produce less waste and, tried to reuse as much as we were able to, the material that was supposed to be waste.

What do you expect from your guests? Do you expect something different from other resorts?

From the beginning, our mission in building Bukubaki was to give our guests the opportunity to learn and see with their eyes that it’s possible to do something to make this world a better place for us and our children, by raising awareness and promoting respect for mother earth and nature. We expect that our guests understand this message and be conscious of the responsibility that each one of us has in protecting this beautiful planet we all live on.

“From the beginning, our mission in building Bukubaki was to give our guests the opportunity to learn and see with their eyes that it’s possible to do something to make this world a better place for us and our children, by raising awareness and promoting respect for mother earth and nature.”

Guide to: healthy eats and green travel in Sri Lanka

Guide to: healthy eats and green travel in Sri Lanka

A green guide to the land of miracles The island of Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, is one of the most beautiful countries in the world both in terms of the scenery and the people. With its amazing beaches, green forests, waterfalls, train rides, mountains, […]

3 tips for a happy green 2018!

3 tips for a happy green 2018!

Environmentally friendly and trendy 2018 The best thing about a new year is that is gives ut a fresh start. Our aim is to give you a ton of inspiration that will make 2018 an amazing year. So bring our your notebook, because we are […]

Sustainability buzzwords

Sustainability buzzwords

Have you ever found yourself liking a product more because it says that it’s recyclable or biodegradable, without actually knowing what it means? Sometimes product descriptions get confusing because they are full of “green” buzzwords to attract you. Well, from now on we are going to get to know the different words, so that you can make the right choice when you pick up a new product.

Eco-friendly/environmentally-friendly

Eco/environmentally-friendly is a loose term for something that’s not harmful to the environment. It is not a protected title. If you are curios about what is eco/environmentally friendly about the product, use your consumer power and ask the producer or retailer.

Organic

Organic is a term used for food and products that have been made without artificial chemicals such as pesticides. There are various control organs such as Debio, Ecocert, and USDA Organic that certify products, and you will find their certification stamp on the product. This is a protected title.

Sustainable

Sustainability has been defined many different ways by different people. Something is said to be sustainable if it can continue over a period of time, causing little or no damage to the environment (1).

Sustainable development was defined by Norway’s first female prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland as “(…) development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”(2).

Biodegradable

If something is biodegradable, it can be degraded by microorganisms such as fungi and bacteria after a certain amount of years. The object will be entirely or partially converted to water, carbon dioxide, methane, energy, and new biomass (3). Some types of plastics can biodegrade, but what may come as a surprise is that plastic that is marked as biodegradable (cups, take away containers, bags) may only degrade when they are exposed to over 50 degrees for a long period of time (!). This will definitely not happen if it ends up in the ocean (4).

“Some types of plastics can biodegrade, but what may come as a surprise is that plastic that is marked as biodegradable (cups, take away containers, bags) may only degrade when they are exposed to over 50 degrees for a long period of time (!). This will definitely not happen if it ends up in the ocean.”

Compostable

Compostable products are those that either will break down in a home compost or in an industrial compost system. These products are therefore also biodegradable, but the difference is that the compostable contain valuable nutrients for the soil – such as food waste. In Norway, the compost turns into valuable biofuel for the garbage trucks and the Ruter buses, so don’t forget to compost.

Recyclable

Products that are recyclable can be turned into something new.

Vegan

Vegan refers to either a person who does not eat or use any animal products or a product/food that does not contain animal products. AKA a no-go to leather, fur, honey, milk, meat, or other things that belong to the animal kingdom.

Vegetarian

A person is vegetarian if they don’t eat meat or fish. Vegetarians usually do eat eggs and other dairy products.

Leave a comment if there are more definitions that should be included!

Not eating meat for Christmas and lot’s of delicious recipes

Not eating meat for Christmas and lot’s of delicious recipes

Advice for those who are having their first plant based Christmas The holidays are literally just around the corner, and we are so excited! Returning to Oslo really helped ignite the Christmas feeling, as the city has been covered in snow. We have received a […]

Book recommendation – The New Health Rules

Book recommendation – The New Health Rules

We highly recommend this book by Dr. Frank Lipman about how to take care of your health, soul, life and diet. It is filled with beautiful images and inspiration, and gives you short and sweet tips on how to live a richer life. Dr. Lipman […]

Ancient beauty trick for healthy skin during the cold winter season

Ancient beauty trick for healthy skin during the cold winter season

Sri Lanka is famous for a lot of things, among them the ancient medicine form Ayurveda and the many pearls of wisdom that follow. Ayurveda is a 5000-year-old medicine practice originated from India, but is also widely spread in Sri Lanka, and has been used ever since to treat imbalances in the body in a holistic manner.  Ayurveda is Sanskrit for “life knowledge”, and is all about becoming in tune with yourself. This also applies to imbalances in the skin. Differencing from western medicine, ayurvedic practices use herbs, diet, and lifestyle choices to get the body back into balance. Therefore, Ayurvedic practitioners look not only to your skin if you are facing an imbalance, they will also ask you about your happiness, the food you eat, and the level of stress in your life.

According to this philosophy, the skin is an extension of the body, and everything we apply to the skin ends up in the bloodstream. Therefore, applying toxins to the skin or our hair will go directly into your bloodstream and end up in the liver.

Generally, an Ayurvedic practitioner will look at your different doshas, as it is rooted on the idea that every person had a dosha, which is the biological energies that govern a persons body and mentality. Your doshas determine your optimal diet, mentality and lifestyle. You can take a test to find out what your predominant dosha is.

Typically, fall and winter cold creates dryness and coldness inside us. This means that there will be excess Vata (wind and air) in the body, which accumulates in dry skin, brittle nails and thinning hair which many of us experience during the winter. According to the simple principles of Ayurveda you must apply the “principle of opposites” to balance this. Here is a short and simple list of things you can do:

  1. Eat warm foods and drinks, instead of cold meals.
  2. Drink plenty of water everyday and keep hydrated! Make sure the water is not ice cold, but luke warm to warm up your body.
  3. Add healthy fats to your diet, such as nuts, coconuts, ghee and seeds.
  4. Exercise/move your body for 30 minutes everyday.
  5. Find something that makes you de-stress and chill out

Creamy warm christmas porridge with the taste of carrot cake

Creamy warm christmas porridge with the taste of carrot cake

This porridge is highly recommended for cold mornings! Starting your day with a smoothie or something cold when it’s winter is not the best thing for your digestive system. Therefore, a porridge is a really nice alternative. Some people love their oatmeal in the morning, […]

Turmeric latte, hot chocolate and frothy matcha

Turmeric latte, hot chocolate and frothy matcha

These are our three favorite warm drinks for the winter months. They all have different tastes and benefits and are super nourishing and delicious. The turmeric and matcha latte is a great substitute for coffee in the morning, as they boost your energy. We have […]

The perfect pink beetroot hummus

The perfect pink beetroot hummus

Beet hummus looks really good on the table and is a perfect dish to serve when friends are over for dinner or a snack. Hummus is also really good with every single dish if you ask us.

Beet Hummus

(6 snack portions or a side dish for 2,  40 min)

  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1 small roasted beet
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp juice of a lemon
  • 2 cups organic chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp water

Start by peeling and chopping up the beet and place it in the oven at 200 degrees for about 40 minutes. After it’s done, place the beet in a food processor together with chickpeas and start by adding the liquid but save the water until the end to see how creamy you prefer the hummus. Top it with some fresh coriander or sesame seeds and enjoy!

Eco-friendly 5 minute homemade hemp milk

Eco-friendly 5 minute homemade hemp milk

This is the recipe for a milk that is not only plant-based, high in protein, full of healthy fats and tasty, it’s also really environmental friendly! As people who don’t flow with regular milk, the lactose-free or vegan options in the grocery stores have been […]

Bamboo toothbrush GIVEAWAY with The Bamboo Brush Society

Bamboo toothbrush GIVEAWAY with The Bamboo Brush Society

Okay. What’s better than a cheap, cool and easy way to become more environmentally friendly? Honestly, not that much. And the good news is that all of you are invited to join the society of people appreciating eco-friendly things! The Bamboo Brush Society is a dutch […]

Radical crispy crust veggie pizza

Radical crispy crust veggie pizza

Pizza is always a good idea. Especially when its filled with goodies and veggies that keep you strong and healthy through the cold winter. This crust is made with cauliflower, which makes it crispy and juicy at the same time – yessss. It´s also egg-free, gluten-free and dairy-free. It’s also super easy to make. Try it out! 

Radical crispy crust veggie pizza:

(6 portion size pizzas, ca. 40-50 min)

  • 1 cauliflower
  • 2 dl buckwheat flour
  • 1 dl cornflour
  • 4-6 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil powder

Topping:

A variety of toppings can be used of course, but here are the ingredients we used.

  • Mushrooms
  • Onion
  • Avocado
  • Arugula
  • Mesclun salad
  • Lemon
  • Fresh & dried basil
  • Fresh & dried oregano
  • Paprika spice
  • Salt

How to

The first thing you need to do is turn on the oven to 200 degrees. Then rinse the cauliflower and chop it into smaller pieces and mix it in a food processor until its all floury and fine chopped. Add the rest of the ingredients to the dough.

Place a portion sized mass of the dough onto a baking tray. If you are into saving the earth and therefore baking paper, have a bit of oil on the tray instead 🙂 Bake the pizza bottoms for 15 minutes, before taking them out, flipping them around, and adding the topping. Let them bake again until they look nice and crispy! 

ENJOY!

Weekly eco-tips #1: Light an (eco-friendly) candle for christmas

Weekly eco-tips #1: Light an (eco-friendly) candle for christmas

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Guide to: healthy food & green living in Portugal

Guide to: healthy food & green living in Portugal

Maybe you are like us, always researching places to eat good and healthy before visiting new spots. We have spent lots of time in Portugal, so we thought it was time to share our favorite spots in at the moment. The places are based in […]

Açaí smoothie bowl

Açaí smoothie bowl

Açaí berries are originally from the wild Amazon, and they are small powerhouses of nutrients and energy. We both completely fell in love with this taste after spending time in Brazil, and have been trying to reconstruct the same taste at home. Açaí is very high in antioxidants and has a whole array of health benefits such as containing zinc, copper, manganese, and magnesium. You can make açaí bowls in many different ways, and this smoothie is great for breakfast or after a surf session or workout. It’s a bit bigger and less sweet than the bowls you can buy at the beach in Brazil, but it’s still really good, although it makes you miss the sunshine.

Açaí smoothie (2 portions, 10-15 minutes):

  • 1 handful steamed and frozen cauliflower
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1 dl raspberries
  • 1 organic açaí packet
  • 1/5 handful frozen spinach
  • 1 dl mango or papaya

Optional:

  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1 tsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp spirulina powder

Blend it all together and top your smoothie with your favorite toppings! Yumyumyumyumyumyum. We topped ours with a granola (recipe is soon to come), coconut shreds, cacao nibs, hemp seeds, Brasil nuts, pepitas and almond butter.

Açaí packets or powder can usually be bought at health stores. We definitely recommend the packets, as long as they are 100% açaí, and not full of additives. We bought ours at Celeiro here in Portugal, and have seen them at Økohjertet, Life and Røtter in Oslo.

3 green documentaries you can’t miss

3 green documentaries you can’t miss

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6 ingredient taco bowl

6 ingredient taco bowl

Every single day we make a very important choice. Namely the choice of what to have for dinner. With this small choice, you can actually make a huge impact on the world, which is the most fantastic thought. Today we want to make this choice […]

How the two young girls behind hejhejmats are changing the world one yoga mat at the time

How the two young girls behind hejhejmats are changing the world one yoga mat at the time

Yoga is one of those incredible activities that make you want to do better, think better and take better care of your self and others. You show up, take a time out to focus and break a sweat. What would be better than combining this with a yoga mat that is also good for the planet? These girls are just geniuses and are definitely going to change the Scandinavian yoga scene towards sustainability!

Get to know Anna and Sophie behind hejhej-mats, how their idea was born, their top three tips on how to live sustainably, as well as their favorite food. Also – go check out their crowdfunding campaign which ends this Sunday the 5th of November.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourselves?

We are Anna (25) and Sophie (24) and together we founded the sustainable start-up hejhej-mats. Both of us are passionate about yoga and sustainability. We came up with the idea for our start-up during our time in Sweden, where we both did our Master in Sustainability Management.


Photo: Elina Nomad

What is unique about hejhej yoga mats?

Our hejhej-mats yoga mats are fully sustainable as they are made from recycled material and they are recyclable at the end of their lifespan. Most existing sustainable yoga mats are made from natural materials, such as kautschuk. We think, we already have enough resources on the planet and it is not necessary to take new ones to produce high-quality products.


Photo: Elina Nomad

How did you come up with this idea and the name of the brand?

As already mentioned, both of us were lucky enough to live in Sweden for one year. During that time, we visited an art exhibition related to sustainability together. In this exhibition, the Turkish Artist Pinar Yolda accused yoga practitioners of acting hypocritically as they often think to live a sustainable lifestyle but practice yoga on a plastic mat which is harmful to the environment. Sophie and I felt touched, and right when we came home we started to look for sustainable yoga mats. Existing mats did not fulfill our sustainability expectations so we decided to create one on our own: a recycled closed-loop yoga mat.

The name hejhej-mats shows our connection to Sweden as it is the Swedish way to say hello. We would like to welcome the new life and continuous life we are giving to the resources we use.


Photo: Anthony Wagemann

What are your hopes and dreams for the company?

We are just in the last days of our Crowdfunding Campaign and we hope to finish this successfully. With the resources from the campaign, we will be able to put the finishing touches on our recycled yoga mats and to start the first production line. We hope that our hejhej-mats will give yoga practitioners a sustainable alternative when purchasing their yoga mats. With this, we hope to reduce the amount of plastic yoga mats on the market and reduce the amount of plastic trash on our planet in total. We also really hope that our closed-loop hejhej-mats will raise awareness on an individual level on how to deal with your own waste.


Photo: Anthony Wagemann

What are your top three tips for living sustainably?

  1. Avoid single-use plastic, such as straws and coffee-to-go cups.
  2. Be aware of the origin of the products you buy and under what circumstances they got produced – as a consumer you can make powerful decisions with your wallet.
  3. Life consciously, take care of the planet, the people around you and yourself.


Photo:Anthony Wagemann

What is your favorite meal?

Right now it is probably sweetheart cabbage from the oven with eggplant-pesto, rocket salad, and parmesan! A friend introduced it to us in Sweden and we still can’t get enough of it.


Photo: Elina Nomad

Where can we buy the products?

Right now, you still have the opportunity to reserve yourself our sustainable mats in our crowdfunding campaign. In the future, you will be able to purchase our mat online on our website.

Homemade snickers with adaptogens

Homemade snickers with adaptogens

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Going zero waste with Stine Friis

Going zero waste with Stine Friis

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Juicy brownie for #worldveganday

Juicy brownie for #worldveganday

Hello and welcome to temptation! Some people may think that these ingredients don’t belong in a brownie recipe, but once you’ve tried it one you will be wondering why you never did before. Brownie is definitely on the top three fav food list – and this one is packed with stuff that’s good for you. Hurray! After having made this recipe a couple of times and testing different variations (poor us), this is the final result. This recipe gives about 10 juicy pieces, but if you want a larger cake you might as well double!

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Juicy brownie

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 tbs almond or coconut flour
  • 4 tbs raw cacao
  • 7 medjool dates
  • 1 tbs maple syrup/agave
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda (natron)
  • (water to adjust consistency)

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Peel and boil the potato until its tender. Pit the dates (remove the seeds). Mix together the sweet potato with the dates with a food processor or hand mixer, and add the rest of the ingredients. When it reaches a creamy consistency, pour it over into a springform pan and place it in the oven for 20-30 minutes. It’s done when you can poke a fork into the cake, and it doesn’t stick.

Icing

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 7 medjool dates
  • 3-4 tbs raw cacao

Pit the dates and add them to a baking bowl together with banana, avocado, and cacao. Blend together with a hand mixer, and leave it in the fridge for 10 minutes. When the cake has cooled down, pour the icing over the cake, and top it with anything that looks pretty and tastes lovely. By the way – the cake tastes even better after a night in the fridge!

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How the heck does plastic end up in the ocean? And how does it affect your health?

How the heck does plastic end up in the ocean? And how does it affect your health?

It’s no secret that the world is facing a huge plastic problem – and we are not talking about that p surgery. Plastic is made of a material that is meant to last forever, yet we tend to through away bottles, straws, and plates after using […]

4 ingredient vegan buckwheat pancakes

4 ingredient vegan buckwheat pancakes

For a fiest of a Sunday lunch today we made these super easy and delicious pancakes, which are quick to mix together, and very versatile. They can be enjoyed savory or sweet, and will be loved by everyone! 4 large buckwheat pancakes 2 dl buckwheat […]

Amazing bikinis that help clean the ocean?! Meet Halla x Halla

Amazing bikinis that help clean the ocean?! Meet Halla x Halla

These girls design the coolest swim wear we have seen in a while. On top of that, the swim wear is made of recycled plastic bottles and fishing nets! We had to find out more about the creators behind the brand, and how they came up with such a good idea.Photo: @vanhamies

Hi HallaxHalla! Who are the people behind the brand?

Halla Halla is a Nordic swimwear company established by Hanna Chalvet & Salla Valkonen in 2016. We first met in university, studying fashion design, and always talked about our dream of having our own swimwear line. After graduating and adventuring around the world together we decided it was time to pursue our dream and combine our passion for being active, leading a sustainable life, and designing swimwear.

Photo: @vanhamies

Why did you chose to make your swimsuits out of sustainable fabric, and how is it done?

After traveling the world together to the most beautiful destinations we realized there was a big problem with the amount of plastic in the oceans. We surfed in the most remote locations among plastic bottles, bags and other items. Paddling in the ocean, getting plastic and other debris stuck on our hands really made us think. We decided we wanted to start a swimwear line that would be sustainable. We did a lot of research and finally found a fabric that could change everything. A fabric made from recycled plastic bottles and fishing nets! The plastic waste for our fabric is collected through different initiatives and projects and transformed into high quality fabric. Therefore, we are helping clean the oceans by creating our products.

Photo: @vanhamies

Where do you find inspiration?

We find inspiration from traveling to tropical destinations, from all the beautiful places and colors. They have inspired us when designing our unique pieces. We want our pieces to look like the sun, waves, sand, corals, making you feel as though you are a part of the ocean.

Why is sustainability important?

We aim to create our pieces with sustainable material, because we want to do our part to save the oceans. Sustainability is a vital key in ensuring that the oceans stay clean and our future generations can enjoy them as much as we do. We want to be a part of the movement to help sustain this beautiful world.

Photo: @vanhamies

What are your top 3 tips for a more environmental friendly daily life?

There are so many things you can do on a daily basis to make your daily life more environmentally friendly. The key things are to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

  1. Reduce: Use & buy less! Try to for example take shorter showers and use less electricity.
  2. Reuse: Try to reuse! Always take your tote bag when getting groceries and never forget to bring your water bottle with you.
  3. Recycle: Remember to separate your waste because it might be transformed into something new!

Finally, where can we get our hands on the gorgeous swimwear?

Our Halla Halla swimwear is only sold in our online shop at hallaxhalla.com! More stock coming soon!

Check out HallaXHalla’s webpage here, on Instagram and Facebook.

Photo: @vanhamies

Beetroot burgers

Beetroot burgers

Veggie burgers are definitely here to stay, and we have tried many different types. This one is delicious and juicy, entirely vegan, and is best enjoyed with loads of toppings. Guacamole, hummus, red pesto and a good olive oil are some suggestions, and preferably a […]

Healthy, tasty and hip – Surf Kombucha

Healthy, tasty and hip – Surf Kombucha

Have you ever wondered what the deal with kombucha is all about? This week we talked with the inspiring people behind the brand Surf Kombucha, which is a Norwegian based brand of fermented tea. Surf Kombucha is actually brewed on a peninsula in Norway by a […]

Ginger tofu wok with soba noodles and tamari

Ginger tofu wok with soba noodles and tamari

This meal is super easy for those busy everyday evenings when you are craving something warm and filling. It is a great pre- or post workout meal, because of the proteins in the tofu and all the lovely nutrients.

What is actually tofu?
Basically, tofu is made the same way regular cheese is made from cows milk, and was “invented” in China for thousands of years ago. It is dense in nutrients such as kalsium, magnesium and vitamin A, and contains a lot of protein (approx. 13 grams per 100). There is a large ongoing discussion on whether or not tofu is healthy for you, based on the fact that loads of the tofu you can buy comes from gene modified soybeans. If you are in doubt, a little research on the field gets you a long way. Therefore you need to make sure to buy an organic tofu. Luckily, most of the tofu that is bought in the Nordics (from Nordic producers) comes from organic farms in Europe – and not from the rainforest (Mari Hult – vegetarbloggen).

Ginger tofu wok with soba noodles and tamari(2 pers)

  • Ca. 75-100 gram soba noodles per person
  • 1 package of tofu – organic(!). We recommend Urtekram
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1/2 zucchini
  • 1/2 eggplant
  • Tamari
  • 1 small piece of ginger
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Boil up water for the soba noodles. Slice the zucchini, eggplant and pepper in sizeable bites, and wok them. Chop the ginger in small pieces. Slice the tofu in squares, and add the ginger and some tamari in a bowl, and marinate the tofu for some minutes. When the tamari has soaked in a bit, heat up a pan and fry the tofu so it gets a nice crust.

When the water is boiling, add the soba noodles and let them boil for about 6-8 minutes. When its done, rinse it properly in cold water, and then add it to the pan of fried tofu to heat it up again. Serve everything in a bowl, and maybe add some more tamari and some herbs to finish it off.

ENJOY!

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The corporate hippie Simen Knudsen

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6 easy ways to eat like a boss on a budget

6 easy ways to eat like a boss on a budget

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The #1 environmental solution isn’t what you think

The #1 environmental solution isn’t what you think

Who saves the world? Plant based, non food-wasting, educated girls 

Can we actually combat climate change at this point, and how do the things we do in our daily lives even matter? Here is the most up to date, science based list of actions that really give a bang for the buck.

A group of scientists, geologists, engineers, biologists, economists, architects, NGOs, activists, entrepreneurs and scholars already asked this exact question, and together they wrote the amazing book “The Drawdown – The most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming“, edited by Paul Hawken. The book maps, measures, and describes the 100 most impactful solutions to global warming. There are reasons to get excited, because half of the top 20 solutions involve food on our plates and educating girls.

The goal of the research behind the book is to determine if we can reverse the buildup of atmospheric carbon within thirty years. (Breakdown: atmospheric carbon is the amount of carbon in the atmosphere, which has increased over the past years due to burning of fossile fuels like coal, oil and natural gas. When greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) go into the atmosphere they act as the glass in a greenhouse, trapping heat below the atmosphere. Scientists believe that this contributes to global warming (1)).

The Drawdown list of climate change solutions consists of actions recommended to take regardless, since they benefit communities and economies. It is ranked according to total atmospheric CO2-eq reduction (breakdown: when calculating the warming effect of a specific gas, it is measured in CO2 equivalents, called CO2-eq, which is a unit describing the effect a given amount of CO2 has on global warming for a fixed period of time), net cost and savings (billions US$).

We want to highlight the Drawdown-inspired actions that you can do from the comfort of your own home!

#1. Materials refrigerant management

Okay, what?!

This might be new to many, but refrigerators and air conditioners contain something called chemical refrigerants, which basically absorbs and releases heat to enable chilling. There are different types of chemical refrigerants, where the most dangerous one for the environment are the CFCs and the HCFCs (ozone depleting chemicals). However, due to the 1987 Montreal Protocol, they have been gradually phased out (2). Today, the most common refrigerant is HFC, which is said to be better than its predecessors, but harms the environment by its global warming effect. It has 1,000-9,000 times greater capacity to warm the atmosphere than CO2, and is said to add a potentially disastrous 0.5 C to global temperatures if it’s not phased out (3).

So, whats the tip here? Check your old appliances for which refrigerants they are using, and when buying a fridge, freezer or air conditioner find out if they contain CFCs, HFC or HCFCs. Do not look for buying old, used appliances, as they definitely do more harm than good. Modern producers such as Miele, Siemens, Bosch etc. only make freezers and fridges that are CFC and HCF free (4). A modern, more eco-friendly alternative to the substances mentioned above is hydrocarbons (HC) (5).

In short: Bad guys = CFC/HCHC/HCF. Good guy = HC.

#3. Reduce food waste 

As we have written about before, a third of the food produced never makes it to your plate. Greenhouse gases are released at each step of the production, causing food waste to be responsible for about 8% of global emissions (6). The sad thing about food waste is that in higher income countries the reasons for the waste are mostly superficial. We are served too much food, and we reject food based on its color, shape or bumps and bruises.

#4. Eating a plant-based diet 

Starting with your next meal you can already make a difference and transitioning to a plant based diet may be the most effective way an individual can stop climate change. Eating a plant based is easy and delicious, and you don’t have to become a hard core vegan or vegetarian to reduce your meat consumption. Eating meat is the most expensive diet for the planet, and as the Drawdown points out, “if cattle were their own nation, they would be the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases” (7). Plant based diets also tend to be healthier and reduces the risks of chronic disease. The study highlights:

Data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations shows that if 50 percent of the world’s population restricts their diet to a healthy 2,500 calories per day and reduces meat consumption overall, we estimate at least 26.7 giga tons of emissions could be avoided from dietary change alone. If avoided deforestation from land use change is included, an additional 39.3 giga tons of emissions could be avoided, making healthy, plant-rich diets one of the most impactful solutions at a total of 66 giga tons reduced (8).

Not only does the study find that emissions could be reduced by as much as 70 percent with a vegan diet, but $1 trillion in annual health-care costs and lost productivity would be saved.

…And what about the girls?

The effect of #6 and #7 combined tell us that educating girls is the number one most important measure. Better educated girls can have less children, which prevents over-population and enables more well informed financial and dietary choices.

Stay tuned for a new post on this topic.

Bliss balls with superfoods

Bliss balls with superfoods

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3 ways to go green today

3 ways to go green today

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Pink soup

Pink soup

This soup is great for fall and is very tasty and nourishing. Beets are a great source of B vitamin, maganese, copper, magnesium, potassium and iron. Beets are also a great assistant in detoxing the liver, so this soup is perfect if you need a boost!  The ingredients in this soup are in season, which means that they not only taste their best right now, but it is also a more sustainable choice since they probably grow on a farm near by or at least in the same country.

Ingredients

  • 2 large beets
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 fennel
  • leek
  • coconut milk

Start by pealing the sweet potato and the beets and place them in the oven at 180 degrees for about 45 minutes. Chop up 1 leek and 1 fennel and sautè both on low heat until they are soft. When the beet and sweet potatoes are done, place then in a sause pan with the coconut milk, fennel, and leek. Bring everything to a boil and mix it together with a mixer. If it is too thick, add some water to the soup.

Garnish with tahini, sea salt, and pumpkin seeds to finish  

Warm, sweet potato smoothie bowl

Warm, sweet potato smoothie bowl

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Homemade probiotic coconut yoghurt

Homemade probiotic coconut yoghurt

This yoghurt is amazing for coconut lovers, people who cannot eat regular yoghurt, with tummy troubles, vegans, or just if you find it exciting to make stuff from scratch. With the added probiotics it contains good bacteria for the gut, which we all need. Making […]

How to make Matcha latte

How to make Matcha latte

Matcha latte has become a popular “pick-me-up” drink in recent years. It’s actually a ground powder of green tea leaves, and is said to give you a more calm energy than a cup of coffee would. It has its origins in China, and later spread to Japan, and now to the rest of the world. By adding some coconut oil in the drink you get an extra boost of energy, speed up your metabolism and power up your immune system! Yihahh

Matcha latte

  • 1 tablespoon matcha powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 dash plant based milk (hemp, coconut, almond, rice, oat++)
  • Boiled water for one cup

Blend for one minute in a blender and enjooooy

//NORSK//

Matcha latte har blitt en trendy og populær energigivende drikk de siste årene. Matcha er et pulver av grønne teblader, og skal visstnok gi deg en mer balansert og rolig energi enn kaffe. Matcha kommer originalt fra Kina, og spredte seg senere til Japan og nå til resten av verden (takk insta;) ).  Ved å ha i litt kokosolje sies det at du får et ekstra energiboost, du speeder opp forbrenningen og styrker immunforsvaret!

Matcha latte

  • 1 spiseskje matcha powder
  • 1 spiseskje kokosolje
  • 1 dose plantebasert melk (hemp, kokos, mandel, ris, havre++)
  • Kokt vann til en kopp

Blend i ett minutt og nyyyyt!

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Sauteed kale, baked sweet potato and mushroom mix

Sauteed kale, baked sweet potato and mushroom mix

This meal is super simple to put together, and it is also great the next day. With good sources of complex carbs and proteins it makes the perfekt after workout meal. Wohooo! Kale, baked sweet potato, quinoa and mushroom mix 3-4 kale leaves 1 baked sweet […]

Mexican inspired chickpea bowl

Mexican inspired chickpea bowl

Today we really recommend this dish, which is a great choice for meat free monday! This mix is inspired by the taste of Mexico, and has a delicious taste of tacos and burritos, only in a plant based version.

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Mexican inspired chickpea bowl (4-6 servings):

  • 2 cans chickpeas
  • 2 cans white (or black) beans
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 large can corn (organic)
  • 1 large white onion
  • Chives (gressløk)
  • Tahini
  • Spices: salt, pepper, cummin, paprika and turmeric (gurkemeie)
  • Coconut oil

Heat the coconut oil in a pan, and add the chopped white onion. Let it cook until it becomes glazed and caramellized, and then add the corn. Let them cook together and add the spices. Lastly, add all the beans into the pan or pot, and add more spice if you prefer. The avocado is added in after taking the mixture of the heat, and the bowl is lastly topped with chives and a tahini dressing.

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Tahini dressing:

  • 1-2 tbs tahini
  • 1-2 tbs olive oil

Mix the two together. Add more oil if you want it more liquid. DSC01793There you go – a super nutritious, cheap, quick, easy and tasty dish that also is very filling. You get a lot of good plant based proteins from the chickpeas, beans and corn together with helthy fats from the avocado, tahini and coconut oil. Happy meat free Monday! You are officially contributing to a great cause – both for your health, wallet, the animals and the environment.

Super ice pops

Super ice pops

Summer time is synonymous with delicious ice creams. Even better, they don’t have to be bad for you. These ice creams have too many benefits, you will literally scream for more. They do not contain any dairy, weird additives or unnecessary nonsense.  We have made […]

Buckwheat bowl with avocado, cherry tomatoes and eggplant

Buckwheat bowl with avocado, cherry tomatoes and eggplant

Okay, maybe it’s not so pretty, but haven’t we all learned not to judge by the looks? This dish is really creamy with a risotto-like texture and rich taste. It’s both a perfect main for vegans or vegetarians and great as a side dish. We have written […]

Creamy coconut curry

Creamy coconut curry

This dish was inspired by Ella Woodward with some changes to the recipe. It is really good, and perfect to serve for dinner guests! You can make it however spicy you prefer, just add more chili and curry paste.

Creamy coconut curry 

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 aubergine
  • 1 can of organic coconut milk
  • 1 can organic tomatoes
  • 1 tbs chili flakes
  • 1 tbs organic curry paste
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  •  salt and pepper
  • 2 cm graded ginger

Start by preheating the oven to 200 degrees celcius. Then pour the coconut milk, tomatoes, ginger and chili into a souse pan and bring it to boil. Then peel and chop the sweet potatoes and aubergine into bit sized and put them in the souse pan. Place everything in the oven for about 30 minutes. Add the chickpeas and curry paste, salt and pepper and let it cook for another 30 minutes until the aubergine is soft. Serve with brown rice.

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Guide to: healthy and vegan food in London!

Guide to: healthy and vegan food in London!

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Pineapple, carrot and orange juice

Pineapple, carrot and orange juice

Pineapple, carrot and orange juice is a great refreshment and it is also quite filling to be a juice. Pineapples are great for skin and the metabolism. Carrots and oranges are great sources of vitamin C and vitamin A. As juice is really easy to […]

Asian wok with soba noodles

Asian wok with soba noodles

This meal is super easy to prepare and is SO tasty and spicy. Instead of white (wheat) noodles, we love using soba noodles which are made of 100% buckwheat (soba means buckwheat in Japanese). The noodles originate from Japan and contain manganese, really good protein (without all the saturated fat), carbohydrates and thiamin (also known as b1). Manganese is good for the energy metabolism (boosting your fat burning) and thiamin supports the function of the immune and nervous system keeping you healthy all year long – wuhuu!

Miso soup has been a staple in Japanese diet dating back 2500 years! That is pretty incredible. Today most Japanese people start their day with miso which they believe stimulates digestion and energizes their body. It is a paste made of soybeans, sea salt, and koji. It has a pretty refined taste and might take some getting used to. It is fermented, which means that it is excellent for gut health, which recently has been brought a lot of attention to due to its impact on all of the body’s functions and numerous diseases connected to the gut health! The miso is packed with vitamins, minerals, and proteins. Japan actually has one of the healthiest diets in the world, due to the vast amounts of fermented food, vegetables, and fresh fish. They also live longer than most other nations. Japanese food is definitely something to explore! It is wise to choose the enzyme-rich product and not the pasteurized ones.

 Thai inspired wok:

  • soba noodles (can be bought in health stores and Asian markets)
  • green cabbage
  • spring onion
  • mushrooms
  • sesame seeds
  • asparagus beans
  • sesame oil
  • tamari
  • chili flakes
  • coconut oil

Miso soup:
  • 1 package of organic miso (can be bought in health stores and Asian markets)
Start by chopping the vegetables into fine slices, and put them all together in a warm wok pan with coconut oil. Secondly, start to boil a pot of water to cook the soba noodles. When the vegetables are cooked but still have a little crisp, add sesame oil and sesame seeds. Place the soba noodles in the boiling water and let it cook for about six minutes. After the noodles are cooked it is important to let them rinse under cold water for a while, to avoid them getting very sticky. Lastly, place everything together in the wok pan and add chili flakes and a tablespoon of tamari. We like it very spicy, but you can adjust this to your own preferences. And voila, a nourishing warm meal in under twenty minutes.
 
Enjoy this super healthy and really good meal that gives you energy aaaall day long!
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Smoothie parfait with chia seeds

This yummy breakfast might look like something that’s hard to create, but it’s really not. You don’t need that many ingredients, and can of course make the smoothie in any way you like. By mixing in some chia “pudding” you get a super nutritious meal […]

Soba noodles with homemade pesto

Soba noodles with homemade pesto

An (easy) greasy pasta dish which is incredibly yummy – especially when made of the most nurturing ingredients. This pasta is made of buckwheat and the pesto is based on organic produce. It is a simple and quick meal to make, and should take about 15 minutes. As we have […]

Quinoa porridge with homemade granola

Quinoa porridge with homemade granola

This porridge is actually made in exactly 90 seconds. That’s a quick meal! We use Ancient Harvest Quinoa Hot Flakes Cereal from iHerb. It’s filled with proteins, and has a very natural taste. Therefore, it is a good idea to top it with the best homemade granola and berries.

Homemade granola

  • 2 dl sesame seeds
  • 2 dl flax seeds
  • 2 dl pumpkin seeds
  • 1 dl almonds chopped finely
  • 1 dl of walnuts chopped finely
  • 1 dl peanuts chopped finely
  • 2 tbs coconut oil
  • 1 tbs raw honey
  • 2-3 tbs water
  • 1 tbs cinnamon
  • 1 pinch himalayan salt

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcius. Chop up the nuts, and mix everything together in a baking bowl. Make sure that the granola is moist enough before placing it in the oven for about 15-20 minutes. This way it will become sticky and crunchy, just the way it should be.

Enjoy!

3 superfood snacks with raw cacao

3 superfood snacks with raw cacao

Today’s recipe is based on raw cacao, giving you three different choices for it’s use. We have made raw goji berry chocolate, granola bars with raw chocolate and banana ice cream pops! We have written before about the cool effects of raw cacao, and why you should try to […]