The Amazon is burning 😭

As you’ve probably noticed, we are very engaged in spreading the word about getting more plants into our diet. Not only for the sake of our own health, but for the planet, the animals and our environment.

Right now the conditions of the Amazon are at its worst. The world’s largest rainforest is being burnt down by cattle farmers in order to produce a huge amount of meet for peoples consumption. The amount of fires in the rainforest are at a record high this year, at a 83% increase from last year.

As we have written in our book, Jordnært, 70% of the deforestation of the amazon is caused by the meet production.

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So what is the link between burning the Amazon and meat consumption?

The meat and dairy industry, as it is today, is not sustainable. The process is incredibly heavy on our earths resources, and the food industry today stands for 30% of the total global greenhouse gas emissions. Livestock, which is raising animals in order to produce products such as milk, meat and eggs, accounts for about half of that. A lot comes from methane emissions from the animals’ digestion, but the largest part comes from growing feed for the animals. The feed that we grow the most of is soy. In order to produce extreme amounts of soy, the rainforest is being cut and burnt down, also known as deforestation.

What can we do?

As Brinkley Davies said - “it’s not only the animal you’re eating that you’re killing, it’s everything”.

  • Cut down on your consumption of animal products - meat, dairy, eggs ++

  • Donate to organizations that you trust. In Norway we recommend Regnskogfondet, who we have had a close collaboration with, and who we trust. You can become a guardian of the rainforest on their website.

  • Watch documentaries like Cowspiracy on Netflix

  • Raise your voice on social media - no matter how big or small your account is. #prayforamazonia #amazonrainforest

When I lived in Brazil a few years ago, I was lucky enough to experience the amazing Amazon rainforest, and I actually saw huge areas of burnt trees and dry lands with my own eyes. That day I decided that each day was a new opportunity for me to inspire others to engage themselves in this important matter.

We really hope you are in with us on this one 💙

Eco-app tips: One Save/Day

So I found a new app that is really motivating for doing small and doable things for the environment every single day. We all need a little boost, so I thought I would share this so you can try it out!

The app is called One Save/Day and it gives you a daily challenge for the environment. Yesterday I was challenged to unplug all unused chargers, and today it asked me to choose the eco program when washing clothes. Pretty cool.


Once you’ve completed the daily challenge, it will tell you a cool fact, like how many others have contributed to the same task :)

You can download the app in the App Store!

4 meditations for anxiety relief

Some times the world gets a bit overwhelming, and we need some coping mechanisms to get by. We have both tried lots of different things - yoga, breathing techniques, long walks, therapy sessions and just a good old cup of (something) ;)) One thing that we keep coming back to is meditation. Meditation helps center our energy and release tension in the body and mind. I thought I would share my four current favorite meditations that I do regularly to stay sane! Hope you like them.

How to meditate?

Meditation can be done in many different ways. Usually I like laying down in my bed, on the flour or sitting on a cushion. Do it any way that suits you, and how you feel comfortable.

Hope this gave you some inner joy & peace ☮️ Do you meditate? What are your favorite videos/apps/podcasts?

Oslo based design studio - Mold Atelier

Just stopping by to share an inspiring company that I recently discovered - an Oslo based creative studio that also create handmade products right here in town. I really like the visual expression and minimalistic look that Mold Atelier have throughout their site, products and concept. This is not an ad, I just wanted to share this with you as I love finding small companies who create something different, and have a special attention to quality. Check out their site HERE.

Two stones earrings

Two stones earrings

Meteoritt no. 2

Meteoritt no. 2

pocket bag

pocket bag

You can also find them on Instagram. Do you like supporting small brands? Do you have any recommendations for us? Feel free to post in the comments below <3

Things we failed at

I listened to a podkast in the car the other day, and the episode was about things she “failed” at along the way of building her business and life. It got me thinking about the past couple of years and how bumpy our road has been even though it all seems pretty straight forward on social media. It reminded me of a spring when we were just moments away from opening our dream café. Except it wasn't . Our gut feeling told us it was not the right way to do it, even though we just spent weeks and months dreaming and planning it, even finding our first employee. Weeks and months without any income. It reminded me of the time we did bad business deals and trusted the wrong people. When we gave more of ourselves than we ever got back. It reminded me of the times when we didn’t feel a sense of direction at all and felt completely lost. It also reminded me of the times we felt completely alone. But you know what. It may have broken us a bit a long the way, made us feel small, like we failed. In reality it thought us so much. How important it is to know what kind of people you want in your life. What your gut feeling feels like and how its actually worth following. How much we are worth and how some closed doors just leads to another one opening up. How important is it to take risks, because if you never do, you will not grow and build the life that you really want.

A new chapters are coming up soon. New risks. A new chance to win or to grow. Maybe both. The same terrifying feeling of stepping away from everything that is secure. We have taken risks before. We will do it again. It would not be as easy did we not know what we do now.

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Inspiring minimalist

When I’m at home I feel like I am constantly cleaning, organizing and folding clothes. It’s a never ending story. And it’s actually because I own too many things. My goal this year is to become more minimalistic, and I still have a long way to go. So step one is finding inspiration, and if anyone else feels the same I recommend this Youtube film. She might be a bit extreme, but there are so many good tips, like not buying notebooks all the time, souvenirs (I never do that though) and not buying nicknack. I think my first step is selling even more of my things and really experiencing how it is to live with less. In the end I think this makes us less stressed and more happy:)

Update on the week and Adidas shoot

It’s Friday people. I’ve waited for this day all week. Haha. That’s pretty stupid actually, cause that makes me enjoy each moment less, and when Friday comes, it’s gonna pass just as quickly as every other day. Hm. Going to enjoy it a lot!!

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Monday morning breakfast from Oslo Raw

Monday morning breakfast from Oslo Raw

Anyways! We’ve had such a busy week. We started Monday morning with an interview with a magazine about sisterhood and working together as sisters - it was fun to reflect upon our relationship and how it has changed after we started working together. In the evening we guested God Sommer Norge - a Norwegian talk show on TV2. We were there together with a news reporter who had been challenged to 3 days plastic free living, and we were gonna give him some tips and tricks. We also spent some time preparing for a presentation we were holding on Tuesday. In between I’ve been taking Noah for walks, playing with him, making sure he eats, and picked up socks all over the apartment.

Tuesday we held a presentation on “10 tips to a more eco-friendly lifestyle” for a University College in Oslo, Høyskolen Kristiania. This week is the intro week for all universities in Oslo, and there were some pretty tired people in the crowd haha. It actually still smelled of beer in the arena, but the presentation went pretty well and we signed some books afterwards. Its always hard to know if people resonate with what we are saying when we’re up there, since most people have kind of a plane facial expression when listening, but we got some nice messages afterwards - so thank youuu to everyone who came!

Presentation at Kristiania University College

Presentation at Kristiania University College

Second-hand clothing event &amp; book signing at Fretex Universitetsgata

Second-hand clothing event & book signing at Fretex Universitetsgata

On Wednesday we prepared for an event we held in the evening, listened through and edited our new podcast episode (you can listen here - its in Norwegian) . At 3 pm we went down to the second hand store Fretex, we ended up taking a taxi cause we we’re carrying lot’s of Infinitum magazines, candy, chips, smoothies +++ and IT was a Tesla taxi:) Haha we couldn’t even figure out how to open the fancy doors. At Fretex, the shop was packed with people, we met Karen Elene (@fattigstudent) whom we were hosting the event with. We talked for about half an hour about clothing and the environment, what to look. for when going second-hand shopping and how we can shop eco-friendly on a budget! After the event we stopped by Nordvegan to pick up some vegan curry.

New tote from @øystories and vegan curry from Nordvegan

New tote from @øystories and vegan curry from Nordvegan

On Thursday we had a meeting with a new company we are planning to do some fun things with - and figured out that they really align with our values, so that was exciting! We went for a swim practice at Frognerbadet to get some exercise and woh I was exhausted afterwards from the whole week and just tried to chill for a while watching a new series on Netflix. Its weird how hard it is to relax when you’ve been going at 100 km/h for a week?? In the evening, I brought Noah to meet his brother in the park 😍

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Today we have a photo shoot with Adidas and Parley for the Oceans - shooting with their new collection of sports wear made of ocean plastic! It’s raining so it’s gonna be a refreshing experience woh. Tonight we are going out to different events, and then meeting up for a birthday.

Everyday breakfast bowl: frozen banana, frozen blueberry, squeeze of orange juice, spirulina, barley grass juice powder

Everyday breakfast bowl: frozen banana, frozen blueberry, squeeze of orange juice, spirulina, barley grass juice powder

Enjoy the weekend - in Oslo it’s rainy and gray, which calls for indoors movie time, cacao, homemade cookies and relaxing!

Have you tried period panties?

Okay, so this is a very new thing. Panty liners that can substitute for tampons or sanitary towels! How cool is that? This is not an ad by the way :) Who doesn’t want to feel comfy during their period?

According to the Independent, a shocking 700.000 panty liners, 2.5 million tampons and 1.4 million sanitary towels are flushed down the toilet every single day in the UK! The numbers are probably similar in many countries across the world, and that is A LOT of waste going into the sewage system.

That’s why we’ve decided to test some alternatives. First out - period panties from Thinx 🍑

We’re gonna try the Organic Cotton Thong. Honestly chose this one because it was the cheapest one, and in Norway we pay toll fees for ordering from abroad for over 350 kroners. Anyways - it looks amazing, the fabric feels comfy, its made of organic cotton and holds up to 1/2 a tampons worth!

The other styles, such as the Super Cotton Brief is made for the heaviest days, and holds up to 4 tampons worth.

Care Instructions

Thinx provide some care instructions for use: “To take care of your Thinx, you rinse first , pop ‘em in a mesh laundry bag (this keeps your delicates, ya know, delicate), then cold wash and hang dry. Don’t  use bleach or fabric softener!  And yes, the rest of your clothes will be fiiine.”

They will also let you try them out for 60 days - and will give you a refund if you’re not convinced. We will make a new post soon on how we liked the Thinx panties - leave a comment with your experience or thoughts if you have any!

Check out their page and follow them on Instagram to see more 🍒

Bli med på Earthpreneurs 2019

Velkommen til et event med fokus på Bærekraft.

Om kun 11 dager er det duket for Earthpreneurs - et event i Oslo med fokus på bærekraft, miljø og innovasjon. Er dette temaer som interesserer deg? I så fall ønsker vi deg velkommen til SALT, 23. August klokken 17:00. Vi har også en rabattkode til Radical Broccoli sine lesere som gir deg 30 % avslag på billettene. 

Dette er en konferanse med fokus på handling! Vi i Young Sustainable Impact var lei av å være på konferanser hvor vi kun satt å hørte på prat om hvordan være mer bærekraftig, derfor bestemte vi oss for å arrangere en konferanse hvor man lærer og deler sine egne erfaringer gjennom aktiviteter. Det vil bli minst mulig snakkis fra en scene og mest mulig aktiviteter.

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8 startups vil pitche sin idé

Du vil få se hvordan ungdom fra hele verden jobber for å skape oppstartsbedrifter med mål om å løse minst et av FNs bærekraftsmål. Åtte start ups vil pitche sine ideer for første gang, og her er det MYE spennende! En liten smakebit?

  • Vil du kanskje vite mer om matbeholdere og emballasje laget av jordbruksprodukter som vokser til en plante etter bruk?
    Synes du det er vanskelig å reise bærekraftig?

  • Hvordan kan du hjelpe kaffebønder og regnskogen i Sør-Amerika?

  • Hvordan skaper man fornybar energi når været er alt for uforutsigbart?

  • Hvordan kan vi få fikset verdens vannproblemer ved å koble sammen problemene og løsningene?

Store og små selskaper som kommer også for å utfordre deg til å tenke nytt om bærekraft og sammen skape noe nytt for fremtiden

Storebrand er vår hovedpartner på dette eventet og kommer til å ta med seg mye læring om Gode penger og hvordan du kan investere dine penger bærekraftig.

Green Capital pop-up bike vil at folk skal bli bedre kjent med bærkraft på en behagelig og underholdende måte. De tar med seg sykkelen sin, quizzer, info, bærekraftige giveaways

Stilyagi ble startet opp som et motsvar mot klesindustrien som er langt fra bærekraftig. De lærer deg hvordan du kan redesigne klærne dine og andre morsomme tips og triks for å være bærekraftig.

Ingeniører Uten Grenser og NITO gir deg muligheten til å bidra direkte til å begrense humanitære katastrofer og risikoer gjennom Missing Maps. Dette er et åpent samarbeidsprosjekt hvor du kan hjelpe til med å kartlegge områder humanitære organisasjoner prøver å nå.

Vestre kommer til å ha “speed dating” hvor du får sjansen til å diskutere hvordan sosiale møteplasser kan fjerne skiller i samfunnet, hvordan skape og beholde produksjon i land med høye kostnader og hvordan skal vi ta tak i bærekraftsmålene?

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Dette er bare et lite utdrag av de som kommer, så dette er ikke en vanlig konferanse hvor du sitter stille, og vi vil ha deg der for å skape noe sammen!

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Det hele vil avsluttes med en fest på SALT. Og hva er vel bedre enn en fest med mennesker som bryr seg om en bærekraftig verden?



PÅMELDING

Se facebook event for mer detaljer.
Billetter kan kjøpes HER på Eventbrite, og husk å legge til rabattkoden som gir deg 30 %: RBFRIENDS

Eller så kan det gjøres så enkelt som å taste inn #121333 på vipps, og dere vil få ferdig rabatterte billetter. 


Følg oss gjerne videre på våre sider for mer informasjon:

Gleder oss til å se deg, hilsen oss i YSI teamet

Easy piknik in the park

After spending all summer outside, every meal possible in fresh air, it was kind of sad to be back in the city and all of a sudden being a lot indoors. But it’s actually pretty easy to spend more time in nature - for example taking your lunch outside! We have a lot of work to prepare for next week, but instead of sitting inside in the sunny weather we brought lunch, Noah and food to the park.

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We brought:

Bread with hummus & avokado

Bread rolls with bananas & vegan mayo

A salad with mango, lettuce, cucumber, sprouts, more hummus and dressing

Vegan chocolate from Berit Nordstand

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Festival season <3 How to make it eco-friendly

This week it’s Øya festival in Oslo which is one of the best festivals all summer. What is also really cool is that they aim to be the most eco-friendly festival in the world! It’s a pretty high aim, which is good and they are doing a lot of cool stuff already.

Day 1

Day 1

Among the things they do this year:

  • Over half of the food courts are plant based

  • 95 % of all the food is organic

  • They have reusable cups instead of single use plastic cups

  • In 2018 they recycled 68 % of all the waste to new products or energy

  • They encourage the audience to walk or use public transportation to the festival area. No parking spots

  • They also try to reduce food waste by working with different organizations that can handle or use the left over food.

Reusable plastic cups!

Reusable plastic cups!

Vintage jacket from UFF in Oslo

Vintage jacket from UFF in Oslo

Vegan spreads - what to put on your bread

who loves avocado toast?

who loves avocado toast?

Hi 🦋

Hope you are having a super bright and warm end of summer (can’t believe its end of summer already??), and that you have recharged for fall and everything you have going on.

I thought I would share some ideas for plant based spreads as many of you have asked specifically about this. I think it’s quite a Norwegian thing to eat bread or bread rolls with different spreads, and this is pretty much what we’ve grown up with eating for breakfast/lunch or a snack.

Have you tried our vegan and gluten-free bread recipe yet?

The first tip is a classic, and I haven’t met anyone yet who doesn’t love a great avocado toast. To make it extra good, heat up the bread and sprinkle it with sea salt, chili and sesame seeds.

This one from Oslo Raw café - one of our favorites in Oslo.

Go vegan by synnøve &amp; breddbar vegetarisk

Go vegan by synnøve & breddbar vegetarisk

Another delicious spread is the vegan cheese Go Vegan by Synnøve. It’s based on coconut oil, and is soy and palm oil free. It also has added B12, which is necessary for vegans. You can find it at Kiwi, Meny, Joker, Spar and Bunnpris (and some Rema 1000 stores).

We’ve also tried the Breddbar Vegetarisk from Pastejköket which we bought in Sweden. Its supposed to taste like the classic liver paté, but it’s made of peas and mushrooms instead of liver.

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Another option is the Vegan Deli Natural “ham” from Fit Food. This one is also from Sweden, and is supposed to be like a bologna sausage.

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If you haven’t tried it yet - homemade Nutella is a winner! We have a recipe here.

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Okay this may not be the prettiest, but that’s not the point anyways :)) The white cream cheese is another delight from Synnøve - Go Vegan.

Other options we love are:

  • Jam

  • Nut butters like peanut butter and almond butter

  • Tofu scramble

  • Tomato, cucumber and herbs

  • Banana and vegan mayo

  • Banana and maple syrup

It’s so fun seeing so many new options popping up in the grocery stores all around. I’m guessing Norway is a bit behind compared to many other countries, but we are getting there! Hope you enjoyed this post.

Norway roadtrip🇳🇴

This summer I (Anette) had a roadtrip with my friends to the West coast of Norway. There are so many cool places to visit, and almost every where you look there is a magical scenery with fjords and big beautiful mountains. A lot of you have been asking for inspiration to take a little road trip in Norway so I thought I would tell you about mine.

Swimming in lovatnet

Swimming in lovatnet

The first night we went to Stryn which is about 7 hours from Oslo. Probably a bit shorter if you don’t stop all the time like we did. It was raining the first night so we decided to rent a small cabin instead of putting up the tent. It was not a very nice cabin so we packed up really fast the next day and headed to Lovatnet.

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We spent a day on the lake and hiked up a mountain called “Skåla” which made my ass hurt. It’s a really good hike, and very steep.

Then we drove to Åheim where my friends family is from. We spent one night here and the next morning we were set on hiking Hornelen which is Europes highest sea cliff! The hike is around 8-10 hours long and had an incredible view. When we were done hiking we were super hungry and took the ferry to Måløy and then drove from there to Refvikstanda, which is Norways most beautiful beach. I can really say why they mean that! The sand is white and the ocean is turquoise. We set up our tent on the beach and we were super lucky with the weather.


From there we drove back to Åheim to back our bags, and then we headed to Sandane, Sogndal and Hemsedal. On the way we say plenty of glaciers, goats in the middle of the road and ate vegan ice creams and took an electrical ferry!

I was dropped of in Hemsedal where I was going to do some yoga before going back to Oslo.

Eating plant based on a road trip is definetly much easier now than it was just two years ago. Now almost all stores all over the country sell vegan burgers, cheese and bread, and of course lots of fresh fruit for the trip. I brought some gluten free bread with me (i’m allergic) and vegan chocolate from Berit Nordstand, I also brought some Go Vegan cheese and some celery burgers from Rema 1000/Grønne folk which was really smart.

Hemsedal

Hemsedal

I hope this gave you some inspiration to visit Norway! It was definitely nice to have a vacation without flying, because I know i’m going to fly a bit this year.















Organic & vegan favorites from Sweden

Today I kept up with the norwegian habit of going across the border to Sweden to buy food :)) Our cabin is just a short boat trip away, which makes it really convenient. Thought I would share some of my findings with you, since there is a BIG difference in the availability of vegan and organic food in Norway and Sweden (Sweden being annoyingly much better).

organic blueberries &amp; mango - paper packaging. yay

organic blueberries & mango - paper packaging. yay

I love when I find organic berries and frozen fruits - these are perfect for smoothies. I try to avoid non-organic berries as much as possible, because of the large amount of pesticides (sprøytemidler) used on berries.

organic kombucha

organic kombucha

Kombucha is my go-to drink when I’m into something sweet with a sour twist. My favorite is Captain Kombucha from Portugal, but I like to try new brands when I find them.

It’s insane to see how many meat replacements and vegan options there are in Swedish grocery stores. In Norway there is typically one vegan cheese brand, one sausage replacement, one burger replacement and a few plant milks. Swedish stores have their own isles full of vegan cheese, vegan meat replacements, ice cream, spreads and candy.

Did you know that both kombucha and sprouts are super good for your digestion? They both contain beneficial bacteria for the gut. Sprouts are the closest you get to a natural probiotic, and are great in salads, on top of soups, on your bread or in your smoothie. Some can taste quite spicy, but try different ones to get all the benefits and to find your favorite.

For lunch after shopping I made a fresh salad with organic leafy greens, tomatoes, bell pepper, mango, sprouts & herbal salt! I usually make a quick dressing with the juice from half an orange, raw honey and spices.

The last few things I picked up where some organic cotton high waste briefs - cause who wants synthetic stuff down there :// I have a hard time finding organic cotton underwear, but Pierre Robert have some nice comfy ones for those kind of days. Arnica oil is a great massage oil for a good sports massage, as it heats up the skin and increases the blood flow. I am also into getting a toothpaste that is made from natural ingredients, like this one from Dr. Organic with tea tree oil! Be aware that lots of natural toothpastes contain palm oil, like the one from King Fisher.

Hope you liked it!! Maybe we’ll do more of these “unboxing” grocery kind of things 🌼

Awesome Things Yoga Teaches Us About Honouring Mother Earth

As a yogi, there are certain things that we should honor. We should be gentler first with ourselves and then to others. Yoga is not just about going into poses to become stronger and more flexible. While the practice does offer that to you, it also asks that we give back to our community and the earth. Part of the eight limbs of yoga includes many aspects of being conscious about the outside world we live in. We can often become very stuck just being in our heads. The world needs your help, and you are connected to it. It’s important to feel that and to help in the ways you can.

There are many beautiful ways that yoga can teach us about honoring mother earth. It starts from within.

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Being Aware of Self

Yoga opens you up to the awareness of self. When you can learn to pay attention to your feelings and physical manifestations, you will also become aware of other things. If it upsets you to see garbage in the park, you can acknowledge why that upsets you. Someone has been deeply disrespectful to other people and also to nature. When you find out why that bothers you so much, you may come to realize how much the pristine nature that surrounds you actually means to you. Getting deep into the heart of things will help you do the right things in life. You’ll start to take action because you stand behind the feelings you identify.

Being Aware of the Energy that Surrounds You

When you’re inside of your mind all of the time, you don’t see what’s happening around you. Once you find that self-awareness, which is something a yoga class should help you with, you’ll want to look outside of yourself. You’ll begin to feel the connectedness that exists within every living thing. That includes the houseplant, a tree, other people around you, and a body of water. Awareness is the first step towards action. Once you are willing to open up to people and things that surround you, you’ll be more prone to care about those things.

The Reference of Nature in Yoga Classes

Many yoga teachers will theme their classes around nature. There are even many poses that mimic animals, mountains, the sun, and the moon. If you’re doing yoga classes regularly, you may begin to see nature in a new way. Perhaps seeing and acknowledging how precious it is. Appreciating a waterfall, a lake, or a creek a little more may promote an inner desire to preserve those things you love in nature.

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The Yamas of Yoga

The Yamas of yoga is our outer environment and how we deal with it. They are the universal vows that include our actions, words, and thoughts. There are a few of the Yamas that indirectly tell us we should be kinder to all living things. Here are a few.

Ahimsa is non-violence. This includes physical, mental, or emotional violence to yourself or someone else. The Buddhist practice of compassion can be used to help create non-violence in life. You can be unkind to people and all the earth in many ways. It’s all about being compassionate.

Aparigraha (non-coveting)

There are many things we may want to take from nature. If you look at the reasons we go to a zoo, for example, we love an animal so much we want to see them. This comes at the cost of their freedom. It’s not the right way, and we must become conscious of not coveting things. When we are all willing to do this, there won’t be animals in captivity for our viewing pleasure. Even the simplest things like a bouquet are coveting something from nature. Yes, others do it too so the rose will be cut from the stem regardless. There is a wisdom in all of us; however, that knows, there is power in just one person who decides to make a difference. By cultivating the act of not coveting things, you give people the freedom to do so also.

Yoga Teaches Us to Do No Harm

One of the eight limbs of yoga is to do no harm. This is why Buddhist monks won’t even kill a mosquito or ants that have infiltrated their sleeping quartered. If you follow the teachings of this ancient practice, it’s essential that you don’t harm other living things. This is everything. This is the amount of water you use, how much you drive, what kind of car you drive, how you purchase (is there a lot of plastic on your purchase?). Being aware of what is going to harm the environment is an essential aspect of yoga, which will likely be talked about at one point or another.

Yoga is a beautiful practice for you to do. It is also a lifestyle that exists beyond the mat. Being conscious about how you treat mother earth will come up within the community. It is a large part of yoga since it’s inception into the world so many thousands of years ago. As you become more aware of yourself and the world around you, you’ll begin to see how you can help mother earth.


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Guest post by Meera Watts

Meera Watts is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur and mom. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, CureJoy, FunTimesGuide, OMtimes and others. She’s also the founder and owner of Siddhi Yoga International a Singapore based company organzing yoga teacher training retreats worldwide. Meera is also among top 20 Yoga bloggers in the world as per Thoroughly Reviewed.

10 things to do this summer🌻

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  1. Listen to all the podcasts you didn’t get to listen to during the busy time of the year

  2. Read a new book

  3. Make a raw cake! Our friend Tiril Refsum just made a book filled with recipes

  4. Take one afternoon to pick up trash on a beach! It’s good karma we promise

  5. Meet up with friends you haven’t seen in a long time

  6. Try something new! Maybe a new sport og a yoga place? Or maybe it’s skating?

  7. Pick wild flowers and decorate your home/room

  8. Go swimming!

  9. Make a summer playlist with all your favorite songs

  10. Give someone a compliment.

Summer stories with Livid pt. 2

Ria top japan &amp; ria skirt japan indigo

Ria top japan & ria skirt japan indigo

Norsk sommer

Denne sommeren ble skikkelig norsk for oss. Vi har utforsket forskjellige kriker og kroker av landet vårt, og i skrivende stund er jeg, Susanne, på Hvaler, mens Nettern er på vei over fjellet til Stryn, Hoddevika og det vakre vestlandet. Her på Hvaler har hele gjengen hatt noen digge dager med seiling, padling, yoga, hundekos og hjemmelaget mat. Mamma elsker å ha masse besøk på hytta, og baker helst alles favorittbakst - om det skulle være vegansk, glutenfritt, bare helt vanlige skoleboller eller rundstykker. Det er jo mye som er fint med å nyte sommeren i Norge. Selvsagt er det fantastisk for miljøet at fler velger å feriere i nærheten av der de bor. Samtidig får man gjort så mye man aldri ellers får tid til - oppdage nye skogsturer, nye små øyer å ha piknik på, eller bare å lære å slappe av en hel dag med bøker og kryssord. Det er vanskelig når man er vant til et helt annet tempo - men det begynner å komme seg!

/ We decided to go all in on Norway this vacation, and make the most of cabin trips, surf trips, mountain explorations and trying out new hobbies close to home. Anette is on her way to Stryn right now, and I’m at the cabin with the doggies, mom and stepdad. We’re spending time sailing, padling, swimming, cooking, baking, writing, reading and walking in the woods. 💧

Livid

Vi er så heldige. Vi samarbeider med Livid, et norsk klesmerke som startet sin historie i Trondheim. Vi har skrevet mer om Livid tidligere, det kan dere lese her. I sommer har vi brukt disse fine plaggene i parken, hjemme, på vennedates, på fest og snart skal de brukes, mikses og matches i festivalsommeren. Vi har plukket ut noen plagg vi elsker, som vi håper og tror kommer til å vare i mange tiår fremover på grunn av et klassisk snitt og utrolig slitesterke materialer, samt Livid sin reparasjonsordning.

// We’re so lucky to collaborate with Livid, a Norwegian clothing producer that also have a vintage department. We’ve written about them before, and you can read more here. We’ve picked out our favorite items that we think will last for years. They are perfect for everything from this summers festival season to cabin trips and everyday wear.

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ria top japan &amp; ria Skirt japan (indigo &amp; off-white)

ria top japan & ria Skirt japan (indigo & off-white)

I mai var vi en tur i Hoddevika - en unik liten perle på Stad som en del av meg ikke har lyst til å skrive for mye om fordi jeg er redd det skal bli overbefolket der, haha. Tror faktisk ikke sannsynligheten er så stor, det er verdens mest kronglete sted å komme seg til, og ganske værhardt, men Guri så fint når solen titter frem.

// In May, we spent a week in Hoddevika, a little tiny bay in Stad which is too magical to describe in words. Its a perfect surf and hiking spot.

suri japan navy floral

suri japan navy floral

Suri-kjolen er laget i et sykt deilig og bærekraftig materiale som heter Tencel. Det er altså ikke silke, men en type rayon/viskose (bearbeidet cellulose fra trær) som er produsert under svært strenge forhold for å forsikre gode tekstilegenskaper og ikke minst bærekraftig produksjon. Tencel har mange av de samme gode egenskapene som ull og silke, og klær laget i Tencel er myke, slitesterke, holder godt på passformen og fører fukt bort fra huden. Tencel er et registrert varemerke for lyocell fra tekstilprodusenten Lenzig og scorer svært høyt i rangeringen av miljøvennlige tekstiler, både når det gjelder råmateriale og produksjonsprosess.

Tencel produseres av Eukalyptus-trær. Produksjonen er FSC-sertifisert, som garanterer bærekraftig skogsdrift. Trær som brukes i produksjon blir erstattet, og selve råvareproduksjonen forbruker CO2 og produserer oksygen. Skogsdriften foregår på områder som ikke passer til matjord og kommer dermed ikke i konflikt med matproduksjon. Tencel krever langt færre kjemikalier enn tradisjonell viskose og tilnærmet 100 % av kjemikaliene gjenbrukes. Resten blir renset. Produksjon av Tencel forbruker også mindre energi i produksjon enn tradisjonell rayon/viskose og krever 10-20 ganger mindre vann enn bomull. Det er ganske kult!

Dere kan lese mer om Livid sine produksjonsprosesser på deres nettsider.

// The Suri dress from Livid is made of Tencel, which is not silk but a type of rayon/viscose, which is durable and comfortable against the skin. The production is FSC-certified, its made from Eucalyptus trees, and the trees used in the production are replaced. The chemicals are reused (almost up to 100%) for each production, which makes it a closed-loop kind of process. Pretty cool.

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Hope you have a comfortable summer where ever you are 🌼🌻

The Game Changers

Hi!

Words can not even describe how excited I am for the movie Game Changers to come out. It’s a movie produced by James Cameron (who also made Avatar), Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan that documents professional sports, science and plant based eating. The film features some of the worlds biggest athletes, such as top tennis player Novak Djokovic, Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and nine-time NBA All Star Chris Paul. The movie is about James Wilks - an Elite Special Forces trainer and winner of the Ultimate Fighter - as he searches for the truth about meat, proteins and strength. It also speaks about meat and health, and its effects on our planet. I suggest you watch the trailer now 😃

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7 chakras yoga & meditation 🧘‍♀️

Hi ♓️

Har bare lyst til å anbefale dere verdens mest forfriskende serie av yoga og meditation fra Youtube, laget av en dame som heter Brett Larkin. Det er en serie for å aktivere og balansere “chakraene” i kroppen, også kjent som energisenterene, som skal få deg tilbake i balanse, i energiflyt og hjelpe deg til å føle deg som DEG.

// Just popping in to recommend a super good yoga and meditation series that I’ve found on YouTube. It’s made by Brett Larkin, and some of you have probably tried it before. If not - I highly recommend you to do the series one day at the time. It’s built up to activate each and every one of your “chakras” (energy centres) in the body, to make you feel amazing and filled with energy and vibrate good things!! You don’t have to practice every day, but this order makes sure the energy in the body is activated the right way and in the right direction.

This is how it goes:

Day 1: Root chakra yoga & meditation

Day 2: Sacral chakra yoga & meditation

Day 3: Solar plexus yoga & meditation

Day 4: Heart chakra yoga & meditation

Day 5: Throat chakra yoga & meditation

Day 6: Third eye chakra yoga & meditation

Day 7: Crown chakra yoga & meditation (the first yoga class - root chakra yoga)

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Find all the meditations HERE & the yoga classes HERE.

Homemade deodorant


De siste årene har vi blitt mye mer obs på hva produktene våre inneholder, fordi det har kommet mer informasjon om hvor skadelige noen kjemikalier kan være, både for oss og for livet i havet. Når vi skyller av ansiktsmasken, spytter ut tannpastaen eller renser håret for sjampo ender alle disse ingrediensene fra produktene i vannløpet, som til slutt leder ut i havet.

Har du for eksempel hørt om triklosaner? Det er et antibakterielt stoff som finnes i mange typer tannkrem, deodorant, kosmetikk, rengjøringsmidler, tekstiler (spesielt treningstøy), sko, dyrepleieprodukter, og produkter som er i kontakt med mat. Det er et stoff som er giftig for alt levende liv i vann og kan føre til at bakterier blir resistente mot antibiotika. I Europa er det blitt strengere regler mot å bruke dette stoffet i produkter som sko og klær, men det er ikke ulovlig ennå. Det har også vært fremmet påstander om en mulig kobling mellom jevnlig bruk av antiperspirant deodorant og brystkreft, men det finnes ikke så tydelige funn at det kan konkluderes. Det er en del stoffer vi ønsker å holde oss unna, og vi har en hel oversikt i boken vår.

// Recently, we’ve become more aware of the ingredients of the products we use, because of the rising awareness of how certain chemicals can be toxic for us and for the life in the ocean. When we rinse off our facial mask, spit out the toothpaste and rinse our hair for shampoo, these substances go through the waterways and end up in the big blue.

Triclosan, for instance, is a chemical often used in toothpaste, deodorant, cosmetics, cleaning detergents, textiles, shoes, animal care products and products that wrap our food. It’s an antibacterial agent that can be poisonous for life in the ocean, and can lead towards antibiotics resistance. In Europe there are strict rules towards using the substance, but it is not illegal yet. There are also drawn links between regular use of anti perspirant deodorant and breast cancer, but there are not enough solid evidence for a firm conclusion. There is a whole bunch of chemicals like these that we wish to avoid, and we have an overview in our book.

Homemade deodorant

En god løsning kan være å lage hjemmelagde produkter! I dag har vi lyst til å dele oppskriften på hjemmelaget deodorant med dere. Oppskriften er inspirert av Life.no. // A great solution, which is both cheap and very environmental friendly is to make your own products! Today, we want to share the recipe for homemade deodorant!

You need

• ½ dl coconut oil (cold pressed)

• ½ dl baking soda (removed bad odor)

• ½ dl corn starch, f. ex.. maizena (soaks up moisture)

• some drops essential oils (optional) - we used grapefruit & lemon

How to

Melt the coconut oil by adding a kettle of coconut oil in another kettle of water (vannbad). Mix in the additional ingredients until its completely liquid. Let it sit in the fridge until firm, and its ready to use!