JOIN our 21 days detox challenge for the environment

We are doing a 21 day detox challenge for the environment right now. Every day we are sharing one small thing that you can do for the environment, and our goal is that by the end of these 21 days we will have new habits and motivation to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. We will be sharing all of the days on our Instagram account, so be sure to follow!

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Day one and two were all about organizing the kitchen and cleaning out everything to get a overview of what food we already have! This way we won’t throw our food and it is much easier to go to the grocery store and buy exactly what we need. Day 2 we made our selves a shopping list for the week. By planning our grocery list we save time, money and the environment by not buying unnecessary items.

Hope you will join us!

5 eco-friendly swaps

Hallo fine dere. For øyeblikket er vi på Farris Bad sammen med et økologisk hudpleiemerke, mer om det senere. Uansett, i morgen har vi en presentasjon på Samfunnet i Ås, og i den anledning ble vi sittende å se gjennom noen gamle presentasjoner vi har hatt for bedrifter og tenke over noen ting.

Har du noen gang tenkt at det er utrolig vanskelig å starte et mer miljøvennlig liv? Samme her! Det føltes ut som verdens bratteste fjellvegg å bestige, og at det ikke var bra nok før det var perfekt. Det er heldigvis ikke helt riktig. Det jordkloden trenger er ikke et fåtall mennesker som lever helt perfekt miljøvennlig, men at milliarder av oss gjør det vi klarer.

Hadde derfor lyst til å dele noe fra en presentasjon vi hadde for en bedrift for noen måneder siden. Nemlig fem enkle "miljøswaps" du kan gjøre allerede i dag, og fem du kan motivere deg til å gjøre over tid.

Håper det er til inspirasjon, og vi heier så sykt på dere som har begynt å gjøre små hverdagsskifter allerede, eller er motivert for å komme i gang. Kanskje dere har noen tips til oss også?

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English: Have you ever thought about how easily you can live more eco-friendly? It doesn't have to be a struggle, and you can take it step by step. We wanted to share some tips with you that we shared for a group of people in a public speaking event we did a few months ago. Hope its inspiring, and that you feel like this is something you can start doing already tomorrow! Happy to hear if you've done any of these already, or maybe you have some tips for us? 🌾

Boken vår er ute!/ Our book is finally out!

Det er nesten litt uvirkelig. Endelig kan vi dele boken "Jordnært - Enkle tips til en mer miljøvennlig hverdag" som vi har jobbet med det siste året med dere. Vi har samlet sammen de abosolutt beste tipsene vi har for å få en mer miljøvennlig livsstil og for å ha det bedre med seg selv. Forhåndssalget er i gang! Sikre deg boken her! 

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Å skrive en bok om miljøvennliglivsstil har vært ekstremt gøy, spennende, vanskelig og ikke minst har vi lært masse nytt. Vi har måttet stille spørsmål ved alt vi trodde vi visste, og prøve å komme til bunns til hva som egentlig er sannheten. Vi har lest, undersøkt, hørt med eksperter og funnet ut av masse vi både visste og ikke visste fra før. I tillegg har vi villet teste ut alle produktene vi tipser om i boken, for å passe på at de virkelig er bra. Vi har laget oppskrifter, hatt venner på prøvesmaking av maten, laget fotostudio hjemme i stuen og vært forskjellige steder rundt omkring i landet for å finne de beste grønne spisestedene. Den kommer fysisk i butikk 20.05.2019.

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Du kan kjøpe boken her. Ps!Du kan betale med Vipps eller kort.

Det vi håper å få til med denne boken er å inspirere dere til å gjennomføre små og store endringer i hverdagen, som er bedre for miljøet og for deg selv. Det er så viktig å ha det bra med seg selv, og det var først da vi på hver vår måte kjente at livet falt litt sammen at vi virkelig fikk tenkt over hva som er viktig og hva som betyr noe den tiden vi er her på jorden. Dermed ble ikke livet helt som planlagt, med faste trygge jobber, men noe ennå bedre og mer meningsfylt. Det var rett og slett en kjipt situasjon som ble snudd til noe vi aldri hadde forutsett. Vi har vært igjennom en stor prosess de siste årene, som i sum har forandret livene våre totalt. I boken tar vi et tilbakeblikk på hvordan hverdagen typisk så ut før, og hvordan den er nå. Vi er så utrolig stolte og takknemlige for denne muligheten, og vi håper virkelig at den vil glede dere like mye som dere gleder oss hver eneste dag.

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Du kan kjøpe boken her

Vi kommer til å ha en del eventer i forbindelse med bokslipp og vil gjerne treffe så mange som mulig av dere! Dere kan foreløbig treffe oss her:

Workshop på Samfunnet i Ås onsdag 24 april

Boklansering i Oslo 20 mai (tid og sted kommer vi tilbake til!)

Oslo Vegetarfestival lørdag 25 og søndag 26 mai

Event med Oslo Raw og Tiril tirsdag 28 og torsdag 30 mai

Vi planlegger også å komme til Trondheim, Bergen og Fredrikstad. Skriv gjerne til oss dersom du ønsker at vi skal lage et event i nærheten av deg!

Om boken:

I JORDNÆRT deler forfatterne enkle råd, erfaringer og tips til hvordan du kan ta bedre vare på deg selv og miljøet, og forklarer hvorfor dette henger så tett sammen. Søstrenes visjon er å gjøre det gøy og enkelt å være miljøvennlig, selv for deg som føler du ikke har tid eller overskudd. Jentene er alltid på leting etter inspirerende mennesker, produkter og mat som er i tråd med verdiene de ønsker å leve etter. I boka deler de sine egne erfaringer, med opp- og nedturer, og gir deg enkle tips til en mer miljøvennlig hverdag. Søstrene Anette (28) og Susanne (27) Dedichen Bastviken er grunnleggerne av bloggen og bedriften Radical Broccoli. De er alltid på jakt etter ny inspirasjon som kan gjøre havet renere og jorda vår til et bedre sted. De har for eksempel forsøkt å leve en hel måned uten å bruke plast.

Plastic-free skincare favorites!

Sponsede produkter fra PureYou.no. Dette er en repost av vårt gjesteinnlegg på PureYou sin blogg.

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I 2018 bestemte vi i Radical Broccoli oss for å gjennomføre en måned uten plast. I løpet av en hel måned skulle vi bruke minst mulig plast og samle opp det vi endte med å bruke i en liten krukke. Hvorfor gjorde vi dette? Fordi vi hadde lyst til å belyse problemet med dagens plastbruk, og hvordan det har sklidd fra å være en nyttig ressursbruk til noe som faktisk er utrolig skadelig for miljøet, og som heller ikke er så godt for helsa. 

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Den måneden lærte vi utrolig mye. Vi tok med oss vaner videre i hverdagen som er gull verdt for et mer miljøvennlig liv. Vi lever ikke plastfritt i dag, men prøver alltid å tenke oss om to ganger, og særlig når det gjelder emballasje og plast som bare brukes én gang. Ikke minst har vi testet ut mange ulike produkter – og funnet noen plastfrie produkter vi digger! Produsentene bak disse produktene har tenkt på miljøet og kroppen din, og laget produkter i bærekraftige materialer med naturlige og økologiske ingredienser. 

Hvorfor skal du velge plastfri produkter, tenker du? Dette kan være en fin måte å redusere ditt avfall på, samtidig som du kanskje finner noen nye, naturlige og plastfri favoritter. Forhåpentligvis er dette også starten på å etablere noen gode plastvaner i andre områder av livet. 

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PLASTFRI SJAMPO -Beauty Cubes

Gled deg til å bli hekta på disse små sjampokulene som kommer i en forpakning av papp og fint papir. Det føles ut som en god gjerning allerede når du pakker opp den lille boksen og ser at den er helt plastfri. Den deilige opplevelsen fortsetter når du kjenner at de skummer godt og faktisk gjør jobben sin ordentlig. Denne sjampoen er og blir en suveren sak – både hjemme og på reise. 

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PLASTFRI DEODORANTNatural Deodorant Co – CLEAN Deodorant Balm Palmarosa – Mandarin

Den tykke konsistensen i denne balmen gir deg en luksuriøs følelse under påsmøring. Deodoranten er vegansk og inneholder naturlige ingredienser som kokosolje, sheasmør, natron og essensielle oljer. Vi leste også at produsenten er dedikert til å redusere sitt plastforbruk – noe vi digger. De største krukkene på 55 gram er helt plastfrie, og de mindre inneholder noe plast. 

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PLASTFRI ANSIKTSSKRUBB -Karmameju - RENEW ansiktstørrbørste

Vi er begge store fans av tørrbørsting, og har følt at dette gir en mykere hud, fjerner små nupper, gir bedre blodsirkulasjon og hjelper med å få ned hevelser. Denne lille ansiktsbørsten er et helt supert alternativ til andre typer skrubb, særlig da mange andre ansiktsskrubber inneholder små mikroplastbiter. Børsten har en helt fantastisk kvalitet som gjør at den er like god etter gjentatt bruk. 

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PLASTFRI KROPPSSKRUBB - Karmameju - BUFF natural body brush

Denne børsten er virkelig revolusjonerende deilig for huden! Den får blodsirkulasjonen i gang og skrubber bort døde hudceller, og hjelper deg å få bort nupper. Du børster rett og slett kroppen med runde bevegelser fra ytterpunkter og innover mot mageregionen. Deretter hopper du i dusjen – og husk å smøre deg godt etterpå. 

PLASTFRI DUFTSTICK - Scentered - Be Happy Therapy Balm

Har du noen gang hørt om solskinn på boks? Det er virkelig en god beskrivelse av denne herlige saken som gir deg en liten boost når du trenger litt mer energi. Det er en slags duftstick med shea- og moringasmør med en deilig lukt av sitrus, mint, sedertre og blomster. Den lukter helt utrolig godt, og gir en tropisk følelse. Du smører den på pulspunkter som håndledd og hals, trekker pusten godt også blir du plutselig i sommerhumør! 

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PLASTFRI ANSIKTSMASKE - Evolve - Raw Cacao & Coconut Radiant Glow Mask

Denne herlige saken er en økologisk maske med kakao og leire, med kokosskallpulver som gir huden en lett skrubb. Den inneholder også 82,24% økologiske ingredienser. Hvis du ikke har testet ut noe fra Evolve enda kan du bare glede deg! Det er ikke feil med en liten smakebit av denne. 

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Dere finner alle produktene på PureYou.no.

Here are some of our plastic-free beauty favorites. They are not only gorgeous looking, smelling and tasting but also better for you and the planet. All products are from PureYou.no.

6 eco-friendly tips for Easter!

Å endelig er det tid for påskeferie! De aller fleste reiser kanskje på fjellet og nyter naturen, mens andre blir igjen i byen og har bypåske. Jeg skal kjøre en liten kombinasjon, først noen dager i byen og siste helgen på fjellet. Jeg gleder meg så innmari til å ha noen dager helt uten planer og bare tid til å nyte. Noen spurte på instagram om vi hadde noen tips til miljøvennlige aktiviteter å gjøre i påsken, og det vil jeg gjerne dele med dere.

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  1. Bruk dagene hvor butikkene fortsatt har åpent til å reparere plagg, legge opp buksen du aldri får brukt eller å få sykkelen i stand til vårsesongen.

  2. Besøk botanisk hage, en utstilling du lenge har hatt lyst til å se eller se en inspirerende kinofilm. Det er så deilig å fylle opp med inspirasjon!

  3. Sjekk ut et nytt spisested du ikke har prøvd før for noen digge veganske smaksopplevelser. Jeg skal teste ut den veganske pizzaen på Pelotonkafe som visst nok skal være Oslos beste. Andre steder jeg gleder meg til å teste ut er Monsun ogCoyo!

  4. Gjør yoga! Kanskje det til og med blir varmt nok til å gjøre yoga ute? Det er så viktig å stresse ned og skape overskudd for seg selv. Da får man en ny og fin energi og kanskje ny motivasjon til å gjøre noe bra.

  5. Plukk søppel en dag du er ute og går! Det tar så utrolig liten tid, men hindrer det du plukker opp i å havne i havet.

  6. Lag et påskeegg med vegansk godteri og gi det til noen du er glad i!

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Easter is finally here and someone asked us on Instagram to share som eco-friendly tips for the holidays! We love sharing tips with you guys to here are our 6 top things to do this Easter

  1. While the stores are still open, make sure to get your bike ready for the spring season and repair those pants you never use.

  2. Visit a local gallery, a botanical garden or see an inspiring movie at the cinema. It's so important to be inspired.

  3. Check out some new restaurants in your area and enjoy a delicious vegan meal.

  4. Do yoga! It's so important to take the time to stress down and find some peace and quiet. This way you will get new energy to do the things you want in life.

  5. Pick up trash in your neighborhood!

  6. Make an Easter egg filled with vegan candy and share it with someone you love.

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Mini beach cleanup

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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 dukker opp i løpet av kort tid. Vi plukket med oss alt vi fant.

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Det var fiskesnører, tau, ballongstenger, barneskjeer, kopper, poser, plastfolie og noen udefinerbare greier.

Nå som våren titter frem er det på tide med flere strandryddinger. Hjertet mitt blør når jeg ser hvordan det ser ut bare på fortauene inni byen. Tenk hvordan det ser ut uti havet, da! La oss alle gjøre en ekstra innsats fremover for havet. Håper du finner inspirasjon til å kjøre en liten plukkeøkt. Heier på deg.

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This week we packed the office with us to our family cabin by the sea. It was so good to breathe in the fresh ocean air, and we were pretty shocked when we found the little beach close to the cabin covered in plastic... We decided to clean it all and spent about 15 minutes collecting everything from cups to balloon holders to children's spoons. Spring is the time for beach cleanups - so I hope you're inspired and ready to do something amazing for the ocean ?

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

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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!

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6 ways to: Christmas gifts you can find & make online

We have a couple of more ideas for you for Christmas gifts that you can create, order and fix from the comfort of your own home. They are in different price ranges, and you can decide just how creative you want to be! They are easy to make and we are sure that one of them will be a great gift for someone you know has everything. And, since they don't require any material purchases, they are quite good for the earth, too!

1. A Spotify playlist

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Put your heart (& ears) into making a playlist full of music that gives you a good feeling that you want to pass on. It's funny how people feel different things by listening to the same songs and connect their own stories and experiences to it. Maybe you've listened to a particular song during your last road trip together? Add it to the top of the list! To go all in, add in a couple of concert tickets (see nr. 6).

2. A Christmas letter

A well-made Christmas letter can be a perfect gift by itself. You can either make it digital, put together a collage with some text and images. Or why not make it really old-school and write it by hand? There is something really unique and sentimental with getting hand-written things in a world filled with tech.

3. A digital foto album

It's SO much fun to scroll through old photos of experiences you've had with friends and family. Maybe there is a special person that deserves a throwback this year? Gather the best from different years and put it together in a digital photo album. Try Google Photos, iCloud, Dropbox or maybe just adding them all to a memory stick with some songs to listen to while looking at the photos.

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4. An invitation to a theater piece

What's more fun than getting a gift that you have yet to experience!? Personally, I'm giving away a few tickets for a fun show that I'm super excited to see, and I love that this also "forces" you to plan hanging out more in a hectic everyday life.

5. A gift card for a homecooked dinner or breakfast

If you're someone who likes to cook, a homecooked dinner can actually be a perfect gift. Make it special and set aside a few extra hours to make your place cozy, maybe make some special drinks or get a good wine if you're into that, and put your heart into making the food taste amazing. Or what about switching it up and inviting for a breakfast with some fresh fruit, juice, smoothies, oatmeal, pancakes and hot chocolate in the middle of the week to make the day extra special?

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6. Tickets to an upcoming concert

This is my favorite gift to both give and receive because I find that having an upcoming concert planned makes the days with lots of work so much easier. Its really motivating and such a cool thing to do together with a friend, a group of friends or your girlfriend/boyfriend. If you're feeling extra gooood, why not up the game and give some tickets to this summers best festival? Hope you found something that suits you and you're lucky gift receivers <3

6 ways to: natural Christmas decorations

Wow - less than a month until Christmas Eve! We figured it was about time to give you some tips on the best eco-friendly decorations we have found the last weeks. Some of the items are from small vintage shops, some are from Granit and some are from nature.

1. Recycled paper Christmas star

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This beauty is handmade from recycled cotton paper from Granit. You can also put a small light bulb inside to make it shine even brighter. It's handmade in India. In Dehli, around 6000 tons of cotton cloths are dumped each day. Reusing the cotton saves the environment to a great extent. The material is also twice as strong as regular paper, and totally chemical free.

2. Vintage candle holders

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Out favorite candle holders are vintage from a second-hand store Fretex. I bet you can find something similar at your nearest vintage shop!

4. Cardboard Christmas tree decorations

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These small creatures are also all from Granit. It's not an ad, just really love their effort of using natural products!

5. Biodegradable ribbon

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This ribbon is biodegradable "from plants for plants". Also from Granit.

6. Reindeer lichen and spruce leaves

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Why not decorate with something you can find outside in a park or the forest? We got some spruce leaves from the cabin and put it in another plant, and will probably decorate it with some small shiny things. We also picked up some reindeer lichen (reinsdyrlav) so we can make an advent candle holder :)

7. Eco-friendly candles

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These two are from Milla Boutique in Oslo, but you can also find them online. The one to the right is from L:A Bruket and the one to the left from Moon Batch, which is hand poured, infused with quartz and the energy of the moon. What's not to love.

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

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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 one here.

MONDAY

Monday we had a meeting with a really cool company that we are going to work a lot with the next couple of months. Before the meeting, we both had a big smoothie. Eating vegan or vegetarian is one of the really simple, delicious and effective things we can do for the environment. Since it was pouring down with rain we took the tram instead of biking. After the meeting, we worked on our individual projects and worked out and during the evening. Susanne went to a yoga class and Anette went to a megaformer class. Anette took a little walk around the neighborhood when she came home again and brought all the glass bottles from lots of kombucha drinking to the nearest recycling station.

  • Vegan food

  • Public transport

  • Self-care

  • Recycling

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TUESDAY

Tuesday we had a workshop at the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment. It also poured down with rain (hello Norwegian weather) so we took the tram.

What they found the most of at beach cleanups across Norway in 2017: unidentifiable plastic parts, small ropes, drinking bottles, isopor, lids, plastic bags, large ropes, strings from packaging, q-tips, cigarettes

Before we went there we stopped by a small shop called Øko-hjertet where they had a sale on lots of vegan chocolate and also bought some kombucha.  If you don't drink coffee, we can really recommend kombucha as an energy drink. Susanne was wearing a wool sweater from Days Like This where it's possible to trace where the wool comes from. During the evening we had separate plans. Anette tried to make homemade cashew yogurt which turned out really delicious! Does anyone want the recipe?

  • Workshop on Marine Pollution

  • Vegan chocolate

  • Sustainably produced clothes

  • Homemade cashew yogurt

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WEDNESDAY

Wednesday we hosted our very first workshop at Core Balance. It was so much fun and really inspiring to hear what all the participants thought about the environment and what they thought was challenging, inspiring or motivating.  Before the event, we had a delicious dinner from Blended - raw vegan lasagne. On the way home, we stopped by Rema 1000 to buy some Oatly milk and other groceries. We put them in our tote bags which we also use as a purse when we have many things to carry around.

  • Workshop on green living

  • Raw vegan dinner

  • Tote bags for groceries

THURSDAY

Thursday we were both a bit reduced from working late the day before. Susanne started the day with a big mug of warm Oatly milk and raw chocolate powder and a tbs of maca. It's the best and most cozy way to wake up! We had another meeting with a cool company that we are going to make some films together with and later in the evening we were both invited to the launch of Envelope1976 where we had some delicious organic wine.

  • Sustainable clothing line launch

  • Organic wine ;)

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FRIDAY

Friday we had a long meeting with our book editor. We can't wait to show you the result! Although we still have a bit left. We both used our bikes to the meeting. We had a lot of leftover veggies in the fridge and made a big soup/stew kind of meal with papadum and guacamole on the side. Delicious and a perfect way to use up everything you have in the fridge.

  • Biking

  • Large veggie soup - less food waste!

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SATURDAY

Saturday we had a talk at an event hosted by Det Nye! We used the morning to prepare and used a little time to get ready and fix our make up. We both have different kinds of vegan make up which is also a small little thing you can test out which is good not only for the environment but also animals.

  • Vegan makeup

  • Second hand clothes

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SUNDAY

Finally a day off! Anette started her day with breakfast from Oslo Raw and it was Susanne's turn to clean the apartment. She used eco-friendly cleaning products which makes the indoor environment toxic free after cleaning.

  • Eco-friendly cleaning products

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Wow - what a week!

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, and it's more important now than ever! Together these small acts will move mountains and we will change the world for the better (cliche 'cus it's true). Here are some of our best tips from A-Z.All of us can take small steps towards an eco-friendly lifestyle! Just imagine how much of a difference you can make during a long life.Bamboo toothbrushes are sold at the grocery store. Swap your plastic one for bamboo, because it's probably a good idea not to stick plastic in your mouth many times a day, and it's such an easy way to reduce plastic in our everyday life.Certainly, it's not all fruits and vegetables that need to be wrapped in plastic, yet they are! Always try to choose those without plastic wrapping and the demand for these will rise :)Does it even matter what I do? YES, just think of small everyday actions summarized over a month or a year. We all make such a huge difference together, and the newest climate report from the UN shows that we can't wait for the big systematic changes anymore!Essential things to remember before leaving the house: water bottle, reusable cup, and tote bag.Freshly baked goods can be bought in a paper bag or your own mini cotton bag. YUM!Green is such a pretty color! Why not fill your house with plants and learn how to take really good care of them.Homemade plant-based milk is super easy to make! Check out our recipe here.Impossible Burger is making real meaty burgers out of plants so that no cows need to go down in the making!Just remember that every act to reduce plastic, whether big or small, can inspire others to do the same!Keeping up with Radical Broccoli could be a great TV show. Where the producers at? We could talk about plastic all day.Life gets easier with good habits. Find your favorite way of reducing your footprint! Maybe it even becomes a new hobby, like brewing kombucha? Or picking one plastic item from the ground every time you see it?Microplastic from synthetic clothes goes straight into the ocean again. Out best tip: avoid synthetic materials as best as you can, don't wash your clothes more than necessary and test out this little washing bag thing called Guppy!Never forget to ask your grocery store for the things you are missing, such as paper or reusable bags for fruit and veggies.OMG the possibilities out there! Don't you feel like there is just more and more people creating cool sustainable things? Like bikinis and shoes of recycled plastic and burgers of plants and jewelry from pre-loved gems.Plastic in nature is the worst kind of plastic. Pick up some plastic next time you are out for a walk.Q-tips are one of the main things we find when we do beach cleanups because people forget to throw them in the trash instead of the toilet. Kind of gross and totally avoidable! Buy those with cardboard instead of plastic and throw them in the trash, not the toilet <3Realism is, of course, important, not all plastic is the same! We have to reduce the amount of plastic that can only be used once, and not forget that plastic is an amazing material for many things.Shopping is a lot of fun, even more so in zero-waste stores! Check out one in your neighborhood!Tea bags are actually often made with plastic which means they cannot be recycled. Yogi tea and tea in bulk are the best types for nature.Under water is the best way to get a glimpse of where the trash ends up. Maybe try diving or snorkeling?Very often when you are afraid of people judging you for being a little to passionate about something, they are most likely just getting inspired!When you see someone doing something good for themselves or the planet, compliment them.X-tremely many people watched Blue Planet II and got really inspired. Have you seen it?Young people make us so happy because they demand more from big brands than older generations! Future so bright.Zeriousley, how many cool things can you find in the ocean? Let's not make plastic one of them <3

Our favorite eco-candles

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@anetteI 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 for the environment and our health? Not only are they a hassle to recycle, but they also contain a lot of different toxic chemicals that get released into your home when you light them on fire. Most candles are made of paraffin wax which is a by-product of the petroleum chain, releasing chemicals and carcinogens such as toluene and benzene when we light them up. Even more, if these candles are scented with synthetic fragrances then give off particles when heated which are also bad for your health. Therefore, I am always looking for candles that meet all my requirements, good for the environment, smell good and look pretty. Right now these are my favorites!Midnight somewhere from Sunday - Bolia This candle smells of lavender, rose, lime, and orange peel. It is organic, vegan and environmentally friendly. The wax in the candle is made from GMO-free coconut and palm-free plant wax. It's handmade and placed in a pharmacy cup made in the UK. I love both how it looks and the way it smells!Bjørktuva - VakinmeThis Sweedish brand has made a naturally scented candle that brings out the good smells of the Scandinavian nature, from the dark forests to the deep rivers. Everything is 100% organic, plant-based, free from parabens and other synthetic fragrances with biodegradable soya-wax. The candle is produced in Sweeden, hand poured into mouth-blown glasses by skilled craftsmen. I love how it looks and it gives an exclusive and fresh scent into the home. Obsessed with this brand!

Fikon - Granit 

This candle from Granit is handmade England, made with 100 % soy wax, free from GMOs. Both the glass holder and the package is made from recycled materials, and it only contains natural ingredients.

It smells of a fresh fig tree and is just really pretty.

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Guest post: Why you should check your make up & cosmetics

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Fler og fler blir klar over at vanlig kosmetikk ofte inneholder giftstoffer som er bevist å være skadelige for oss. Det kan være vanskelig å finne troverdige kilder, men på hjemmesiden “EWG’s Skin Deep”, finner du all nødvendig informasjon. Man kan enkelt lage fantastiske produkter selv, men det finnes også kosmetikk som er helt uten farlige ingredienser.

Skadelige kjemikalier

Det er vitenskapelige bevist at kjemisk eksponering fra kosmetikk er linket til sykdom, og forbrukere har begynt å kreve at bedrifter blir mer transparente om hvilke ingredienser de bruker.  Her kan du se en oversiktover de offentliggjorte kosmetiske sikkerhetsreglene for potensielt skadelige kjemikalier verdens største kosmetikk- og hudpleieprodusenter bruker. Her kan du finne WHOs oversikt over hva som blir absorbert gjennom huden. Dersom du synes dette er interessant, kan du også se denne korte videoen om kjemikalier i kosmetikk-industrien

Velg naturlig kosmetikk 

Det er heldigvis mulig å kjøpe helt naturlig kosmetikk og hudpleieprodukter. Enda bedre er det kanskje at du enkelt kan lage det selv ved hjelp av rene planteoljer. Hjemmelagde produkter er både effektive, trygge og rimelige! Vi har startet et konsept, Wellness Wednesday, hvor vi har ukentlige workshop’er om hvordan man unngår giftstoffer i hverdagen og hvilke alternativer som er tilgjengelige. Én gang i måneden fokuserer vi på hud og hår. Da informerer vi om stoffer man bør unngå, samt forteller om naturlige alternativer og hvordan du kan lage fantastiske hud- og hårprodukter selv.  

Hvem vi er 

Olga Divakova og Martine Thomassen jobber som Wellness Advocates og brenner for naturlige alternativer for både helse og skjønnhet. Sammen har de mange års erfaring med bl.a. terapeutisk bruk av eteriske oljer. Olga har vært profesjonell danser og brukte naturlige løsninger for å prestere bedre. Martine leder en vegansk livsstil og har i de siste ti årene aktivt gjort research på ernæring og helse. 

Wellness Wednesday 

Wellness Wednesday er en serie med workshop'er der fire kategorier repeteres ukentlig. Uke én har tema "Green Non-toxic Home", uke to er "Green Beauty and Body", uke tre er "Natural Health and Diet", og uke fire er "Emotional and Spiritual Wellness ". Følg oss på Facebookfor å se hvor vi er neste gang. 

Divine Wellness Tribe

Divine Wellness Tribe har fokus på å skape "community" og samle folk som er interessert i en grønn livsstil. Er du bare litt nysgjerrig på å leve mer sustainable og med mindre giftstoffer i hverdagen, eller er du "all in" med en grønn livsstil, personlig- og spirituell utvikling? Du er velkommen til å bli del av vår Tribe! ♡

English: More and more people become aware that regular cosmetics contain toxic chemicals that are proven harmful to our health. It can be hard to find trustworthy sources of information but on the EWG Skin Deep homepage you find all the necessary stuff to know. You can make amazing homemade products yourself, or find better products out there with natural ingredients.

The authors of this guest post are Olga Divakova og Martine Thomassen who are Wellness Advocates with a passion for natural alternatives to health and beauty. Together they have years of experience with therapeutic use of essential oils. Olga has been a professional dancer and used natural solutions to perform better. Martine lives a vegan lifestyle and has spent the past 10 years doing active research on nutrition and health. Together they created Wellness Wednesday - see more on their site on Facebook.

Life Cykel - the Aussie startup saving the world with mushrooms

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Ryan and Julian from Life Cykel are two Australian guys passionate about the possibility of using mushrooms to save the world. They discovered the enormous potential of providing a healing, plant-based and sustainable protein through mushrooms, and have built such a cool closed-loop business, where they collect coffee grounds from cafés and restaurants, grow mushrooms on them, and then return the edible end product. We were curious to hear more about the uses of mushrooms for healing, how mushrooms are important for the future of our planet, and how these guys came up with the fantastic idea!

Can you tell us a bit about yourselves?

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- I'm Julian, and I am running Life Cykel together with my partner Ryan. We are both from Australia. I have a background in physiotherapy and worked in Premier League as a physiotherapist. I have always been interested in health, but it didn't grab me from a passion point of view at that time. After returning to Australia I started working with health consulting in the mining industry together with Ryan, and we began brainstorming on the disconnect between fresh food, health and the possibilities of sustainably feeding 9 billion people.After a while, we figured out that mushroom farming ticked all the boxes. Firstly, it can be grown from a human waste product - coffee. This can be done even in cities and urban areas. It has a low water use, low electricity use, and can feed communities, towns, cities with a sustainable form of protein.

Tell us more about Life Cykel

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- So, we are growing the mushrooms indoors! In Byron Bay, they grow in a greenhouse. but for the most part, we grow them in shipping containers. We use coffee grounds that we collect from cafés and corporate partners because they are super nutrient rich but acidic and often end in landfills. When coffee grounds in landfill are in an anaerobic environment, they create a greenhouse gas in the form of methane. Methane has 20 times the global warming capacity of carbon dioxide!The health potentials of mushrooms are so big. 75% of pharmaceuticals today actually contain mushrooms due to their healing benefits such as lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.

What are the uses of mushrooms?

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- The uses are so widespread. Within clothing, you can use mushrooms to make leather for handbags, purses, boots and so on. They can be used for biomaterials such as desks, building materials, isolation and furniture due to properties such as being strong, durable, not flammable, it can float, and its biodegradable. More commonly, mushrooms can be used for human health and immunity - we can eat and drink the mushrooms for enormous health benefits. Lion's mane, for example, tastes like lobster when it's cooked and can be used as a plant-based protein. Hen of the woods tastes like chicken.Mushrooms can also break down hydro chemicals. For example in Richmond River in Byron Bay, we are working with the university to remediate the water and remove the E-coli, using the mushroom to eat it up.

How did you come up with the idea?

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- It started with food and understanding the implications for our planet and human health. Some of the information on mushrooms has been written for 100 years, and we needed technology to catch up. The cost of tech has come down, which enabled us to do this, using nature as inspiration. We also found ourselves experiencing dissatisfaction for a lot of the innovation out there - Instagram, Facebook, and similar companies made billions of dollars for Silicon Valley but what does it do for humanity?

What are your hopes and dreams for the company?

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- To continue to innovate, solve real issues with tangible, practical solutions that can be used everywhere. We want to transition from chopping down forests to building them, feeding populations with mushrooms, decreasing our footprint throughout the process. Mushrooms are also important in moving away from antibiotics. We need to think preventative medicine and not reactive - connecting the east and the west.

What are your top three tips for a more sustainable life?

  1. Give mushrooms a chance - consume them more. Trade in fish and chicken!

  2. Have mushroom coffee (chaga). stay away from dairy and almond milk - those are not sustainable.

  3. Become someone who enjoys experiences over materialistic possession. Vote with your wallet by not consuming!

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What is your favorite meal?

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- Oyster mushroom risotto or oyster mushroom red curry with zucchini, capsicum, eggplant.

Where can we get the products?

- Because of biosecurity we currently only ship the mushroom boxes abroad. You can find them all on our homepage.The products we currently sell are:

  • The Oyster Mushroom Box - a box to which you can add water to grow mushrooms on your own kitchen bench. They are a superfood containing protein, iron, calcium, magnesium, selenium and vitamin B1, B2, B5, B6, and B7.

  • Magick Mushroom Coffee - a smoother tasting coffee with the health benefits of increased antioxidants, immunity and oxygen utilization. The mushrooms used are Chaga (the highest source of antioxidants per gram in the world) and Cordyceps (known to increase the body's oxygen uptake).

  • Magick Lion's Mane Latte - A soft malt caramel flavor tasting medicinal drink with the Lion's Mane Mushroom, shown to give you better mental clarity and promote nerve cell growth.

  • Magick Reishi Cacao - spiced chocolate with Reishi Mushroom that has been used throughout Asia to promote calmness and longevity.

  • Magick Protein - vanilla and coconut flavored vegan protein with Reishi and hemp seeds. One of the most ethical proteins there are!

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Follow Life Cykel on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube to learn more, find drool-worthy recipes and follow their journey to save the planet one mushroom at the time!

Q & A from our plastic-free month

A whole month of plastic-free living (as we tried in February) gave us a real eyeopener on how much plastic we use, and especially how many unconscious decisions we usually make. It is definitely challenging to figure out which uses of plastic are necessary, and which that aren't. Luckily, this is a matter that engages many people, and we were so inspired by all of your efforts and advice. It sure feels like a change is coming. As we have received lots of questions throughout the challenge, we thought we would summarize them in this post. Feel free to leave more questions or feedback in the comments! 1. What kind of makeup did you use/buy?If you have read the guidelines of our challenge, we were allowed to use anything we had from before, as throwing out all plastic items definitely wouldn't have been eco-friendly. Anyway, during the month, Anette ran out of concealer and some of you guys recommended RMS. We haven't tried this brand yet, but they apparently have a lot of organic, chemical-free, natural and plastic-free products that are actually good! Will definitely check them out soon.Another favorite is the brand ZAO - they have done some amazing work on ingredients and packaging. All the products are vegan, natural, and work super well. Their mascara is the first natural mascara that I can truly assure works. They have everything from foundation, primer, rouge, highlighter, mascara and nail polish.Other natural favorites are Jane Iredale (mineral powder) and Living Nature (concealer).2. What about shampoo and conditioner?The best 100% plastic free, handmade and natural shampoo and conditioner in Norway (that we have discovered) is from Lush. We (Susanne) also tested out washing the hair with apple cider vinegar and baking powder. The hair became super clean and nice, but the process was a bit inconvenient, to be honest. Other advice was to clean you're hair with just water once a week, and let it develop its own rinsing method over time (does this work?), and buying shampoo and conditioner in bulk from the hairdresser (we tried without luck).3. What did you do with clothing?Before this month we weren't specifically aware of the fact that lots of clothes contain microplastics that enter into the water-rinsing system when we wash them, and eventually into the ocean. The types of fabrics that are petroleum based and contain plastics are synthetic fibers such as acrylic, polyester, and nylon. You can read more about clothing in the guest post from A Green Heart. During the month Susanne bought a t-shirt of organic cotton. The temptation to get some new workout clothes was huge as the post-Christmas sales were all over town!In order to prevent microplastic pollution, we have been recommended to try the Guppy Bag, a washing bag that is supposed to capture the microplastics from the clothing when you clean them. Other than that we recommend that you try your best (we know its hard!) to find clothes of natural materials such as organic cotton, linen, and wool - its better for you, the planet and those who are producing our clothes.4. What about toilet paper?Hehe. Many people have asked this, and they are so right pointing to the fact that it's impossible to stay plastic-free when buying toilet paper in the grocery store. Luckily, we had stacked up on toilet paper from a charity sale before Christmas. We have seen some cool brands from USA such as Who Gives A Crap and Seventh Generation that sell 100% recycled paper without plastic packaging, and they also donate money per sale to develop sanitary facilities in developing countries. Love!5. What did you do on your period? During the lifespan of a female, we use between 8,000 and 15,000 tampons, sanitary pads++ - most of them contain toxic chemicals that are harmful to your body and the earth. We have to be honest and say that we haven't found the perfect solution here yet, but good alternatives are buying organic tampons and pads, trying out a period cup or the newest: a panty that takes care of it all.6. Don't you guys use plastic bags for your trash?Actually, we are kind of proud of the fact that we have stepped up our recycling game. It took a while to learn and get used to recycling almost everything, but after a while, we have ended up with less than one bag of trash per month. For this, we use a bag of recycled plastic or the ones that are biodegradable. You can find these at the supermarket.7. What was the hardest?Definitely the supermarket - in Norway this is surely a plastic universe. Our strategy ended up being just buying everything that was not wrapped and making creative meals out of this. It was quite fun and we got a huge bonus of trying lots of new veggies. During the month we invited some friends for an entirely plastic-free taco (within the rules of being allowed to leave the plastic in the store ++) - proud moment :)8. What are you going to continue with?We will definitely continue bringing tote bags and small cotton bags to the store, and going to stores where we know they have a wider range of plastic-free products. In Portugal where we stay regularly with our Portuguese family, it is a true dream to go shopping - some of the grocery stores sell only organic products, and most of them are without plastic packaging.We are working on making an Oslo guide to the shops that use less plastic!9. How hard was it actually?Definitely, a challenge that made us think through every single action of every single day. If you try for a day or two, you will understand that it's really hard, but that a lot of our consumption happens due to unconscious choices and "bad" habits. As soon as you start planning and making choices that have been given some thought, your actions change for the better, and then turn into good habits over time.March 1st was so strange - we were finally able to buy the plastic-packaged products that we had been missing such as all types of salads, chocolate, bars and on-the-go food. We thought it would be a big relief, but acactuallyy it ended up being a bitter sweet feeling of using uneccesary plastic. We really wish it would be easier to reduce our plasic in our day to day lives, and the challenge that is ahead is finding the balance. Of course, the most important is to recycle everything we use, but a great job is done by reducing the amount we take in.We are SO happy to see that plastic is a huge topic in the news and on social media these days - and that lots of company's are making new, innovative, creative designs and products that are environmentally concious.10. What is your best advice?Our best advice is:

  • always bring a water bottle, thermo-cup, tote bag and a small spork

  • don't leave home hungry and always bring snacks - almost all on-the-go meals are plastic wrapped, and these small packagings are the ones that often end up in nature (because they can fly out of the public garbage binds, or because people actually

  • inspire those around you, and spread information, articles, videos on why plastic is a problem in our society

  • lats but not least - ENJOY nature as much as you can and watch Blue Planet II if you haven't already - the series that made The Queen declare war on plastics <3

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

En hel måned uten plast

Vi jentene bak Radical Broccoli har lenge følt at vi er ganske så bevisste i forhold til de valgene vi tar omkring mat og bruk av plast i hverdagen. Etter å ha brukt mye tid på surfebrett i havet og sett plast flyte forbi, lest utallige artikler om hvor skadelig plast er for vår egen helse og ikke minst slukt hver eneste episode av Blue Planet II har det blitt et stort fokusområde i livet vårt. Lenge lekte vi med tanken på å ha en hel plastfri måned, men vi hadde alltid en unnskyldning på lager til hvorfor det ikke passet akkurat nå. Vi ville vente til sommeren fordi vi tenkte det ville være mye lettere (er ikke alt?), vi ville planlegge det bedre, vi ville ha basisvarer på plass, ja listen var lang! Sånn holdt vi på helt til vi fikk en telefon fra VGTV's redaksjon tidlig i januar som hadde hørt om ideén vår og gjerne ville følge den. Da visste vi at det var på tide å bare måtte hoppe rett i det uten planlegging og unnskyldninger, men med gode intensjoner og en god dose viljestyrke.

Målet vårt med å unngå plast i en hel måned var å finne ut hvor mye plast vi faktisk bruker i hverdagen, hvordan vi skulle klare å unngå det, og ikke minst være kreative på hva som kan erstatte plastbruken vår.Dagene er lysere, fuglene kvittrer igjen og det er mulig å ta fine bloggbilder helt frem til kl. 17.22. Ikke minst er utfordringen "plastfri måned" over. Hva slags føelser er det egentlig vi sitter igjen med?

Hvorfor?

Du lurer kanskje på hvorfor i all verden man ønsker å gå en hel måned uten plast, som om livet ikke er komplisert nok fra før av? Vi er enige i at det er ganske ekstremt, men måten vi bruker plast på i dag er en del av de aller største helse- og miljøproblemene vi står overnfor i dag slik som land og luftforurensning, produksjonen av fossible brennstoffer, avfallshåndtering, marin forsøpling og helseproblemer både hos dyr og mennesker. Som samfunn har vi blitt avhengige av plast, og vi bruker det til alt fra bæreposer hjem fra butikken, matinnpakning, flasker og engangs kaffekopper og i klær. Plast er et materiale som er ment å kunne vare for alltid, men vi ender som oftest opp med å kun bruke det en gang før vi kaster det.

  • Plast er laget av fossile brennstoffer, og som dere kanskje vet er disse ikke fornybare. Det kreves omkring 2 kg olje for å lage 1 kg rå plast materiale (1)

  • På verdensbasis blir kun omrking 5% av all plasten resirkulert

  • I dag er havene fylt med plast, og i følge World Economic Forum, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation og McKinsey and Company fylles havet med en hel søppelbil med plast i minuttet (2)

  • Plastartikler slik som flasker, poser, forpakning og sugerør brytes ned til noe som heter mikroplast i havet, som er bitte små biter av plast (mindre enn fem milimeter) og dette svelger både mennsker og dyr.

  • Langs norskekysten har hele fire av fem blåskjell mikroplast i seg (3)

  • Vi vet ikke nok i dag om hva mikroplast gjør med menneskekroppen men foskning viser av lekkasje av kjemikalier fra plasten kan gi hormonforstyrrelser, nedsatt reproduksjonsevner, unormal utvikling og sykdom (4)

Hvordan?

Før vi startet utfordringen vår satt vi opp noen regler som du kan lese om

her

, slik at måneden ble gjennomførbar, miljøvennlig og meningsfylt. I hele februar hadde vi også en ekstrautfordring med å ha totalt forskjellige timeplaner, Susanne hjemme i Norge og Anette i Spania på yoga teacher training. Heldigvis hadde vi noen dager å bli kjent med den nye livsstilen vår før vi dro til hvert vårt.    

  • På farten& take away: Vi spiste ute et par ganger i februar, og ved en anledning skulle vi spørre om å få med resten av maten i "doddy-bag" og da hadde de selvfølgelig kun plastbokser. Da lærte vi at det er lurt å ha med en matboks! Det er også viktig å undersøke stedene du bestiller take away fra og spørre de på forhånd om man kan hente maten i egene bokser og be de om å ikke pakke det inn i plast før du kommer.

  • Matbutikken: Vi lærte at det virkelig alltid lønner seg å ha med handlenett når du drar hjemmefra, fordi man aldri vet når man ender opp på butikken. Vi prøvde å handle på Kiwi, Rema1000 og Coop, men utvalget av mat uten plast i disse butikkene var ikke bra nok til å kunne leve av det alene. Derfor ble det også noen turer innom butikker som Røtter, Mølleren Sylvia, og storhandling i grønnsakshandler på Grønland. Vi prøvde også å legge igjen plast i butikkene som et lite aktiviststunt, men det føltes helt ærlig ganske så ubehagelig ut, og litt ut som om vi jukset. Det mest geniale vi gjorde på matveien var å lage egen havremelk.

  • Helsekost, vitaminer og tilskudd: Vi elsker begge to kombucha, og er veldig glade i supermat og alle type matvarer som gir bedre helse og mer energi. Det er vanskelig å finne kombucha på glass og dessuten er det ganske så dyrt så vi fikk endelig summet oss til å lage vår egen. Vi gikk også tom for det meste innenfor supermat, men vi klarte å vente til mars før vi fylte på. Helse prioriteres alltid først, så dersom det var noe vi måtte kjøpe her hadde vi gjort det.

  • Reise & transport: Å være på reisefot uten å bruke plast er en real utfordring, og det viktigste her er igjen å planlegge og undersøke hvor du skal. Ta med vannflaske, kaffekopp, matbokser, bestikk og matpakke hjemmefra så overlever du en hver flytur. Og ja - vi er veldig klar over at det å fly er en værsting. Vi brukte offentlig transport igjennom hele måneden og kjørte ikke bil alene en eneste gang.

  • Kosmetikk & hygiene: Vi gikk tom for shampo og balsam dessverre, men våre herlige følgere på instagram tipset om at vi kunne vaske håret med natron og eplesidereddik. Susanne måtte også kjøpe nesespray fordi hun ble forkjølet.

  • Klær & tilbehør: Anette trengte ny yogamatte og bukse før hun skulle avsted, men endte opp med å låne alt fordi det var vanskelig å finne noe som ikke inneholdt mikroplast. Susanne kjøpe en 100% økologisk bomulls t-skjorte til å ha på seg på God Morgen Norge.

  • Teknologi: Vi kjøpte ingenting her, men fikk bilder fra en venn som hadde kjøpt ny lader og hallo plast på plast på plast.

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Våre råd 

  • På farten & take away: Aldri fra hjemmefra sulten! Hehe, men seriøst. Det er så vanskelig å finne et mellommåltid som ikke er pakket inn i plast. Ta heller med deg nøtter, dadler, frukt eller andre ting i vesken. Når du skal bestille take awy ring gjerne på forhånd og hør hva de pakker inn maten med. Sushi hadde vært helt uaktuelt for eksempel.

  • Matbutikken: Ta med handlenett hver gang du drar hjemmefra, fordi man vet virkelig aldri når man trenger å dra innom butikken. Se etter frukt og grønt som ikke er pakket inn i plast, og du trenger virkelig ikke å ta en egen platpose til tomatene dine. Utforsk nabolaget og kanksje du blir positivt overrasket av alternative butikker som ikke pakker inn varene sine i like mye plast som de store kjedene.

  • Helsekost, vitaminer og tilskudd: Dette var litt vrient, siden helsen alltid kommer først. Vi anbefaler å lage egen kombucha og å prøve å gro egene spirer! Vi håper også at helsesektoren begynner å tenke etter hva de pakker inn varene sine i.

  • Reise & transport: Planlegg reisen og gjør grunndige undersøkelser om stedet du skal til. Ta med drikkeflaske, matboks og bestikk, handlenett og matpakke.

  • Kosmetikk & hygiene: Litt overveldende å skulle bytte ut alt her, vi anbefaler å starte på et område også bytte ut mer og mer. Start med tannbørsten for eksempel!

  • Klær & tilbehør: Kvalitet ovenfor kvantitet. Spar heller til å kjøpe det du egentlig ønsker det i stedenfor å kjøpe masse ting av dårlig kvalitet som du ender opp med å kaste eller å ikke bruke. Billige klær er gjerne laget av stoffer som inneholder mikroplast og dette skylles rett ut i havet når det vaskes.

  • Teknologi: Altså hvor skal man starte! Vi kan ikke unngå teknologi, og vi elsker teknologi, men man kan ta tenke en ekstra gang igjennom før man kjøper inn ting, og for eksempel kjøpe miljøvennlig cover til mobilen istedenfor noe som er laget av plast.

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Våre fails 

  1. Et plastlokk fra en takeaway boks da Susanne testet ut appen TooGoodToGo (genial app uavhengig av det!).

  2. En pakke fra Urban Outfitters hvor de hadde pakken inn i hele tre plastposer(!!!). Buksen var bestilt i januar før hele prosjektet var satt i gang, men det var virkelig øyeåpnende.

  3. Klistremerker fra avokado og mango som vi glemte å ta av første handleturen.

  4. Plast rundt strømpebukser, men selve strømpebuksen er laget av resirkulert nylon, så det føltes ikke helt uforgjeves allikevel

  5. Bagasjetagg fra kofferten

  6. En tepose som var pakket inn i plast

  7. Lokk fra en kombuchaflaske

  8. En konvolutt i bobleplast fra en notatbok bestilt i januar

  9. Plastpakken til linser (et par)

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Vi anbefaler virkelig å prøve en plastfri dag, uke eller en slå til med en hel måned. Det var virkelig uforventet, men vi sitter igjen men den balanserte følesen av å ha vært på detox. Man legger virkelig merke til egene vaner og uvaner. For eksempel hvor mye vanskeligere prosjektet var under stress, hvor mye du har lyst på nye klær når du føler deg ufresh eller hvor ofte man har lyst på sjokolade når man egentlig bare er trøtt.

I tillegg sitter vi igjen med sikkert 50 nye businessideer, mer kreativitet enn på lenge, og ikke minst en skikkelig godføelse av å ha gjort noe bra. Man setter også sykt stor pris på tingene man allerede har i livet.For begge sin del var favorittelementet alt engasjementet og deltagelsen på våre sosiale medier, og alle tipsene og triksene som folk har delt med oss. Ubeskrivelig fin følelse.Helt til slutt, og det er kanskje klisjé å si det, men så lykkelig man blir av å ha færre ting i livet sitt. Man føler seg ryddigere innevendig og utvendig.

Green buzzwords

Green buzzwords like natural, organic, ethical and fairtrade are all over the place these days - which definitely is a good sign. Nevertheless, its important to be sure what these definitions mean, because some brands also use them wisely to attract you, even though the products isnt really eco-friendly.  For example a shampoo with a green, brown and earthy look with the words "natural" on the box doesnt really have to mean anything.

1. Eco-friendly

Eco-friendly is a loose term describing something that's not harmful for the environment, Dette er et løst begrep for noe som ikke er skadelig for miljøet, og er ikke en beskyttet tittel med mindre det benyttes en sertifisering som for eksempel Svanemerket. I Norge kreves det forklaring og dokumentasjon av hvorfor noe beskrives som “miljøvennlig” eller “etisk” (1), og det vil være nødvendig å si at “dette produktet er etisk fordi…”. Hvis du er ekstra nysgjerrig er det alltid lurt å spørre selgeren eller produsenten.  

2. Veganer/vegansk

Veganere er personer som ikke bruker produkter av animalsk opprinnelse. Produkter som er merket som veganske inneholder ingen elementer fra dyr, og vil ikke være testet på dyr.

3. Vegetarianer/vegetar

En vegetarianer spiser ikke fisk eller kjøtt, men spiser i motsetning til veganere melkeprodukter.

4. Økologisk

Begrepet brukes om mat og produkter som er fremstilt uten bruk av kjipe kjemiske plantevernmidler, kunstig aroma og fargestoffer, og det er strenge regler for bruk av konserveringsmidler. Mange forveksler ordet med organisk, fordi de oversetter direkte fra det engelske begrepet organic, men organisk betyr nemlig bare at materialet kommer fra levende organismer, og har som sådan ingen forbindelse til at noe er miljøvennlig. Økologisk er en beskyttet tittel, og du finner produktene ved å se etter stempel fra kontrollorganer som Debio, Ecocert og USDA Organic (2).

5. Bærekraftig

Overordnet sett er noe bærekraftig hvis det kan fortsette over tid, og det ikke har ødeleggende effekt på miljøet (1). For eksempel er et bærekraftig kosthold et kosthold med lav miljøbelastning, som bidrar til mat og sunt liv for nåværende og fremtidige generasjoner (3).

6. Biologisk nedbrytbar

Hvis noe er biologisk nedbrytbart (biodegradable) kan det brytes ned av mikroorganismer slik som sopp og bakterier over tid, slik at det blir til vann, karbondioksid, metan, energi og ny biomasse. Noen typer plast slik som plastposer og take away bokser er merket som biologisk nedbrytbar, men det kan være nødvendig at plasten eksponeres for temperaturer på over 50 grader over tid for at den skal brytes helt ned. Dette vil definitivt ikke skje hvis plasten ender i havet (4), så vi må ikke glemme å resirkulere slike produkter for at de skal kunne brytes ned.

7. Komposterbar

Produkter som kan komposteres er de som enten vil brytes ned i en hjemmekompost (slik som matavfall og bambustannbørster) eller i et industrielt kompostsystem. Disse produktene er altså også biologisk nedbrytbare, forskjellen er bare at de komposterbare produktene inneholder verdi for jorda, slik som matavfall som konverteres til biogass og biojødsel.

8. Resirkulerbar

Produkter som er resirkulerbare vil kunne omdannes og benyttes igjen, slik som for eksempel panteflasker. Pant alt, alltid <3

WE ARE GOING PLASTIC FREE FOR ONE MONTH!

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So it's almost February and our plastic awareness challenge is about to roll. We are going plastic free for one month, and believe us, we are both excited and nervous about this challenge. Plastic is EVERYWHERE. Normally we are pretty aware of our plastic consumption, but during this challenge, we are going to take things to the next level. We will share everything we learn the next weeks, what foods to make, what to use instead of plastic, and if we have to make our own toothpaste. If we fail, we will document this as well by saving up all plastic in a jar. Best thing of all? You can join us! Even if you just take one-day plastic free, post a picture or a story and put on the #plasticfreeRB. This way we can all inspire each other.

What's out: 

  • Single-use plastic (plastic straws, forks, knives, take-a-way boxes, dental floss, plastic wrapping, plastic bags, plastic bottles or teabags made of plastic or containing plastic)

  • Plastic wrapped around food, except if we leave the plastic in the food store to raise awareness (this will be the most challenging one!)

  • Lunch boxes made of plastic

  • Small zip-lock plastic bags

  • New cosmetics containing or sold in plastic

  • New toothpaste containing or sold in plastic

  • Plastic toothbrushes

  • Buying clothes or shoes containing plastic

What's in:

  • Driving a car, but ONLY if we are going far and we are more people driving together (microplastic from car tires is actually the biggest source of microplastic in the ocean today - Elon Musk can't you fix this?)

  • Using shampoo, toothpaste and other cosmetics that we already own until it runs out. It would not be environment-friendly to throw it all out.

  • Our iPhones

  • Large items like the fridge, blender, spatulas

  • Plastic and containers on food we already have at home (for example frozen berries in the freezer bought before February)

  • Clothing we own from before even if it contains microplastic

  • Recycle every plastic bottle we see or find

  • Complete at least one #beachcleanup during February

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Why?

  • Some types of plastic are not good for our health or the fish and other animals either ingesting or getting tangled in plastic. We have written a longer article about this and will share more info along the road. For those interested, this is an amazing article

  • If everyone continues to use plastic like we do it today, we will actually have more plastic than fish in the ocean, by weight, by 2050

  • More than 8 million tonnes of plastics end up in the ocean each year (which is equivalent to dumping one garbage truck in the ocean per minute). Experts say most of this is packing.

  • By 2050, 99% of seabirds will have ingested plastic according to UNEP

  • If a plastic bottle ends up in the ocean it will take up to 450 years before it completely breaks down

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Our goal? 

  • To make it easy and normal to use as little plastic as possible in our everyday lives

  • To be healthy and happy without plastic in our bodies

  • That every café and restaurant in Norway recycles plastic (hello Joe & The Juice)

  • That plastic bags either become illegal (as in France and Rwanda) or more costly

  • That food stores change from having "price wars" and "lowest price possible" to being concerned with the environment and health of people buying their food

  • That fruit, vegetables, and other bulk items can be bought in paper bags in the store, instead of plastic

  • Ultimately, that future generations are able to swim with fish and sea animals ;)

Let's go #plasticfreeRB

Big Bite Creations - Bamboo food containers that you will LOVE!

Behind every eco brand is a fascinating story of how and why it was created. At the Australian Big Bite Creations, the love of food, design and protecting the environment all merged into amazing lifestyle products such as the beautiful bamboo food containers. They aim to reduce the bad stuff such as plastic and toxic dyes and replace them with kinder alternatives while keeping it fun and not too serious. The founder Seonaidh also shares her top tips for a more environmentally friendly life!

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

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My name is Seonaidh Murphy and I am originally from Perth, Western Australia. I just moved to Sydney after an extensive sourcing trip through Asia looking for suppliers and manufacturers for alternatives to plastics. I have spent over 10 years applying the knowledge from my background within arts & design, fashion, textile design and graphic design to the food and beverage and hospitality industries, which in the end turned out to be an eco brand for food lovers. It just seemed to be the right fit and there was a little gap in the market that I decided to sneak on in to.

What is the story behind the name?

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When I started out I thought I was going down the path of fashion, textiles, and homewares, and called the business Soft Constructions. Only within the last year, I rebranded into Big Bite Creations. The idea behind the name and branding is that its fun and not too serious. When it comes to inspiring people to become more eco-conscious you can have fun with it, it doesn’t always have to be doom and gloom and shocking people with statistics and horrible imagery. I think it’s more important to engage them with a product that is enjoyable to use and just happens to be more eco-friendly. As soon as people feel overwhelmed they just give up. I think inspiring lots of people to do a little bit to become more eco-conscious and make better choices is better than a couple of people going hardcore plastic free overnight.

How did you come up with the idea of making eco-friendly products?

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I’ve never been a particularly wasteful person and I think that has a lot to do with my upbringing. My dad is the kind of person that will trim the mold off cheese and vegetables rather than throw it away. My mum rewashes sponges, cloths and glad bags in the kitchen. I don’t know how much of it was done to save the environment and how much was about saving money but hey they were good at it (and still are). Without even being aware of it, the idea of making the most of what you have has just become ingrained in me.Also, many of my past art and fashion projects were centralized on recreating something beautiful out of something that had been discarded. For example, I created a collection out of cutting room scraps, old blankets, and rags. While that was all well and good, the hard part was trying to work out how to incorporate those processes into a business. Having worked in the food industry, I saw a little niche where there was demand for eco products that were well designed and affordable.

What is your favorite meal?

This is a tricky one. I have a lot of favorites! But I guess I would say my favorite type of meal are the get-togethers with friends and family to have a long table lunch at someone's house, where everyone pitches in.  There is definitely something special about sharing and preparing food together that makes the meal so much more enjoyable.

What are your four best tips for an eco-friendly lifestyle?

  1. Don’t be overwhelmed and try to change the world overnight

  2. Think creatively about how to utilize “waste”. For example, use your veggie scraps to make vegetable stock, and keep your old jars and containers and re-use

  3. Try to buy your fruit and veg seasonally from local farmers markets

  4. Educate yourself on how to store your fruit and veggies so they last for as long as possible

  5. Use reusable containers, drink bottles, lunch boxes, bags etc where possible

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