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!

Foto: @mallyandthemoon

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!

Party with "Jordnært"


A week ago we gathered our friends, family and co-workers to celebrate that we made a book!


Ready to celebrate the book! Wearing clothes from Fall Winter Spring Summer, sneakers from Veja, and earrings from By Sofie Platou

Ready to celebrate the book! Wearing clothes from Fall Winter Spring Summer, sneakers from Veja, and earrings from By Sofie Platou

We wanted to make this a green and eco-friendly party where most importantly everyone had a really good time. The first and most important thing was to find a good location. We were suggested to talk with Pakkhuset in Oslo, and we found out that they actually have a zero-waste bar which made it a perfect match. They only use reusable straws, served us organic and biodynamic drinks and the whole room was decorated with green plants. We were so lucky to get food from ASIA Akerbrygge, the best vegan maki rolls ever served in small plates made out of palm leaves. We also had vegan candy from Rema 1000, cakes from Oslo Raw and vegan pizza from Peppes Pizza.

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Jordnært

Green Party:

- Plant based food

- Reusable straws

- Borrowed clothes

- Ethical sneakers

- Good people & vibes

- As little plastic as possible

We had a small talk about our book, interviewed by our friend Simen Knudsen who founded Nordic Ocean Watch. He asked us what was our favorite parts of the book, how we came up with the name and a lot of other questions. After that we danced!

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If you want to see more check out our YouTube channel, where we post vlogs!

10 tips to keep your calm this Christmas

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

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

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

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

This year world champion Aksel Lund Svindal created his own stylish and sustainable clothing brand, and we are super impressed! We had a small chat with them and they told us all about the collection and how they carefully consider every single step in their production process, from choosing materials, what stores to sell in and how they hope to change the textile industry. They are super careful when choosing what material they use, from the thread to not creating clothes with too many details on so they can be easily recycled after use.

"WHEN THOSE WHO INFLUENCE STARTS TO ADVOCATE SUSTAINABILITY,

WE ACTUALLY STAND A CHANCE TO SAVE THE WORLD." Greater than A

Greater Than A´s ambition is to make great looking clothes for everyday use with design and quality to make them last for years. This year they will launch their first collection for women and we are super excited!

Christmas bingo with Rudolph Care

THE WHAT

We had a cool bingo evening in the true Christmas spirit together with the certified organic luxury cosmetic brand Rudolph Care yesterday. They invited us to the prettiest home to enjoy cookies, caramels, gløgg (mulled wine(?)) and to play a game of bingo. We didn't win, but then again we got some goodies from the all-organic brand. Have you tried their products? Check out their homepage and Instagram.[video width="720" height="1280" mp4="http://www.radicalbroccoli.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/video-1542909179.mp4" poster="http://www.radicalbroccoli.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/46508146_315012035756554_2431044363908808704_n.jpg" autoplay="true" preload="auto"][/video]

OUR FAVORITES

Some of our all-time favorite products are from Rudolph Care - might be a nice Christmas gift for someone you love?

THEY THINK GREEN

They've also made a guide on how to recycle their products correctly - LOVE it. Thank you so much for having us and for making natural, organic products that actually work and smell like heaven. :*

22 ethical & eco-friendly christmas gift ideas

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

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

Other tips for an eco-friendly Christmas

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

Have a lovely pre-christmas time!

10 tips on avoiding winter depression

(Ad - written in collaboration with Supernature)Hi lovely people.Who else is feeling the dark days draining out what's left of your energy? Personally, I haven't had a full winter in Norway for almost six years, so it's been a huge adjustment this year. Maybe that's why I've been so obsessed with trying everything I can to not let it get to me. Anyways, I've gathered my top 10 tips on avoiding going down for the winter. Some of them are recommendations from you guys and friends, and some are things I've always done to feel better.

1. Put the phone away 1 hour before and after a nights sleep

This really improves your sleep quality. For me to be able to follow through, I charge my phone outside my bedroom.

2. Invest in a natural light + radio alarm clock

Mine from Philips is really old now, and I bet there are new ones on the market. The one I have is a version of this one, and it has truly saved my mornings! It wakes you up with something similar to natural sunlight, and you can choose between radio, singing birds, forest sounds, or just a regular alarm sound. LOVE.

3. Take Depridix from Supernature

Every morning when I wake up, I drink one liter of lukewarm water with lemon and take my Depridix.Depridix is a unique Norwegian herbal supplement that combines traditional Nordic herbs with vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, and the mineral zink. B-vitamins aid your body in normal energy conversion, while the B2, B3, B6, and B12 helps prevent tiredness and exhaustion. Depridix also contains Q10 and flower essences and herbal extracts.I really feel like this gives me the boost I needed this winter!

4. Use a "natural light" lamp indoors

Personally, I put on the ring light we use for photos. I think it does the magic of tricking my brain into producing more happiness. But there are other alternatives out there that can do the magic, like this one.

5. Get as much real sunlight as possible with your schedule

Try to get a quick 10/20 minute walk if you see the sun popping out.

6. Go for a light workout

I like working out in the evenings during the winter, even though it's a bit harder to get myself to go when the evening comes and I just wanna lay on the couch. When I get myself to go there it gives me the extra energy to cook a good meal for myself instead of just eating something that's not really nourishing. It helps to plan my workout schedule for a week ahead, so I know what's coming.

7. Make it cozy indoors!

In Norway, we spend lots of time indoors, which may be why we invest in making our nest really welcoming. Get a good blanket and some eco-friendly candles.

8. Plan something nice for yourself every week

I get motivated to work hard when I have good things to look forward to such as a concert, cinema, going to the theater or hosting dinner for my friends.

9. Set aside time for creative projects during the weekend

For me and probably many others, it's easy to drown myself in work just to make time pass when I'm not feeling really good. I've figured that it helps a lot to set aside time that's designated for creative projects like creating film and photography, making a vision board, painting or scribbling some words while listening to good music.

Podcast recommendation: Deliciously Ella

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

Our podcast is launched!

We have been waiting all week to tell you that we have made our very own podcast! We have so much we want to share and sometimes an Instagram caption just isn't enough especially when it comes to the not so pretty stuff. We want to share more things from our everyday lives with you, ups and downs, things we learn and stories we hope you find interesting!The first episode is in depth about why we moved to Portugal, surf boys, plant-based food and anxiety to soul searching, healers and why we love Costa Rica so much. We also talk about receiving criticism online and how our goal is to NOT be a perfect environmentalist and why. Hope you like it and rate it and share it with your friends! It's not on iTunes yet but you can find it on Spotify, Google Podcats, Radio Publics, Pocketcasts, Stitcher and Breaker.

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

Gjesteinnlegg 

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.

Hidden gems in Oslo!

Luckily you don't have to travel far to take a little break from your daily life. All you need is a staycation! Vacationing in your home city is not only more environmentally-friendly, but it can help you discover some hidden pearls in your hometown, just like we did in Oslo.

//Heldigvis trenger man ikke alltid å reise langt for å få et lite avbrekk fra hverdagen. Det kan du få til akkurat der du er, og er kjent som konseptet staycation. Å feriere i egen by er jo også så utrolig mye bedre for miljøet. Oslo er en perle. En staycation her gir rom for å oppdage sider ved byen som man kanskje ikke gjør i en ellers travel hverdag.[AD]We were so happy when TOMS asked if we could share our best staycation tips in Oslo with you, while at the same time showing their amazing vegan shoes. And you guys, did you know that for every pair of TOMS you buy, you are also buying a pair for a child in need? We LOVE conscious brands that give something back to the world.// Derfor ble vi så glade da TOMS lurte på om vi kunne dele våre beste staycation-tips i Oslo med dere, samtidig som vi kunne vise fram deres fantastisk fine og behagelige veganske sko. Og dere; visste dere at for hvert par man kjøper gir TOMS et par sko til et barn som nok trenger det enda mer. Vi elsker og heier på merker som gir tilbake og har en ektra omtanke med det de gjør.Morning bath at TjuvholmenOkay, so Tjuvholmen is hidden!? Well it might come as a surprise that we included this in our guide since it's a typical tourist attraction in Oslo, but the hidden magic is taking a morning bath here while the city is asleep. This spring we put extra effort into jumping in the ocean as often as possible. Right after waking up, we have thrown on a bikini or bathing suit and biked down. The extra little joy comes from passing all the guys in suits in this business area. On the pier we usually meet a few regulars in their robes who are discussing the temperatur in the water, and how much (or little) it has changed the past 24 hours. We say hi to everyone, regret the decision for a brief moment because it looks friggin cold, and then decide to jump. Nothing can compare to that feeling. It cures everything from headaches, tight backs and stress to morning grumpiness.//Morgenbad på Tjuvholmen Ok, er Tjuvholmen plutselig skjult nå?, tenker du kanskje. Vi er enige i at "alle" vet hvor dette er, men det er de færreste som møter opp tidlig om morgenen for verdens diggeste morgenbad! Denne våren har vi gjort en ekstra innsats for å bade så ofte som mulig. Så fort vi har våknet, har vi hevet på oss bikini eller badedrakt og syklet den korte veien ned til Tjuvholmen. Ekstra gøy er det å se at folk i dress er på vei i andre retninger. På brygga står det gjerne flere faste morgenbadere i morgenkåpe og diskuterer dagens temperatur, og hvor mye (eller lite) det har forandret seg de siste 24 timene. Vi hilser på alle, angrer et lite sekund fordi det ser forbanna kaldt ut, men hopper i det. Og verdens beste følelse får man i havet. Det renser opp i gruff og trøtthet og hodepine og hva det måtte være. Og vipps er dagen startet på best mulig måte!Photo: Martine StenbergHovedøyaOur second advice is to take the ferry from Aker Brygge to one of the beautiful islands just a few minutes outside of Oslo. It just costs you a regular bus ticket and is much calmer than the usual overcrowded beaches in town. It takes such a short time to get out there, and you get so much out of taking the trip. We really started wondering why we don't do this more often. Bring a towel, blanket, something to read, watermelon and a lovely lunch, and enjoy a perfect staycation at one of Oslo's pearls.//HovedøyaVårt andre tips er å ta fergen ut til Hovedøya eller en av de andre øyene som Ruter-fergene går ut til. Når sola skinner er gjerne steder som Huk og Paradisbuksa overfylt av mennesker, så hvis man vil ha en litt roligere dag er definitivt Hovedøya å anbefale. Det tar latterlig kort tid å komme seg dit fra Aker Brygge, og vi skjønner egentlig ikke hvorfor vi ikke gjør dette oftere. Ta med håndkle, pledd, noe å lese på, vannmelon og en digg lunsj, og nyt en mini-ferie på en av Oslos definitivt fineste perler.We hope you were inspired to take a new look at Oslo with your vacation shades on (and hopefully a pair of TOMS on your feet) and feel free to share your best staycation advice with us in the comments.//Vi håper du ble inspirert til å ta en titt på Oslo med feriebrillene på (og gjerne et par TOMS på beina), og del gjerne dine beste staycationtips i kommentarfeltet!

An update on a month without plastic

We thought it was time for an update on our project plastic free now that we are over halfway through. We suspected that it would be challenging and hoped it would engage you guys out there, but we never expected the response we have received! What a bunch of fantastic, inspiring and smart brains we have had the pleasure to meet. 
As many of you may know, we are two sisters behind Radical Broccoli, and as we speak, one is up in the mountains at a winter cabin, and the other is at a yoga teacher training close to the equator. When we considered having a plastic-related challenge, we went back and forth discussing when would be a good time, what we needed to prepare and so forth. As soon as we got challenged by a big news channel to announce it on their snapchat, we just had to jump into it, without preparing anything. Nevertheless, it made the whole thing more relatable and trustworthy.
The first week - easier than expected?At the beginning of the month, we presented to you the rules we were going to stick to. For example that the plastic-free challenge didn't include food prepared by others and that we would use everything we already had. This made it extremely easy the first couple of days, except for a lunch meeting out and about at a café in Oslo, when we had to ask for reusable cutlery, as they serve with plastic also for those eating in. What an idéa! When we asked why, they said it was because people mistake the real forks and knives for plastic, and throw them out. Don't know whether to laugh/cry believing it or by the excuse!
Our first big grocery shopping took about two hours, and we stopped by Kiwi (average grocery store), Juels 33 (more of a specialty store) and Røtter (health shop) to get everything we thought we needed for a week. We got quite a lot of fruits and vegetables at Kiwi (mango, banana, tomato, grapefruit, lemon, dates, avocado, beets, pineapple) that we packed into cloth bags to weigh them together. We also got some dried goods in cardboard boxes such as beans and lentils, crisp bread, flour, oats, and tea. What a pleasure to not bring a single piece of plastic out of a plastic-filled shop (almost - we saw afterward that each fruit and veg had a sticker on it - now collected in our jar). We almost bought a bag of snacks that looks unmistakably like paper but actually is made of plastic - good thing some stuff is labeled!
Week two - some good fortune and some failure 
At the beginning of the second week, we started to run out of all the main frozen breakfast smoothie ingredients and cosmetic products such as shampoo, conditioner and body lotion. One Instagram and some comments later we learned that apple cider vinegar and baking soda works like hell for a nice hair wash and that many of you guys use this regularly (!). We tested it out, skeptical about the smell, but it turned out quite well and looked all shiny and nice. The second wash was not so successful, and we are considering another of the advice - buying a shampoo bar wrapped in paper from Lush.
At the end of a long work week, we were ready for some Indian take away. We both completely forgot about the challenge when we ordered, and had such luck as it came in aluminum and cardboard containers. Which then again made us think of whether this is any more eco-friendly?
Anette also got some juicy plastic wrapped packages that she had ordered in January - three plastic bags - one covering the other. How on earth will it all fit in the jar?
Oh, and we had some kombucha bottle failures too!
At the end of the second week, it was time for departure for both of us. The traveling yogi had to prepare food for the trip - and made these scones - all plastic free minus baking soda which we had from before. She also checked how they consider plastic at the yoga retreat, and it seemed to be a conscious kind of place. The hardest thing was actually at arrival - not knowing whether or not the tap water was safe to drink. The first day out in town the water bottle was left at home at a trip planned to last for 20 minutes that lasted 8 hours. A day with a whoooole lotta tea! Shampoo and conditioner were borrowed from new friends.
The mountain goat got a real bonus as the cabin was full of food and shampoo from those who were here the weekend before. Jackpot. And a feeling of cheating a bit.
Now we have nine days to go, and we will be even better at the updates in the coming week+. The biggest, best-hidden secret behind all of this is how it feels so good to use every last drop of the body lotion and cooking the weirdest new meal of veggies we have never even considered buying.
Some lessons along the month
  • Always always always bring a water bottle, cup and tote bag (even though you don't think you're going shopping, you might end up doing it. Life is insane).
  • If you're getting take away - check in advance what kind of containers they use, and consider bringing your own
  • If you're eating out make sure to ask if they can give you real cutlery if plastic is their thing. They often have it, but they just didn't put it on display
  • Question the eco-friendliness of plastic's brothers such as glass and aluminum. Sometimes plastic is the most eco-friendly!
  • It's actually not embarrassing to bring cloth bags to the store :)))
  • It is very embarrassing to leave plastic at the store
  • You can freeze things in glass and tin containers (as many of you probably knew)
  • Homemade oat milk is a winner - recipe coming soon!

Sustainability buzzwords

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

Eco-friendly/environmentally-friendly

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

Organic

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

Sustainable

Sustainability has been defined many different ways by different people. Something is said to be sustainable if it can continue over a period of time, causing little or no damage to the environment (1).Sustainable development was defined by Norway's first female prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland as "(...) development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs"(2).

Biodegradable

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

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

Compostable

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

Recyclable

Products that are recyclable can be turned into something new.

Vegan

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

Vegetarian

A person is vegetarian if they don't eat meat or fish. Vegetarians usually do eat eggs and other dairy products.Leave a comment if there are more definitions that should be included!

Super environmentalist Gina shares her top 5 tips for getting involved

We had decided that we wanted to do a beach cleanup during our "glamping" weekend at Bukubaki in Peniche to see if we had a different experience in another part of the country. We had already seen the amount of trash in the beaches close to Lisbon, and the contrasting amazingly clean beaches in downtown Cascais. Via Instagram we found "The Peniche Beach Conservation", and that they had posted photos from cleanups. We took contact and were met by the most welcoming, engaging and warm spirit of Gina, the German girl who moved to Portugal to live a life in stronger contact with nature.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

As a child, I was already deeply in love with the ocean, this feeling of being ONE! Whenever we were on family holidays at the coast I spent hours in the water and I have always been a collector. Back then I collected rocks, fossils, and shells.I have always been in awe and love with nature, animals, being outside and caring for things and people.I spent some years traveling the world and working in many different jobs, among others on the vineyards in Australia, as a farm helper, in restaurants and cafés, in a kid's toy store, learning to grow edible mushrooms in Peru, at the radio as a reporter in Germany.Then I started studying Biology in Berlin. I came to Peniche because I needed to get away from the city - to the ocean, which I usually did during short travels. Peniche appealed to me because of the description "sleepy old fishing village with world class surf" and because of its funny shape on the map in the travel guide. At the end of my studies, I contacted the local university and asked if I could write my final thesis about "Microplastics on sandy beaches in and around Peniche, Portugal". Sad but true, all the samples I collected (five samples at each of the five tested beaches) contained microplastics and nano plastics on a very small scale. The majority of microplastics were microfibers, which could derive from fishing-related tools like nets but also synthetic fibers from our laundry. The synthetic fibers end up in the ocean because filtering systems in wastewater plants are not sufficient enough to filtrate these tiny pieces of plastics out of the water...I realized the danger of the plastic in the ocean, but also saw the potential "beauty". Some of the pieces of plastic seem to be a message from the ocean, and I would like to translate that message to other humans, simply by documenting and sharing things that I find on the beach or by creating artwork.

The ocean is our "Life-Support-System": The ocean does not need us but we need the ocean. I think it's my mission to spread this message and to invite people to be good and to be the change now.

After my studies, I stayed in Peniche and started a non-profit organization called Marmeu. Our first project is the "Peniche Beach Conservation Program". On the Facebook and Instagram page, we share some scientific facts and information on how to be good to the ocean, together with things I find on the beach. We organize monthly beach cleanups, recycle the plastic, and keep the "treasures" - pieces of beach plastic that we later transform into artwork. We (try to) sell the things to raise funds for our work.

When and why/how did you become an environmentalist?

Travelling the world, I discovered great injustice related to unsustainable consumption and mass production, monoculture, and drought. In Australia, we went to a lake which was on the map, but when we arrived we were wondering where the water had gone. In the middle of a little village, there was a hole in the ground with remains of boats and piers. It turned out that because of climate change it had not rained for ten years, the lake had dried out, its inhabitants had died, and the village's inhabitants had to leave their home because of the drought.I also saw people living in paradises, surrounded by jungle with sweet tropical fruits, sun, and nature. But on the streets, there was no-one to be seen. It turned out they were sitting indoors, watching TV, abusing drugs and alcohol, dreaming of living an "American/western way of life" including buying all products that one "needs" in this world: Smartphones, Coca-Cola, brand clothing...I saw giant landfills with fumes that went up in the air and drove through palm tree fields - for hours - which were sprayed, and the orang-utans and other animals shot, and I saw beaches full of plastic garbage.I realized that I didn't want to do any harm through buying the products that I buy or the way that I live. For a while, it was really stressful because I couldn't really manage to change my life in order to have less impact on climate change and injustice and environmental destruction. But in the past two years, I have changed many things. I moved to Portugal, where I live outside, I started a garden, I make things myself, I repair and build things, and in general, I try to be as sustainable and as self-sufficient and independent of brands and big industries as possible.

In 2050 there will be more people picking up trash than there will be producing trash ♥

What is your favorite meal?

From the taste, I must confess it's fries! But I really really love "fresh" stuff that you could say is still ALIVE - coming straight from a tree or picked up in the garden.... Mmmmh!!!!

Why should people join beach cleanups?

To see the SOS that the ocean is sending us. What it sends us in the tides, being disposed on the beach is a mirror. Our garbage, the things we use in our everyday lives, is in the ocean and on our beaches. 8 million tons of plastic enter the ocean each year. We need to be aware that plastic is a serious harm to the environment and to the ocean because it does not go away. Animals get tangled up and die, others eat the plastic and also ingest a toxic mix of chemicals.  These mess with the hormone system, because they have the same structure as estrogen, leading to irreversible effects in not only fish but also its end consumer (us).It's also really fun to get together in community and to do something good for nature.And, if you like the ocean and it's obviously calling for help when you take a closer look, it simply feels good to give something back. It gives us so much, but we cannot take it for granted.

What are your top 5 tips for a more environmentally friendly life?

  1. Start a garden - grow your own food (and make compost)
  2. Buy local - support local farmers & refuse supermarkets
  3. Slow down - be happy with less and see beauty in the little things (nature)
  4. Reduce! Reuse! Recycle! and RETHINK to find ways to live without
  5. Be motivated to #bethechange and to be part of the people who change the world! It's tough at first finding out about all that bad stuff in the world, but actually, it's a really creative mission to be good to the planet in these times. Don't be upset and don't give up! Find like-minded, they are everywhere around you.

Natural non-toxic beauty products

Natural makeup is very kind to the skin and it's also very kind to the planet because it's natural and without all the chemicals and toxic additives. There are a lot of different alternatives out there and we have tried many different types over the years, and we want to share our favorites with you. We will keep adding to the list as we find new favorites!Coconut oil - a favorite in the kitchen and the bathroom! Coconut oil makes a great hair mask (just apply it and leave for 24 hours and rinse out very well, perfect after surfing). It's also a perfect makeup remover and a body moisturizer. Use any organic type.Evolve Organic Beauty Radiant glow mask with raw cacao and coconut is fantastic, a scrub and mask in one.ZAO nail polish without toxic ingredients is one of the best toxic-free nail polishes out there.Màdara purifying foam and balancing toner. The balancing toner is actually a gamechanger and leaves the skin hydrated after washing it.Dr. Organic's facial scrub with Manuka honey, especially good to scrub of surf zinc.Eco Minerals mineral foundation and mineral blush gives a nice glow and is really kind to your skin and you can refill the boxes when they go empty.The Body Shop's tea tree skin clearing foaming cleanser is really good if you get an itsy bitsy pimple.Kiehl's Cactus flower & Tibetan Ginseng hydrating mist - excellent for long flights!

Marilou BIO Eau Micellaire organic cleansing water is also another really good cleansing toner. Apply if after using a scrub and before applying moisturizer.

Rudolph Care sunscreen and sun body lotion are the best natural sunscreen products we have tried to date and they smell amazing.

Weleda birch body scrub smells fresh and leaves the skin soft and clean.
Le Baume absolution, lip, and dry skin balm is a dry lips savior!
Do you have any favorite natural beauty products? Let us know!

Bamboo toothbrush GIVEAWAY with The Bamboo Brush Society

Okay. What's better than a cheap, cool and easy way to become more environmentally friendly? Honestly, not that much. And the good news is that all of you are invited to join the society of people appreciating eco-friendly things!The Bamboo Brush Society is a dutch bamboo toothbrush company that loves the oceans, mountains, and all of mother earth's playgrounds - and decided to make an impactful little device in order to reduce the amount of trash. Together with them, we are having a giveaway on Instagram - check it out here. They are creating a lovely community of people who are seeking for better product alternatives that don't damage our planet. They are also a dedicated member of 1% for the Planet, by which they contribute 1% of their sales to nonprofit organizations dedicated to taking care of the earth. Applause!If you are not into competitions and would like to just get to the brushing, check out the Bamboo Brush Society's webpage here (they ship worldwide).

About the brush

  • The handle is 100% biodegradable, meaning that it's perfect panda snacks. It's made from environmentally friendly bamboo (which is the fastest growing plant in the world) and has been carbonized to sustain water.
  • The bristles are made from BPA free nylon - and need to be removed for proper biodegradation! The only other alternative as we speak is bristles made from pigs hair, but the Bamboo Brush Society loves animals enough to choose nylon as the lesser of two evils.
  • The package is made from recycled materials and should be recycled again together with paper and cardboard.

Proper care

  • Dentists recommend that you change your toothbrush every three months. After that, it starts inviting too many germs to party
  • When your bamboo brush has lived a fruitful life and deserves to rest, you can:
    • A) Throw the whole brush in the trash. The handle will biodegrade with time.
    • B) Remove the nylon bristle from the handle, recycle it together with plastic, and compost the bamboo handle. It will turn into soil within 6 months.

Happy brushing!! Made in cooperaration with the Bamboo Brush Society.

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

From now on we will post a weekly eco-tips - a small thing we all can do to save the environment. We want to do this every week until Christmas, and if it's a hit we will continue into the new year.As it's definitely darker outside, and cozier inside with a hot cup of tea and lots of candles, our first tip is to buy eco-friendly candles! This will actually save both your health and the environment. Eco-friendly candles mean that they are made from renewable raw materials, as opposed to the cheaper paraffine candles which are made from oil and release a number of chemical toxins into the air such as chromium and musk xylene. In Norway, the more eco-friendly candles are "Svanemerket" which you can read more about here and here. These candles are also made without palm oil and with 90 percent renewable raw material.

If everyone in Norway would change their candles to eco-friendly variants, it would be the same as removing 21.000 cars from the roads, according to sortere.no! Small but significant step.

I tiden fremover vil det komme et øko-livsstil tips en gang i uken, som en liten motivasjon og inspirasjon til alle der ute som ønsker å gjøre små ting for jorda vår.Siden det definitivt har blitt mørkere ute og koseligere inne, med en god kopp te og tente stearinlys, ønsker vi å tipse om at man kan bytte ut de tradisjonelle te- og stearinlysene med mer miljøvennlige versjoner. Dette vil faktisk både være en fin ting å gjøre for miljøet og din egen helse. Øko-vennlige lys betyr at de er produsert ved bruk av fornybare råvarer, i motsetning til parafinlysene som er laget av olje. Disse frigjør en rekke kjemikalier i luften slik som krom og muskxylen. I Norge er de mer miljøvennlige lysene Svanemerket, som du kan lese mer om her og her. De er laget av 90 prosent fornybart materiale. In Norway you can buy eco-friendly candles at Princess, Indiska, Lagerhaus, Clas Ohlsson, Nille, Coop, Meny and Rema 1000, just look for the logo of Svanemerket. In other countries, some specialty stores and online stores usually have candles made from environmentally friendly materials, such as "The Greatest Candle In The World" - made from recycled cooking oil.I Norge kan du kjøpe miljøvennlige lys på Princess, Indiska, Lagerhaus, Clas Ohlsson, Nille, Coop, Meny of Rema 1000 - bare se etter Svanemerket! I andre land finner du slike lys i ulike spesialforretninger eller online, slik som for eksempel "The Greatest Candle In The World", som er laget av resirkulert matolje. 

3 green documentaries you can't miss

Fall and winter season is the perfect for snuggling up in the couch with a big cup of hot chocolate while watching cool documentaries. These three have some things in common; they’re very entertaining, they portray amazing nature and lifestyles, and they teach you loads of useful stuff about the world and the environment! Happy doc-watching.

Before the flood

Before the flood must be one of the best documentaries ever made. It's not so often you are glued to the screen all the way throughout a documentary, but this one definitely has something special. It provides you with the latest information on climate change, from different parts of the world, presented by National Geographic. And oh, it features Leonardo DiCaprio meeting amazing people such as Barack Obama and Elon Musk. What more can you ask for?! It's also pretty cool that they offset the carbon emissions made when producing the movie through a voluntary carbon tax.It is available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play amongst others.

Minimalism

This amazing movie inspires you to live a better life with less stuff and freeing space for more experiences, happiness, passion and time. It was made by Joshua Fields Mullburn and Ryan Nicodemus, two guys who found themselves stuck in an unhappy life where they were working 70-80 hours per week in order to afford loads of stuff that didn't make them happy. They lost control of their time and decided to take it back through the principles of minimalism. The movie shows some amazing stories of people living a minimalistic life, and you will definitely want to start decluttering your home after seeing it.It is available on Netflix, Vimeo, iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon. 

Blue Planet II

For those who haven't experienced documentaries narrated by David Attenborough, you are in for a pleasant surprise. This wildlife documentary series explores the oceans of the world, from the equator to the poles. You get to see the weirdest, cutest, most quirky animals that you didn't even know existed, dolphins that surf, and the tragical fate of walrus suffering from the effects of climate change. It's heartwarming from start to end and definitely worth a watch!Blue Planet II is available on different platforms in different countries, you can check the overview here.

 

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

Yoga is one of those incredible activities that make you want to do better, think better and take better care of your self and others. You show up, take a time out to focus and break a sweat. What would be better than combining this with a yoga mat that is also good for the planet? These girls are just geniuses and are definitely going to change the Scandinavian yoga scene towards sustainability!Get to know Anna and Sophie behind hejhej-mats, how their idea was born, their top three tips on how to live sustainably, as well as their favorite food. Also - go check out their crowdfunding campaign which ends this Sunday the 5th of November.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourselves?

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

What is unique about hejhej yoga mats?

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

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

As already mentioned, both of us were lucky enough to live in Sweden for one year. During that time, we visited an art exhibition related to sustainability together. In this exhibition, the Turkish Artist Pinar Yolda accused yoga practitioners of acting hypocritically as they often think to live a sustainable lifestyle but practice yoga on a plastic mat which is harmful to the environment. Sophie and I felt touched, and right when we came home we started to look for sustainable yoga mats. Existing mats did not fulfill our sustainability expectations so we decided to create one on our own: a recycled closed-loop yoga mat.The name hejhej-mats shows our connection to Sweden as it is the Swedish way to say hello. We would like to welcome the new life and continuous life we are giving to the resources we use.Photo: Anthony Wagemann

What are your hopes and dreams for the company?

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

What are your top three tips for living sustainably?

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

Photo:Anthony Wagemann

What is your favorite meal?

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

Where can we buy the products?

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