We guested Braindump podcast <3

About two weeks ago we guested Cornelia Grimsmo’s podcast Braindump. If you haven’t listened to brain Braindump yet, its a podcast on self-love, selv-development, connection and relationships. Cornelia is a good friend and a YouTuber who recently founded Braindump, which is a bullet journal that is made for developing yourself and manifesting your dream life.

In the episode we guested, we talked about how we left our corporate jobs to become eco-bloggers, our book, how we work together as sisters, the ups and downs and the five love languages!

Listen to the episode HERE.

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Daily Pot Bergen

This week end we visited Bergen! First and foremost we had a speaking engagement at Delta youth camp, were we talked about how we can all have a greener every day life and how to stay motivated. We had a couple of hours to spend in Bergen so we took the city tram to the city center and decided to walk up Fløyen. Before that we were really hungry, so we searched for some vegan spots and found the Daily Pot high up on trip advisor. We ordered two green soups and topped them with hummus, mushrooms, unions and beet root. Love places that understand toppings! Highly recommend this place if you are in Bergen:)

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3 guys' top advice on a plant based diet

A lot of you have asked for tips - especially for guys - on a plant based diet. We have written a lot about the facts and science behind why we should eat more veggies, and what works for us, but it’s hard to give tips on something you haven’t experienced. Like being a guy going green. We are so lucky to get some top tips from some very inspiring men, on how they eat in a way that takes care of our planet. Thank you for sharing guys!

First of all just want to remind you WHY it’s important:

  • 30 % of the global green house emissions come from the food industry. Half of these are from livestock.

  • The five biggest meat and dairy producers in the world have larger emissions than the world’s biggest oil companies such as ExxonMobile, Shell and BP.

  • If all Americans would swap for a plant based diet, we would be able to feed 350 million more people.

  • 70 % of the damages to the rainforest in Brasil are due to the meat industry.

  • If everyone in Norway would have one meat free day a week we would reduce emissions equal to 170.000 cars in one year.

(All facts from our book Jordnært - check it out if you are interested in the articles and research).

Now over to the tips.

Christopher Gulliksen

Christopher is a chef and the co-founder of Åkern and Mat fra Hagen in Trondheim. Åkern is a site where you can order delicious plant based meals straight home, saving both time and the environment. Kudos to making it easy and delicious to eat more plant based foods.

Social: @christophergulliksen + @akern.no

Christopher In action

Christopher In action

  1. Get yourself proper equipment

    Every man (and woman) with respect for him/herself needs a kickass knife and a proper cast iron skillet. It’s hardcore and your food tastes better and better each time you make a meal in it.

  2. Learn the basic techniques on how to make a curry/stir-fry/soup

    Then you’ll make awesome food out of anything! Use your skillet, oil, fry some onion, garlic, throw in some fresh herbs, a slice of lime, lemon, spices, curry paste, get it all in the pan, release the flavors! Then you build… mushroom, carrot, sweet potato, did I say mushroom? Add liquid, beer, booze, stock, reduce. Then you build, coconut milk, tomato, stock, beer… and there you have it!

  3. Teach yourself to make an open fire without lighter and firefighter in the woods!

    All men that eat plantbased can do this;) By now you should have mastered step 1 and 2 and its time to say bye bye one-time-grill and hot dogs from Gilde. Make a curry over your kickass open fire!

  4. I would recommend taking the approach to a plantbased diet step-by-step

    Try to remove things one at the time. See what you miss and try to find out why. Most likely it’s the taste and texture. You can recreate the taste and texture you miss in anything. For example the texture of chicken can be found in a mushroom. Just experiment. Use you iron pan, press the mushroom with the salt, pepper, shred it, marinade it, bake it. For me plant based foods gave me the love for cooking - it became mystical and interesting again.

  5. Health first!

    With good health we make better decisions, we can take care of each other, the planet. A whole-foods plant based diet gives you just this. You will lower your blood sugar, lower your cholesterol, blood pressure, and help your heart. You will feel lighter, more agile and stronger. You are making one of the best individual efforts to help the planet, the animals and yourself. Don’t worry, you will get more then enough protein if you stick to a whole-food plant based diet without to many refined foods. Eat beans, legumes, starchy veggies, grains, add leafy greens to each meal, spinach, beets, chard, arugula, kale, broccoli  - it’s packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber - which again helps to control your blood sugar.

Last tip from Christopher: You get nice skin and hair. Just look at me;)

Last tip from Christopher: You get nice skin and hair. Just look at me;)

Thomas aka Veganmannen

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Thomas stopped eating meat 25 years ago, and has been vegan for the past 10 years. He wants to inspire people to reduce their intake on animal products, and see how easy it can he! He inspires thousands of people though his instagram and webside filled with delicious and easy recipes.

Social: veganmannen.no + @vegdude + fb.com/veganmannen 

  1. Be creative in the kitchen

    Don’t be afraid to try different recipes, vegetables, vegan proteins and spices. There is so much to experience! If you don’t really like to cook, remember the more you do it the better you get, and the more fun it gets. You can always invite a friend or two over to make food with you.

  2. Try vegan food when traveling

    When you are on vacation, just write "vegan" in google maps and see if there is places nearby that offer vegan food. I always check the reviews to be sure to pick a good one. I also recommend the website HappyCow.

  3. Eating out - ask the chef

    If you are at a restaurant that doesn’t have any vegan options on the menu, ask if the chef if they can prepare something for you or see what other things they have on the menu that they can veganize for you. A good chef knows how to prepare a great vegan meal;)

  4. Get daily inspiration

    Follow different vegan influencers on Instagram and Facebook for daily inspiration.

  5. Educate yourself

    Watch documentaries on meat production and you will get more engaged in the vegan lifestyle. I recommend "Cowspiracy", "Earthlings", "Meat the truth", "Forks over knives" and "Dominion".

Hallvard Kolltveit

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Hallvard lives in Lofoten and works as a surf photographer. He started to reduce his meat intake when we moved to the US for studies, and after watching Cowspiracy and wanting to recuse his footprint further, he went plant based. Today he is around 97 % plant based and thinks its quite easy!

Social: www.hallvardkolltveit.com + @hallvardkolltveit

  1. Don’t be afraid to get creative in the kitchen

    Try and fail and try again, most likely you will end up making something you really like!

  2. Track your intake

    In the beginning it can be helpful to track your food using a nutrition app or a website to make sure you get all the nutrients you need on a daily basis. The cool thing is that you will also notice how packed of good things vegetables and fruits are.

  3. Make big portions

    Don’t be afraid to eat a lot of food! In the beginning, you will probably get hungry more often that you used to. The good news is that you get to eat a lot! Which is the best part. If you are a really active person like me, opt for good fat sources such as nuts, seeds and avocado. Lots of avocado.

  4. Let your body adjust with time

    Your body might feel different in the beginning, as your body is adjusting to other types of nutrients. Give it some time, and you will feel really good after you start incorporating more plant based foods.

  5. Don’t be afraid of not getting enough protein - you will

    You will get enough protein, and it possible to eat plant based even when you are in activity most of the day.

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CHECK OUT OUR NEWEST PODCAST EPISODE WITH HALLVARD HERE.



Hope you enjoyed this post! Make sure to follow these guys for daily tips and tricks, and drop a comment for any questions or tips you want to share.

Vegan gluten free pizza

Before leaving Portugal I decided to make a really quick pizza for the trip. I had exactly one hour to make the pizza, pack my things and clean the apartment, and the stakes where HIGH. The pizza had to turn out good at the first try, or else the option would be airport food. No offense airport food but pizza is really good :))) Hope you like the recipe!

Pizza dough

  • 1.5 cup rice flour

  • 1.5 cup oat flour

  • 1 tbsp xanthan gum

  • 1 tbsp dry yeast

  • 180 ml water

  • 1 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 2 tbsp sugar (coconut sugar can be used. half for the dough and half for the yeast liquid)

How to prep the dough

  1. Set the oven to maximum heat (275 degrees ish).

  2. Mix the yeast with 180 ml luke warm water. Make sure it’s not too hot, or it will kill the yeast. Add 1 tbsp sugar and let it sit for a few minutes.

  3. Mix the rest of the ingredients together - rice flour, oat flour, xanthan gum, oil, salt and 1 tbsp sugar. Mix everything well and add inn the yeast liquid.

  4. Let the dough settle for a bit while you prep the toppings. My dough became pretty sticky, but the end result was SO good. Was a bit surprised, but don’t panic if your dough is sticky. I didn’t have any baking paper, so I put coconut oil on the baking tray and spread the dough directly in the tray.

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Toppings

  • aubergine

  • mushrooms

  • vegan cheese - we used VioLife

  • tomato sauce (preferably organic with basil and/or garlic)

  • onion

  • garlic

  • olives

  • herbs & spices: oregano, basil, salt, pepper

  • sweetener of choice: maple syrup, agave, sugar, coconut sugar

  • coconut oil

How to prep the toppings

  1. Add the tomato sauce to a casserole. Depending on your choice og tomato sauce, you might want to spice it up or just keep it plane. I like to spice mine up anyways for maximum flavor. Chop garlic in small pieces and add them to the tomato sauce. Add some basil and garlic, a pinch of salt and your choice of sweetener. Taste your way into a result your happy with. Let it boil softly while you work on the rest of the ingredients.

  2. Slice the aubergine into thin slices. Add some coconut oil in a pan and fry them on medium heat. I like doing this to make sure they get well done, and not become hard to chew through on top of the pizza.

  3. Chop some mushrooms and fry them with some coconut oil, salt and herbs & spices.

  4. Chop the onion, olives and vegan cheese.

Put it all together

  1. Spread the dough out on a baking tray. Use baking sheets or coconut oil directly on the tray. Make sure the dough is thin, but doesn’t have any holes.

  2. Add the tomato sauce, onion, olives, garlic, aubergine and vegan cheese. Sprinkle lot’s of herbs like basil and garlic on top!

  3. Put it in the oven until the dough looks crispy and the cheese has melted. Enjoooooy <3

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Update from Portugal

As most of you following us know, our family on our dads side is from Portugal, so we try to visit them when we have the opportunity. Especially since we have a grandma living here alone, who we need to take extra good care of. It’s quite hard having someone you love so far away and not being able to help her out in her everyday life. That was one of the reasons we moved here back in 2017 for 5 months.

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We are incredibly lucky to be able to call this our second home. It’s fun going going back to a place where you have been every single year growing up and seeing how much you have changed, comparing year to year.

Açaí at Friends açaí, Casa da Guia, Cascais

Açaí at Friends açaí, Casa da Guia, Cascais

What has definitely changes a lot here though is the food scene! It’s so inspiring to come here and just find the most abundant vegan options everywhere, fruits and veggies that taste like the sun, and new eco-friendly alternatives around every corner. So here is what our week looked like, what we ate and where you should go if you ever visit Cascais/Lisbon in Portugal!

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Favorite shop - Go natural, Estoril

Favorite shop - Go natural, Estoril

Brunch @ Fauna &amp; Flora, Lisbon

Brunch @ Fauna & Flora, Lisbon

Have you been to Portugal, or are planning to go? Would love to hear about your experiences!

We also have some more posts from Portugal that you can check out if you like <3

Vegan burgers @Munchies

More and more places are offering good vegan options, which makes it easy to choose plant based. One place we really love in Oslo is Munchies. They are located at Grünerløkka, at Solli and are soon opening two more restaurants in town. They offer two different vegan options, one is the Beyond burger and the other is a type of vegan schnitzel with cheese and spinach.

Bring yo friends &amp; eat veggie burgers!

Bring yo friends & eat veggie burgers!

Beyond Meat, the company that makes Beyond Burgers aims at being the world first plant-based burger that looks, cooks and satisfies like beef without GMOs, soy or gluten.

They use proteins from peas, mung beans and rice. The red color comes from beet! How cool is that. Did you know that 66 billion land animals are slaughtered every year for food? Seriously that’s such a high number of animals being born just to be killed for food. Therefore we are so glad for options like this.

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If you are interested in trying the burger, Google and see if there are any place near you serving it. In Norway you can also find Beyond Burger at Rema 1000 and Kiwi.

Have you tried Beyond Burger? What do you think?

Have you tried a period cup?

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The last couple of years, my view on having a period has changed a lot. From seeing it as a painful, annoying, but still unavoidable time of every month, I have tried switching my mind into looking at it differently. It’s actually quite strange how having your period is seen as a taboo topic when it affects half our population, and it’s often used as a label for women who are acting out, are upset or feeling down. After a few years, I have begun to see it as a time where the body needs rest, where I listen extra carefully to what it needs and wants, and as a roadmap to whether or not my body and my hormones are healthy and balanced.

In Native American culture, women who were menstruating were seen as holding spiritual powers, and they were respected for taking their time to regain energy and connect with nature and their bodies.

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Organic Period Cup - OrganiCup

The newest thing I’ve tried to make my period even better is using a period cup. It’s a silicon cup completely free from hazardous chemicals (BPA, latex, dye). It holds up to 3 tampons worth, and can stay for up to 12 hours, so you don’t have to worry about your period for a whole day or night. The cup is also a one-time purchase which lasts for years, which frees us from creating lots of waste and also saves our wallet. It might take some periods to get used to the cup, at least it did for me. Once I got used to it, I realized how relieving it was to not create any waste!

How to use the OrganiCup:

  1. Before your first use, you sterilize the cup by putting it in boiling water for 3-5 minutes.

  2. To insert the cup, simply fold it in two, and insert it. It will pop open once inside you.

  3. Check if everything is in place by feeling the base of the cup - it should feel round or oval. If you feel any dents, rotate it around until it unfolds.

  4. To remove it, pull slightly on the stem (the pointy part that faces down), and press lightly on the round part to release the suction. Don’t pull all the way with the stem, as that can be quite uncomfortable.

  5. Clean your cup with the OrganiWash or OrganiWipes, and re-insert.

Anyway, most of us have our periods whether we like them or not, which is why we want to share some advice on how to make the most of it!

4 tips for making your period more enjoyable

  1. Be grateful for your cycle. After having irregular cycles for many years, I’m especially grateful for whenever it comes “on time”, which for me is a sign that my body is functioning as it should. That’s a whole lot to be thankful for! It’s also a clear, outwards sign of fertility, which to me is one of the miracles of the human body.

  2. Take time a for self-care ritual. Draw a warm bath, heat up a warming bottle to put on your stomach, indulge in essential oils, or get a massage.

  3. Treat yourself with organic products such as an OrganiCup, so that you can enjoy a period with less waste while feeling clean, saving money and supporting amazing products.

  4. Buy your favorite chocolate! Why not try a new vegan chocolate? You can find them at your health store, and larger super markets.

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Where to buy the OrganiCup?

If you’re interested in trying OrganiCup, you can order a cup, wipes and wash on the OrganiCup website HERE.

In Norway, the cups have recently been launched at Boots Apotek, both in store and online.

Lately we've been...

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Trying out vegan sushi from Alex Sushi

Eating… Baked potatoes & carrot soup, raw raspberry cake, açaí bowl & chaga chocolate latte and a fruit salad! 🍑

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Hanging out with these two cool cats

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Having creative meetings with Cornelia & Mally 🦋

Gardening, Noah-ing, walking in the mountains and shooting for a new campaign!

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RUNNING!!!! With Adidas x Parley tights [advertisement] and Hooka shoes

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Dressing up 🥁

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Making falafel. Recipe coming soon!

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okay all we do is eat….. vegan dishes at Gunnars Generasjonsbar! Avocado toast, fresh salad and celeriac chips.

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Making plant fertilizer with banana peel and water

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Sincerely, Nettern & susi2996

Four eco-friendly sneakers

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The quest to find eco-friendly products of great quality is always ongoing for us. This time we decided to put together a highly requested piece - our best tips on shoes that are produced in a way that’s better for our planet! We are lucky to have collaborated with some of these brands, and have therefore tested the shoes for you, so we can recommend them with our honest opinion.

There are different ways to view sustainability within shoes. Many opt for leather as opposed to plastic, as they argue that most leather is a by-product of the meat industry. Many vegans have stopped using leather, as they don’t want to support the meat industry in any way. Many new brands also use recycled plastic in their shoes, and in that way use resources that we already have, and contribute to cleaner coastal areas. Depending on your preference - you might opt for leather, vegan shoes, or have other qualities that you look for - we hope that you find something you like in this article! Feel free to drop a comment or a recommendation for other brands you like so we can share it.

Veja

We discovered Veja shoes this year through a friend who styled us for our book launch party, and have been in love with the brand and the shoes ever since. Veja is a French brand who work with cooperatives of small scale farmers in Brazil and France. The Veja shoes and accessories are made of organic cotton, wild rubber from the Amazon, vegetable-tanned leather and recycled plastic bottles. The shoes we have, a similar pair of sneakers in white and black/white are comfortable and fit with almost any clothing. See more from Veja here.

We are Wado

Wado shoes are made using organic and recycled materials. Wado use leather in their shoes, and the leather is certified by the Leather Working Group (LWG). They argue that until the meat industry stops, there are few better uses for the leather than for products such as shoes. They also feel like leather is the only option to keep the quality of the shoe up to standards. They also share that they are looking for an eco-friendly substitute! So hit them up if you have any good suggestions. See more from Wado here.

Adidas x Parley

The sports wear brand Adidas have teamed up with the environmental organization Parley for the Oceans to create shoes and training wear that are better for the planet. The products in the collection are made up of at least 75% upcycled plastic trash, which is collected from beaches and coastal areas. The plastic items are baled and sent to Parleys supply partners where they create Parley Ocean Plastic® yarn. You can read more here.

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Timberland Rebotl

In May we attended and spoke at the Norwegian launch of Timberlands new Re-Botl shoe. It was so fun to see the excitement around the launch, and we celebrated that these shoes are made of 50% recycled plastic. It all lead to a huge discussion and sharing of our eco-friendly habits, what we have to do for our planet, and in what ways we like to contribute to the wellbeing of our earth.

Each pair of shoes are produced by the equivalent of 6-10 plastic bottles. Over 310 million plastic bottles have found new life in Timberland’s range of recycled shoes! You can find them at various sports stores and online, and read more about the concept here.

Hope you enjoyed this piece, and that you found some shoe-inspiration!

Øy - Norwegian brand and selected vintage

Sunway and Megi are the two sisters behind the Project Øy. Meaning ‘island’ in Norwegian, Øy started as a reason to work together with friends on a common project.

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Why did you guys start Øy?

A rainy day in August last year we were hanging out with a few friends at our family’s cabin. We had a small party celebrating that Megi had just finished med school and that Sunway was back on vacation from her environmental design studies in Australia. We started dressing up in our grandmas’ vintage clothes (she’s been a vintage collector since the 60s) and started experimenting with some photos. The photos turned out weird but somehow great and we got taken away by the thought of that we could turn our passion of experimenting and collaborating with friends into a bigger project.

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Starting out, what the biggest challenge?

Starting Øy took way longer than we’d first imagined. The main reason for this vast delay was probably that we believe the clothing industry is a real dirty bastard and we wanted our project to be different. Every step of the process from making the packages sent from us plastic free, to finding the right cotton thread or second-hand wooden button was essential to our project. Our experience from the process of searching for sustainable materials as a small startup company was that there are very few and not a lot of good options. Our vision from the beginning was that we didn’t want to see sustainability as a separate area within Øy, we wanted it to be an integral part of everything we do. 

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Besides Øy, what do you do for the environment?

Mom has been recycling in an OCD-way as long as we can remember. This obsession has passed on to us and she’s taught us how to make soil out of food compost and to grow veggies, which is good because we rarely eat anything but plant-based food. We both really like leftovers and don’t like to waste food, so we try to always bring a food container whenever we leave the house. We make our own skin products and toothpaste etc. so we don’t have to buy single use plastic.

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When traveling, we stay away from laundry services and try not book rooms with aircon. We’re always trying to stretch out our travels by traveling cheap, which results in us dumpster diving, staying with friends, sleeping at airport floors and meeting a lot of interesting people.

Last time we slept at an airport floor we met an interesting guy who owns an island in Sumatra. It turned out that this island also has a huge plastic problem. Soon we’re heading to the island to help educating the children on waste, clean up the ocean surrounding the island and to help developing a system for categorizing and collecting hazardous waste that will be sent back to the mainland.

Where are you heading with your project?

Starting out, we redesigned every piece of vintage clothing before we put it out in the shop. After a while Megi wanted to create earrings and Sunway wanted to focus on photography and design. So, we started to leave the vintage clothes alone and created our own Øy-brand. Our mom is an amazing knitter so at the moment we’re working on various knit designs. We’re trying to find a good Norwegian yarn and textile producer, but the knits will hopefully be out soon. Our main interest within our project is making things and take photos which is what we’ll do more of. Experimentation and collabs with friends have been the fundament of Øy since the beginning and that’s what we’ll continue doing. 

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Want to see more of Øy?

Visit their website.

Check out their Instagram.

Adidas x Parley for the Oceans

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- One garbage truck load of plastic is dumped in the ocean every minute

- Within 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic than fish, by weight 

- Every piece of plastic ever made still exists

- Plastic that is eaten by ocean animals eventually end in our bodies

- There is one tonne of plastic in the ocean for every human being 

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There is no doubt we need to do something with the ocean plastic problem. Firstly, we all need to educate ourselves on the topic. It was not long ago that we learned that clothing made of polyester (a plastic based material) sheds small pieces of plastic in the washing machine, which means that the small plastic pieces end up in the ocean.

We’ve been looking for better produced (eco-friendly) workout clothes for a while now. There are not a lot of good options on the market, which isn’t so strange since training gear is usually made of polyester in order to absorb and transport the sweat so that you don’t freeze. Clothes of cotton are not the best match for work-outs, since the fabric draws in the humidity and makes the material heavy.

And we have good news! Adidas and Parley for the Oceans have teamed up to create a new fabric, a yarn called Parley Oceans Plastic™, which is made from recycled plastic picked up from coastal areas and beaches.

Photo: Michael Ray Vera Cruz Angeles

Photo: Michael Ray Vera Cruz Angeles

Together with a team of athletes, dancers, training influencers and bloggers we are fronting the new collection of training clothes here in Norway.

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ADIDAS W.N.D. PARLEY Jacket. Photo: Michael Ray Vera Cruz Angeles

The collection consists of tights, tops, sports bras, a jacket, caps, water bottles, bags and shoes. Check them out here.

BELIEVE THIS PARLEY 7/8 TIGHTS.  Photo: Michael Ray Vera Cruz Angeles

BELIEVE THIS PARLEY 7/8 TIGHTS. Photo: Michael Ray Vera Cruz Angeles

We always want to support brands that make a real effort to change in a better direction, and for Adidas to take this stance is huge, and an opportunity for many other brands to follow. 

DON'T REST PARLEY BH.  Photo: Michael Ray Vera Cruz Angeles

DON'T REST PARLEY BH. Photo: Michael Ray Vera Cruz Angeles

Even though the clothes are made of recycled polyester, they will probably shed micro-plastic pieces when you wash them, so make sure to use a Guppy Bag - a bag that you put your clothes into before washing them that is supposed to hinder the small plastic fibers to enter the waterways.

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You can find the clothes at bigger sports stores where they sell Adidas - and here in Norway more specifically at G-Sport! And remember to do a mini beach cleanup next time you’re out running!

Weekend update

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Zzzzunday. I’m so tired today, there is like something in the air on Sundays making me extra tired. The funny thing is that it’s hard to relax sometimes. It’s like the week mode of getting up and getting stuff done is stuck, and allowing the body to rest feels weird. But I’m giving it my best shot.

This weekend started really refreshing - we brought Noah down to the nearest swim spot and took a morning bath. Me and Anette both woke up feeling groggy, and the best thing to do is to jump in the ocean. It was cold ut felt SO good after.

At 10 we went to the studio to record a new podcast. Our good friend, Cornelia, guested the new episode, and we got deep into our heads and talked about everything from our fears, judgements, how we deal with criticism, our childhoods and daily rituals. It’s gonna be an exciting (& scary) episode to publish, and we are planning on doing an English one in her podcast Braindump very soon.

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After the podcast recording all three of us met up with another really good friend, Mally, who is also the one who created this website and the photographer of our book! We had lunch at Wild Collective, which is a collective of small shops and a café called Soho Urban Eatery.

The food is amazing, and we all ordered the fresh spring rolls and a latte. We got some complimentary cakes - raw chocolate cake - as the food was a bit delayed.

We sat in the sun and discussed work and upcoming projects and how we can help each other out.

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As all four of us are self-employed, we share many of the same thoughts, struggles, visions and try to push each other forward and help with any projects we are working on.

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Friday evening I brought this little guy up to our cabin in the mountains. We have spent the weekend just relaxing, getting some work done, doing a bit of yoga and taking walks in nature.

Hope your Sunday is refreshing and that you’re recharging for a new week. If you, like I do from time to time, struggle with anxiety, we have a post on four meditations that might help HERE. <3

Eco-app tips: One Save/Day

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

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


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

You can download the app in the App Store!

4 meditations for anxiety relief

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

How to meditate?

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

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

Oslo based design studio - Mold Atelier

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

Two stones earrings

Two stones earrings

Meteoritt no. 2

Meteoritt no. 2

pocket bag

pocket bag

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

Update on the week and Adidas shoot

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

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Monday morning breakfast from Oslo Raw

Monday morning breakfast from Oslo Raw

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

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

Presentation at Kristiania University College

Presentation at Kristiania University College

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

Second-hand clothing event & book signing at Fretex Universitetsgata

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

New tote from @øystories and vegan curry from Nordvegan

New tote from @øystories and vegan curry from Nordvegan

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

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

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

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

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

Have you tried period panties?

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

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

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

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

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

Care Instructions

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

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

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

Bli med på Earthpreneurs 2019

Velkommen til et event med fokus på Bærekraft.

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

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

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8 startups vil pitche sin idé

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



PÅMELDING

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

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


Følg oss gjerne videre på våre sider for mer informasjon:

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

Organic & vegan favorites from Sweden

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

organic blueberries &amp; mango - paper packaging. yay

organic blueberries & mango - paper packaging. yay

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

organic kombucha

organic kombucha

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awesome Things Yoga Teaches Us About Honouring Mother Earth

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

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

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Being Aware of Self

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

Being Aware of the Energy that Surrounds You

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

The Reference of Nature in Yoga Classes

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

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The Yamas of Yoga

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

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

Aparigraha (non-coveting)

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

Yoga Teaches Us to Do No Harm

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

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


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Guest post by Meera Watts

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