NEW PODCAST EPISODE

A new episode of our podcast - now under the name Radio Broccoli ;)  - is finally out! Only in Norwegian at the time being.//I den nyeste episoden av podkasten vår, Radio Broccoli, kan du høre om blant annet:

  • Beste råd mot vinterdeppings
  • Kuuuult miljønytt - gutta fra Australia som vil redde verden med sopp
  • Våre beste tips til en julefeiring som er bedre for jorda og deg sjæl
  • Etiske og øko-vennlige julegaver!
  • Opplevelser, miljøvennlig surfeutstyr, soyalys, økologisk undertøy, gaver med mening og mye mer
  • Hvordan kan man spise mer vegansk i julen og hva svarer man på spørsmål om hvorfor man gjør som man gjør!
  • Julepølsa til Herman
  • Lytterspørsmål: hva er det beste og verste med jobben deres?
  • Hvordan forklarer man en jobben sin i et «nytt» yrke?
  • Selvtillit og selvbilde - hva er forskjellen?
  • Sus med godt selvbilde og dårlig selvtillit og Nettern med dårlig selvbilde og god selvtillit
  • Tips til bedre selvbilde og selvtillit etter opp og nedturer og forhold som har gått til h******
  • Og litt om hverdagskosen, å feire livet litt hele tiden og hva man vil se tilbake på når man er gammel

 

Du finner episoden i iTunes HER!

Kos deg masse med lytting og send gjerne inn spørsmål på vår Instagram eller Facebook som vi kan ta opp i neste episode. Vi blir dødsglade hvis du rater og legger igjen en kommentar! 

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.

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!

Eco-fashion advice from A Green Heart

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

The third most polluting industry

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

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

Eco-friendly choices

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

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

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

Great material choices

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

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

Why we need to go from fast to slow fashion

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

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

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

My best advice

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

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

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

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

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

Asking questions is a part of becoming more aware and starting the process to become a more conscious consumer. It’s actually not that hard when you get into it, and I think we owe it to the workers and the environment to at least try. Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.Follow a green heart on Instagram, Facebook and visit her magazine for lots of inspiring eco-reading.

Easy homemade oat milk

One of the biggest improvements we have had during this month without plastic is the reduction of food packaging. We usually bought a liter of plant-based milk once or two times a week as we both love to make warm drinks such as hot chocolate, matcha latte, and turmeric latte during the freezing winter. Check out some recipes for that here! Anyways, now we have entered into the world of homemade milk - which is actually doable for anyone, it's super cheap, and so so so good for you and the planet.

Oat milk (1 liter)

  • 200 grams oats (we use organic, gluten-free)

  • 1 liter water

  • A pinch of sea salt

  • Optional: A tbs of sweetener (honey, agave, maple syrup)

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Soak the oats in water for 8-12 hours. I typically do it overnight. Rinse them if you wish, or place them straight in a blender with the rest of the ingredients. Blend for a couple of minutes, and then rinse out the oat residue with a strainer or a cheesecloth if you have that (I use a simple strainer). Store it in an airtight bottle, and it will last for about five days in the fridge.

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!

3 tips for a happy green 2018!

Environmentally friendly and trendy 2018

The best thing about a new year is that is gives ut a fresh start. Our aim is to give you a ton of inspiration that will make 2018 an amazing year. So bring our your notebook, because we are about to give you some awesome ideas!Maybe you are already questioning why you should do anything, and if anything you do actually makes a difference? Well we will tell you that your choices to make a difference, and you will most definitely inspire other people to do the same. Best of all, you will be a happier and more motivated person!Here are some simple tips for a greener and better 2018:Det beste med et nytt år er at det gir oss et hav av muligheter til å fornye oss selv. Vi har lyst til å gi dere massevis av grønn inspirasjon som vil gjøre 2018 til et helt fantastisk år. Ta frem blanke ark, for her skal det noteres supre idéer!Kanskje du lurer på hvorfor akkurat du skal gjøre noe, og om du vil utgjøre en forskjell?Ved å gjøre noen få endringer i hverdagen kan du ha en positiv påvirkning på miljøet og helsen din. Din innsats vil definitiv inspirere de rundt deg, og ikke minst gi deg følelsen av å være et lykkeligere og mer motivert menneske!Her er noen enkle tips til dere for et grønnere og bedre 2018:

1. Spend time in nature

With almost 100% certainty people who love surfing or skiing or just being in the mountains will be engaged in the wellbeing of the planet, namely because they spend so much time in nature. Therefore, this is our number one tips!

1. Bruk naturen

Ganske sikkert vil enhver fjellgeit eller surfer være miljøengasjert, nettopp fordi de tilbringer så mye tid i naturen. Det føles alltid godt å gi tilbake etter man har lånt av naturens goder, for eksempel gjennom å ta en strandrydding eller plukke søppel i fjellet.

2. Eco-friendly clothes - organic, vintage and great quality

We are always looking for clothing make by organic materials that have a lower foot print on the planet, or are made with concerns to the planet. Vintage shopping and second hand shopping are also great ways to save the environment - and why not have a sneak peek into grandma's closet?

2. Miljøvennlige klær - øko, vintage og god kvalitet

Vi er stadig på leting etter klær som er produsert på en miljøvennlig måte, slik som økologiske materialer, da dette har stor innflytelse på bruken av ressurser som vann i produksjonen. Det er også lurt å velge plagg av god kvalitet som varer lenge. Second-hand shopping er en annen super måte å spare miljøet på – og hvorfor ikke ta en titt i bestemors klesskap?

3. Eat more green

A huge amount of our carbon foot print comes from the food we eat. If we choose to eat more plans and less meet (consider it a luxury), and stop wasting food we will make a huge difference. This is actually the single most effective action you can take as an individual.

3. Spis mer grønt

Store deler av vårt miljøavtrykk kommer fra maten vi spiser, og vi kan hjelpe både oss selv og jorda med noen enkle grep: spis mer grønt, mindre kjøtt og ta med deg rester til lunsj!

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!