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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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. 


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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.

noia.shop – ethical and sustainable fashion

Guro & Kristin bak noia.shop

Guro & Kristin bak noia.shop

Vi ble nysgjerrige på noia.shop og lurte på om de hadde lyst til å fortelle litt om seg selv! Her er derfor et gjesteinnlegg av noia.shop.

Nettbutikken noia.shop ble startet av duoen Guro og Kristin. Produktene du finner på nettbutikken er produsert av økologiske, nedbrytbare materialer, resirkulert avfall fra havet eller gjenbruk og one of a kind vintage produkter.

Duoen ble først kjent i Barcelona der de begge studerte fashion marketing, og bodde sammen. De ble fascinert av den urbane og kreative livsstilen i byen, men fikk også erfare at mote handlet om store miljøutslipp og dårlige arbeidsforhold. Moteindustrien forurenser nesten like mye som oljebransjen. Da de bodde i byen, hadde de store planer om en pop-up vintage butikk hvor man også kunne bytte til seg til plagg, inspirert av livstilen i der.

Nå, noen år senere, har de planene blitt til noia.shop. En moteplattform som representerer deres verdier og et ønske om å skape positive ringvirkninger.

Nettbutikken kom til liv en varm sommerdag i Tøyenparken i fjor, da de tenkte tilbake på årene i Barcelona. Det var intense lange skoledager, tapas til lunsj og kvelds. Vind i håret mens de syklet nedover gatene til Barceloneta for å bade. Kjenne roen av den tunge sanden under ett vått håndkle, og solen i ansiktet.

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De så for seg en avslappet, urban stil med tidløse plagg av god kvalitet, noe noia.shop tilbyr i dag. De jobber for at det skal bli enklere å velge bærekraftige produkter som kan bli til nye favoritter. Produkter som er fri for kjemikalier, med gode arbeidsforhold og med materialer som gjør nytte for miljøet.

Nettbutikken noia.shop ble lansert i midten av mai og har base i Tøyen området, Oslo. Målet er å utfordre oppfatningen om hva bærekraftig mote er, og at god stil er kompromissløs, uansett.

Teamet samarbeider med lokale bedrifter som Kulmis på Tøyen, under merket ”Made in Tøyen”. Gamle duker og gardiner som blir gjenskapt til nye, unike handlenett.

Duoen stiller høye krav til hvor produktene produseres og at det er under gode arbeidsvilkår. Produktene er av økologisk materialer uten kjemikalier eller resirkulert/gjenbruk, noe som bidrar til positive ringvirkninger.

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Deres leverandører må produsere i tråd med etiske retningslinjer og inkluderer sertifiseringer innen bruk av kjemikalier og arbeidsforhold. Eksempler på dette er Fairtrade og Fair Wear Foundation. Fairtrade-standardene omfatter sosiale, miljømessige og økonomiske krav og bidrar til et bærekraftig jordbruk, ivaretakelse av menneske- og arbeidstakerrettigheter, og økonomisk og sosial utvikling for bønder og arbeidere.

Med Fair Wear Foundation medlemskap forplikter klesmerkene seg til å følge "Code of Labor Practice" i alle sine produksjonsanlegg. Denne koden er basert på prinsippene i den internasjonale arbeidsorganisasjonen (ILO) og verdenserklæringen om menneskerettigheter.

Overordnet mål er trippel bunnlinje i kombinasjon med sirkulær og bærekraftige produkter.

Det skal være enkelt å kunne ha en grønn livsstil uten at en må gå på kompromiss med en selv.

Ta en titt på butikken HER.

Discovering the soft and feminine in yoga - Guest post from Iselin Amanda

Iselin Amanda is one of those inspiring people who make you want to take better care of yourself and the planet through cooking amazing plant-based food and doing more yoga. She tells us her story about discovering new parts of her practice and how we can learn to tap into different energies within us.

Last year I spent several months with a little bit of what I feel is best described as «soul-searching» in regards to my yoga practice. 

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As a yogini, a student of yoga and a yoga teacher for more than five years, my practice and I have been through more than any other relationship I have ever been in. My practice has been my rock through thick and thin, my safe-space, my feeling- space, my creative-space and in many ways my closest friend. As I have changed, evolved and grown over the years, so has my practice, and my relationship to yoga and it’s many aspects. 

For years, my yoga practice was rather physical. My first few yoga teachers were all ashtanga teachers, and so I was thrown into a world of postures, performance and dedication. And that is how I first fell in love with yoga. I loved seeing how capable our bodies are; how it adapts, changes and evolves with our practice and lifestyle. Furthermore, I loved observing how my inner state of being always (always!) was reflected back to me as I stepped onto my mat in the morning for my series of Surya Namaskar.

When I was in recovery from a decade-long addiction and eating-disorder, my practice was there to give me more space, more room to be; to breathe, to cry and to release. A place for me to really, really feel. And from there learnt how I could use asanas as a tool to get out of my head for a little while, to allow myself to be more in my body. It has been a beautiful, powerful journey, and my yoga practice has no-doubt saved me from myself and my own inner daemons many a time. 

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However, half a year ago, I noticed something had shifted. I didn't necessarily look forward to stepping onto my mat in the morning like I used to. And so I would post-pone my practice for the evening, but when the evening arrived, I still wasn’t feeling it. I kept persisting in my practice most days though, thinking it was just a phase, a phase I was willing to wait out. I told myself, as the yogini I am, that things come and go, and perhaps I just needed to push through. Perhaps change things up a little? Give myself new challenges. Seek more inspiration. Simply sit with it.

Because regardless of how I felt before I did my practice, I would always feel better once it was done.

Maybe that was the thing though. It eventually became clear to me that my practice these days more often than not felt like something I wanted to be over with. As if it was yet another chore waiting to be done. Something I had to tick off my list in order to get on with my day, with my life. 

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Perhaps this was the biggest realisation. Seeing how a practice I had adored and relied on for years, who had been my closest friend for so long, now seemed more like that not-so-pleasant neighbour that keeps bothering you, and that you have to deal with, just to get your sense of peace and quiet to enjoy your life.

I’m not having it, I thought. I refuse to let something that’s been so wonderful for years, so wonderful in fact, that I made it not just part of my morning routine, it was (is) my passion, my  lifestyle, my career. And so I thought, «now is a very bad time for me to realise that this is not what I want to be doing with my life. 

And I guess this is where I started digging a little deeper. Looking a little further. Asking myself what is really going on here?

Well, it us true what they say; Ask and you will receive. 

Not long after I started my quest to fall recklessly in love with yoga again, I stumbled upon a book that has been nothing less than life-changing for me. If you're a yogini, a female yoga teacher, if you’re a woman, or if you’re simply practicing and/or teaching yoga with/to women, I can highly recommend this book. It is a game-changer. 

A few chapters into Yoni Shakti, I thought to myself that «no wonder I haven’t felt good about my practice for a while. I am, and have been for a long time, practicing the wrong kind of yoga». I have been committed to a promise I made to myself a few years ago; that I will always seek out, learn and be open to become a softer, caring and loving person; as a daughter, a friend, as a sister and a lover. And of course in my relationship to myself. But then I began to realize, that over the years, I have also been practicing a form of yoga that in many ways went against all of this.

My practice was until this stage very physical; mostly Yang-based. In other words, it was definitely masculine practice. It was more than anything about dedication, discipline, consistency, and, as much as I hate to admit it, also about performance. 

The next following months led my on a journey into the feminine that exists within the yoga world. I started diving deeper into the beautiful world of softer styles of yoga; yin and restorative yoga, Shakti-yoga, slow-flow and yoga Nidra. I spent days researching the history of women in yoga, reading about practicing in tune with our menstrual cycles, and how we can use yoga to empower ourselves as women; as mothers, daughters, sisters, friends and lovers. And as practitioners of the yogic traditions. 

Perhaps for the first time, I was giving myself full permission to practice and flow with the natural rhythms of my own cycle.

«it is not necessary to have a womb to practice ‘womb yoga’, in all phases of womens lives, it is the presence of womb space energies, the energies of «Yonisthana Chakra», which has a capacity to provide deep intuitive wisdom, and to reconnect us with the earthed and watery energies of creativity, fluidity, nurture and fertility that are characteristic of this energy centre.» (Uma Dinsmore-Tuli,  Yoni Shakti)

From the wisdom born from connecting to our wombs follows a naturally arising global green consciousness rooted in a sustainable and respectful honoring of the natural cycles and energies of the earth, the womb that nurtures all life in our wor. So it is through this wisdom, this spiritual awareness that is literally encoded in the cycles of the female body, that we can access the deep healing that our planet urgently calls for now. We are in deep need of exactly such yoga.

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The excerpt from above simply resonates with me on so many levels. I swear that if Uma herself had been in the room with me as I read this the first time, I would have had no choice but to walk over and kiss her. 

And so this is what my practice has been about the past few months: Finding a feminine and soft approach to asana practice. Reconnecting to feminine qualities of fluidity, flow, creativity and nourishment. Cultivating softness, intuition and deep listening in my yoga.

And let me tell you this: it has feltso good.

I believe these last six months has taught me how to develop a greater respect and understanding of yoga as a practice that revolves around cycles. How our cyclical practices inspires cyclical living, and helps us connect to the ever changing cycles of  Mother Earth herself.

I believe that in giving ourselves, as teachers and students, not to mention practitioners, permission to flow with our natural cycle (especially, but not exclusively, for women) we will in turn change the way in which we practice, think and feel, about yoga. Right now it feels like a precious little gift that was given to me, and for the first time in a long time, yoga has again become my best friend. And our friendship has grown much deeper roots and reached beautiful new heights.

So there are many aspects of our modern way of practicing yoga that unfortunately disconnects us female practitioners from our wombs and cycles. And «it is because of our profound disconnection from our own inner sense of what is right for us that we choose to practice forms of yoga which further disempower us (as women). When we adhere rigorously, and without regard for our own lifecycles, to those versions of yoga practice that focus on maintaining power over the body, rather than power moving through the body, then we imprison ourselves.»

We know that menstruation is a time of the month where women should avoid most standing yoga postures, inversions, or any other vigorous forms of practice and movement. However, this does not mean we have to avoid practicing all together. Creating and practicing a sequence of seated and lying down-asanas, with gentle twists, can be of great benefit this time of the month. We’re looking at finding postures that will encourage a positive experience as a bleeding woman, and for this time of the month to be a cleansing, quiet and rejuvenating period. We need to find ways in which to cultivate responsiveness to the cyclical changes in our bodies, as this is, without doubt, an important aspect of our yogic awareness.

I want to teach fluid styles and sequences of yoga; a beautiful balance between fluid sequences and deep resting poses. Movement and stillness. Cultivating the ability to listen to our bodies wisdom of when to move, and when to be still.

«Yoga came to the west to change the west. But the west has changed yoga. We have created forms of yoga in the image of our own disconnection. Practicing this simply mirrors our own disregard for our own inner guide». Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Yoni Shakti

Follow Iselin Amanda on Instagram and her blog for a daily dose of wellness, yoga, delicious food and feelgood images. She has created such a dreamy world well worth following!

Eco-friendly lingerie

✨Guest post by Celine Syverud @celinedoubles - see full bio below✨

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When it comes to shopping, underwear is one of the pieces we don't buy second-hand. The reason for this is simple, but we all wear them and need to replace them occasionally. Knowing which brands are making an effort in lowering their environmental footprint, and ensuring top quality while avoiding any chemicals getting absorbed into our skin is essential in reaching better decisions.

In this post, you will find a handful of lingerie that’s ethically and sustainably produced, and at the same time beautifully made for the conscious woman in mind. This includes pieces that are made in limited runs from end-roll and scrap fabrics, hand-dyed and eco-friendly materials such as organic cotton, bamboo, and silk. Look for certifications like the OEKO-TEX 100 and GOTS to ensure genuine and authentic practices within the business.

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1. Undies, Organic cotton, Vege Threads

2. High cut brief, Organic silk, Kent

3. Stella Bra, Organic cotton, AIKYOU

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4. Body, Organic cotton, Nude

5. Georgia Ruffle knickers, Hand-dyed and sewn in small quantities, Eco Intimates

6. High waist pant, Organic cotton, and hand dyed with botanical dyes. La Luna Intimates

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7. High briefs, Organic cotton & non-toxic dyes, LÖV

8. Darling Strappy Set, up-cycled materials, ANEK.

9. Seamless and wireless bra, organic bamboo & natural plant dyes, HARA

For more basic needs check out the Scandinavian Woron, Organic Basics and Bread & Boxers.


Celine Stene Syverud holds a PBA in Sustainable Fashion from KEA in Copenhagen. She was a design-intern for Holzweiler Oslo in 2015 and was hired as Elin Kling’s personal fashion assistant in Stockholm under the brand Totême. Celine has written articles for The Daily, during Copenhagen Fashion Week, and for trendtablet.com.

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