Plastic-free skincare favorites!

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

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

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

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SJAMPO -Beauty Cubes

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

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DEODORANTNatural Deodorant Co – CLEAN Deodorant Balm Palmarosa – Mandarin

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

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ANSIKTSSKRUBB -Karmameju - RENEW ansiktstørrbørste

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

KROPPSSKRUBB - Karmameju - BUFF natural body brush

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

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DUFTSTICK - Scentered - Be Happy Therapy Balm

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



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ANSIKTSMASKE - Evolve - Raw Cacao & Coconut Radiant Glow Mask

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

Dere finner alle produktene på PureYou.no.

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

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!

How the heck does plastic end up in the ocean? And how does it affect your health?

It's no secret that the world is facing a huge plastic problem - and we are not talking about that p surgery. Plastic is made of a material that is meant to last forever, yet we tend to through away bottles, straws, and plates after using them only once. What's alarming is that huge amounts of it end up in the ocean. It's not sexy to surf or swim among used plastic bottles, fishnets, and bags. Once you start paying attention to plastic, you see it absolutely everywhere. It's wrapped around food and drinks, it's part of the material of your clothes, shoes, headphones, sports watches and bags, it's in your makeup, toothbrushes, shampoo, and the list goes on. Luckily, it is possible to turn this trend, and a lot of people are already leading the way with zero-waste movements, beach clean-ups, and making really cool sustainable brands.

Why should we care about plastic?

Even though plastic has been hugely practical in many ways due to its eternal lifespan, it has become a major environmental issue for the same reason. According to UNEP, every square kilometer of the world's oceans has 63,320 microplastic particles floating around (1). Toxic chemicals from plastic leach out, and by now almost all people have traces of plastic in their blood (2).

MICROPLASTICS: Plastic particles with the size ranging from 1 nanometer to 5 millimeter (3). When plastic enters the ocean it breaks down due to external forces, for example, water. This in turn makes it harder to see and easier to forget.

Some of the main problems with plastic occur because it never breaks down entirely. The most important issues are:

  1. Fish and other sea animals eat plastic, which in turn can lead to hormonal, reproductive and digestive problems.
  2. Humans are indirectly consuming plastic through eating seafood and fish, which in turn can cause the same problems for humans as for the fish and sea animals at high enough concentrations (4).
  3. Humans are also directly exposed to plastic though plastic bottles, food packaging and chemical additives in cosmetics such as BPA, phthalates, and DEHP which are known to interfere with the human hormonal function (5).
  4. Animals are eating and getting stuck in the plastic litter, fishing line nets, plastic bags, balloons, and straps. Research shows that more than 100 million marine mammals are killed each year due to plastic in the oceans (6).

How does plastic end up on the beaches and in the oceans?About 80% of the plastics come from land-based activities (7) (meaning not from boats and ships). Lots of items have drifted off land from the streets, garbage cans, and landfills and into rivers or directly to the ocean. Ships also lose some cargo when they are out in the sea, or caught in a storm. Ocean currents bring the items far from where they originate.Further, small plastic particles enter the ocean through the drains. Some examples of are microbeads in most kinds of toothpaste, dishwashing powders and synthetic clothing fibers that shed in washing machines (8).

What can we do about it?

The problem and the solution to this start on land. Not only are big manufacturing companies responsible, but every single consumer has the power to change this trend through what we chose to buy and consume. Here are some tips:Five things you can do today

  1. Avoid single-use plastic bottles and buy a BPA-free bottle
  2. Change your tooth-brush from plastic to bamboo
  3. Bring your own bags to the grocery store
  4. #stopsucking on plastic straws
  5. Bring your own cup or box when you are getting take away food or coffee

Five things that need some planning

  1. Choose natural toothpaste and cleaning products
  2. Recycle as much as you can
  3. Try to repair what you already have instead of buying new things
  4. Support environmental friendly clothing brands (such as HallaxHalla)
  5. Check out eco-friendly makeup brands made without chemicals

Photo: @vanhamiesAre you interested in learning more? Check out:We also highly recommend the Netflix Documentary "A Plastic Ocean".Big eco-friendly high five!

Amazing bikinis that help clean the ocean?! Meet Halla x Halla

These girls design the coolest swim wear we have seen in a while. On top of that, the swim wear is made of recycled plastic bottles and fishing nets! We had to find out more about the creators behind the brand, and how they came up with such a good idea.Photo: @vanhamies

Hi HallaxHalla! Who are the people behind the brand?

Halla Halla is a Nordic swimwear company established by Hanna Chalvet & Salla Valkonen in 2016. We first met in university, studying fashion design, and always talked about our dream of having our own swimwear line. After graduating and adventuring around the world together we decided it was time to pursue our dream and combine our passion for being active, leading a sustainable life, and designing swimwear.Photo: @vanhamies

Why did you chose to make your swimsuits out of sustainable fabric, and how is it done?

After traveling the world together to the most beautiful destinations we realized there was a big problem with the amount of plastic in the oceans. We surfed in the most remote locations among plastic bottles, bags and other items. Paddling in the ocean, getting plastic and other debris stuck on our hands really made us think. We decided we wanted to start a swimwear line that would be sustainable. We did a lot of research and finally found a fabric that could change everything. A fabric made from recycled plastic bottles and fishing nets! The plastic waste for our fabric is collected through different initiatives and projects and transformed into high quality fabric. Therefore, we are helping clean the oceans by creating our products.Photo: @vanhamies

Where do you find inspiration?

We find inspiration from traveling to tropical destinations, from all the beautiful places and colors. They have inspired us when designing our unique pieces. We want our pieces to look like the sun, waves, sand, corals, making you feel as though you are a part of the ocean.

Why is sustainability important?

We aim to create our pieces with sustainable material, because we want to do our part to save the oceans. Sustainability is a vital key in ensuring that the oceans stay clean and our future generations can enjoy them as much as we do. We want to be a part of the movement to help sustain this beautiful world.Photo: @vanhamies

What are your top 3 tips for a more environmental friendly daily life?

There are so many things you can do on a daily basis to make your daily life more environmentally friendly. The key things are to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

  1. Reduce: Use & buy less! Try to for example take shorter showers and use less electricity.
  2. Reuse: Try to reuse! Always take your tote bag when getting groceries and never forget to bring your water bottle with you.
  3. Recycle: Remember to separate your waste because it might be transformed into something new!

Finally, where can we get our hands on the gorgeous swimwear?

Our Halla Halla swimwear is only sold in our online shop at hallaxhalla.com! More stock coming soon!Check out HallaXHalla's webpage here, on Instagram and Facebook.Photo: @vanhamies

3 ways to go green today

As rational beings we tend to look for results of our actions, which in the big picture sometimes are hard to find. Therefore, we looked up three simple actions with a positive effect for your environment.1. Does it matter if I use a plastic straw?It is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the water if we continue to consume like we do today, as this previous post points out. #Stopsucking on single use plastic straws when you buy a drink.2. Does it matter if I use plastic bags every time I buy food?5 trillion disposable bags are used each year across the world (1). We use the bags for 12 minutes on average, but they remain in nature for thousands of years. About 10% of the bags end up in the oceans.     The production of plastic bags requires millions of gallons of petroleum. Sea turtles often mistake plastic bags for their favorite food (jellyfish) and may choke on them. So maybe this is just a habit which is quite easy to quit or at least consider.San Fransisco was actually the first state to ban plastic bags already in 2007. In 2016 France became the first country to ban plastic bags entirely. In France it was estimated that 17 billion plastic bags were used each year and 8 billion were just discarded in nature. So, yes! It does matter. France also banned the use of plastic cups, plates and cutlery, which comes into effect in 2020 (2).4. Does it matter if I eat meat everyday?Scientists have found that by pursuing a plant based diet, you can cut your carbon footprint by 50%. Animal agriculture accounts for more greenhouse gases than the combined effect from all transportation (3). Having a meat free Monday can be the personal sacrifice with the largest environmental impact of them all - one day per week of replacing red meat and dairy for veggies can cut your annual emissions by the equivalent of a 1900 km car ride. Thats like driving from Oslo to mid France!Every single step matters, no matter how small!(1) http://www.theworldcounts.com/counters/waste_pollution_facts/plastic_bags_used_per_year(2) France: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/france-bans-plastic-cups-plates-cutlery-energy-transition-for-green-growth-a7313076.html(3) https://www.paulmccartney.com/news-blogs/news/meat-free-monday-the-facts

3 ways to get rid of plastic straws

By 2050 there may actually be more plastic in the ocean than fish, which is maybe the most depressing thought ever. Then again, we still have 33 years to do something about it! This weekend marked the annual international coastal cleanup, arranged by Ocean Conservancy, and held all across the world. Today we spent a couple of hours cleaning up trash (mostly plastic) at Costa da Caparica in Lisbon.1) Be aware that plastic straws are among the top 10 plastic items found at beach cleanupsAs soon as you become aware of the effect those tiny straws can have, you have taken the very first step. Most of the 1 billion (!!) plastic straws we use every day end up in our oceans, polluting our water and destroying sea life. In fact, all plastic that has ever been produced still exists on this earth.2) If you really, really need a straw, get a reusable one! On eBay and Amazon, you can buy a pack of reusable straws for about 2-3 euros. Also, most health food stores, alternative shops, and larger supermarkets usually sell straws made of more sustainable material as paper, bamboo, glass or stainless steel.3) Say no to straws when you order a drinkRemember to remind the waiter to not bring a straw next time you're ordering that delicious Piña Colada.