Guide to: Glamorous glamping @Bukubaki eco surf resort

During the time we were living in Portugal last fall, we planned for a little weekend get-a-way. We were looking for a place that would leave us feeling refreshed, inspired and most importantly, a place that had a low carbon footprint. So we packed our bags, surfboards, and bamboo toothbrushes and headed to Bukubaki in Peniche for a weekend of Glamping!We tried glamping for the first time, a glamorous form of camping (amazing beds inside a tent), together with enjoying surfing, good food, spa and sauna facilities, and exploring what Peniche had to offer. Bukubaki arranged a skate jam Saturday night, which attracted loads of local skaters to come and hang out (not too bad;)). We were amazed by the facilities and the closeness to nature, while at the same time being able to cozy up in a tent filled with lights.

WHAT'S GLAMPING? A concept where nature meets modern luxury, and it's a way to live as close as possible to nature without having to sacrifice comforts. A glamorous camping!

WHAT'S ECO-FRIENDLY TOURISM? Enhances the positive economic and social aspects of tourism, while at the same time reducing the negative effects on nature or cultural and social heritage.

The story

Bukubaki came to life already six years ago, when Marco wanted to create a space that respected nature. Living in Italy at the time with his wife, two children and one on the way they decided to follow their dream of buying a piece of land in Peniche, a small town in Portugal famous for surfing. Marco with his skate background fell in love with the surf lifestyle and friendliness of the Portuguese people. Long story short, together with another Italian couple they founded Bukubaki and created Peniche's first eco surf resort.

What is an eco-resort?

What makes Bukubaki special is that is it planned to exist around nature, and not to replace it. Bukubaki was built using natural materials and renewable energy sources, resulting in a wonderful combination of comfort offered by tree houses and Canadian tents and a cool, earthy vibe.As we are all time eco-nerds we wanted to dig even deeper and find out exactly how an eco-resort works and what all the different systems mean and how many details they have thought about.

Eco-Q&A with Marco from Bukubaki

Who are the founders?

The idea started almost 12 years ago in the mind of Marco Muraro and Eva Gramola, visionaries, dreamers, travelers, father and mother, surfers and skaters…after years of working on our dream, we had the opportunity to meet Monica Gasparotto and her husband Danilo Costa that believe in our idea and decided to jump on board for this new and exciting project. By joining our forces we were able to bring to life this amazing project named Bukubaki!Marco, the founder & surf instructor

Can you tell us a bit about your organic garden?

We are setting up an organic garden all over the Bukubaki area. We choose to plant aromatic herbs and some fruit trees that we and the hosts use in the kitchen. Our plan is to set up a bigger garden and grow our own vegetables and be able to share them with our guests, but at this stage, we were only able to set a little personal garden for our own use. We strongly believe that it would be a great experience for our guests who live in the city to see how an organic garden works!

Can you tell us about the separate waste collection system?

Like all over the area of Peniche the waste is separated between glass and metal, paper, and “normal waste” but here in Bukubaki we are separating (as much as we can) also the organic waste that we put in a compost which we then use to fertilize the garden.

In what ways are the eco principles incorporated into the food?

We are trying to use just local products and we are giving particular attention to how those products are made. Our little organic garden serves the kitchen with some fruits, herbs and a few vegetables, the rest is bought at the local market. We use only eggs from the chicken that live outside and we don’t want to use any product made by industrial methods. Also, the meat we buy is from animals that we know lived in good conditions (our butcher has his own animal farm nearby). The fish? Here in Peniche fishing is the most popular activity and we are so lucky to receive fresh fish every day directly from the fishermen! Ah, also the coffee is bio!

Approximately how much of the electricity is created through the solar (photovoltaic) system?

Our photovoltaic system is producing 15kwa of electric energy if the weather conditions are good. The photovoltaic system works properly if the sun is shining and there is no shadow on the panels, there are moments during the day that our panels are in shadow so the production is reduced in those moments. Anyway, it’s a big help for us because it produces almost 1/3 of our needs!

You have stated that "poo is black gold". Can you explain?

Sometimes we like to say strong things! Hehehe… The reason for this affirmation is because our septic tank is collecting all the human waste produced in the resort and, after a natural treatment of fermentation and filtration, it is drained to the terrain giving nutrition to the soil.

In what ways are the eco principles incorporated into the choices of furniture, decoration etc?

The production of our furniture was handmade by me (Marco) and a team of carpenters using just “solid wood” treated with natural oils. We gave our best to produce less waste and, tried to reuse as much as we were able to, the material that was supposed to be waste.

What do you expect from your guests? Do you expect something different from other resorts?

From the beginning, our mission in building Bukubaki was to give our guests the opportunity to learn and see with their eyes that it’s possible to do something to make this world a better place for us and our children, by raising awareness and promoting respect for mother earth and nature. We expect that our guests understand this message and be conscious of the responsibility that each one of us has in protecting this beautiful planet we all live on.

"From the beginning, our mission in building Bukubaki was to give our guests the opportunity to learn and see with their eyes that it’s possible to do something to make this world a better place for us and our children, by raising awareness and promoting respect for mother earth and nature."

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!

Bamboo toothbrush GIVEAWAY with The Bamboo Brush Society

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

About the brush

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

Proper care

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

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

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

Pink soup

This soup is great for fall and is very tasty and nourishing. Beets are a great source of B vitamin, maganese, copper, magnesium, potassium and iron. Beets are also a great assistant in detoxing the liver, so this soup is perfect if you need a boost!  The ingredients in this soup are in season, which means that they not only taste their best right now, but it is also a more sustainable choice since they probably grow on a farm near by or at least in the same country.Ingredients

  • 2 large beets
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 fennel
  • leek
  • coconut milk

Start by pealing the sweet potato and the beets and place them in the oven at 180 degrees for about 45 minutes. Chop up 1 leek and 1 fennel and sautè both on low heat until they are soft. When the beet and sweet potatoes are done, place then in a sause pan with the coconut milk, fennel, and leek. Bring everything to a boil and mix it together with a mixer. If it is too thick, add some water to the soup.Garnish with tahini, sea salt, and pumpkin seeds to finish  

Fashion Revolution

1397637729_Fashion-Revolution-Day-Jo_2For noen dager siden ble det arrangert noe som heter Fashion Revolution med formål om å gjøre moteindustrien mer gjennomsiktig. Ideen ble til på bakgrunn av en ulykke i Bangladesh i 2013 hvor en hel fabrikk kollapset på grunn av usikkerheten til bygget og 1133 mennesker døde. Det har vært mange mindre pene hendelser opp gjennom tidene, og det blir viktigere og viktigere å få frem hva som faktisk skjer bak veggene.maxresdefaultIdeen er utrolig kul, og det er en oppfordring om at man skal ta på seg et plagg man har, vrenge merkelappen så man ser hvem som har produsert den, og deretter legge ut bildet på instagram og tagge #whomademyclothes. Dermed oppfordrer man de ulike merkene til å svare på hvordan klærne faktisk blir produsert.fashion-revolution-day-537x402Flere kjendiser slang seg på bølgen, blant annet Lily Cole og Stella McCartney. Stella er kjent for å være en skikkelig økochick, som vi har skrevet om tidligere!Fashion-Revolution-Day-Thumb-Screen-Shot-2015-04-24-at-11.35.11-PMFormålet med det hele er å skape en moteindustri som verdsetter mennesker, miljøet, kreativitet og som fordeler profitten jevnere utover verdikjeden. De mener at alle har ansvar for å forsikte at dette skjer, gjennom å gi sin stemme!Fashion Revolution arrangeres 24 April hvert år, så neste år er det bare å hive seg på. Det var jo kanskje litt dumt at vi ikke skrev dette for en uke siden, men noen ganger går ting litt i surr. Bedre lykke til oss neste gang. Det er uansett kult å følge med på hva som skjer etterhvert som de får svar fra de forskjellige produsentene! For mer info kan du lese på hjemmesiden deres her, eller følge dem på instagram under navnet @fash_rev

Guide to: Le Manon - Trendy & øko i Oslo

SONY DSCHvorfor ikke tenke bæredyktig og fremtidsrettet også når det gjelder hvor du vil overnatte på hotell? Eller ved valg av restaurant? Hotellet Carlton Oslo Guldsmeden åpnet for fem år siden i Parkveien i Oslo, og er en del av den danske, økologiske Guldsmedenkjeden som vi har skrevet om tidligere. Hotellet fikk nylig ny restaurant, Le Manon, som åpnet den 1. april. Guldsmedenhotellene er kjent for sitt fokus på bæredyktighet, økologi og redusering av matsvinn, og Le Manon fortsetter i denne stilen. Restauranten er utrolig hyggelig innredet, og inspirasjonen er hentet fra hotellets avdeling i Ubud på Bali. SONY DSCSONY DSCVi var så heldige å få spise en real påskefrokost på Le Manon, hvor de serverer lokale, rene, heløkologiske og kortreiste matvarer. Tilberedningen er utrolig delikat med små skilter som forklarer hver enkelt rett, for eksempel om matvaren er lokal, kortreist, gjenbrukt eller lignende. Blant det deilige utvalget finnes omeletter, kokte egg, yoghurter, brød og rundstykker, råkostsalat, stort frukt- og grøntutvalg, musli i flere varianter (en med gjenbruk av gårsdagens brød) samt en hel mengde oster og annet pålegg. På bordene står det nytraktet kaffe, og det er et stort utvalg av teer å plukke i. Frokosten er åpen hverdager mellom 6.30 og 10, og helger mellom 7 og 11 - og det er fult mulig å komme innom bare for dagens første måltid. Det er derimot umulig å ikke trille hjem etterpå!SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSCHotellet er utrolig sjarmerende, og hvert enkelt rom er unikt innredet. Å bo her er mer enn en enkel overnatting - det er en opplevelse og påminnelse på hvordan man kan ha et bevisst forhold til miljøet når man er ute og reiser, eller når man skal innrede sitt eget hjem. Beliggenheten er veldig sentral, med omtrent ti minutters gange til Aker Brygge og Tjuvholmen.SONY DSC SONY DSCI resepsjonen fås det kjøpt de rene og bæredyktige produktene fra I Love Eco produktene som vi selv har prøvd ut - de lukter fantastisk! Merket har en hel rekke ulike produkter innen alt fra undertøy og badekåper til shampo og bodylotion. Ta en titt på de delikaten nettsidene deres herSONY DSC SONY DSCSONY DSCSjekk ut Carlton Hotel Guldsmeden sine hjemmesider og Facebookside for mer informasjon, og la deg friste av en hotell/restaurantopplevelse med den beste samvittighet etter besøket!

Radical bærekraftig brukerhåndbok

To geniale karer har laget en miniserie i Aftenposten som de kaller "Bærekraftig Brukerhåndbok". Her kommer de med alle slags idéer om gjenbruk, matlaging og generelt hvordan vi kan bruke det vi har til å lage det vi trenger.Image+for+xstream+video+21432Her lager de for eksempel en kikerthamburger med søtpotetchips:Quinoa-veggie-burger-0-l Sjekk ut resten av filmene!