8 ways to be more earth-friendly without having to claim eco-sainthood
So glad you made it here!
I guess this means you’re curious about how to live more sustainably. We totally get you. Transitioning from a disposable to a more sustainable life can seem daunting.
But hey, you’re here, which means you’ve taken the biggest step of them all – seeking information. Not to sound spacy, but everything else will unfold in time. All you need to do is to keep asking yourself, “What is the next little thing I can do to improve the impact I have on our planet?”
Here are a few tips to get you started:
1. Use public transportation – or those two beautiful meat machines that are your legs.
Yeah, sometimes you need to get from A to B. Fast. Especially if you have kids that have to pee every other second. Either that or they get sudden simultaneous monomanic ice-cream cravings that exponentially magnify the farther away you get from an ice-cream parlour. In that case, please save us all the headache and take your kiddos in the car.
2. Remember to turn off the lights, air-conditioning and any electrical appliances when you’re not using them.
This tip is kind of self-explanatory, unless you’re still living with your parents. And lack a brain.
3. Purchase reusable bottles and cups to solve your on-the-go needs.
Reusable cups are all the hype. Besides saving you bucks aplenty on take-away lattes, you can sip your morning goodness with a clean conscience. Check out these bamboo babies from Nordal. Consider getting yourself a reusable bottle while you’re at it like this one from Gågrøn.
4. Shift to reusable containers instead of plastic bags.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution. This is especially the case when trying to find a fitting container for leftovers. And yes, sometimes I give up and go for the plastic bag because my freezer is smaller than a shoebox. This is also why I suggest stacking up containers in all shapes and sizes.
If you’re concerned about health issues in storing your food in plastic, go for Pyrex containers, which are made of oven- and freezerproof glass. Either that or some stainless steel option (although I’ve been hesitant to try these because I’m nervous about the potentially nightmare-inducing screeching they may make in my freezer – what’s your experience? Please leave a comment!)
5. Go DIY on your cling film needs.
Beeswax wraps! This is one DIY project I think I could master without throwing a hissy fit. And even if I did, I would hopefully calm down quickly just by thinking about all the ocean animals choking on the cling film they mistakenly thought was delicious shiny food.
All you need is beeswax, Jojoba oil, Damar resin, a few pieces of woven cotton and an old pot. Google the rest. If you’re not the crafty type (or if you’re the hissy fit type, like me), then there’s no shame in ordering it instead.
6. Use fabric gift bags instead of gift wrapping.
Okayokayokay, another DIY project I could probably overcome, and maybe even have fun with. If I had the time, that is! I’m probably going to end up buying these instead of making them myself, but maybe you’re up for the challenge.
In any case, fabric gift bags are insanely genius! Seriously. No more messing around with blunt scissors, tape getting stuck in between your front teeth and gift wrapping that ultimately looks like an art exhibit by a manic sculptor during the 1950’s when methamphetamine was prescribed as an anti-depressant. Nope. You just plop the gift in the bag, tighten the drawstring and voilá!
7. If you have to shop, go thrift shopping.
There definitely is something soothing about shopping, hence the popular term “retail therapy”. And when you look good, you feel good. But is shopping an effective stress reliever in the long term? And is there another way to feel good than by polishing your exterior?
Life is all about balance. Being the owners of a web shop selling jewelry, we are of course aware of the fact that more than half of online purchases are made to improve mood and to feel better. And we want to contribute to that, but we also want to make that feeling last longer than it usually does.
Being major advocates of personal development and supporting others along the way, both Helle and I see it as our responsibility to provide our customers with not just a better and more sustainable option to conventional jewelry, but also to provide something more than just a temporary relief from negative emotions.
We’re working on how to do this, but if you think you may have a shopping addiction or know someone who does, check out the following websites:
Dansk Misbrugsbehandling (for Danish residents – as we have a lot of Danish customers)
Self-help groups for shopping addiction (for everyone else)
In the mean time, if you have to shop, shop consciously at thrift stores and/or flea markets. Or google “sustainable wardrobe consultant” and see if you can hire a helping hand near you. If you’re in Copenhagen, I can recommend Lushka from Dress up Shopping.
8. Eat more veggies.
I grew up as a vegetarian, had a brief affair with veganism, but ultimately confessed my undying love to spaghetti Bolognese. Aka. I prefer vegetarian options, but eating meat once in a while does not make me a worse person, IMO. As with any choices reg. sustainability, the choice is yours to take, yours to share and yours to defend.
Don't be surprised if you're "sustainability shamed". There is a lot of self-righteous environmentalism out there, and even if it's largely well-meant, it can scare people away. Remember, this is a movement, so just keep moving and don't mind the jerks. They will be around any corner you take in life.
As you may have figured out by now, we’re not advocating going full-blown environmentalists, because let’s be honest – everything we do has an impact on the earth. But if we can tweak our lifestyles just a tiny bit by e.g. eating more veggies for the sake of the planet and coming generations, then why the hell not. Get off your high horse and join the eco party like the rest of us. We have "no-sulfites-added" wine.
... Ugh, my research just revealed to me that the "no-sulfite-added" hangover is still horrific (dammit). Still, organic wines are better for the environment and they apparently taste better, according to this study. We can definitely recommend the organic Adobe wine we served at our launch party; 3.5 points on Vivino (and according to my amateur wine sommelier little brother, Daniel, everything above 3.5 is pretty decent).
To sum it up.
We’re not saying you should do all the above – or any of it. Maybe these tips have planted a small seed, or maybe you’ll remember tip 7 when you’re frantically going through your wardrobe a few days before that big party and you start considering going on a shopping rampage that will leave your banker dazed and confused. Maybe a little awe-struck.
In the end, the most important thing you can do is to keep being you – curious, caring and connected to the world around you.
Thanks for reading this blog post, and we weren't kidding when we said we would love your feedback. Drop us a comment below and we'll get back to you ASAP. Or whenever this deceiving organic wine-induced hangover has resided.