Posts tagged zero waste
why organic and zero waste?

WRITER: CATARINA BÖCKERMAN
PICTURE: CATARINA BÖCKERMAN

When our grannies were little this was the norm. There was no concept for organic and zero waste, because everything was organic and zero waste. Slowly our values changed, productivity and money became the most valued thing and food became pure money, business. The more money-based our societies became, the less we valued slow farming, slow living, organic foods, and organic living. 

I want to bring you back, to cherishment of slow living, slow foods, organic living, organic foods. I want you to know what you are putting into your mouth, and to the land. I want to invite you to this journey towards a slower phase. 

So why go organic?

You are everything you consume. Starting from social media, your environment and especially what you drink and eat. We are art works. Carefully designed organic beings. When we consume unorganic foods, our chemistry gets fucked up. From our hormones to our biochemistry, to basically all in you. All you are gets affected by the choice of unorganic living. Slowly deep rooted issues will start to occur in our biochemistry. All the toxicity builds up, and the low levels of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals in the food will leave it’s nasty mark behind. 

How sensitive we are to these toxins depends from person to person. I’m highly sensitive. First I thought it to be something bad. I just wanted to be like others, be okay with those yummy fries. But then I started to see my sensitiveness as a great blessing. Being sensitive gives you straight feedback from your environment, of the vibrational level of it. If you feel into this, great space and listen, this can become your most powerful superpower. And honestly the way these days more and more kids are born highly sensitive is not a coincidence. Mother Earth is not handling all this rush and toxins anymore. She needs help. You’re her.  Your sensitive being was sent here, so we could honour her again. Honour the slow organic phase of living and being. 

Our societies are still in this great transformational phase and the organic food is still mostly more expensive than the non-organic food. I want to give you some tips on how to be able to consume more organic or choose the least toxic foods and still have money for living as well. 

  1. The dirty dozen list, aka list of the worst toxic usage foods and the least. With this list, you can make sure which products definitely buy organic and which ones aren't as bad non-organic.

  2. If you end up buying from the most toxic list, do a soak with water and tablespoon of applecidervinegar. Let it soak for one hour and rinse well. This helps the removal of the toxins.

  3. Plant your own plants. Especially if you’re blessed with most of the year gardening time. But even here in the north we have the whole summer to garden and store the harvest for the winter ahead. So get inspired by getting your hands to the soil and plant some seeds at for example a communal garden, your balcony or at the cottage.

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Why zero waste? 

When we are living in an society that has recycling under control, it can be blinding, and we might think that as long as we recycle all is good. The thing is that recycling is only the first step, but not the answer. Just because our recycling is working well here in Finland, doesn't mean that's the case all around the globe. There's still oceans and landfills covered in trash.  So if we would honour the resources we are freely provided from the earth, we wouldn’t just use them once and  throw them away and call it recycling. Don’t get me wrong here, I think it's amazing that we have taken the first step, and recycle. But I feel that we are ready for the next one, which is leaning towards a more zero waste lifestyle.

 

But when we make changes, lasting ones, we must take them gradually. This provides fertile ground for us to grow and evolve from. So be honest with where you are right now: whats your next step? I'm going to provide you with a little list here down below from which you can choose the steps you’re ready to take right now. Remember gradual growth, and you’ll be sweet. 

Zero waste checklist

Change your single used coffee cups, to refillable ones.

Get a lasting glass/alumine water bottle, which you can refill.

Carry a cutlery kit with you: fork, spoon and knife. 

Reusable straw always <3

Go for the reusable napkins over paper tissues. 

Prefer glass, aluminium and paper over plastic!

Carry an extra reusable shopping bag with you. At all times

Quality over quantity. Buy lasting stuff !

Buy your foods without plastic, so carry veggie backs with you and buy from markets which provide plastic free food. Order online Raakatori or go buy from the market hall Hallin luomupuoti

Support your locals. Always choose local over exported. 

Buy your dry foods from bulk stores, and bring your own glass jars with you.

Make your own cosmetics the zero waste way or buy organic cosmetics which are packed in glass/aluminium/paper. 

For laundry get soap nuts, yes they are nuts that wash your laundry!

Buy your clothes from brands/organisations who use recycled materials and/or recycle their clothes. (go check out Recci and Rumeurlabel)

Save your glass containers and use them as food containers. With this hack you'll save the environment and your wallet. 

Go for bar soaps or go for refillable liquid soaps (there's one at Punnitse&Säästä at Forum) 

Ditch the plastic wraps and go for Bee's wax wraps

Go for a bamboo toothbrush or recycled plastic electrical toothbrush, the next time you truly need a new toothbrush. 

When your hair Is crying for a new brush, get a natural brush and a cleaner for it. 

Ditch the single disposable razors for lasting stainless steal safety razor. 

 

Thank you for being open to grow to heal. We are in this together, as a society. We fall together and grow together. 

 

5 tips for greener groceries

(zero waste, keepjar)

writer:Emma Ranne
photography:
Ona Rihu + Catarina böckerman

Zero waste grocery shopping is quite a challenge, but you can make it a fun one! I've tried to turn shopping for food into a game where I try to end up with as little plastic in my grocery bag as possible. Not always easy, but most certainly worth the effort. Plastic waste is a massive international problem, and every time you are able to avoid plastic it will help to make a difference. Yes, it might be a very small difference, but a lot of small efforts make a bigger impact, so you definitely shouldn't underestimate your power here.

Here are some of easy tips for how you can cut down on the amount of plastic when it comes to doing your groceries.
 

step 1. Green your grocery list

Every purchase you make has an impact on the environment. Try to choose for the planet friendlier options. Be conscious of the origins of the foods and when possible buy local produce. Minimize the amount of animal products on your shopping list and buy only what you need.
 

step 2. Avoid plastic packaging

Here in Finland fruit and veg are annoyingly often wrapped in plastic. Try to opt for the unwrapped alternatives. You could also ask your local grocer to add unwrapped vegetables and fruits to their selection if they're missing your favorites. Remember your power as the consumer. 
 

 

step 3. Bring your own bags

Bring a big tote bag along when doing your groceries, and smaller net or cloth bags that you can use instead of the plastic bags they have at the shop. If you forget to bring your own bags, always opt for the paper bag instead of the plastic ones.

Our reusable bags are from Keepjar and we absolutely love the practicality (and the look) of them! Keepjar is a lovely brand from Sweden, that strives to make zero waste living easier for us. The bags are made from 100% eco certified cotton at a GOTS certified manufacturer in India which is visited regularly.
 

step 4. Buy only what you need and plan ahead

Be conscious of the amounts you buy and avoid having to throw away food that has gone off. If you still end up with lots of left overs, try to freeze the food so it keeps longer. Or ask your friends over for dinner. That's always a good idea. 

 

step 5. Hit the farmer’s markets and bulk shops

If you live near a farmer’s market or bulk shop try to stop by a little more often. This is a great way to avoid the plastic packaging. Of course practicality and transportation are important factors as well, but if it is convenient for you: do it! As a bonus, it'll make a lovely weekend outing.

 


p.s. The 5 R’s of minimizing waste:

Refuse: don’t buy what you don’t need
Reduce: what you do need
Reuse: what you already have
Recycle: what you can’t reuse
Rot: only what you can't refuse, reduce, reuse or recycle. 

#saynotoplastic PT 1

(PLASTIC FREE)

WRITER: CATARINA BÖCKERMAN
PICTURE: ONA RIHU

girl in the jungle

What plastic is made of ?

Plastics are made from materials found in nature, such as natural gas, oil, coal, minerals and plants. The very first plastics were made by nature, from rubber tree. Mass production has made plastic toxic. It's rarely made from natural resources nowadays and suffocates our planet more and more every single day.

IS plastic Biodegradable

The most common toxic plastics aren't biodegradable. In sunlight they will degrade into tiny little pieces, called micro plastics (which will live internally). Of course, plastic buried in a landfill rarely sees the day light. But in the ocean, which is where a lot of discarded grocery bags, soft drink bottles and six-pack rings end up, plastic is bathing in as much light as water. In 2009, researchers from Nihon University in Chiba, Japan, found that plastic in warm ocean water can degrade in as little as a year. This doesn't sound so bad until you realize those small bits of plastic are toxic chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA) and PS oligomer. These end up in the guts of animals or wash up on shorelines, where humans are most likely to come into direct contact with the toxins.

 

Is plant based plastic the solution?

When plastic was invented it was made of plant based components. It wasn't that harmful to the earth and could actually  biodegrade back to the earth. It's amazing to see new biodegradable materials being introduced to the market.  Even though this is much more loving than modern plastic, when you think about it, single-use items are always a waste. So the solution is reusable items. Items that we can use over and over again and pass on to others. And the most loving act to ourselves and to earth is to use non toxic materials, like sustainable sourced wood, bamboo or glass. 

 

Education is the key for better DECISIONS, so here is some more information on why to say no to plastic :

What really happens to the plastic you throw away - Emma Bryce

How Much Plastic is in the Ocean?

 

TO BE CONTINUED ...

 

 

post valentine's day self love

WRITER: CATARINA BÖCKERMAN
PICTURE: CATARINA BÖCKERMAN

(ZERO WASTE)

DIY green tea and clay mask

Valentine's day is a reminder of how much love there is to give to ourselves, but love is such a broad concept. I see love as energy. The most highest form of energy. It's the Devine healing energy, and we all have access to it. To feel love and to live your biggest dreams, you've got to make an active choice daily to fill yourself with love. Because if you can't love yourself, neither can anyone else. So fill yourself with self loving thoughts, compliments and know that you're worthy of all that you wish for. 

 

There's many ways of self loving and here's one of them

 

you need :

  • couple of organic green tea leaves/bags 
  • 1 tsp of clay (I used activated green clay, but any natural clay will do)

HOW:

Mix the clay with just a couple drops of water until the paste is just right for you. Spread the clay all over your face and also to your neck and chest area for extra loving. For the green tea leaves, either use once enjoyed tea or wet the leaves, so they stick under your eyes. Let the facial sit until it's dry or until you've finished watching that episode of sex and the city and eaten your raw chocolate dessert. If your skin in prone to dryness treat her with good natural oil moisturiser or go with bare skin, if that's what your skin loves more. 

(why clay?)

I love all facials, but clay is definitely my favourite. I feel like it works its magic in whatever situation it's given to. Clay itself is sourced from the mineral rich earth so it carries these wonderful skin boosters when applied to our skin. Clay gives your skin a detox from the stress it goes through in our daily lives. Using clay is a huge loving act towards yourself. 

7 non-thing gift ideas

writer: emma ranne
picture: emma ranne

Vegan Porridge Brunch Party

In Finland Valentine's Day is actually called Friendship Day. Here the 14th of February is dedicated to celebrate all the lovely gals we have in our lifes, and I just love it. I mean friends are the soul of life, who wouldn't want to celebrate something as great and meaningful as that?  

Here are some small non-thing (aka. minimal in material) gift tips, for how you could surprise your friend on Valentines Day (or these days also referred to as Galentines Day... how sweet is that!). Actually you could surprise your friend with one of these on any day, just to remind them of how much you actually enjoy having them around for your endless giggles from inside jokes, shared secrets and tiny everyday adventures you keep on looking back to. 
 

1. a break for the mind

Invite your friends over for a good old spa + chill night. Cook some delicious food, have the ingredients ready for some DIY spa masks (you could try our aloe vera mask), light some candles, put on a chill play list and brew a pot of your favorite tea. 

 

2. a bunch of memories

Time to look back in your photo and video archives with pictures from past adventures. Fill a USB stick with your favorites and surprise your friend with a ticket to memory lane. You could also fill the USB stick with your favorite tunes and turn it into a modern day mix tape. Hmmm... or if you don't want to download music, you could make a Spotify playlist dedicated to your friend. Fill it with songs that remind you of those good times you've experienced together,  write some of your favorite stories down and give a hand written note to go along with the tunes.

 

3. time for some zen

Take your friend to your favorite yoga class. If you're both into yoga you could try something new together like aerial or hot yoga if your haven't done that before. If your friend is an aspiring yogi book a nice basic class as an easy start to it. 

 

4. a paint + wine night

Do your friends like to get creative? Or maybe they would but never have the time? Invite your friends to come over with their favorite art supplies and have a bottle of wine ready. Put on some good tunes and let your imagination and crafty souls go wild.

 

5. your favorite book

Do you have a book that you’ve read like 100 times and that even after all those reads keeps on inspiring you? Give it to your friend to have a read along with some notes on why you like this book so much.

 

6. a tiny garden

It’s almost spring and time to get your gardening game on. You could get your friend some tiny pots (one idea is to use old glass jars or tin cans), some seeds of for example your favorite kitchen herbs and instructions on how the get the greens rooting. 

 

7. your recipe secrets

Get a cute notebook and fill it with your favorite recipes. Maybe even paint some nice pictures to go along with them and write down some memories you have of the recipes with stories to go along with them. Who wouldn’t like to receive a one of a kind recipe collection? That's what I thought.

I hope you have a stunning Valen/Galentines Day!
Stay lovely.

on how to love the sea.
 

writer: emma ranne
picture: emma ranne

Turku Archipelagio at sunrise in Finland

a tiny guide on how to give the sea some more love

 

For me one of the most soothing things I can think of is being in the pressence of the sea. Nothing makes me feel as calm and free as going to the coast, to see what the waves are up to. Their mood varies from boldly wild to serenely still and it never looks quite the same, which is exactly what I adore about it.

Here in Finland we all know that our Baltic Sea is, well we could say sea sick. The beautifully calm blue has been declared to be one of the world’s most vulnerable and polluted waters, which is obviously pretty sad news. How did we end up in a situation like this, and is there anything we could do about it? How can we love our seas, in a way that they can feel too?

The Baltic Sea is pretty closed up and surrounded by nine (!) countries. That makes 85 million people, from whom some rely on a clean sea for their incomes and others, like me, simply value its nature as a surrounding that eases the mind. The sea water is so called brackish water, a mix of salty water from the North East Atlantic and sweet water from the rivers surrounding it. Because of this quality the Baltic Sea has a stunningly unique ecosystem, but on the down side it’s also the factor that makes it so very vulnerable.

The problems are caused by a list of things: over-fishing, pollution from human pressures causing eutrophication, and also the effects of climate change that become more evident year after year after year. It’s a small, relatively closed sea used in many ways by many parties and we all know what this means for the flora and fauna of these waters.

 

yeah, ok I GET IT...  BUT WHAT CAN I DO?

It can feel quite overwhelming to start thinking about the size and realness of the problem. What can one person, or even just one nation do to help the sea out when 85 million people are more or less directly tangled in its issues?
 

 You could donate some money to for example WWF, which as an organization is putting a lot of time and energy towards a cleaner Baltic Sea. Donating money however isn’t the only way to help. We’ve put together a list with a variety of concrete things you could do. Pick out the ways that fit your situation the best. Every bit and piece counts. Even if it’s just a little, if it’s done out of love and concern towards the waters it does matter.

Also these tips count for other waters too no matter where you are. Give love to the sea or ocean that's close to you.


1. EAT SEA FRIENDLier FOOD

  •  Not consuming fish at all is of course the optimal way to go if you ask us, but if it’s a part of your diet be sure to only eat the kind that is not endangered. 

  • Also consumption of meat affects the sea. The productions causes a great amount of manure, which is a major source of the nutrients that cause eutrophication. You can check the documentary ’’Cowspiracy’' on Netflix, it’ll tell you more about this.
     

2. TRY TO GO A LITTLE MORE ZERO WASTE

  •  Try to minimize the amount of waste you create. A good start is to just start paying attention to it. When you’re aware of the amount, it’s quite likely that you become more mindful about it. 

  •  Reduce, reuse and recycle. Just do it, you know why. Garbage is choking the seas, and we have all seen pictures of sea birds and fish that are entangled in plastic bits and strings. Also when looked at the big picture and the oceans of the world, you’ve probably heard of the Great Pacific garbage patch. It’s a real thing and it's pretty bad.

  • By all means I really think you should wear sunscreen, but you could try to opt for sea safe brands. Researchers estimate that 4,000 to 6,000 metric tons of sunscreen wash off swimmers annually in the waters worldwide. The ingredients in the sunscreens we use are killing algae, which is an important part of the ecosystems of the waters.
     

3. TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR BEAUTY PRODUCTS

  • Opt for eco-friendly and sulphate free labels, especially if you are to use the products when going to the coast and maybe dipping in for a swim.

  • If at your summer cottage (The most Scandinavian way of spending your summer days), never pour soap water directly into the waters. 
     

4. SPREAD THE LOVE

  • Remind the people around you that there’s still a lot of beautiful blue left that we can save. There’s a lot you can do on your own, but the more people the merrier and the better the situation will eventually get. When at sea be aware of its vulnerability. Never throw anything in the water, don’t leave waste at the beach and treat the sea and its habitants with respect. 
     

5. Tell me MORE!

zero waste body + face scrubs

(zero waste, vegan)

writer: ona rihu
picture: ona rihu

DIY zero waste body scrub

The exfoliating microbeads in most commercial scrubs are made of plastic. Yes you read that right. Plastic. This plastic, often referred to as “microplastic” ends up in our oceans, causing huge complications in our natural eco system. These easy scrubs will make you squeaky clean without any of the harmful chemicals or microplastics. 

 

coffee body scrub:

  • Used coffee grounds
  • Coconut oil
  • + vanilla essence (optional)

The most simple recipe, yet super efficient and moisturising at the same time. You can make bigger batches of this, but the shelf life of the mask is not very long due to the natural ingredients. I usually just make it as i go. Make sure you rinse properly, so you get all the coffee grinds off your skin. 

 

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sugary face scrub

You’ll need:

  • Brown sugar
  • Coconut oil
  • + your favorite essential oil (optional) 
     

This scub is a little more gentle on your skin, so it’s perfect for you to use on your face.
Enjoy the scent of your favourite essential oil and have a sweet little spa-moment to yourself.