Sustainable living: Second-hand Shopping Hacks

In this picture, I’m wearing three four of my favorite items – all second hand. I bought the levis vintage jeans at a flea market, the belt used to be my dad’s and the t-shirt and silk scarf (bow in my hair) I bought in a Red Cross second-hand store. The large ring on my middle finger is also second hand (designed by Danish designer Line&Jo).

 

Afternoon ladies,

Earlier on I did a post with tips on sustainable living, including some advice on buying clothes second-hand, which caught a bit of attention. Upon request, I, therefore, thought I’d introduce you to my personal guide when going second-hand shopping.
I mean, Second-hand shopping is great – you get cheap new clothes AND can shop until you can’t carry any more with good conscience (well, maybe not economically good conscious, but at least environmentally),  as you’re not contributing to further production of clothes (because no one can really forget the news of clothes being burned by several brands, right? Stuck with me anyway).

Now, to start off with, it can be a bit of a challenge to convince your sleepy self that getting up early Sunday morning is worth it, especially if your head is hurting like construction workers are building a house inside of it from the hangovers yesterday’s fun has left you with. So, to help you a bit here, I’d like to address the many benefits that might make it easier to get up, get out and go to that Flea Market.

1. Low cost
Entire outfits for under $20 – what’s not to love?

2. Local support
The local community and its charities benefit greatly from second-hand shoppers, especially if you shop second hand via charity stores. While flea markets are booming with amazing clothes for relatively low prices, you’ll usually be able to find some even better deals in charity stores. This is usually due to the fact that at many flea markets, at least here in Denmark, are filled with stands rented by students who know the potential value their things and need the money for new things, so their prices are usually more expensive (which is still pretty doable anyway though).

3. Eco-friendly
Second-hand shopping is pretty much the only environmentally friendly way to shop for clothing, so what are you waiting for?

4. High quality
Vintage clothing is constructed to a higher standard and made from higher quality materials and this is also your chance to get designer pieces to high street prices.

5. Create a unique style
Highstreet clothing all looks the same, which can’t be said for second-hand shops.

I hope I’ve convinced you to do a bit more of sustainable shopping, so now let’s make sure you end up with the right things and not five different H&M t-shirt you’re not going to use anyway;

  • Know what you want
    Having a general idea of what you want to add to your wardrobe is advisable.
  • Give things a chance
    Don’t toss things if they don’t seem perfect first time around, be open to trying things on, and experiment a bit. This is the place for it.
  • Know what you will and won’t find
    After a while, you get to know what you will and won’t find.
  • Patience is key
    If you’re looking for something super specific be prepared to wait it out, but maybe you’ll then be lucky enough to get it and for no money.
  • Be willing to modify
    If you’re willing to modify clothes you unlock a whole ‘nother level of shopping.
  • Ignore sizing
    Vintage clothing runs smaller; don’t ignore larger sizes because you think they won’t fit.
  • Shop unisex
    There are gems to be found in the rails of the opposite sex.
  • Check labels
    Material matters; check labels and make note of the materials used and how to care for them.
  • Feel everything
    After a while, you will start to identify high-quality clothing simply by touching them.
  • Take your time, don’t rush but don’t dawdle either
    Learn to be quick and efficient. Rushing through it all might make you miss some of the best pieces, and you are also more likely to buy things you don’t really want in the rush. Being slow on the other hand is not good either, as getting the good things requires you to be quicker than someone else interested in the same item, as there’s only one of each.
  • Don’t overpay
    The money may be going to charity but it’s still second-hand clothing. Also, if you’re at a flea market, don’t be afraid to do a little bit of bargaining – it usually pays off.
  • Avoid “vintage clothing” and antique stores
    They are always exorbitantly expensive.
  • Visit regularly
    and don’t always visit at the same time on the same days –  change it up a bit.
  • Be prepared to leave empty-handed
    Some days you won’t find anything at all.. but if you’re smart, then you’ve teamed up with a friend and the two of you can then go grab a coffee or eat brunch after – then getting up early will never be for nothing!
  • Don’t buy high street clothing
    Vintage clothing is made with better quality materials to a higher standard, plus this is your chance to get designer labels for affordable prices, so why waste that chance on something you’ll get cheap on sale at H&M anyway?
  • Don’t be afraid to ask
    If you’re looking for something specific, ask since staff or stand-holders are usually friendly and accommodating.
  • Lastly, for flea markets: Get there early
    The thing about fleas compared to stores is that there’s only one of each item, meaning it’s the first one taking it, who’s getting it. And yes, it’s hard getting up, but you can sleep after. If you’re heading to a flea market, it doesn’t make sense not to give yourself the best chances of getting the good stuff.

Are you a pro at second-hand shopping? Leave your tips in the comments!
Until next time!

Yours, Emilie

10 NYC Must Do’s

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View from the Rockefeller Center

Now, I’m not the type who needs to sail out to see the Statue of Liberty, neither do I have any pictures of me on the red stairs at Times Square, even though I lived in New York for just above three months, working at an office 1 min. walk from those stairs. To me, New York isn’t great as a tourist city, but I love it as a city to live in. This also means I feel no need to stroll down 5th to shop all day or wait in line for hours for the Empire State Building.

I love the urban life of New York City and I love the vibe, so when I’m asked what to do in NYC, it’s all about the spirit of The City, not the magazine cover.

So, to give you guys a few tips and share my experiences from there, I’ve made up a list of must do’s for New York City!

 

 

1. Gallery Crawl in Chelsea

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New York City is a Mekka of culture and art, which is especially visible in the trendy artsy area Chelsea, located at the bottom end of the high line and right next to the fashionable Greenwich village. With Commes des Garcons’ flagship store and underground coffee bars with exclusive roasts, the Chelsea district has the perfect mix between a cultural elite and relaxed artist atmosphere, making both the freelance photographer and the Upper East Sider feel welcome.

The David Zwirner and Tanya Bonakdar galleries are obvious choices when figuring out where to go in Chelsea, but just walking up and down the small streets, you will stumble over so many different and less known galleries exhibiting something for every taste. I spent hours there, just walking around, getting so many new impressions.

2. Street food and urban life in Williamsburg

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Now, I know most people say Williamsburg is overrated, and yes, in some ways I do agree – especially if you’re not just in New York for a vacation. But Williamsburg has its own edgy charm, and there’s no doubt it’s a great little trip to make if you’re up for some street food and odd shops.

The Smorgasburg food market is only open for the summer season, but if you’re there in the winter, nice cafés and small urban restaurants can be found everywhere here too. For urban shopping opportunities, I can personally highly recommend the Artists & Fleas and then just a stroll down some of the main streets there.

I found this amazing ring from a Russian designer in the Williamsburg Artists & Fleas, have been wearing it every day since.

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OBS: Remeber to bring cash, if you’re going to Smorgsburg! Almost no stands there take cards!

 

3. Brunch at Good Enough To Eat (and The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine)

While Butcher’s Daughter definitely is a great place to go for a brunch, it’s not the only perfect brunch place in NYC. So if you are up for the dropping the cliché and go for a good alternative to the overpacked tourist-book locations, Good Enough To Eat is a great choice. The interior is very relaxed, with a factory roughness to it as well, bringing back a lot of memories from Copenhagen’s urban café life. The food there is traditional, but all of great quality. Personally, I can highly recommend the pancakes with banana and walnuts (potentially for sharing, as the portions are huge).

When finished with a delicious brunch and potentially with a bit of a buzz from one mimosa too many, why not stroll up Amsterdam to visit The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, where you will usually find exhibitions and church combined in one. An amazing cathedral and definitely the 13 min. walk from Good Enough To Eat worth. If this isn’t really your style, you can always turn right and head down to Central Park for a walk through the beautiful park instead.

 

4. A healthy smoothie from Hudson Market and walk on the High Line

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Photo credits go to www.theodysseyonline.com

The High Line was original rails from an old train/tram going through exactly the road that is now the most beautiful pedestrian path throughout Lower West Side. The High Line is a great way to get through the city by foot while avoiding any cars and lights and while being surrounded by nature and a cozy atmosphere. Personally, I loved walking down to Hudson Market and grab a Coconut/kale/lime smoothie to bring with me up to one of the viewing spots on the High Line. I could sit there for almost an hour, just people watching while drinking my smoothie.

 

5. Museum of the city of New York

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Photo credit: MCNY

While MoMa, Guggenheim, MNH, and The Met are known to everyone as standard museums to visit while in NYC, not many take the time to go visit Museum of The City of New York. This smaller museum provides all different aspects of the history of what we today know as one of the capitals of the international community and of course as “The Big Apple”. Located on Upper East, bordering between Upper East Side and Harlem, the museum has a perfect location, when exploring the East of Manhattan. With Central Park right in front, there’s no chance of not getting something out of taking the walk up here. The museum provides interesting knowledge of activism and classic history of The City, with a very laid back attitude – nothing like the aristocratic atmosphere at the Frick – and an all in all comfortable environment.

6. Get a view of the Manhattan skyline on the Staten Island Ferry

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As mentioned earlier, I’m not all for the standard touristy stuff, but seeing New York from the water is a must, regardless of how many times or how long you’ve lived in The City. The Staten Island Ferry is a 20 min ride each way, where you get to see both the skyline and the Statue of Liberty – completely free of charge. Just take the 1 train all the way down to the end station and walk for 2 min. You can both choose to stand outside, if the weather is nice, or stay warm inside the ferry, looking out through the windows.

The image above is taken from the Staten Island Ferry last summer.

 

7. Go for a free tour of East Village

The East Village used to be the rock’n’roll district of New York City, booming with underground bands and groupies at urban nightclubs and controversial street culture. E.g. the Red Square building is a perfect example of the diverse and provocative East Village that used to be. Today an elderly lady is giving amazing and intimate tours around the neighborhood, showing you everything you need to know about all the odd places and stories from back when everything was a little less polished.

The tours are running on a volunteer basis and are completely free of charge. Meet up at 11 am in front of Katz’s Delicatessen (corner of East Houston and Ludlow Street) for a comprehensive historical tour. Read more here. I cannot stress how much I recommend this. I went on it, where it was only my friend and myself who were shown around and I’ve never had such an amazing guided tour before or after.

Another good option is the Forgotten New York tour.

 

8. Take the 4 train up to the Bronx, walk over High Bridge, and visit Sylvan Terrace

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When I tell people I used to live in the Bronx, most people gasp and asks “Isn’t it dangerous? Don’t you get robbed? Aren’t there a lot of shootings?….”. My answer always ends up being a “yes, but no” because while the Bronx, even the South Bronx where I lived, is definitely an entirely different world than five stops down on the Lexington line to Upper East Side, it’s also nowhere near the criminal world one would imagine. The Bronx is edgy, it’s rough, it’s where you find the drug addicts and the lost souls. But the Bronx is also where you find the Hip Hop routes, where the true New Yorkers live and where it’s not just the people flying in for their Wall Street jobs who fill up the streets.

The Bronx is a place people rarely visit, but such an essential part of understanding the true culture of The City. There’s no one part of NYC that makes it the city above all, it’s the combination of all the different parts that make it so unique, which is also why the Bronx is a crucial part of NYC.

While it’s definitely also an experience in itself to walk down the streets of the Bronx, there are also some hidden gems waiting to be admired there and in Washington Heights. The High Bridge is NYC’s oldest bridge still in use and walking over it has a very unique feeling to it – bringing a peace that no other place in The City does. Walking over the bridge and approximately 10 min down Washington Heights, you’ll get to a small hidden street, looking like something some a fairy tale. Sylvan’s Terrace is hard to find and only a very small street, however, it’s definitely worth visiting in my opinion.

 

9. Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Museum

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Sex and the City, Gossip Girl, The Devil Wears Prada, Confession of a Shopperholic, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the list could go on. It’s no secret that New York City is a city of fashion and style. A visit to the Fashion Insitute’s museum is, therefore, an obvious choice of activity when visiting Manhattan. With free admission, what’s really stopping you from seeing beauties like the Chanel piece shown on the picture above, in real life?

 

10. Visit the UN Headquarter and get a tour of the halls of world legislation

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The Declaration of Human Rights and every other major international convention has been discussed within these walls. Want to feel a true metropolitan and united atmosphere? Go to the United Nation’s Headquarter in Lower East. Booking is required and a little pricey, but worth every penny. See how international politics work and feel the international responsibility at its core.

Walking into the Security Council, as well as the General Assembly, is indescribable (if you need a teaser, watch the Beyoncé performance in the UN GA at the 70th anniversary of the UN).

 

Going to NYC soon, or maybe you’ve already been there? Let me know if you use any of the tips or maybe have some new ones to add?

Thanks for reading!

Best,
Emilie

 

 

 

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Timesless Fashion For Cold Days

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  1. Acne Lia Mohair Sweater // 2.H&M Basic Black Turtleneck // 3. Levis 501 jeans // 4. B&Co Black Oxfords // 5. Acne Canada Scarf in Grey Melange // 6. Lommé Katy bag // 7. MAC Satin Verve Lipstick // 8. Sally Hansen Gel Wine Stock

 

1) The perfect knit

An absolute must. We need something warm and cozy for all those cold winter nights. I love Acne’s sweaters and I’ve never made a better buy than my Lia Mohair sweater from them. It’s soft, it’s warm, it’s comfortable and yet I still feel good with my looks wearing it. It’s very light, which also means you don’t feel like a balloon when wearing a jacket on top.

2) Black turtleneck

I personally don’t really have much of an opinion on what brand or anything else, when it comes to regular longsleeved t-shirts with a turtleneck. I’d most likely find one in H&M, Zara or & other stories if I neede to buy a new one. Only thing I focus on is the transparency – I don’t want my bra to be visible through it.

3) Levis 501

I love the fact that blue loose jeans are back in style and I wear almost nothing but these. The levis 501 are classics, and nothing says 90’s like those, so why change something we already have and love?

4) Oxfords

I’m not too much of a sneakers girl. I love sneakers, but not for all outfits. I’m on the other hand not too big of a fan of heels and I don’t do ballerinas really. So, as you can hear, I’m picky about my choice of shoes. I bought a pair of basic Oxfords from B&Co, and I’ve barely worn anything but them since – the perfect middle thing between fancy and casual (plus it’s super classy).

5) Oversized scarf

Danes love scarves and I am certainly no exception to this rule. I love my Acne Canada scarf  – keeping me warm and in an amazing quality. Scarves are also perfect for wrapping around you, if you feel a bit chilly indoors, but don’t have an outfit on where sweaters are an option.

6) Simple leather bag

I love my Lommé Katy bag. Unfortunately, the company closed down, so I’m seeking a new replacement for when the one I have has to be changed up. I love the ultra simple look.

7) Red lipstick

I love love love red lips and I’m a sucker for the darker shades. Currently, my favorite is the MAC satin Verve lipstick – it has the perfect brown-ish shade, which is still red and really autumn colored! I really like the brighter reds too, but with the brown undertones, the look is a bit more understated, which I like for a day-time look (also for a night out, but I think you get my point).

8) Red Nails Polish

Match your nails with your lips and spice up that black and grey winter outfit even more. I usually don’t wear nail polish, but if it should happen that I want to spice up the look a bit more, a dark red nail polish is definitely the go-to “accessory”.

 

What’s your winter must-haves? Anyone else obsessed with the red lips and nails as well?

Yours, Emilie

Welcome!

 

Hello there!

So, I actually usually find “get to know a person” questions super awkward and staged. It always seems rather forced when people ask each other these questions, so why not take it a level higher and ask myself these questions, right? Haha. Well, I actually have somewhat a thought behind this though, believe it or not. I think it’s a nice way to get a bit of a feeling of the person sitting on the other side of the blog one is reading, I think, as online communication quickly can become impersonal. It can quickly become a lot like independent articles, which is by no means something bad, but I just know that I’m looking for something more personal when reading blogs – I actually want to know the person writing. So, to give anyone out there reading my posts a bit of a better understanding of who is writing all of this, I figured I’d try and answer a few questions about me and my background.

 

A little selfie to introduce me. This is how I look in the best of 10 selfies I took in a row, haha.

 

Are you named after anyone?
Yes, my great grandmother’s middle name was Emilie. My parents actually made a deal that I was named after my great grandmother on my mother’s side, and then my dad got to choose my middle name (Maria). I personally think Maria is a better fit for me, but my cousin’s name is also Maria, so maybe it’s best that it ended it way. I also like the idea of some of my great grandmother’s legacy existing in my name.

If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?
I honestly don’t know. I often stop and think “She sounds so annoying” about my own comments, haha. But I guess I would make a good friend for myself though, ’cause there’d be shared values. On the other hand, what a boring world if I only had people like myself in my social group!

Do you use sarcasm a lot?
Yes, to the degree where my friends (and sometimes mom) comments on it. Oops…

Do you have kids? If no, how many do you want?
No, and between zero and two – I’m very undecided about kids.

What would you name your children?
I love the name Elias for a boy. I’m not sure what I would name a girl.

What’s the first thing you notice about people?
Their eyes, smile and generally the way they carry themselves.

Scary movie or happy endings?
Scary movies, but more leaning towards thrillers than actual horrors – don’t find slashers very interesting, but put on Shutter Island and I’m hooked.

Favorite smells?
The smell of rain – especially when out in nature!

Do you have any special talents?
I write songs and draw a bit, and then I play a bit of guitar and sing (to be able to write and test songs). Then I’m good at coordinating events and procrastinate if those counts?

Where were you born?
I was born in Copenhagen, Denmark

What’s your zodiac sign? Do you believe in it?
I’m a stubborn Taurus, haha. I don’t really believe in it, but it’s still pretty entertaining to read about when I really should be studying 😉

Do you have any pets?
Nope!

Do you have any siblings?
No, I’m an only child.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I have this “I want to save the world” kind of dream: My dream would be to represent an NGO in one of the committees or councils to the UN General Assembly (e.g. Safe the Child)

How tall are you?
I’m 178 cm. tall (so really appreciate the height of the guys in Amsterdam, where I live.

What is your least favorite thing about yourself?

What is your favorite thing about yourself?

How many countries have you visited?
So, I was actually in doubt myself. I googled my way to an interactive map where I could check off countries visited. Turns out I’ve visited 27 different countries. Here’s a map of which ones (no, I’m not doing very good on South America and Africa).

Side note: I’ve lived in three different countries and cities! Denmark (born and raised), USA (Lived in NYC for three months in 2016), and The Netherlands (currently living in Amsterdam, studying a bachelor here).

What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?
Sydney, Australia. Literally on the other side of the planet. Next stop will be outer space then, I guess 😉

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
I’ve actually already lived in the three cities I’d love to live in (Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and New York City). I do have a favorite though;
I love Copenhagen and Denmark’s universal welfare state. Copenhagen has a really special spirit, which will always be a part of who I am too. Whenever I decide to settle down, I’m not in doubt it will be in Denmark (unless the political tendencies keep going, then I’m heading to Norway).

What was your favorite/worst subject in High School?
Loved social/political science and literature (when we worked with post-modernism and modern literature), and hated chemistry.

What is your Favorite drink? Animal? Perfume?
My favorite drink would be Mikkeller’s IPA beer for the alcoholic one, and a cappuccino from coffee collective for non-alcoholic.
My favorite animal is probably dogs for their cuteness and loyalty, or pigs because I love the idea of them being able to understand human love (yes, I know, I’m a weirdo for liking pigs, but honestly try and search for “My best friend Hank” on Facebook and tell me you don’t think Hank is cute).

What are your Favorite movies/TV-shows?
So, I changed the question to be in plural, ’cause I couldn’t narrow it down, haha.

What is your favorite song?
Probably Phlake with “Ouch”, but I love “BLEACH” by Brockhampton as well!

What Sports do you play/Have you played?
I used to dance (modern/hip hop) and I’m gonna start rowing here in Amsterdam!

How many tattoos/piercings do you have?
I have one tattoo on my arm (picture on Instagram @emilieblochh of it), and then I have three piercings in one ear (one helix) and two in the other.

How many Girlfriends/Boyfriends have you had?
I’ve had one real boyfriend, then I’ve dated without it ever being “official”.

What is your Turn ons?
I have a few things:
Intelligence, because who likes a guy without any knowledge?
Eyes! Eyes are everything to me when I first meet someone – both romantically and platonic. If I don’t like your eyes, you’ll have a hard time convincing me to like you at all (yes, pretty superficial, but can’t help it).
Passion for something. It doesn’t have to be someting I care about, I just love what a passion does to a person (as long as it’s not something completely crazy),

What is your turn offs?
Selfcenteredness – confidence is sexy, but not selfcenteredness, there’s a huge difference!
Bad smell – hygiene is pretty nice, I mean if I’m going to be snuggling up next to someone, I don’t want to be reminded I need to do my laundry because of their smell (unless it’s soap).
Unintelligence – I appreciate being able to talk with a guy. He doesn’t have to be updated on all the latest news, but a bit of brain activity is appreciated after all.

How would you describe your fashion sense?
I don’t know? Pretty simple? Pretty Scandinavian?

What phone do you have? (iOS v Android?)
I have an iPhone right now, but hopefully I will get a fairphone next time I’m getting a phone (I’ll make a post about fairphone at some point too).

Tell us one of your bad habits!
Starting up too late (it’s currently 03.03 am, oops…)
Procrastination!
Being too ambitious with my time (I’m always filling up my calendar to the point where I have too much to do).

3 things that upset you?
Dishonesty, arrogance, pretentiousness

3 things that make you happy?
Tolerance, openness, kindness

How is your relationship with your parents?
Very good! I’m child of divorce, but I have a really good relationship with both my parents, and they also are good friends.

What’s on your mind?
I really should sleep right now…

What’s the Last song you listened to?
Lykke Li – Deep end

One word that describes you?
Easy-going (yes, I cheated and extracted two words, hehe)

What are your favorite quotes?
“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.”
and
“I will respect your opinion, As long as your opinion doesn’t disrespect my existence.”

What’s your favorite thing to have for breakfast?
I have this really bad habbit of not really eating breakfast, ’cause I’m not hungry before a few hours after I wake up, but if I should choose I’d say my favorite thing is generally dinner leftovers (Yes, I’m still a teenager at heart).

 

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Sustainable living: 8 tips to get started

Good morning!

I should probably do some longer introduction to this post, but I think it speaks for itself. Sustainability is important if we want to avoid burdening the earth, even more, ending in the destruction of it. So, I’m here giving you 7 easy tips to get started with some sustainable initiatives that are easy to implement in your everyday life! Do you have some other tips? Do you have experience with any of the mentioned tips below? Comment below with it!

  1. Buy and give clothes second-hand, as much as possible. Buying everything from clothes to furniture, or even toys or books, all contribute to a reduction of the consumerism that is now burdening the environment.
  2. Think about the products you purchase – also when it’s not food. Sometimes it’s not all that easy to buy second hand. I personally don’t buy underwear, bikinis, socks or white t-shirts second hand. With underwear and bikinis I simply just don’t like the idea hygienically, and for the white t-shirt I want to avoid having it looking too washes, and it usually will quickly if it has already been used. So, when it comes to those things, you can still choose a better company. So look at the brand! Are they sustainable? Both environmentally and with a sustainable supply chain with good conditions for those who made it? Same goes for phones (I have a small dream of getting a fairphone next time I need to replace it! Another good place to go, but instead for basic clothing for both genders is organicbasics!
  3. Be conscious of your usage of everything from aluminum foil to plastic bags and cling film. A good alternative here is boxes and bags that aren’t only for one-time use. I e.g. bring a cotton bag with me when grocery shopping and then use thinner plastic bags for trash, as I don’t have other solutions here – this is both cheaper in the long run and saves plastic, as the thinner plastic bags make your total use of plastic significantly smaller.
  4. Sorting and recycling are key. Make sure to sort your waste, so all that can be recycled also ends up there. Help saving energy by processing new material by recycling plastic, metal, glass, electronics and anything else recyclable. Now, some places (like where I currently live) they don’t have the possibility for sorting garbage, but even something like taking batteries with you to nearest container for them, or bringing plastic and glass bottles to a recycling container a bit further away only requires a weekly (or every other) small trip – do that on the bike or by walking, and you have a perfect start of the day with fresh air and good consciousness!
  5. Buy organic, eco-friendly and locally! I guess these all kind of give themselves away. Plus, your food will taste better and often be cheaper (at least at markets)!
  6. Avoid food waste where you can. Don’t throw out leftovers, it’s both bad for your economy and the environment. Instead, save it for lunch the next day or freeze it, so you’ll have an easy dinner for a lazy night.
  7. Now this one is obvious to anyone living in Copenhagen or Amsterdam (two cities I’ve lived in), but if you aren’t going super far, hop on a bike instead of using motor-driven transport! This will both give you good consciousness about the environment, plus you’ll get a bit of exercise without even needing to take the time out of your schedule for it!
  8. Eat less red meat. A more plant-based diet is not only super healthy, but also eco-friendly. Producing meat, especially red meat, requires a lot of CO2, used for the production itself. Now, I’m not a vegetarian myself, but I consider especially red meat a luxury. This means I can eat it when I’m dining out and I won’t reject it if someone has cooked it for me of course, but I don’t buy it myself (actually I almost don’t buy any meat at all except some salmon or chicken once in a while).

 

Got any other great tips up your sleeve or do you maybe have experience with some of this yourself? Let me know in the comments or via. my Instagram! I’d love to hear from you!

Until next time!

x Emilie