This week end we visited Bergen! First and foremost we had a speaking engagement at Delta youth camp, were we talked about how we can all have a greener every day life and how to stay motivated. We had a couple of hours to spend in Bergen so we took the city tram to the city center and decided to walk up Fløyen. Before that we were really hungry, so we searched for some vegan spots and found the Daily Pot high up on trip advisor. We ordered two green soups and topped them with hummus, mushrooms, unions and beet root. Love places that understand toppings! Highly recommend this place if you are in Bergen:)
A lot of you have asked for tips - especially for guys - on a plant based diet. We have written a lot about the facts and science behind why we should eat more veggies, and what works for us, but it’s hard to give tips on something you haven’t experienced. Like being a guy going green. We are so lucky to get some top tips from some very inspiring men, on how they eat in a way that takes care of our planet. Thank you for sharing guys!
First of all just want to remind you WHY it’s important:
30 % of the global green house emissions come from the food industry. Half of these are from livestock.
The five biggest meat and dairy producers in the world have larger emissions than the world’s biggest oil companies such as ExxonMobile, Shell and BP.
If all Americans would swap for a plant based diet, we would be able to feed 350 million more people.
70 % of the damages to the rainforest in Brasil are due to the meat industry.
If everyone in Norway would have one meat free day a week we would reduce emissions equal to 170.000 cars in one year.
(All facts from our book Jordnært - check it out if you are interested in the articles and research).
Now over to the tips.
Christopher is a chef and the co-founder of Åkern and Mat fra Hagen in Trondheim. Åkern is a site where you can order delicious plant based meals straight home, saving both time and the environment. Kudos to making it easy and delicious to eat more plant based foods.
Get yourself proper equipment
Every man (and woman) with respect for him/herself needs a kickass knife and a proper cast iron skillet. It’s hardcore and your food tastes better and better each time you make a meal in it.
Learn the basic techniques on how to make a curry/stir-fry/soup
Then you’ll make awesome food out of anything! Use your skillet, oil, fry some onion, garlic, throw in some fresh herbs, a slice of lime, lemon, spices, curry paste, get it all in the pan, release the flavors! Then you build… mushroom, carrot, sweet potato, did I say mushroom? Add liquid, beer, booze, stock, reduce. Then you build, coconut milk, tomato, stock, beer… and there you have it!
Teach yourself to make an open fire without lighter and firefighter in the woods!
All men that eat plantbased can do this;) By now you should have mastered step 1 and 2 and its time to say bye bye one-time-grill and hot dogs from Gilde. Make a curry over your kickass open fire!
I would recommend taking the approach to a plantbased diet step-by-step
Try to remove things one at the time. See what you miss and try to find out why. Most likely it’s the taste and texture. You can recreate the taste and texture you miss in anything. For example the texture of chicken can be found in a mushroom. Just experiment. Use you iron pan, press the mushroom with the salt, pepper, shred it, marinade it, bake it. For me plant based foods gave me the love for cooking - it became mystical and interesting again.
With good health we make better decisions, we can take care of each other, the planet. A whole-foods plant based diet gives you just this. You will lower your blood sugar, lower your cholesterol, blood pressure, and help your heart. You will feel lighter, more agile and stronger. You are making one of the best individual efforts to help the planet, the animals and yourself. Don’t worry, you will get more then enough protein if you stick to a whole-food plant based diet without to many refined foods. Eat beans, legumes, starchy veggies, grains, add leafy greens to each meal, spinach, beets, chard, arugula, kale, broccoli - it’s packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber - which again helps to control your blood sugar.
Thomas aka Veganmannen
Thomas stopped eating meat 25 years ago, and has been vegan for the past 10 years. He wants to inspire people to reduce their intake on animal products, and see how easy it can he! He inspires thousands of people though his instagram and webside filled with delicious and easy recipes.
Be creative in the kitchen
Don’t be afraid to try different recipes, vegetables, vegan proteins and spices. There is so much to experience! If you don’t really like to cook, remember the more you do it the better you get, and the more fun it gets. You can always invite a friend or two over to make food with you.
Try vegan food when traveling
When you are on vacation, just write "vegan" in google maps and see if there is places nearby that offer vegan food. I always check the reviews to be sure to pick a good one. I also recommend the website HappyCow.
Eating out - ask the chef
If you are at a restaurant that doesn’t have any vegan options on the menu, ask if the chef if they can prepare something for you or see what other things they have on the menu that they can veganize for you. A good chef knows how to prepare a great vegan meal;)
Get daily inspiration
Follow different vegan influencers on Instagram and Facebook for daily inspiration.
Watch documentaries on meat production and you will get more engaged in the vegan lifestyle. I recommend "Cowspiracy", "Earthlings", "Meat the truth", "Forks over knives" and "Dominion".
Hallvard lives in Lofoten and works as a surf photographer. He started to reduce his meat intake when we moved to the US for studies, and after watching Cowspiracy and wanting to recuse his footprint further, he went plant based. Today he is around 97 % plant based and thinks its quite easy!
Don’t be afraid to get creative in the kitchen
Try and fail and try again, most likely you will end up making something you really like!
Track your intake
In the beginning it can be helpful to track your food using a nutrition app or a website to make sure you get all the nutrients you need on a daily basis. The cool thing is that you will also notice how packed of good things vegetables and fruits are.
Make big portions
Don’t be afraid to eat a lot of food! In the beginning, you will probably get hungry more often that you used to. The good news is that you get to eat a lot! Which is the best part. If you are a really active person like me, opt for good fat sources such as nuts, seeds and avocado. Lots of avocado.
Let your body adjust with time
Your body might feel different in the beginning, as your body is adjusting to other types of nutrients. Give it some time, and you will feel really good after you start incorporating more plant based foods.
Don’t be afraid of not getting enough protein - you will
You will get enough protein, and it possible to eat plant based even when you are in activity most of the day.
Hope you enjoyed this post! Make sure to follow these guys for daily tips and tricks, and drop a comment for any questions or tips you want to share.
As most of you following us know, our family on our dads side is from Portugal, so we try to visit them when we have the opportunity. Especially since we have a grandma living here alone, who we need to take extra good care of. It’s quite hard having someone you love so far away and not being able to help her out in her everyday life. That was one of the reasons we moved here back in 2017 for 5 months.
We are incredibly lucky to be able to call this our second home. It’s fun going going back to a place where you have been every single year growing up and seeing how much you have changed, comparing year to year.
What has definitely changes a lot here though is the food scene! It’s so inspiring to come here and just find the most abundant vegan options everywhere, fruits and veggies that taste like the sun, and new eco-friendly alternatives around every corner. So here is what our week looked like, what we ate and where you should go if you ever visit Cascais/Lisbon in Portugal!
Have you been to Portugal, or are planning to go? Would love to hear about your experiences!
We also have some more posts from Portugal that you can check out if you like <3
More and more places are offering good vegan options, which makes it easy to choose plant based. One place we really love in Oslo is Munchies. They are located at Grünerløkka, at Solli and are soon opening two more restaurants in town. They offer two different vegan options, one is the Beyond burger and the other is a type of vegan schnitzel with cheese and spinach.
Beyond Meat, the company that makes Beyond Burgers aims at being the world first plant-based burger that looks, cooks and satisfies like beef without GMOs, soy or gluten.
They use proteins from peas, mung beans and rice. The red color comes from beet! How cool is that. Did you know that 66 billion land animals are slaughtered every year for food? Seriously that’s such a high number of animals being born just to be killed for food. Therefore we are so glad for options like this.
If you are interested in trying the burger, Google and see if there are any place near you serving it. In Norway you can also find Beyond Burger at Rema 1000 and Kiwi.
Have you tried Beyond Burger? What do you think?
The last couple of years, my view on having a period has changed a lot. From seeing it as a painful, annoying, but still unavoidable time of every month, I have tried switching my mind into looking at it differently. It’s actually quite strange how having your period is seen as a taboo topic when it affects half our population, and it’s often used as a label for women who are acting out, are upset or feeling down. After a few years, I have begun to see it as a time where the body needs rest, where I listen extra carefully to what it needs and wants, and as a roadmap to whether or not my body and my hormones are healthy and balanced.
In Native American culture, women who were menstruating were seen as holding spiritual powers, and they were respected for taking their time to regain energy and connect with nature and their bodies.
Organic Period Cup - OrganiCup
The newest thing I’ve tried to make my period even better is using a period cup. It’s a silicon cup completely free from hazardous chemicals (BPA, latex, dye). It holds up to 3 tampons worth, and can stay for up to 12 hours, so you don’t have to worry about your period for a whole day or night. The cup is also a one-time purchase which lasts for years, which frees us from creating lots of waste and also saves our wallet. It might take some periods to get used to the cup, at least it did for me. Once I got used to it, I realized how relieving it was to not create any waste!
How to use the OrganiCup:
Before your first use, you sterilize the cup by putting it in boiling water for 3-5 minutes.
To insert the cup, simply fold it in two, and insert it. It will pop open once inside you.
Check if everything is in place by feeling the base of the cup - it should feel round or oval. If you feel any dents, rotate it around until it unfolds.
To remove it, pull slightly on the stem (the pointy part that faces down), and press lightly on the round part to release the suction. Don’t pull all the way with the stem, as that can be quite uncomfortable.
Clean your cup with the OrganiWash or OrganiWipes, and re-insert.
Anyway, most of us have our periods whether we like them or not, which is why we want to share some advice on how to make the most of it!
4 tips for making your period more enjoyable
Be grateful for your cycle. After having irregular cycles for many years, I’m especially grateful for whenever it comes “on time”, which for me is a sign that my body is functioning as it should. That’s a whole lot to be thankful for! It’s also a clear, outwards sign of fertility, which to me is one of the miracles of the human body.
Take time a for self-care ritual. Draw a warm bath, heat up a warming bottle to put on your stomach, indulge in essential oils, or get a massage.
Treat yourself with organic products such as an OrganiCup, so that you can enjoy a period with less waste while feeling clean, saving money and supporting amazing products.
Buy your favorite chocolate! Why not try a new vegan chocolate? You can find them at your health store, and larger super markets.
The Instagram account #5forhvalen reminds us that if every 5th person in Norway picks up 5 pieces of plastic from the street every day we will eliminate 35 tons of plastic from nature EVERY SINGLE DAY! They have now made jewelry to serve as a reminder both to pick up and of who we want to take care of (the life in the oceans). They are really cute and we are so happy to be ambassadors for their new line. For every jewelry sold, 50 kr goes to their work on solving this huge plastic issue.
Trying out vegan sushi from Alex Sushi
Eating… Baked potatoes & carrot soup, raw raspberry cake, açaí bowl & chaga chocolate latte and a fruit salad! 🍑
Hanging out with these two cool cats
Having creative meetings with Cornelia & Mally 🦋
Gardening, Noah-ing, walking in the mountains and shooting for a new campaign!
RUNNING!!!! With Adidas x Parley tights [advertisement] and Hooka shoes
Dressing up 🥁
Making falafel. Recipe coming soon!
okay all we do is eat….. vegan dishes at Gunnars Generasjonsbar! Avocado toast, fresh salad and celeriac chips.
Making plant fertilizer with banana peel and water
Sincerely, Nettern & susi2996
The quest to find eco-friendly products of great quality is always ongoing for us. This time we decided to put together a highly requested piece - our best tips on shoes that are produced in a way that’s better for our planet! We are lucky to have collaborated with some of these brands, and have therefore tested the shoes for you, so we can recommend them with our honest opinion.
There are different ways to view sustainability within shoes. Many opt for leather as opposed to plastic, as they argue that most leather is a by-product of the meat industry. Many vegans have stopped using leather, as they don’t want to support the meat industry in any way. Many new brands also use recycled plastic in their shoes, and in that way use resources that we already have, and contribute to cleaner coastal areas. Depending on your preference - you might opt for leather, vegan shoes, or have other qualities that you look for - we hope that you find something you like in this article! Feel free to drop a comment or a recommendation for other brands you like so we can share it.
We discovered Veja shoes this year through a friend who styled us for our book launch party, and have been in love with the brand and the shoes ever since. Veja is a French brand who work with cooperatives of small scale farmers in Brazil and France. The Veja shoes and accessories are made of organic cotton, wild rubber from the Amazon, vegetable-tanned leather and recycled plastic bottles. The shoes we have, a similar pair of sneakers in white and black/white are comfortable and fit with almost any clothing. See more from Veja here.
We are Wado
Wado shoes are made using organic and recycled materials. Wado use leather in their shoes, and the leather is certified by the Leather Working Group (LWG). They argue that until the meat industry stops, there are few better uses for the leather than for products such as shoes. They also feel like leather is the only option to keep the quality of the shoe up to standards. They also share that they are looking for an eco-friendly substitute! So hit them up if you have any good suggestions. See more from Wado here.
Adidas x Parley
The sports wear brand Adidas have teamed up with the environmental organization Parley for the Oceans to create shoes and training wear that are better for the planet. The products in the collection are made up of at least 75% upcycled plastic trash, which is collected from beaches and coastal areas. The plastic items are baled and sent to Parleys supply partners where they create Parley Ocean Plastic® yarn. You can read more here.
In May we attended and spoke at the Norwegian launch of Timberlands new Re-Botl shoe. It was so fun to see the excitement around the launch, and we celebrated that these shoes are made of 50% recycled plastic. It all lead to a huge discussion and sharing of our eco-friendly habits, what we have to do for our planet, and in what ways we like to contribute to the wellbeing of our earth.
Each pair of shoes are produced by the equivalent of 6-10 plastic bottles. Over 310 million plastic bottles have found new life in Timberland’s range of recycled shoes! You can find them at various sports stores and online, and read more about the concept here.
Hope you enjoyed this piece, and that you found some shoe-inspiration!
How would it be to live in a house you can move around from location to location, just storing what’s necessary and but still has the comfort of a real house?
This past week end, Anette went on a tiny house safari with some friends, to see how it is to live this way! We took the boat over to Nesodden, just 20 minutes from Aker Brygge in Oslo and then a bus before we arrived. Troels and Mari actually built their own home and you can read more about the process here. They had built two huses which they places next to each other, renting land from a friend. They also had a beautiful garden and a very social hen running around wanting to cuddle with everyone.
If you don’t have the skills to build your own house, there are different companies that can do it for you such as this one, or you can buy used ones online. If you want to have your tiny house somewhere in Norway for over a 2 year period you have to apply for permission, but other than that you can place them on private property without any applications. It’s also very important (or it always is) to use eco-friendly products when you live in a micro house because when you shower or do the dishes you flush everything back into the soil and nature.
Settling for tiny houses instead of big houses has become a new lifestyle that many people choose. Some of the benefits include:
Lower expenses than living in a big house in the city
Freedom of movement - you can move your home around (although it takes some time to organize everything)
Less things! Meaning more time to do better things that organizing
Easier to clean and maintain
Lower energy use
Much more environmentally friendly than a big house
People around the world are moving into tiny houses and it’s just very inspiring to see that there are so many different ways to live.
Sunway and Megi are the two sisters behind the Project Øy. Meaning ‘island’ in Norwegian, Øy started as a reason to work together with friends on a common project.
Why did you guys start Øy?
A rainy day in August last year we were hanging out with a few friends at our family’s cabin. We had a small party celebrating that Megi had just finished med school and that Sunway was back on vacation from her environmental design studies in Australia. We started dressing up in our grandmas’ vintage clothes (she’s been a vintage collector since the 60s) and started experimenting with some photos. The photos turned out weird but somehow great and we got taken away by the thought of that we could turn our passion of experimenting and collaborating with friends into a bigger project.
Starting out, what the biggest challenge?
Starting Øy took way longer than we’d first imagined. The main reason for this vast delay was probably that we believe the clothing industry is a real dirty bastard and we wanted our project to be different. Every step of the process from making the packages sent from us plastic free, to finding the right cotton thread or second-hand wooden button was essential to our project. Our experience from the process of searching for sustainable materials as a small startup company was that there are very few and not a lot of good options. Our vision from the beginning was that we didn’t want to see sustainability as a separate area within Øy, we wanted it to be an integral part of everything we do.
Besides Øy, what do you do for the environment?
Mom has been recycling in an OCD-way as long as we can remember. This obsession has passed on to us and she’s taught us how to make soil out of food compost and to grow veggies, which is good because we rarely eat anything but plant-based food. We both really like leftovers and don’t like to waste food, so we try to always bring a food container whenever we leave the house. We make our own skin products and toothpaste etc. so we don’t have to buy single use plastic.
When traveling, we stay away from laundry services and try not book rooms with aircon. We’re always trying to stretch out our travels by traveling cheap, which results in us dumpster diving, staying with friends, sleeping at airport floors and meeting a lot of interesting people.
Last time we slept at an airport floor we met an interesting guy who owns an island in Sumatra. It turned out that this island also has a huge plastic problem. Soon we’re heading to the island to help educating the children on waste, clean up the ocean surrounding the island and to help developing a system for categorizing and collecting hazardous waste that will be sent back to the mainland.
Where are you heading with your project?
Starting out, we redesigned every piece of vintage clothing before we put it out in the shop. After a while Megi wanted to create earrings and Sunway wanted to focus on photography and design. So, we started to leave the vintage clothes alone and created our own Øy-brand. Our mom is an amazing knitter so at the moment we’re working on various knit designs. We’re trying to find a good Norwegian yarn and textile producer, but the knits will hopefully be out soon. Our main interest within our project is making things and take photos which is what we’ll do more of. Experimentation and collabs with friends have been the fundament of Øy since the beginning and that’s what we’ll continue doing.
- One garbage truck load of plastic is dumped in the ocean every minute
- Within 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic than fish, by weight
- Every piece of plastic ever made still exists
- Plastic that is eaten by ocean animals eventually end in our bodies
- There is one tonne of plastic in the ocean for every human being
There is no doubt we need to do something with the ocean plastic problem. Firstly, we all need to educate ourselves on the topic. It was not long ago that we learned that clothing made of polyester (a plastic based material) sheds small pieces of plastic in the washing machine, which means that the small plastic pieces end up in the ocean.
We’ve been looking for better produced (eco-friendly) workout clothes for a while now. There are not a lot of good options on the market, which isn’t so strange since training gear is usually made of polyester in order to absorb and transport the sweat so that you don’t freeze. Clothes of cotton are not the best match for work-outs, since the fabric draws in the humidity and makes the material heavy.
And we have good news! Adidas and Parley for the Oceans have teamed up to create a new fabric, a yarn called Parley Oceans Plastic™, which is made from recycled plastic picked up from coastal areas and beaches.
Together with a team of athletes, dancers, training influencers and bloggers we are fronting the new collection of training clothes here in Norway.
The collection consists of tights, tops, sports bras, a jacket, caps, water bottles, bags and shoes. Check them out here.
We always want to support brands that make a real effort to change in a better direction, and for Adidas to take this stance is huge, and an opportunity for many other brands to follow.
Even though the clothes are made of recycled polyester, they will probably shed micro-plastic pieces when you wash them, so make sure to use a Guppy Bag - a bag that you put your clothes into before washing them that is supposed to hinder the small plastic fibers to enter the waterways.
You can find the clothes at bigger sports stores where they sell Adidas - and here in Norway more specifically at G-Sport! And remember to do a mini beach cleanup next time you’re out running!
Zzzzunday. I’m so tired today, there is like something in the air on Sundays making me extra tired. The funny thing is that it’s hard to relax sometimes. It’s like the week mode of getting up and getting stuff done is stuck, and allowing the body to rest feels weird. But I’m giving it my best shot.
This weekend started really refreshing - we brought Noah down to the nearest swim spot and took a morning bath. Me and Anette both woke up feeling groggy, and the best thing to do is to jump in the ocean. It was cold ut felt SO good after.
At 10 we went to the studio to record a new podcast. Our good friend, Cornelia, guested the new episode, and we got deep into our heads and talked about everything from our fears, judgements, how we deal with criticism, our childhoods and daily rituals. It’s gonna be an exciting (& scary) episode to publish, and we are planning on doing an English one in her podcast Braindump very soon.
After the podcast recording all three of us met up with another really good friend, Mally, who is also the one who created this website and the photographer of our book! We had lunch at Wild Collective, which is a collective of small shops and a café called Soho Urban Eatery.
The food is amazing, and we all ordered the fresh spring rolls and a latte. We got some complimentary cakes - raw chocolate cake - as the food was a bit delayed.
We sat in the sun and discussed work and upcoming projects and how we can help each other out.
As all four of us are self-employed, we share many of the same thoughts, struggles, visions and try to push each other forward and help with any projects we are working on.
Friday evening I brought this little guy up to our cabin in the mountains. We have spent the weekend just relaxing, getting some work done, doing a bit of yoga and taking walks in nature.
Hope your Sunday is refreshing and that you’re recharging for a new week. If you, like I do from time to time, struggle with anxiety, we have a post on four meditations that might help HERE. <3
As you’ve probably noticed, we are very engaged in spreading the word about getting more plants into our diet. Not only for the sake of our own health, but for the planet, the animals and our environment.
Right now the conditions of the Amazon are at its worst. The world’s largest rainforest is being burnt down by cattle farmers in order to produce a huge amount of meet for peoples consumption. The amount of fires in the rainforest are at a record high this year, at a 83% increase from last year.
As we have written in our book, Jordnært, 70% of the deforestation of the amazon is caused by the meet production.
So what is the link between burning the Amazon and meat consumption?
The meat and dairy industry, as it is today, is not sustainable. The process is incredibly heavy on our earths resources, and the food industry today stands for 30% of the total global greenhouse gas emissions. Livestock, which is raising animals in order to produce products such as milk, meat and eggs, accounts for about half of that. A lot comes from methane emissions from the animals’ digestion, but the largest part comes from growing feed for the animals. The feed that we grow the most of is soy. In order to produce extreme amounts of soy, the rainforest is being cut and burnt down, also known as deforestation.
What can we do?
As Brinkley Davies said - “it’s not only the animal you’re eating that you’re killing, it’s everything”.
Cut down on your consumption of animal products - meat, dairy, eggs ++
Donate to organizations that you trust. In Norway we recommend Regnskogfondet, who we have had a close collaboration with, and who we trust. You can become a guardian of the rainforest on their website.
Watch documentaries like Cowspiracy on Netflix
Raise your voice on social media - no matter how big or small your account is. #prayforamazonia #amazonrainforest
When I lived in Brazil a few years ago, I was lucky enough to experience the amazing Amazon rainforest, and I actually saw huge areas of burnt trees and dry lands with my own eyes. That day I decided that each day was a new opportunity for me to inspire others to engage themselves in this important matter.
We really hope you are in with us on this one 💙
So I found a new app that is really motivating for doing small and doable things for the environment every single day. We all need a little boost, so I thought I would share this so you can try it out!
The app is called One Save/Day and it gives you a daily challenge for the environment. Yesterday I was challenged to unplug all unused chargers, and today it asked me to choose the eco program when washing clothes. Pretty cool.
Once you’ve completed the daily challenge, it will tell you a cool fact, like how many others have contributed to the same task :)
You can download the app in the App Store!
Some times the world gets a bit overwhelming, and we need some coping mechanisms to get by. We have both tried lots of different things - yoga, breathing techniques, long walks, therapy sessions and just a good old cup of (something) ;)) One thing that we keep coming back to is meditation. Meditation helps center our energy and release tension in the body and mind. I thought I would share my four current favorite meditations that I do regularly to stay sane! Hope you like them.
How to meditate?
Meditation can be done in many different ways. Usually I like laying down in my bed, on the flour or sitting on a cushion. Do it any way that suits you, and how you feel comfortable.
Hope this gave you some inner joy & peace ☮️ Do you meditate? What are your favorite videos/apps/podcasts?
Just stopping by to share an inspiring company that I recently discovered - an Oslo based creative studio that also create handmade products right here in town. I really like the visual expression and minimalistic look that Mold Atelier have throughout their site, products and concept. This is not an ad, I just wanted to share this with you as I love finding small companies who create something different, and have a special attention to quality. Check out their site HERE.
You can also find them on Instagram. Do you like supporting small brands? Do you have any recommendations for us? Feel free to post in the comments below <3
I listened to a podkast in the car the other day, and the episode was about things she “failed” at along the way of building her business and life. It got me thinking about the past couple of years and how bumpy our road has been even though it all seems pretty straight forward on social media. It reminded me of a spring when we were just moments away from opening our dream café. Except it wasn't . Our gut feeling told us it was not the right way to do it, even though we just spent weeks and months dreaming and planning it, even finding our first employee. Weeks and months without any income. It reminded me of the time we did bad business deals and trusted the wrong people. When we gave more of ourselves than we ever got back. It reminded me of the times when we didn’t feel a sense of direction at all and felt completely lost. It also reminded me of the times we felt completely alone. But you know what. It may have broken us a bit a long the way, made us feel small, like we failed. In reality it thought us so much. How important it is to know what kind of people you want in your life. What your gut feeling feels like and how its actually worth following. How much we are worth and how some closed doors just leads to another one opening up. How important is it to take risks, because if you never do, you will not grow and build the life that you really want.
A new chapters are coming up soon. New risks. A new chance to win or to grow. Maybe both. The same terrifying feeling of stepping away from everything that is secure. We have taken risks before. We will do it again. It would not be as easy did we not know what we do now.
When I’m at home I feel like I am constantly cleaning, organizing and folding clothes. It’s a never ending story. And it’s actually because I own too many things. My goal this year is to become more minimalistic, and I still have a long way to go. So step one is finding inspiration, and if anyone else feels the same I recommend this Youtube film. She might be a bit extreme, but there are so many good tips, like not buying notebooks all the time, souvenirs (I never do that though) and not buying nicknack. I think my first step is selling even more of my things and really experiencing how it is to live with less. In the end I think this makes us less stressed and more happy:)
It’s Friday people. I’ve waited for this day all week. Haha. That’s pretty stupid actually, cause that makes me enjoy each moment less, and when Friday comes, it’s gonna pass just as quickly as every other day. Hm. Going to enjoy it a lot!!
Anyways! We’ve had such a busy week. We started Monday morning with an interview with a magazine about sisterhood and working together as sisters - it was fun to reflect upon our relationship and how it has changed after we started working together. In the evening we guested God Sommer Norge - a Norwegian talk show on TV2. We were there together with a news reporter who had been challenged to 3 days plastic free living, and we were gonna give him some tips and tricks. We also spent some time preparing for a presentation we were holding on Tuesday. In between I’ve been taking Noah for walks, playing with him, making sure he eats, and picked up socks all over the apartment.
Tuesday we held a presentation on “10 tips to a more eco-friendly lifestyle” for a University College in Oslo, Høyskolen Kristiania. This week is the intro week for all universities in Oslo, and there were some pretty tired people in the crowd haha. It actually still smelled of beer in the arena, but the presentation went pretty well and we signed some books afterwards. Its always hard to know if people resonate with what we are saying when we’re up there, since most people have kind of a plane facial expression when listening, but we got some nice messages afterwards - so thank youuu to everyone who came!
On Wednesday we prepared for an event we held in the evening, listened through and edited our new podcast episode (you can listen here - its in Norwegian) . At 3 pm we went down to the second hand store Fretex, we ended up taking a taxi cause we we’re carrying lot’s of Infinitum magazines, candy, chips, smoothies +++ and IT was a Tesla taxi:) Haha we couldn’t even figure out how to open the fancy doors. At Fretex, the shop was packed with people, we met Karen Elene (@fattigstudent) whom we were hosting the event with. We talked for about half an hour about clothing and the environment, what to look. for when going second-hand shopping and how we can shop eco-friendly on a budget! After the event we stopped by Nordvegan to pick up some vegan curry.
On Thursday we had a meeting with a new company we are planning to do some fun things with - and figured out that they really align with our values, so that was exciting! We went for a swim practice at Frognerbadet to get some exercise and woh I was exhausted afterwards from the whole week and just tried to chill for a while watching a new series on Netflix. Its weird how hard it is to relax when you’ve been going at 100 km/h for a week?? In the evening, I brought Noah to meet his brother in the park 😍
Today we have a photo shoot with Adidas and Parley for the Oceans - shooting with their new collection of sports wear made of ocean plastic! It’s raining so it’s gonna be a refreshing experience woh. Tonight we are going out to different events, and then meeting up for a birthday.
Enjoy the weekend - in Oslo it’s rainy and gray, which calls for indoors movie time, cacao, homemade cookies and relaxing!
Okay, so this is a very new thing. Panty liners that can substitute for tampons or sanitary towels! How cool is that? This is not an ad by the way :) Who doesn’t want to feel comfy during their period?
According to the Independent, a shocking 700.000 panty liners, 2.5 million tampons and 1.4 million sanitary towels are flushed down the toilet every single day in the UK! The numbers are probably similar in many countries across the world, and that is A LOT of waste going into the sewage system.
That’s why we’ve decided to test some alternatives. First out - period panties from Thinx 🍑
We’re gonna try the Organic Cotton Thong. Honestly chose this one because it was the cheapest one, and in Norway we pay toll fees for ordering from abroad for over 350 kroners. Anyways - it looks amazing, the fabric feels comfy, its made of organic cotton and holds up to 1/2 a tampons worth!
The other styles, such as the Super Cotton Brief is made for the heaviest days, and holds up to 4 tampons worth.
Thinx provide some care instructions for use: “To take care of your Thinx, you rinse first , pop ‘em in a mesh laundry bag (this keeps your delicates, ya know, delicate), then cold wash and hang dry. Don’t use bleach or fabric softener! And yes, the rest of your clothes will be fiiine.”