Sunday, April 13, 2014

Positive Suprise

I have complained before about the extra plastic around vegetables. By accident I looked at the text in my eco-tomato box today and guess what? It's not plastic even if it looks and feels like it. It is something called PLA, made out of majs and sugar and therefore it is compostable, also the label. Great stuff! More of this, please!

Let me laso recommend the series Years of Living Dangerously. See the first episode in full on Orangutang Outreach website.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Age of Stupid -Movie

I have a book called "The Age of Absurdity", we probably live in the age of both absurdity and stupidity and whatnot. This movie takes you on quite an emotional ride about climate change, energy and the future. I guess it is a few years old as 2007 is mentioned but it was quite interesting anyway and I like that they are taking many different perspectives on the issue. Whether the future scenario is realistic or not is less interesting, the cool thing is that they are using real news in the movie to illustrate that climate change is already happening.

The Age of Stupid can be seen in YouTube

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Food Rules by Michael Pollan

Just skimmed through Michael Pollan's book Food Rules. I agreed with all of the rules in the book so reading the book was fast. I had actually expected something that was more heavy to read but instead this book is easy to read  and to take in. Therefore, I recommend it to anyone, however, I am content with borrowing this book from the library, no need to keep it in the book shelf. Let the rules be shared!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Association of useful plants

My planting is proceeding, my biggest pride so far is the this tomato plant, but I have some chilies, paprika and onions that are seeing the light of day and I'm planning to plant some other things soon.

I've been a little bit frustrated that all the stores have the same seeds but a friend of mine recommended yesterday the association of useful plants in Finland, I've spent the whole morning browsing their webstore and admiring all the ecological and biodynamic seeds you can get there. See this is a tip if you live in Finland.

Monday, February 17, 2014


Sorry about the blog break, I got a new job on the country-side so it has meant some moving and organizing and I have been doing a lot of things in our house that have been in the back of my mind for some time. We have for example planted chili, tomato and paprika seeds for summer, more about that later (if the grow!).

What I wanted to write about today is that I sold my wedding dress at Lovebirds store in Helsinki. A few years back me and my friend were saying that there should be a store that sells second hand wedding dresses because we would both have been willing to buy a second hand dress but it was a hassle to find one online as you wanted to try them before buying and you had to organize to meet the people and so on. Well, Lovebirds must have thought the same as soon after we spoke about this the store appeared in Helsinki.

So, if you have a wedding dress (or evening gown) that you want to try to sell or are looking for a dress (and are based in or around Helsinki) I recommend you take a closer look at their store. I wish it had existed when I was looking for my dress.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

GMO-Free Finland

This week's Change the World Wednesday challenge if you don't live in the US; 

find out what your country's policies are concerning GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) food and labeling. Are they accepted? If so, must they be labeled? If they aren't accepted in your country, are there any other food health concerns which you are facing?

I tried to find out some information about Finland's take on GMO and found a website called GMO-free Finland (unfortunately only in Finnish).

It seems that in Finland we don't have any law yet on GMO but instead we are waiting on EU directives on the issue. However, on the webpage you can find lots of issues about how to help out to work for a GMO-free Finland as well as a list of companies that are GMO-free.

On May 24th there will be March against Monsanto events all over the world, check if your location is on the list. It's important to remember though that Monsanto is not the only company selling GMO seeds. According to an article on the GMO-free Finland webpage Bayer is now owning more GMO-patents than Monsanto.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Yoga like a Cat

Working on my New Year's resolution on actually doing stuff instead of just reading and writing about it. Yesterday I took part in the Yoga like a Cat event in Loviisa, basically you could pay as much as you wanted for the yoga and all the money went to the house for abandoned cats in the area.

Very nice, I got acquainted with the Yasse the Cat during the Yin Yoga session.

On the social side, we have met our good friend's who right now have the cutest puppies and I have been bowling with some friends as well as having a movie night with some others. Very nice to catch up with everyone!

Also working on planning our garden for next summer, our living room might become a but overfilled during spring with small plantings, let's see how that develops.

EDIT: I forgot to tell you that our after bowling cider was enjoyed at Teerenpeli bar in Helsinki which I do recommend. They have their locally made beer and cider as well as ecological ones. Who can resist blueberry or lingonberry cider anyway?