Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Leftover tips

My first post for the scrap lunch project is up, go over there to read my best left-over tips.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Henna "Chestnut Brown"

I have forgotten to tell you that I coloured my hair with Henna for the first time. I think the result was such a chock that it has taken me a while to get used to it. The package said "Chestnut Brown" but I guess I should have expected Henna to be red, very red, anyway.

Here are some pics:

It's a shame the colour is not even in the back, I guess I have to think about if I want to add more red into it or try to go back to more brown.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sunday: Eco Sabbath

I have now finalized the "No Impact Week"! Today the focus was on downshifting, to spend time away from computers or TV and consumption etc. I did get quite a lot of things done. I re-organized the whole kitchen and moved furniture around in the morning, I like it much better now. We had then lunch with my parents, after that I had a nap (felt soo tired) and in the evening we went for dinner to our friend's place.

A very nice day all in all and the week has been a nice experience. If you are interested in doing your own "No Impact Week" or just finding out more you can check any of these:!/noimpactproject

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Saturday: Give Back

Since we are now in Finland, today I joined the No Impact Week gang for the volunteering in an elderly home in Helsinki.

Very nice experience! I am somehow sure that we would only benefit from having more interaction between generations, it's a shame that nowadays we institutionalize old, as well as young. I think we would benefit from discussing over the "age-boarders". We had in any case a very nice walk and sing-a-long time today!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Friday: Water Day

It was also UN Water Day today! How did you save water? I decided to have a shower tomorrow morning instead of today.

Thursday: Energy

I know I'm late whit this one! We travelled home to Finland last night, not the best week to travel obviously but this was already planned when I decided to take part in the No Impact Week. Finally home! Our energy act yesterday realted to the fact that we travelled a way for a couple of weeks so we turned down the heating in the house.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wednesday: Food

Oh! One of my favorite subjects today during the No Impact Week. So what did I eat today?

Breakfast: Homemade smoothie with avocado, frozen raspberries and cranberry juice (this one is good)
Lunch: Salad in the cafeteria
Dinner: Risotto I had brought from home ( I had a looong day today in school)

During the evening seminar we also got a sandwich which was unexpected. I was happy it was vegetarian but they got a few minus points because it was wrapped in plastic (however, that was handy for me as I could then save it for my bus ride home).

So what did YOU eat today?

P.S. The scrap lunch project now also have a facebook page, feel free to like it and join the food waste/sustainable food conversation over there! We also have our first blog post up and running!


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tuesday: Transportation

The No Impact Week continues with transportation theme so I took the bus today. I wouldn't have minded being transported by this beauty though (unfortunately not my horse).

Monday, March 18, 2013

Monday: Trash Day

Today's No impact week theme was trash. I think I did relatively well, however, it was once again brought to my attention how difficult it is to buy food both in restaurants and in stores without creating waste, mostly in terms of food wrapping. How unnecessary is it not when you get your toast on a plate in the cafe and the side salad in a plastic cup? Why not just serve the salad on the plate as well?

Related to waste, I am also taking a course on conscious consumption right now and today's theme was electronics, which also touched the subject of electronic waste. Therefore, I thought I would share with you one of the videos they showed us on e-waste in China. Here is another one on e-waste in Ghana if you want to see more.

A last waste related issue; I am also taking a project course in CEMUS at the moment where we are supposed to do a project on related to sustainable development. My group's goal is to do a scrap lunch event, a lunch from food that restaurants, stores etc. would otherwise have thrown away. We were inspired by this article (link in Swedish) on a similar project in Lund. The goal is to bring attention and knowledge about the food waste problem. I am not sure we will reach our goal yet but we just created a blog where we will share some stuff, so if you want to know how it goes for us you can read the project blog here. I'm afraid there is nothing to read just yet but be patient!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sunday: Consumption Day

So the No Impact Week started with No Consumption Day. This was an easy day, I have just stayed home writing on my thesis so no problem. Tomorrow might be harder though (trash day) and I will spend almost all day in town, let's see how it goes!

On a completely different subject, Maggie shared this funny video on "what really happened" to the Disney princesses and I can't resist sharing it.

My contribution on a bedtime story for tonight (Don't tell the kids though!)

Friday, March 15, 2013

No Impact Week Helsinki

By now you can find the events for next 's No Impact Week on their Facebook page. One event I am for sure annoyed at missing is the event with Petri Luukkainen on Tuesday, who has made a documentary about a one year experiment. During the year he put all his stuff in storage, didn't buy anything new and only took one item per day away from the storage. See the trailer below, I am for sure looking forward to seeing this movie!

Thursday, March 14, 2013


Google reader is apparently closing 1st June, I'm a bit sad about that, but I am testing out different other readers now to get a feel for what I might like. I signed up to The Old Reader and Bloglovin' so far. Feedly is also on my list but is asked me to download something and then I couldn't be bothered. Perhaps another day. 

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

When the rivers run dry

Downloaded an old radiotalk with Fred Pearce on his book "When the rivers run dry" from 2006 on iTunes. Probably another interesting book that should go to my reading list. I feel a bit depressed at the moment about not having enough time for all the reading and writing as I'd like do, well hopefully soon! Anyhow, it was an interesting talk as well, he mentioned amoung others the Aral Sea, which destiny probably is familiar to everyone. Found these impressive pictures of how the sea had run dry since they started diverting the water to the farming of cotton in the desert instead.


Saturday, March 9, 2013

No Impact Week 17-24.3.2013

Sometimes you got to love the internet! Because of my post on the book No Impact Man a girl in Helsinki contacted me about No Impact Week in Helsinki School of Economics during 17-24.3.2013. She is basically writing her thesis on this subject so if you would like to participate you can read more on the Facebook page and sign up here.

I signed up as willing to write a diary during the week on my reflextions ( you can sign up even if you are not in Helsinki) so I will follow up here on the blog as well on how it goes.

The themes during the week will be:

You can also just start your own No Impact Project based on material on this webpage, you can read the book (I do recommend it) and apparently there is also a movie you can watch on Colin Beavan's year without environmental impact. Are you up for it?

Friday, March 8, 2013

International Women's Day

My recommeneded read of the day; "What if women ruled the world?" and my recommended song below. Enjoy and hope you have or have had a nice day!

Sunday, March 3, 2013


Another interesting movie on the financial crisis. Can be seen here.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

My Soap

This weeks Change the World Wednesday challenge ( I know I never post these on Wednesdays) is to review the body soap that we are currently using. I have one fair trade soap, the same as this one but in liquid form and one aleppo soap. Aleppo soap is made from olive oil and laurel and can be used for most things (also washing clothes etc.). I have tried now to wash my hair with it as well, which is working ok, but I need to use quite a lot of it as my hair has grown and it takes some time to get up a good amount of foam from it so my hair hasn't gotten super clean from the wash, but only tried two times so far so I will it some more times to see if I manage to get some better results later on.