Sustainability in the city

Sustainability in the city

I love skin care and the beauty industry in general but there is more than just looking good. My aim with NINNI is to do more than just “sit still and look pretty”. One of the key aspects of NINNI from start is sustainability – but sustainability is easier said than done. But this Sunday post (and many more to come) is an attempt to start doing. So here goes

Last year, I started challenging myself to live and consume in a more sustainable way. In the past I’ve recycled, donated clothes and stored used batteries in a special jar. But after I’d come back from the recycling station I could easily throw away 2 pounds of “a bit tired” veggies and 5 half -full parma ham packs, without an once of hesitation. I only had a sustainable lifestyle on the surface and I need to do better. We all need to do better.

So I turned to my fellow Swedish bloggers to see what the Scandi eco warriors were saying. Their advice seems to be to grow your own potatoes and have your own hens. (The Swedish eco- experts all live in the rural parts of Sweden I might add).

Let’s get real – I’m not going to have my own hens. It will never happen. So what can you do if you’re like me, a fulltime working parent, who like the city and who doesn’t have time to harvest potatoes, but still want to be sustainable?

I don’t have all the answers, but here are the first changes I made last year.

    • I’ve banned bottles water from our household. (We only drink filtered tap water and we’re doing just fine.)

 

    • All our electricity is sourced from renewable power (wind and solar). (It was a matter of picking up the phone and ask the utility company that we wanted renewable power. All in all it took 5 minutes.)

 

    • We have at least one vegetarian meal per week. (It doesn’t have to be complicated spaghetti and tomato sauce is vegetarian.)

The thing that has had the most impact is the water. We used about 20 bottles of fancy water every week, which adds up to 1000 bottles a year. 1000 bottles that needs to be produces, transported and recycled (ideally). This year not only have we reduced our bottle consumption by a 1000, we’ve also saved ourselves the hassle of recycling all those 1000 bottles. A clear win-win.

What have you done to be more sustainable? If nothing, what’s holding you back?

1 Comment

  • Britta Posted January 9, 2018 4:16 pm

    The freezer is your bestie. Frozen vegetables are fresher than the “fresh” vegetables. Same goes for fish. They fresh freeze it on the big fishing ships out on the ocean (I have a Vietnamese friend who works on one of these ships, very hard work btw). Then you just take out what you need for dinner, and the rest stays in the freezer. I try to dry most of my laundry outside (easy in Arizona). Who doesn’t like a nice crunchy towel! Recycle as much as I can. I bugs me to no end that some apt complexes don’t provide recycling cans. Sweden is leader when it comes to recycling. USA is lagging way behind …. And the Kuerig one cup little containers that people throw in the trash, don’t even get me started. And don’t use straws….think about all the straws used in one day! I’m done for now. Goodbye.

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