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?