In a sustainable way

I had such a nice time with one of my friends and her little three months baby yesterday. We were invited to an event with our old school at Fotografiska museet in Stockholm. I love Fotografiska, the building, the exhibitions, and the food. It is one of my favorite places in Stockholm. The owner of the restaurant had a lecture about sustainable dining and talked about that they did not waste anything. The food was amazing and I had to take a picture of the bottle of the non-alcoholic wine that they served. I do not want to lose that brand. I have nothing against alcohol I just prefer the non-alcoholic wines.

I visited a part of Stockholm that is brand new yesterday and walked into Hemköp to do some grocery shopping. There I came across a sign saying that you can “panta”, turn in your old plastic bags, here and for every plastic bag the company collects they pay 0:5 SEK to a charity, städa Sverige, Cleaning Sweden.

Cleaning Sweden is a wholly-owned non-profit organization, the country’s most successful in operational terms. For more than twenty years, we have engaged the youth sport in cleaning different parts of the Swedish environment. Most well-known is our campaign along Sweden’s roads with annual 400 association assignments and in round numbers 1300 tonnes of litter littered along the major roads.The campaign is supported by the business community and the Swedish Transport Administration and extends from Norrbotten to Skåne.

In addition to road cleaning, we run environmental projects on 100-seater coastal beaches, where we ensure that 3000 bags of junk end up at recycling stations instead of in the garden. The latter project concerns almost half of the country’s municipalities. -Städa Sverige

I think it is a wonderful way for the grocery store to contribute to the environment and that they try to do something with all the plastics that we use today. At least until we do the necessary changes we need to do to a more environmentally friendly product. Our use of plastic is not sustainable but I do see a few innovative products out on the market now that would really get things going in the right direction. It is just a little slow.

I have a few days off now until I start to work next week and I am going to focus on the company I want to buy. I have never asked people or banks for a loan on a stable project like this before. It has always been something that is a huge risk or that the budget does not add up until year five or ten when you start to see a profit. I do not have that problem this time and it is a nice experience for once. Everyone can see that the papers are in order and that I know, for the most part, what I am doing and talking about. I am going to look for a mentor that I can talk to on a regular basis so that I evolve and the company with me. We both have huge potential as someone said:) Ideal would have been to have one person in all of the above thoughts but I do not have that kind of person, to ask for a loan or advice, in my life.

A new love in 2018?

I am spending a lot of time on a new love right now. A love that I do not know is going to be a long-term commitment or not, but I would like it to. Now I have to decide if I want to do this my self or with a partner and who it is going to be. Am I going to find a partner that sees the same potential as I do? I have never come across something this stable before, a rough Diamant. You just have to polish it and put it out in the light for it to show its fullest potential. I would be so happy if I manage to pull this off (alone or with someone) so that we can go side by side into the future. Everything will fall into place if it is meant for me to have it.

I am also starting a new job (50%) in a week that I look forward to. 2018 came with a lot of new beginnings. 2017 was the calmest year I have ever had, and when I look back, it feels like I had a long vacation. Stayed at home and watched everyone else live their life. I was perfectly fine with the stillness I had in my life but changes are good, and mine comes now at the same time. 2018 is going to bring a lot of work in one way or another, but I look forward to it. I am done with the old, and I am taking the lessons with me to the new that wants my attention. I can move mountains if I want to.

 

So I can have my new phone or car

My phone is starting to give up on me and I have to restart it three or four times every day. My Samsung 7 is barely two years old, but I already need to look for a new phone. An article in Swedish popped up on my social media were the journalists took the readers to Kongo and the Cobalt mining that is occurring there. They use Cobalt in batteries. The information, pictures, and videos that showed the appalling world a mind-worker is living, how they climb down a dark hole with only a hammer to dig with and their bare hands, shocked me. I found a similar article written by the Washington Post.

Our thirst for batteries are increasing with the use of smartphones and electric cars, and I can honestly say that I am going to buy both in the near future. Someone in Africa is going to climb down a black hole, unprotected, and dig with his bare hands and hammer for me. So I can have my new phone or car.

 

Be all you can be

I am following Fred Granath on Instagram and read a comment he got and answered last week.

The comment: Apathy. Greed. Ignorance. Division. And me not knowing what the hell to do…

Fred´s answer: Be all you can be. Do som reading online. It is easy. Talk to friends and family about it. Vote Trump to the moon in the next election. Bring your own bag to the grocery store. Eat less meat. Take the bike instead of car when it is possible. Vote with your wallet. Support sealegacy.org, Greenpeace and other great ngo´s Stay optimistic.<3 We can turn this around. Because we have to.

I just love this answer from Fred. Be all you can be. It is the small things that do the big changes. Gradually turning towards something better then what has been. People have this assumption that they have to sell their car or go 110% vegan if you do not then you do not care enough about the issue. I do not know what that way of thinking comes from, All or nothing, Black, and white, but I do not agree with it. Think of the impact it would get if you could inspire a large number of people to take a bag with them to the grocery store for a week or two. People that usually do not do that. A small change like that can make a difference in people´s perceptive about what they can do in their everyday life to help. I never thought that I would take my bag with me but today I have it with me 90% of the time I go to the grocery store. The other times I buy the more expensive paper bag. The next thing is to buy small nets that I can put fruits and veggies in. One step at a time, one small thing after another.

 

It never goes how you plan

I have had a lovely day in the stable or in the apartment above the stable. My friend started with one of her horses, and I took the dogs and my computer upstairs, found the Wii-Fii connection and was looking forward to focussing on the research. The door flung open about ten minutes later, and a little girl with her mother enters and tells me that the girl want´s to spend some time with me while her mother took care of their horse. Yes, why not but she has to accept the dogs, I said, while watching the little girl being chased by the dogs, round and round her mother. After a while, everyone settled down. Me in front of the computer, the little girl with her mother’s phone and some game and the dogs slept under my chair. Peace and back to what I was watching. What are you doing? She was standing on my right side and looked with her blue eye at me. I am watching this event. Why? Because they say things, I am interested in knowing. Can I sit in your lap? Of course. I lifted her up, and we both started to watch the event. Who is that? She asked and pointed to a woman that was standing on the stage and talked. I have no idea I replayed. I was answering your questions when she entered the stage.

I gave up the thought of continuing with what I was doing after some more questions from the girl, and we did something else instead. Her mother came and got her after a couple of hours, and before they went home, the girl wanted to go up to the apartment, to her new friend, and give her (me) the last cupcake. My heart melted. She wasn´t my plan for the day, but it was a lovely distraction.

It is a new year soon, and I hope that 2018 is going to bring some more adorable kids with weird questions that can distract me:) Happy new year.

Happy New Year

I can´t believe that we have the last day of this year tomorrow, or in thirty minutes:) I am writing this late Saturday night. It has been a strange year for me, good but strange. To have to rest, don´t do anything and just take the day as it comes has been an experience and I am glad for the time I got to spend at home. 2018 is going to look a little different. I spend the day with one of my friends, and we started to talk about an idea we had earlier, working together and maybe the time for that is now. We are both free and enthusiastic, and investors would not be a problem. We are going to spend the day in the stable tomorrow, she is taking care of her five horses, and I am going to hang with the dogs in the apartment above the stable and research our idea.

I so look forward to 2018; it is like a clean page I can write whatever I want on. Write book number two, go into business with my friend, study environment or do something completely different. I have never had that before:)

This changes everything

I could not sleep last night and started listening to the book This changes everything by Naomi Klein and of course reading every article I could find on social media:) It is going to take a while for me to get through the book though. The audio player is on twelve hours left after I have listened to it for three hours. There are not enough books about climate change or global warming on my audiobook app. I need to make some requests to them. I want to read nr 2 on this list.

How lovely is not this version of Perfect with Ed Sheeran and Andrea Bocelli?

Social media and news

I have spent way to much time on social media today but I read so many good news that I got all excited. The World Bank stops investing in energy that is not clean (with a few exceptions), high five on that, and Our Children´s Trust is going to trial against the Trump administration. The next generation is so brave, they speak up and take action in a way I haven’t seen before.

And I also liked this:

Macron awards US scientists grants to move to France in defiance of Trump- The Guardian

I love social media and I use it today as a way to keep up with what is happening in the world. LIVE FB tv and articles. I spend way to much time commenting and liking and sharing but I like it. It is fun and people speak their truth even if I do not agree with them all the time. Yes, there is also hate and bullying but we know by now that I choose to look at things in a positive way.

Ecosia

I am using Ecosia today for my search on the internet. I have contributed to 36 trees and I have only used it for a week or two. Love innovations that make me feel like I do something good when I just doing a search from my own home. It workes like Google but they plant trees for the money instead.

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