How to go good and green

If you want to change the world, you have to ‘be the change’ as Gandhi famously once said. But since changing the world is a very tall order, here are some small practical tips and tricks for what you can do at home to save a little on resources, recycle and protect the environment, so that future earthlings also have a nice place to live.​

 

1. Buy certified
Look for certifications when you buy your everyday items: Toilet paper, paper towels, bags, wax paper, washing powder, toothpaste, detergents and so on. The green Nordic Ecolabel is your guarantee that the product you’re holding causes minimal environmental impact in its category. If you’re buying textiles, look for the GOTS certification. It ensures that clothes do not contain harmful chemicals, such as plastic softeners and phthalates in the prints often found on T-shirts, and that the textiles are otherwise responsibly manufactured. This also applies to bedding, towels, children’s clothing and textiles in general.

Did you know that Denmark is one of the countries in Europe that burns the most stearin candles? Stearin candles are very polluting to the environment, especially if your candles are not made from 100% stearin but also from glycerine (this applies particularly to coloured candles and the more inexpensive ones). That’s why it is very important that you consume wisely and choose candles with the least possible environmental impact.

 


 

2. Buy local

The more local produce, the less environmental impact it causes on the way to your supermarket. Danish fruits and vegetables actually boast some of the lowest pesticide content in Europe, and if you buy organic varieties, it’s obviously even better. And if you also stick to buying seasonal fruits and vegetables, you’re practically a green master. That means zero strawberries in January... or blueberries, even though the kids love them. Organic blueberries are often imported from the other side of the globe when they are not in season, and they suddenly lose a bit of their organic glamour. After all, refrigerated transport by plane from Chile isn’t exactly a low-carbon event.

 

3. Recycle and reuse

Recycle anything that it is possible to recycle. For example, Andrea saves all of her egg cartons and paper towel tubes and gives them to day-care centres so they can be used for creative purposes. If the bread bag is empty, and you know you’ll soon need a small rubbish bag (perfect for used diapers, for example), then save it. If you have water left over in a carafe, then water your plants and flowers with it instead of just pouring it down the sink. If you order takeaway once in a while, put the plastic trays in the dishwasher and reuse them for leftovers, small children’s toys or as a lunchbox instead of tinfoil and freezer bags.

It might seem a bit cumbersome, but it’s all about establishing habits. And you are building a recycling mind-set that will resonate throughout everything else that you do.

 

 

4. Tone down the plastic

There’s a great deal of focus on micro plastics right now, and it’s important because they end up in our oceans and cause harm to all animal and marine life. If you’re unsure as to whether you have beauty products that contain micro plastics, download the BEAT THE MICRO BEAD app and scan your way to information. Naturally all Rudolph Care products are 100% plastic-free.

It can be really difficult to avoid plastics in everyday life, but it is possible to decrease your exposure. Stop using disposable water bottles and invest in a glass bottle that you can use again and again. Take your net shopping bag along when you go to the shops so you don’t have to waste money on buying plastic bags. Don’t use all those small plastic bags when you buy fruits and vegetables. Bring your own reusable cup when you buy smoothies or coffee to go. 

Replace your microfibre cloths with those featuring cotton or other plant fibre (we like the ones from Suztain) and do the same with your scouring pads. This is not about limiting yourself to cleaning with vinegar and all the elbow grease you can muster, because there are plenty of good and effective products and tools that are also environmentally friendly. They’re the ones with the certifications.

And naturally it’s about separating out all the plastic that your rubbish contains and putting it into recycling – even the tiny milk carton lids. Make it a game to spot plastic (and aluminium, now that you’re at it) and make sure that it’s recycled properly.

 

 

5. Be a green role model

Teach the next generation to save on resources – and be a great role model (we may be reaching peak boring adult here). Some specific tips to guide you:

- Protect the environment by riding a bike as often as possible.

- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or lathering shampoo.

- Turn off the energy-saving lightbulb (!) when you are not in the room.

- Turn down the radiator when you are not using the room for a period of time.

- Make sure your garbage is recycled the right way – cardboard, paper, glass and hard plastic. Including your used up Rudolph Care glass bottles, plastic pots and cardboard boxes.  

- Don’t buy new things if the old ones aren’t broken – or buy new things when you already have more than enough. Andrea has only bought one new clothing item for the new baby; a dress, so if the baby isn’t a girl it will be given away as a gift. Both Alfred’s and Isolde’s old clothes are perfectly good and can be reused.

- Give away clothes and other items if you are no longer using them. Mother’s Aid and other charity shops will be happy to help you dispose of all those bags…

- Buy things on subscription if you won’t be using them for long periods of time. For instance, Vigga.us is a good example of a subscription children’s clothing provider. Or the companies which leases baby equipment.

 

And that’s how you ‘go green’. There’s much more than you can do, but you can’t always do everything and that’s entirely okay. Just as long as you do a little bit, you’ll be doing something – and that’s how change happens.

High five!

 

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