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No Plastic update: ghost nets

Longtime readers of Scandimood might remember my series ”No plastic”, ”No food waste” and ”No textile shopping”. And how I made an effort to reduce my private and professional consumtion of plastic, never throw away food and develop a strategy on how to buy less clothes and textile for the household. Some of you’ve now asked me for un update. You can read more under ”No Plastic” to the right of this page.

In Stockholm it is possible to recycle almost all kind of plastic. Unfortunately this make no incentive for people to consume less. On the contrary! Plastic is everywhere, it is difficult to avoid, and the main part of used plastic products end up as waste in the nature. A lot end up in the sea: it is app. that in 2050 there’ll be more plastic than fish in the seas.

An urgent problem with plastic is abandoned, lost and discarded fishing nets, lines and traps that threats sea life. A staggering 640,000 tonnes of (plastic) gear is left in our oceans each year. This gear traps, injures, mutilates and kills hundreds of thousands of whales, seals, turtles and birds annually. In July World Animal Protection called on all FN countries to investigate the possibility of using RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) and other ways to ID all commercial fishing gear. Follow their campagin Sea Change for more info.

 

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Turtle in the Saragasso Sea trapped in plastic waste.

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Kaskelot wale (aka Sperm whale) trapped in a ghost net. This giant have lived on earth for more than 25 million years! Photo copyright Alberto Romeo/Marine Photobank.

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Seal trapped in a ghost net in the waters of UK (2018). Photo copyright World Animal Protection.

 

 

Animal Rights, Compassionates, No Plastic 2018-08-09

Summer Wibes

The summer of 2018 has been warm and dry. In the north of Sweden wild fires are devastating several huge forests as well as smaller areas. No one goes unaffected by the loss of trees, wildlife and beauty. In the south unhappy farmers see their crop turn into dust and there’s no grass to eat for the cattle. Suddenly we realize that +32 degrees C for three months might be the new normal; climate change is here to take its toll. A positive sign though is that the production and consumtion of design and furniture is rapidly changing in a sustainable and conscious way. The Scandi brands send their holiday greetings but speak about the importance to take care of nature and only make design that can last a lifetime. At the very least.

In Finland and the village of Fiskars, wood design studio and furniture maker Nikari reminds us of their great ”12 designs for Nature” series by world leading designers like Jasper Morrison, Wataru Kumano, Alfredo Häberli, Louise Cambell and Thomas Sandell. Part of the profit from the sale goes to the protection of the global forest biodiversity. There’s, alongside the environmental friendly production, a visual sustainability in this series that appeal to me.

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April tables by Alfredo Häberli and December chair by Jasper Morrison & Wataru Kumano, for Nikari. Photo copyright Nikari.

Nikari also have a line of small products made from their excess wood. Like the fab cutting boards by Mattila & Merz and the simple but functional wooden spatulas by Minja Kolehmainen.

photo Kaapo Kamu

Cutting boards made of workshop left overs in different wood…. The size of each board is determined by the piece of wood that was used. Nice! Photo copyright Kapo Kaamu.

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Wood spatula by Minja Kolehmainen for Nikari. Photo copyright Nikari.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, No Plastic 2018-07-30

Into the woods

Well, some day’s you’re lucky. Two favourites in one frame: horse and tree. With this glimpse from England and fab Hampson Woods Jonty and his team take their business a step forward introducing ”HW Monthly Drops”. Each month HW will release a unique product made from a unique piece of timber, shaped into a new purpose. If you love wooden utilities in your kitchen…don’t miss out!

Small scale woodland management at Hampson Woods, located in the Lake District of Britain. These clips show horses George and Charly in action together with humans George and Tom from HW. Enjoy!

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Craftsman Kolli at work for team HW (2017). Photo copyright Hampson Woods.

Spatulas by HW

Porridge spoon (also perfect as spatula) by Hampson Woods (2017), handmade from london plane. To be finished with organic HW Wood Balm. Photo copyright Hampson Woods.

Animal Rights, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, In the Season, No Plastic 2017-11-05

World magic!

A year ago www.scandimood.se reached 139, now we’re hitting 152. Countries. From where you readers visit on a regular basis. I find your interest amazing; blogging thus become a true democratic project connecting people world wide! Let’s make a move and speak up to friends, relatives, at work, at school, in shops about why and how design in terms of environmental friendly production, visual sustainability and a cruelty free approach make a difference.

Tomorrow starts today.

Scandimood readers 2017

 

Animal Rights, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, Gender perspective, No Plastic, Scandimood 2017-11-05

No Plastic – make a change today!

After years of committed work to reduce all plastic from my home, my studio and ultimately my life I know it is possible. Not easy. But possible! There’s a lot of alternatives to plastic and you can reduce and replace your use of plastic with other materials, new sustainable habits…and there’s a lot of high quality recycled plastic design products around, from trainers to furniture! Read more under ”No Plastic” to the right on this page. And, join me on the journey towards a world without plastic waste.

MIDWAY a Message from the Gyre : a short film by Chris Jordan from Midway on Vimeo.  Courtesey Parley for the Oceans (2017).

Compassionates, Eco Aesthetics, No Plastic, Scandimood, Videos 2017-06-08

Compassionates, Eco Aesthetics, No Plastic, Scandimood, Videos 2017-06-22

The holistic point of view

While looking for Cruelty Free Design during the Stockholm Design & Architecture Week I found there’s a strong trend right now to define your brand, your design, your production as ”sustainable”. But very few indications of a holistic interpretation of sustainability. Where’s that top notch Scandi brand who can confirm their products does no harm to man, animal and nature? Not during the production, not during the use and not while recycled into new materials?

Birds plucked alive on farms linked to ”responsible” down suppliers. Investigation by PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (2016). Video copyright PETA.

Animal Rights, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Gender perspective, No Plastic 2017-03-29

Take the pledge: NO PLASTIC

There´s an urgent need to change global consumption habits and set a new standard for the use and production of plastic. To reduce, reuse and recycle is a good start. Read more under ”No Plastic” in the link to the right of this page. Plastic has become a global threat to humans and wildlife alike. In Ghana, West Africa, where I lived as a teenager, the beaches are covered by plastic waste dumped in the sea. In Stockholm we have the opportunity to recycle plastic containers but nevertheless huge amounts of plastic waste ends up in nature.

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This squirrel with head stuck in a plastic container was spotted in Stockholm recently. Photo copyright Filippa von Egidy.

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A beach in Ghana fouled by plastic waste. Photo copyright EPA.

No Plastic, Scandimood 2016-10-29

Hampson Woods 2016 Collection

For years I’v used and cherished my boards and spatulas from British brand Hampson Woods. Jonty and his crew make a great job taking care of old, unwanted wood transforming the material into beautiful everyday products. Here’s a glimpse from the production:


Hampson Woods promotion video. Copyright Hampson Woods.

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Elm Spoon by Hampson Woods. Made from British elm, long-handled and beautifully balanced, finished with olive oil. Dimensions (approx): 380 x 50 x 12mm. Limited Edition (2016). Photo copyright Hampson Woods.

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Ash Serving Board by Hampson Woods. Made from the versatile Common Ash. Ash is soft to touch and hard-wearing in use. Finished with olive oil. Dimensions (approx): 440 x 200 x 17mm. Photo copyright Hampson Woods.

Compassionates, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Friends, No Plastic, Videos 2016-02-26

I am You are

He, she, it is. We are, you are, they are. Remember your grammar? WE ARE. For 2016 I like to wish the readers of Scandimood a year of inclusiveness. 2015 was a progressive year in Sweden: The gender-neutral personal pronoun hen got included in the official glossary of the Swedish Academy. Hen is an alternative to the gender specific hon (”she”) and han (”he”). There’s also been an increasing public interest and growing opinion to consider animals as individuals, as persons. And to state stronger legal rights for wildlife and environment. You readers of Scandimood are not only interested in the Contemporary Scandi design and life-style. You have proved you’re not afraid to face gruesome pics and disturbing facts considering animal abuse, environmental issues and so on. For 2016: Stay put! Let’s chase the good ideas, the best design and a cruelty free approach. Thank you!

Scandimood readers january 2016
Scandimood readers are located in 138 countries world wide.

Animal Rights, Compassionates, Environmental friendly, Gender perspective, No Plastic, Scandimood 2016-01-01

No Plastic X: Learning curve

The last challenge of my yearofreducingplastic was to learn more about plastic and make sure the plastic we use at home and at work will not end up as dangerous, contaminating waste. When you start looking for a way out of plastic mania you instantly face a nightmare of global greed and horror. I’m sure you have seen pics of children working as garbage pickers, wading through burning toxic plastic. And the sea turtle with a straw up his nose. Or once beautiful beaches littered with waste. There´s an urgent need to change global consumption habits and set a new standard for the use and production of plastic. To reduce, reuse and recycle is a good start. Read more under ”No Plastic” in the link to the right of this page.

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A gull trapped in a plastic ring.

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A razorbill entangled in plastic waste.

The plastic party is over. By refusing plastic, especially single use plastics, micro plastics and every plastic item which cannot be recycled you can make a difference.

No Plastic, Scandimood 2015-12-24

No Plastic IX: Check!

A few days from now it’ll be one year since I started to clear my home, office and life from plastic. Let’s see what I might have achieved:
No Plastic I: Taking on the challenge to use no plastic during december 2014. This was not hard but tricky. I ended up with a small bag of plastic packages to go into the Stockholm recycling program, FTI. And determined to do better. Check!
No Plastic II: Stop using plastic packages. It is difficult to avoid plastic packages when buying food but I made an effort and…Check!
No Plastic III: The recycled product. I learned how to spot a recycled yet stylish product. There’s lots of nice and useful design around. Check!
No Plastic IV: Ghost fishing gear. I learned the awful truth about how plastic waste, including fishing gear, is floating around in the oceans killing wildlife and ultimately people. No fish on our table and not using anything that might end up as ocean debris. Check!
No Plastic V: The App detective. With the help of the ”Warnings: Plastics inside” app. and some research I cleared the bathroom from microbeeds. Check!
No Plastic VI: The summer(house)gift. I replaced all household plastic products with similar products made of natural or environmental friendly materials. Check!
No Plastic XII: Kitty birthday. No more plastic toys or plastic food bowls. Check!
No Plastic VIII: Single use plastic. There was this turtle with a plastic straw up his nose… No more take away food or coffee if in single use plastic. Check!
The last challenge of this yearofreducingplastic is to learn more. There’s a lot of plastic in the loop. How can we use and reuse it, and make sure it never ends up as dangerous, contaminating waste?
You’ll find the full stories under the category ”No Plastic” to the right of this page.

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Turtle in the Saragasso Sea trapped in plastic waste.

Environmental friendly, No Plastic, Scandimood 2015-11-09

No Plastic VIII: Single use plastic

In this video you can watch how marine researchers pull out a plastic straw from the nose of a young sea turtle. Probably the turtle had eaten the straw, and it got stuck in his nose when he tried to throw it up.
It is estimated that every single day over 500,000 plastic straws ends up in the oceans. And one plastic straw, bag, or bottle could mean the difference between life or death for marine animals.


Video copyright Christine Figgener. If you like to support the GoFundMe campaign to develop first-aid kits for sea turtles, take a look here.

No Plastic, Videos 2015-08-20