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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.


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


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.

A gull trapped in a plastic ring.

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.

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

No Plastic VII: Kitty Birthday

Cats, or namely catpeople, seems in need of an indefinite amount of pretty toys, collars, beds, blankets and feeding bowls. But there’s lot of bad plastic around in the pet-business. I go for sustainable no plastic alternatives: A willow basket, a blanket in wool, ordinary porcelain and glassware. When it comes to toys a piece of string in natural fibre and some crispy paper will do the trick!
If you’d like something more stylish, try Mungo & Maud for handknitted, organic toys and collars to die for!

Lucky Charm cat collar camomile by Mungo & Maude. Fitted with elasticated section, for cats safety. Photo copyright Mungo & Maude.

Cotton stripe crochet ping pong ball with little bell inside. Photo copyright Mungo & Maude.


Sweet and stylish toys from Mungo & Maude. Photo copyright Mungo & Maude.

And now to the kitty birthday!
Six years ago a small fat koala-look-alike was born in the provincial town of Örebro. Twelve weeks later she moved to Old Town Stockholm, where she quickly became a chic urbanista. Happy birthday Baby!

Baby  the Russian Blue Kitty
Baby the Russian Blue kitty. Photo copyright Yvonne Torstensson.

Baby the Russian  Bleu cat
Baby the Russian Blue cat. Photo copyright Cia Wedin.

Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, No Plastic 2015-07-12

No Plastic VI: The summer(house) gift

During my efforts to reduce the use of plastics at home and at work, I’v become increasingly aware of what a huge problem plastic products are to our environment and ultimately to all life on earth (read former posts on the subject under ”No Plastic”, you’ll find the links to the right on this page). Plastic mania is all around!

When visiting friends and relatives in the countryside I like to bring small, environmental friendly yet stylish products as a gift to my host. Something simple but useful. Something which can replace a similar plastic product.

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…like a dishbrush in birch wood and natural fibre, handmade in Stockholm by Iris Hantverk.

…or a clothesline in sisal from Byggfabriken.

klädnypor-650x650 ..with wooden clothes pegs by Grunne.

…perhaps a dishcloth in 100% linen by Växbo Lin? Woven and sewn in Hälsingland in the north part of Sweden.

…and a short handle cotton string turtle bag; the perfect storage solution, when not used for shopping. This one in certified organic cotton, from Turtle Bags.

Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Iris Hantverk, No Plastic 2015-06-20

No Plastic V: the App detective

While looking deeper into the content of every plastic item in my home and studio I took a turn with the bathroom shelf. Any micro beads around? Invisible to the eye as they are… To my use I’v got an app from App Store named ”Warning:Plastics Inside!”. It is not the ultimate solution, as the main bulk of beauty and body care products are not yet listed. But a brief scanning of barcodes confirmed that my toothpaste and shampoo does NOT contain micro plastic beads. Nor does the hand creme, soap or bath foam. You can get a similar app from
Let’s start scanning!


Animal Rights, Environmental friendly, No Plastic, Scandimood 2015-04-19

No Plastic IV: Ghost fishing gear

My challenge for February was to reduce my use of micro plastics at home. It’s done. Zero. To get information about micro plastics in products one often have to contact the producer directly. That’ll be my challenge for March and April: to find hardcore facts about the plastic products I use at home, and at work.
One aspect of the global problem with micro plastics lays in ghost fishing gear. Most part of the plastics used to make fishing gear are very durable; some are expected to last in our seas for up to 600 years! Plastic fishing gear and other debris in the oceans slowly break down to become micro plastics.
WSPA are hosting the Global Ghost Gear Initiative which is a powerful alliance of governments, industry, IGOs and NGOs that will save millions of marine animals and create safer, cleaner oceans. For people as well as wildlife.

Sea Change: Tackling Ghost Nets outlines the Global Ghost Gear Initiative premise and showcases a handful of ghost gear reduction and removal projects being implemented, at the local level, globally.

Turtle trapped in ghost fishing gear
Young hawksbill turtle (deceased) entangled in ghost net, Andaman Sea, Thailand. Photo copyright Georgette Douwma/

Seal trapped in ghost fishing gear
Female grey seal entangled in a ghost net, Devon, UK. Photo copyright Alex Mustard/

Whale trapped in ghost fishing gear
Juvenile gray whale entangled in ghost gear in North Pasific Ocean. Photo copyright Brandon Cole/

Animal Rights, Compassionates, Environmental friendly, No Plastic, Scandimood, Videos 2015-03-14

No plastic III: the recycled product

Remember I took the challenge of a ”no plastic” december? Making an effort to reduce my use of plastic? It went very well; family + office generated (in total) one small bag of plastic to be recycled and a few objects of plastic vaste (mainly invitation cards). Next step was to reduce the use of plastic even more. That’s what I have been doing during January. I have learned more about plastic packages and how to avoid them when buying food. Now my aim is to reduce the use of micro plastic to zero. That’s my challenge for February. To be continued.

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Recycling of plastic is necessary for the future and many Scandinavian designers are working hard developing new products of high quality. Restore basket by Mika Tolvanen for Muuto is such a contemporary interior piece; playful, trendy and useful. Made of polymer felt (from PET bottles). Now available in bright yellow. 48 x 35 x 23 cm. Perfect for magazines, toys or perhaps a small dog/cat!

Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, Muuto, No Plastic 2015-02-11