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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

No Plastic II

I took the challenge of a no plastic december. Actually, it has not been much of an effort, as Stockholm is part of FTI – a non profit-motivated recycling system for packages. At recycling stations all over town you can deposit packages made of paper, metal, glass or plastic. Last year the stockholmers recycled 36,7 % of their used plastic packages. That´s 68,419 tonne plastic witch otherwise should have become garbage/plastic waste. For paper, glass and metal packages the results were even better; 77,2 % paper, 89 % glass and 73,1 % metal was collected and recycled.
My own amount of plastic packages during december comes down to one (1) plastic bag with, mainly, food wrappings. My plastic waste comes down to some plastic invitation cards for press events. (Are we living in the same world, the PR-people and I?)
Next step will be to stop using plastic packages. But that´s a whole new story.
To be continued.

Bee's wrap
Bee’s Wrap from Bucks and Spurs.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Friends, No Plastic, Scandimood 2014-12-29

No Plastic!

Take on the challenge: use no plastic during december! It might be difficult. Or perhaps quite easy…Plastic waste is a huge and alarming problem, especially when your waste is not recycled and goes into the sea…Don´t forget the micro plastic, as in microbeads in some beauty products. Or how fleece generates micro plastics when it goes through the laundry, and thus become part of domestic waste water.

Turtle in the Saragasso Sea trapped in plastic waste.

Gåsö Mats Alm

Gåsö in the Swedish archipelago, photo by Mats Alm.

Compassionates, Eco Aesthetics, Friends, No Plastic 2014-12-01