Hello!

The project have come to an end and we are so grateful for all of you that took your time reading this blog. We hope this blog helped you making some changes and that it have showed you that it's easy to make a change for the climate.

As a group we have now decreased our lifestyle to 12,5 globes from 16,2 globes and 38,1 ton carbon dioxide from 41,59 ton carbon dioxide. So this lifestyle change has made a great impact on the environment.

It has proved possible to get used to living more climate-smart for a short period of time, which we thought would be more difficult. Something we have had problems with was our eating habits, others with the transport because there is no access to public transport, which has contributed to taking the car anyway. Another dilemma we have found is to influence others to change their behavior to live more climate-smart. Some of us have difficulty making climate-smart choices naturally and must make more effort.

A simplicity we have experienced is that it is easy to find eco-labeled products and that makes it easier to make better environmental choices. It's also easier now to automatically buy good products and make good choices. Just because the stores have more options and labels that is easy to find.

In order for the climate-smart lifestyle to fall more naturally, we need to live like this for a longer time and get close relatives to change their lifestyle as well. One thought we have is that we continue to live climate-smart so we can spread our experiences to others. The vision we have is to hopefully inspire others to live more climate-smart one step at the time.

Good luck in continuing to live more climate-smart!


Pictures in order Maria, Rahma, Emma and Caroline. The top one is day one the bottom one is the last day.

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Hi, Maria here again to talk about climate change. I do know that climate change is real and a big problem for our planet. And I do know that we still have time to make a change to help our planet. So why have I been so lazy and comfortable?
Well, I think it depends on that I know that even if I do my part it doesn't help so much in the bigger picture because the politician and the government have the power to do the big changes. Maybe you guys agree with my opinion?

I also know that the natural material that goes into production needs a lot of energy to make products/materials that we like to buy. That production causes toxic chemicals/pollution of toxic products that we contaminate the planet with. We only have one world so my theory is that you and I have a responsibility for the future, and I want to do my part and help our environment. So what can I do to mitigate environmental threats?

- I can plan my food purchases instead of making several trips to the store.
- I won't buy so much new stuff just because I want to have new things, instead I should buy stuff/things only when it is really needed. And when I do I should buy eco-labeled.
- I won't throw away so much and instead recycle.

Check out the links to get more information
http://storyofstuff.org/movies/story-of-stuff/
http://climatestore.com/learn-about-climate-change/our-take-on-the-science
http://climatestore.com/learn-about-climate-change/our-call-to-action


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Godmorning it´s Rahma!

Consumption is a difficult challenge for me. I do not shop much from shops just what I or the kids really need. But online shopping is very easy to get addicted to. when I'm bored or if the weather is not good, it will be easy to look for the stuff I want online and order it. Because it is cheap, convenient for me and fast delivery. But what i ruin the environment and what a lot of emissions online shopping releases. Much chemicals are used in cotton cultivation. 1,5-7 kg chemicals are used to manufacture one kilogram of fabric. We say you order from the net and you are not satisfied with the order, then you decide to return the order. Think of all greenhouse gases released from delivery to your house and back from your house. Then think of all the children who work and struggle for a few crowns. I'm not going to buy in the web, instead I'll buy the things I or my children really need.

How can family with children abuse consumption? (How can we as a family reduce our consumption?)

1. Always buy larger size for your child then it may have been wearing longer.
2. Buy neutral colors and clothes so that the other child can wear it, you will save money.
3. Swap children's clothes with your siblings or friends.
4. Create broken clothes by sewing or overlaying a patches that makes the children happy.

Swedish link:
http://www.ecoprofile.se/thread-2586-Klader-har-stor-miljopaverkan-sa-har-minskar-du-den.html

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I want to start by inviting everyone to consume less, everything we consume creates a print on the planet.
Since the start of this project, I think of my purchases an extra time do I have to consume as much as I do? The answer is of course NO! This has meant that I am now thinking about my purchases. I have been trading a lot at flea markets and continue with this. Then this is better for the environment. I challenge myself to have a buy free week, with this I mean that i don't buy anything that I don't need like clothes, shoes and furniture.


I challenge YOU to do the same to take a shopping-free-week!
Please tell me how it went!?!
// Emma


You help the environment ❤


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Hello, Caroline here once again!

Let’s talk about shopping. Me personally don’t shop that much and when I do its mostly one garment or one pair of shoes that I need to replace when the old it broken or worn out. So instead of me listing all ten things I bought this past two weeks which is envelope and food, I will talk in general about the issue.

Making stuff requires tons of water and the factory pollute the air with greenhouse gases as well as polluting the ground and our waters. So when you buy things consider eco-friendly products and make some research for good stores that sell products made with recycled things and that the making of the thing is climate safe(r).

What can you do?

·Buy vintage

·Buy stuff of good material that last longer

·Repair the things you do have

·Give away the things you don’t use

·Buy things together or borrow


Here are some short movies you can watch about the industry and the market:

http://storyofstuff.org/movies/story-of-stuff/

http://storyofstuff.org/movies/story-of-change/

Links with some good information

http://storyofstuff.org

http://sciencebasedtargets.org/

http://climatestore.com/


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Hi, Maria here again to talk about how you can save energy/electricity at home!
Because I do know that I am very bad at saving electricity and want to make a change. I have learn that all the electricity we consume requires us to consume more fossil fuels to get the electricity that we want. Which means that more carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere which destroys our environment.

So what choices can I make that benefits the environment?
- I can start to replace my bulbs to energy saving bulbs like LED.
- I can continue to not raise the heat by going in warmer clothes like slippers, hoodie, soft pants and socks.
- I can also put a cover on the pan when I cooking, because then I can save up to 60-70% of my energy consumption.

Some Swedish links you can read more about how to saving energy/electricity
https://ec.europa.eu/clima/sites/campaign/pdf/e_toolkit_brochure_sv.pdf
http://www.alltomled.se/guider/led-miljo/
http://www.ekopappan.se/tag/stearin-eller-paraffin/

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Hi blog! Now we have come to the residence. How can you be climate-smart in your own home? yeah what can we do, In our house there's only LED lights, which saves energy and reduces carbon dioxide emissions. The house I live in is also newly isolated. New fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine are exchanged for a more energy-efficient alternative which reduces energy consumption. Part of our heat is renewable energy, which is great. We also think of the heat in the house and have lowered it to be more energy-efficient.


What can I continue to do to be more climate-smart?
-I should turn off the lights when I leave the room.
-Wash in lower temperature.
-Save on the hot water.


These are some things that I should get better on and to become more climate-smart.

How do you live and what can you do, think about it and tell me!?
// Emma

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Hello everybody Caroline here, how’s it going with your climate-smart lifestyles? Can you to make a change?


Today I’m going to talk about my household. I have talked to my family and it showed that we have a good climate friendly way of living. The way we heat our house is by biofuel and electricity and the electricity company we have send us green electricity (down below you can find a link about this). So that’s good, we have a good way already keeping the house warm as well as our water, let’s talk about our water. This house has always had its own water well and sourer system to bring in water and letting it out. A few years back we had a narrow well and in the summers sometimes it ran out of water so i've grown up learning to save water and never taking it for granted. That meant that we had to carry home water and that’s not good for the climate or for our body’s lifting all that water. Now that we drilled for a new well we have water the whole year we don’t need water from bottles. We have wash basin toilets and the washer and dishwasher are also using less water than most products. Click the link down below to find out if it’s better to dish by hand or machine.


Back to the electricity and focus on the products we have. All the lightbulbs are LED and we do turn them off when we leave a room and don’t light them unless we need to. Here is what me and my family need to change are habits, we have all are computers, TV screens, kitchen supplies and console on standby and are chargers are always plugged in. This is things we forget about our electrical products. In the link down below the information reads as followed “appliances in standby may well consume as much as 10% of the energy used in households”. Now that’s insane, without even doing anything we waste energy. So let’s start with unplugging our electrical tools we don’t use and switch of our standby product from now on, it can save you some money in the end but most important it saves the climate. so be climate-smart and turn that tv off.

Green electricity

http://www.greenelectricity.org/what-is-green-electricity.php

Is it better to dish your dishes by hand or machine?

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-much-water-do-dishwashers-use/

Standby

http://www.climateparl.net/efc-reducing-energy-for-apps-on-standby


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Hello it´s Rahma again!
We are four people who live in our apartment. We are very bad at turning off the lights or pulling out the charger. I often wash clothes because I do not like seeing the laundry basket full. I have to start washing once a week or buy a larger laundry basket that holds more clothes so that they do not feel full. I always have the fan light on in the hall. I'll really need to start training to turn off the lights. I'm also very bad at closing the faucet when I brush my teeth or when I wash. Electricity and heat production is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions that affect the climate of the earth. A total of 40% of all water consumption in a villa goes to bath and shower. 27% of that water is hot water. The measurements also show that the consumption of hot water is higher in apartments than in villas

What can you do?

  • Take a shorter time in the shower.
  • Lower the heat to save energy.
  • Have timers reminding you to turn off the lights.

http://www.energimyndigheten.se/statistik/el-och-fjarrvarme/

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Did you know that:

- The food we eat accounts for a quarter of human climate impact.

- In Sweden, we eat on average about 50-55 kg of meat per person and year

- We pour 425 million cups of coffee and tea in the drain every year in Sweden (wwf.se)


In our family we eat a lot of meat, it will change now. We have now introduced eating vegetarian once a week. Something we should also improve is to take care of the remains and not to waste unnecessary food. We are now planning our purchases to not trade anything unnecessarily and think about what we buy for food when we shop. One thought we have is to once again grow our own salad, tomato, peppers and potatoes. We will also take care of our apples and use them instead of the apples rotten and not being used

// Emma

Edu

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