Hi loves, hi internet, hi autumn ?

Hi, new version of me. Or I mean, the current manifestation of the ever changing person that I am. Hello. I have not set foot on this platform, or any kind of social media for that matter, for months now. It has been about 5 months since I published my last blogpost, and I think it has been two months since I deleted both the Instagram- and Facebook app from my smartphone. It has been … liberating. Existing mainly offline has gifted me the chance to uncover more of who I am underneath it all. With no distractions, significantly less exposure to what “everyone else” is doing, less input over all… It has proved to me that life is just as beautiful offline, and I feel like I have, in many ways, bloomed. Highly recommend.

Anyways. When you are the owner of a website domain, from time to time you have to run some updates and such for it to exist properly on the interweb – regardless of whether you actively edit it or not. So today, I sat down to tackle just that, and in the process I stumbled upon some of my most recent blogposts. One of the ladder posts informed us all that I’d, at the time, been trying to shop sustainably for 4 months. Then, I realised; it’s been a year now!

As with most things I set out to do in life, this has also been a bit of a bumpy ride. I’m not one to get motivated to do something and then just keep it going forever. I get super excited initially; pour a lot of time and energy into it, then I get a bit bored and forget about it for a while, then super-excited again, and little by little it just sticks. Or it doesn’t. Luckily sustainable shopping has become a huge part of my life by now. Although I’m still having a few shopping sprees at (the worst) H&M from time to time – let’s keep it real.

Let me tell you how it works for me right now;

I would argue that half my closet is purchased second hand by now. And I’m proud to say that whenever I feel like I need something new, my go-to is the application Tise. I’m continuously surprised by how good the quality of the items I purchase are; most of the clothes I’ve bought looks like they’ve never been worn. I’ve purchased a winter coat, a parkas, a ski-jacket, hiking boots, rubber boots, workout tights, sweaters, skirts, dresses, scarfs and pants on this app. And I am sure there are items I can not remember right now. This is undoubtedly one of the habits I have managed to make, in the sustainable realm, that I am most proud of and happy about.

All the clothes I’m wearing in this photo are bought second hand.

I love reading novels and self-help/spiritual books, and I dream of one day having my own library at home – filled to the brim with books I absolutely adore. Lately I’ve purchased all my books second hand, and that feels so incredibly good. I’ve bought them from people through the app Bookis, the website Finn.no and my lokal thrift shop Fretex. My most recent buys are “A tree grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith, “The power of now” by Eckhart Tolle, “Etter Kairo” by Tove Nilsen, and “Arv og miljø” by Vigdis Hjorth. I can not wait to get to them all.

After four years of veganism I chose to wave my tearful goodbyes, and let me tell you; I have tried really hard to find ways in which I can be sustainable in my food-consumption without it. This is an area with so many conflicting opinions, but recently I’ve come a step closer. Instead of getting conventional vegetables from the supermarket, I’ve visited eco farms close to my home and bought seasonal vegetables from them. That feels absolutely amazing to me, and although I can not realistically do this all the time I do my best to make it happen as often as I can. I also bake my own sourdough bread using eco and local flour, choose eco and fairtrade products whenever I can, and try to make fizzy drinks in my Sodastream instead of bying plastic bottles of soda.

I actually wear less makeup than ever before these days, which in itself is more sustainable I believe. ? But this article is about shopping, and I do have a few good suggestions in this category as well. Makeup-wise I’m still so impressed by Kjær Weis’ eco foundation, which has a genius refill system. One of my last videos was a review of it, so you can check it out if you are curious. I have been trying out a shampoo bar recently and I am actually pretty impressed by it. I foams up well, smells good and leaves my hair just as cleansed as conventional bottled shampoo. I am also really stoked that these things are showing up in Norway now. Dental tabs is something I have in my bathroom as well, to occasionally swap out my regular toothpaste. I would love to use dental tabs everyday, but to be honest I do not trust them whenever I have had sugar, alcohol, or something that is harsh on my teeth – as they just do not feel as strong to me (maybe I am being fooled, though).

That is it from me today – I hope you are all having a delightful fall. Ouff, I just love this season so much. I could honestly cry. ?

Anne-Line Erlandsen

Anne-Line Erlandsen, a 28 year old girl from Norway. I'm a certified holistic health coach studying marketing, and with this website I put my ass where my heart wants to be – in writing, self expression and creativity.