After three months in Barcelona we are heading in couple of days for a month long adventure in Europe. Along the way we will be meeting few friends. Our final destination will be Oulu, Finland in the beginning of September. Lovely to go on our first family holiday, but also looking forward being back in our own home and at work.
The route is: Olot-Andorra-Bordeaux-Lake Como and Garda-Innsbruck-Berlin-Warsaw-Riga-Pärnu-Tallinn-FINLAND.
I have found it challenging to find environmental friendly products from Barcelona. Correct me , if I am wrong, but I do feel that spaniards are not keen to recycle nor to be environmental. Many products are individually packaged in plastic or in multiple packaging. I will write another post about this on a later date.
Brita Taste of water in Barcelona is disgusting. I have rarely come across such a bad tasting water. After few weeks of battling with this issue and buying bottled drinks we bought Brita waterfilter from Veritas (http://www.veritas.es/) for 24e . It does include two filter cartridges, which need to be changed monthly. It has been worth for the buy also for our guests. I do wonder though if the waterjug needs to be as big? It takes over almost entire fridge door space…
Biodegradable baby towels- Biowipes When our baby O was born we received two packages of baby wipes. Although we did not want any gifts I was happy to receive some practical gifts for him. We still have almost one package left from these gifst after seven months. But in our weekend trips with the van I would only prefer to have biodegradable products only. I found these biodegradable wipes from one of the organic shops, but noticed that you can buy these from most of the shops.
Cotton puds – Masmi Small and disposable plastic items are, in my view, the most unsustainable products. That is why I was pleased to find 100% recycable cotton buds made of cardboard, paper and cotton. They seem good quality and stiff. I bought these ones also from Veritas.
Unfortunately the packaging of cotton buds, waterjug and baby towels are not 100% recycable. Cotton bud and Brita waterjug boxes are made out of cardboard, which is the only recyclable part of the packaging.
My posts have been delayed due to guets arriving to see us. Our time is running out in Barcelona, because we are leaving at the end of the month and heading to our adventures in Europe. Exciting!
Throughout the weeks our recycling and rubbish has kept on fairly continuous level – one black rubbish bin, one to two large compost recycling bags and a variety of bottles (glass and plastic). My partner does not drink water in Barcelona or hardly anywhere else, so we accummulate plastic bottles or cardboard packaging. Not even close to zero waste!
And the amount of bread, which we waste…. In Spain the bread goes off in a day, since it has not been added any preservatives. This can be also seen on our compost recycling, unfortunately. We will need to improve on this- a lot.
Another issue what I have noticed now when the temperature is approximately 30 degrees celsius is how fast fruits, veggies and dairy products go off. I have used to going to the shop once a week, but in Barcelona you need to shop veggies etc. at least twice or three times a week. Live and learn!
As a passionate reusable nappy user I was requested to write about how we are using reusable nappies in Spain. I was given ‘free hands’ on what would I like to write on exactly. So at the end I had written two articles; one about our travel to Barcelona and using reusable nappies and the other about the culture of using reusable nappies in Spain.
Below the link to the article of the first mentioned topic: http://kaikkikestovaipoista.blogspot.com.es/2017/07/lauran-perheen-kestovaippailu.html?m=1
Unfortunately the text is in Finnish.
During my years of United Kingdom I must of consumed hundreds of plastic bags. Everything is packaged in plastic bags of variety of sizes and it does not cost any extra. In Finland you have to pay extra 10 cents for a bag in the supermarket, but not for the fruit bags. Some supermarkets are offering bio fruit bags and the reusable fruit bags. We have opted these ones, because I started getting frustrated how many plastic bags were being cumulated in our kitchen cupboard to store ‘possible use’. So we have now bought a collection of the Red Cross reusable fruit bags. Link for more information below: https://www.punaisenristinkauppa.fi/tuote/T1650993/Kestopussit%20hedelmille%20ja%20vihanneksille?openGroup=819 . Bags would be easy also to sow at home, if you have got the skills and materials.
According to Red Cross if one in four Finns would use these bags in Finland we could save millions of plastic bags. Think how much if everyone in the world would be using them! Lets start a revolution!
We have the bags usually on the side pocket of my rucksack, so I will always have them with me. I do the food shopping in our household and we do by lots of veggies each week, especially here in Barcelona. Cherries are my current favourites and snacks! Photos are from yesterday when I found a organic green grocers from Hostafrancs Sense Intermediaris (http://goodgoal.org/review/sense-intermediaris/). Slightly more expensive than our local green grocers and no bio waste or reusable fruit bags… Maybe they should learn something from Finland!