Sunday, 9 March 2014

Four Steps - Follow the Frog

I just saw this in Facebook and another wake up call wheee! Since I haven't REALLY truly thought about this before, what a shame... I mean I have a header picture of me hugging a tree for crying out loud, from now on I'm going to follow the frog with my best effort.

Where can you shop the frog? Well, here you can choose your country's results, for my country (Finland) I found quite a many products, though it's less than I thought, there should be more.

But I must say I'm a little confused about Chiquita being on the list because I remember reading ages ago about Chiquita being part in the Columbian civil conflict. I researched a bit and found out that indeed that's true, though Chiquita company has improved its reputation and it's been granted the Rainforest Alliance mark for protecting the rainforests' ecosystems and for improving the social living conditions. However the company says it's hard to change their operating principles in the countries like Columbia where the supporting of troops responsible for thousands of murders is everyday life.

I read about this in Finnish here, the article is written in 2007 so maybe the situations have changed to the better, not sure. But I sure hope so. I usually buy organic bananas because I don't trust Chiquita being honest but now that I think about it, how can I be sure whether the organic banana companies are really environmentally friendly and good for their workers? I want to believe it because I've always believed in organic farming and in Fairtrade. Their lable is for example in Pirkka organic bananas in Finland. But sometimes I feel like I'm really naive for believing everything, I feel like I should see it with my own eyes. But then again like in the video above, I can't just go there like that :D so I try to support the Rainforest Alliance anyways and see what feels right to me.
"A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strenght to our people."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Three steps - Types of vegetarians

When I was younger I got sometimes confused with these terms so I'm making a list to be clear once and for all. Also I'll be writing a post about my story of becoming a vegetarian so let's get these things clear so I don't have to constantly write about what is e.g. a pescetarian which is by the way NOT a vegetarian according to Vegetarian Society, actually here in their page is a good explanation of what is a vegetarian.

It seems people become vegetarians usually for environmental or health reasons or because of food security and of course because they just do not want to eat animals. In my case, it's all these reasons.

I copied some of these things straight from Wikipedia since I had no idea of for example what is a Sattvic diet. I would love to know more about these non-familiar vegetarian diets so feel free to comment if you know anything or are yourself on some diet. Or if you know any other vegetarian diets, let's spread the knowledge!

So semi-vegetarianism or flexitarianism (same thing) is a plant-based diet with occasional inclusion of meat products, it usually includes:

     ♣ Pollo-pescetarians - They eat fish and poulty a.k.a "white meat" but not meat from mammals, no red meat
     ♣ Pollotarians - Includes chicken or other poultry but not meat from mammals or fish
     ♣ Pescetarians - Includes fish or other seafood but not meat from mammals or poultry
     ♣ I'm not sure if you should count people who little very little red meat as semi-vegetarians, opinions on that? I mean nobody's perfect, I too have slipped along the way

Now a vegetarian does not eat any meat whatsoever. Vegetarianism includes:
     ♣ Lacto-ovo-vegetarians - Most common type of vegetarian diet, they eat both dairy products, honey and eggs. Many eat only free-range or organic eggs. This is me atm :)

     ♣ Lacto-vegetarians - They eat dairy products but no eggs. What about honey, anyone?
     ♣ Ovo-vegetarians - They eat eggs but no dairy products. What about honey, anyone?
     ♣ Vegans - They don't eat dairy products, honey (though there is debating about that), eggs or any other products which are derived from animals e.g. gelatin, animal-tested baking soda, bone-char refined white sugar
     ♣ Raw veganism, also called raw food diet - Unprocessed vegan foods. They eat only fresh and uncooked fruit, nuts, seeds and vegetables. Vegetables can only be cooked up to a certain temperature (46 degrees celcious/115 degrees). "Raw foodists" believe that foods cooked above this temperature have lost a significant amount of their nutritional value and are harmful to the body.
     ♣ Fruitarism - They eat only fruit, nuts, seeds and other plant matter that can be gathered without harming the plant
     ♣ Sattvic diet (aka yogic diet) - a plant-based diet which may include dairy (no eggs) and honey but exludes anything from the onion or leek family, red lentils, durian fruit, mushrooms, blue cheeses, fermented foods or sauces, alcoholic drink and often also excludes coffee, black or green tea, chocolate, nutmeg or any other type of stimulant such as excess sharp spices.
     ♣ Buddhist vegetarianism - Different Buddhist traditions have differing teachings on diet, which may also vary for ordained monks and nuns compared to others. Many interpret the precept 'not to kill' to require abstinence from meat, but not all. In Taiwan, su vegetarianism excludes not only all animal products but also vegetables in the allium family (which have the characteristic aroma of onion and garlic): onion, garlic, scallions, leeks, chives, or shallots.
     ♣ Jain vegetarianism includes dairy but excludes eggs and honey, as well as root vegetables. One of the most rigorous form of spiritually-motivated diet on the Indian subcontinent and also beyond.
     ♣ Macrobiotic diets consist mostly of whole grains and beans. The macrobiotic diet, revered by some for its healthy and healing qualities, includes unprocessed vegan foods, such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and allows the occasional consumption of fish. Sugar and refined oils are avoided. Perhaps the most unique qualifier of the macrobiotic diet is its emphasis on the consumption of Asian vegetables, such as daikon, and sea vegetables, such as seaweed.
“Even as a junkie I stayed true [to vegetarianism] - 'I shall have heroin, but I shan't have a hamburger.' What a sexy little paradox.”
― Russell Brand, My Booky Wook

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Two steps - Recipes For Disaster

In 2008 me and some of my friends went to a lecture about climate change where they showed us this movie called Recipes For Disaster and I think that was a real wakeup call for me! I've always been aware of climate change and recycled everything I can but there are still so many things to learn and to do better.

It's a documentary directed by John Webster about his own environmental ideology, a personal film about climate change where the Webster family minimies the usage of oil for a year but at the same time they try to maintain a middle-class living standard (they live in Espoo, Finland). Really entertaining and partly very funny movie as well, I really recommend watching it, it takes only an hour anyways. It's in English and there are subtitles in English for the Finnish parts.

Here's the Youtube trailer of Recipes For Disaster and below a link to the full movie in Vimeo, so glad I found it because it's not in Youtube!

“One of the biggest obstacles to making a start on climate change is that it has become a cliche before it has even been understood”
― Tim Flannery, The Weather Makers : How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth

First step - The girl

Greetings from a girl with green dreams, it's time for a fresh new start!

I'm a Finnish girl named Tytti, artist name Sadekuu. It means rain moon :) I've been in Blogger for some years now and there's one thing I've noticed. In the beginning of a new blog or a new start of an old blog I'm always feeling really enthousiastic but in the end the blogs I write always seem a little bit.. fake. I try to be something I'm really not. In the end I'm no fashionista, I'm just a simple girl trying to make a world a better place with tiny steps at a time. So this time I'm trying to keep that in mind and actually create something that will help the world, no matter how small the change.
Also, let me clear one thing - I'm trying to inspire, not to force. Of course I'm happy if for example someone wants to try becoming a vegetarian after reading my blog as long as it's of their own free will.

To put it simply, in this blog I'm writing about following things:

• my vegetarian diet and recipes
• review environmental and animal-friendly shops and products

  - beauty products
  - detergents
  - clothes
  - other stuff
  - recipes e.g. make your own toner • recycling 
• flea markets and recycling centres 
• movies, tv series, documents etc.
• climate and climate change, Save The Arctic (please sign the petition, it's important!)
• other things related to nature, such as blogs
• sometimes political things like Vihreä liitto (Green league, a Finnish party)
• music and exercise which may relate to nature
• my life in general

Though I want to be a nature lover with my best effort, I cannot guarantee that all the products and things are write about in this blog are 100% environmental and animal-friendly and for that my deepest apologies. I'm really just a poor student so I can't always afford to get the products I really want. So far the only cosmetic shop in Finland that doesn't do ANY animal testing and is the most environmental-friendly is LUSH. If you know any other shops like Lush, please comment, let's share the knowledge! Of course there are shops like Bodyshop that don't do animal testing, though some ingredients may be from a company that does animal testing in other products. In Finland there's a eco-friendly store called Ruohonjuuri... Well, I'll be writing about these things in the future and I'll make some tabs with links as well. Also share recipes, movies, ask, comment anything, criticize or just say hello, I read every comment and answer if I can :)

Ugh this post is getting long, I try to keep the posts nice and short from now on ^^
I want to end each post with a quote, so here's the first one:

“Dead my old fine hopes
And dry my dreaming but still...
Iris, blue each spring”
― Shushiki, Japanese Haiku