Tuesday

Finns found easy to follow way to lead a sustainable life: Cleaning Day Helsinki

Who doesn’t want to lead a sustainable life? In the tiny universe I live in, I try not to buy too many new clothes, and to only buy food that I actually need. When I go shopping I take a reusable bag. All groceries I buy are organic. Start reading the labels on your food, and you might be soon convinced to do the same. I make my own jam, and often my own bread and I don’t buy bottled water, since tap water is just excellent. I use cotton napkins, and paper towels would never find their way into my abode ever. I close the tap when I brush my teeth. 

My home is furnished in a mix of used furniture from parents and grandparents, and new bought items. Never in my life did I own a tumble dryer. I turn off the lights when not in the room. I rarely ever print documents anymore, walk whenever possible, I don’t use lifts or escalators (if there is a staircase) and recycle paper, glass and even milk cartons. It is the little things that count. Oh well, well, well I sound like a frustrated hippie I guess … 


Ideas of how to reduce the use of resources are appearing all over the world. People are introducing concepts, of how to share family holiday homes or cars, when not in use, and how to turn wasted food into consumable food … and what else ... We can learn so much while travelling. 


Do you also often secretly dream of having a peek into other people’s homes? When I travel I am actually dying to do just that (also at home, but never mind). In Helsinki I was so excited to experience Cleaning Day. Helsinki residents brought out the things they felt they wouldn’t need anymore. Everybody who wanted was allowed to sell used wares just about everywhere in the city, in parks, on streets, on church stairs. No one needs a permit to do so, since there is no organiser. People were selling their books, toys, clothes, furniture, and deco stuff. Young families, the elderly, hip young Finns, giggling teenagers, and loved-up couples came to have a browse. I enjoyed myself greatly when I saw what the Finns hoard behind closed doors. 




This is recycling made easy but at the same time it also does amazing things for the community spirit too. We all know there are still too many people who wouldn’t think about their bad habit of throwing everything away too soon. And sometimes I get so angry about this. Here everyone has the chance to learn first-hand what can be done with used things. There was no reprimanding finger-wagging but a friendly and supportive environment, and everybody can join. 



Participants are asked to take full responsibility for their goods and actions and not leave any rubbish behind. This is such a great idea, don’t you think? If you would like to read more about a sustainable lifestyle please read Travelling is a movement of hope – how to become part of it and Sustainable travel. Join the Fashion Revolution

Have you ever found an event like this during your travels? Can’t wait to hear from you. 

From Berlin with love

2 comments:

  1. This is simply genius and no, I haven't come across to anything quite like the 'Cleaning Day Helsinki', it should be done in more places!

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  2. Hi Franca, Thank you so very much for taking the time to comment, sort of a moment for a celebration really. Thank you. This is the best and easiest idea ever, I have been searching for someone to take my old clothes for ages, there are so many regulations attached and it is really complicated to donate them.

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Greetings stranger. I always try to be myself and to be a tourist as often as I can. I would love to get in contact with lots of hard travelling tourists who love to be out and about as much as I do. I am looking forward to all your comments. Thanks so much in advance.