This is a glimps of hats or crowns that I prepared for a workshop during the Pride festival in Göteborg earlier this summer. We were making hats/crowns with messages of love, diversity and human rights. The hats were made out of paper plates and took loots of different shapes and forms. After the workshop I encouraged the participants to put out their hats and crowns in the city, at the city statues for example. Later on I saw some pretty statues clothed in coloring crowns with beautiful messages for the passing. 

SPREAD MORE LOVE!
 
 One thing that is coming up over and over again is birthdays, christmas, exams etc when you are expected to buy gifts. This is a very nice gesture, accordning to me, but what it also gives up to is exagerated consumption of uneccesary things. To buy something just for the reason of buying and giving is not very wise, not for the person who has to make room for this new thing, and not for the environment that has to sacrifies its scarce resourses for your gift to be produced. Lately I have been thinging of this a bit and for possible alternative and solutions that could replace this routine act of buying "crap-gifts" (excuse the expression). I concluded this: 

1. Buy an experience 
It can be a day at a spa, an outing together with you, a restaurant or café visit, concert-tickets etc. This kind of consumption (mostly) is much more environmental friendly, it stimulates the local society and it gives your friend a true memory and joy that will last much longer than what the joy of another candle lantern or trendy scarf will do..
 
 

2. Buy something that is useful and will last for a long time
Lately I have been asking my family for really sustainable and practical things for my future home for christmas and birthday-gifts. I think it is great to collect things that I can use in my everyday-life later on and cherish and take care of so that it will last maybe even for my grand-children. The iron pot on the image above is one of these things. I got it as a present from my family when I finished my bachelor studies. For my birthday this year I wish to recieve a sewing mashine from a well known mark so that I can repare and sew things by myself, and also be able to take it to serivce if I ever get a problem with it.

3. Give money to an organization in his/her name
Nowadays many organizations have "gift-shops" where you can buy cards that supports their important work. Some allow you to choose exactly what to support (eg. to buy a goat for a family), and some are using the money in the way that serves the people and the projects within the organization best. I personaly love the cards that Diakonia is selling since 2015 with beautiful and wise quotes.
 
This is my favorite among the cards from Diakonia. See the rest of them here
 
4. Do something yourself
According to me, nothing gives more joy than a work of a pair of hands. Especialy if you are good at arts and crafts you should defenitly take advatage of that and design and make your own presents for your loved ones. But remember that it's not sustainable or environmental friendly just because you do it yourself. Craft-materials can do as much harm as other products so take notice of what you use - try to do recycling-craft and buy environmental counscious glue and other tools if you need that. It is also a good idea to make really useful things so that, once again, we don't contribute to the garbage mountain.

Do you have more ideas of counscious presents or gifts? Please share in a comment!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unfortunatly I have not been blogging as much as I wish I had this spring, mostly because of a very busy schedule and much in my mind as I was writing my bachelor thesis. Restarting my studies on masters level this week may not give me that much time to blog either.. But I would very much like to keep this blog floating for whoever who is intrested in the subjects I am writing about; sustainability, consciousness lifestiles, fair trade, culture, democracy, craftivism and activism. So my goal is to post at least once a week during the year. 

To open up the blog even more I have decided to blog in english from now on. That gives more people the opportunity to read and it also gives me a reason to practice my writing in english :-)

I am also thinging about to write more things regarding my field of studies as I am starting the new masters program in culture and democracy at the University of Gothenburg this semester. I am very excited for all the new things I will learn and the new thoughts the litterature, lectures and seminars will bring up in me and I thing that blogging about it is one of the best way to process my new knowledge, and at the same time share it and discuss it with others. So please feel welcome to join me in discussions and comments, and don't hesitate to share if you have a subject you would like to read about on the blog.

Let's get this new season starting! 
 
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