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Nine easy New Year steps to a more ethical life in Sweden

Ann Törnkvist · 8 Jan 2014, 13:17

Published: 08 Jan 2014 13:17 GMT+01:00

A little bit of effort can go a long way to tidy up your life. Carbon neutral equals no fun? Not necessarily so. The Local rounds up simple ways to be a bit more charitable and green, with little compromise.

You may already have started off by cleaning out the closet, especially given the dusty winter clothes unused in this so-far tepid winter. Next, the book shelves get a tidy up. You throw away odd esoteric titles gifted to you by your father-in-law or long lost university friends who, you suspect, by this time must have grown a beard and given themselves over wholeheartedly to tweed rather than tweets.  

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So the clothes rounded up, the soon to be discarded books piled up... you feel less burdened already. But after you've stuffed the collection bins full, are you still wondering what to do next? 

Off to the supermarket. Your kids want sugar and frozen pizzas, you drag them to the vegetable counter. Everything seems to be imported this time of year. Israel, Peru, the gargantuan green houses in the Netherlands. The savoy cabbage looks delectably curlicue, but those knobbly Jerusalem artichokes, can you be be bothered peeling them for a hearty seasonal soup?

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The answer is yes, because with the right inspiration at hand, you can use the odd-looking domestic veggies for culinary craftmanship. To find out how to do just that, and nine further tips to a more ethical New Year's you, click on.

Responsibility does not have to be a drag.

Ann Törnkvist (ann.tornkvist@thelocal.com)

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