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Finns and root vegetables

January 26, 2023

Last year I published a post about the consumption of fruits in Finland. So, I was really happy to see an info graphic in Yhteishyvä (5-2022) that discussed the consumption of root vegetables. Leila Mehto and Hanna Ruusulampi were the creators of this info graphic too!

  • People buy about 47 million kilograms of potatoes and 18 million kilograms of other roots from the S-group.
  • 95% of the root vegetables sold were grown in Finland.
  • People purchase about 1,4 kg of root vegetables every time they shop.
  • The sale of organically grown roots (luomu in Finnish) has grown a lot in the last 10 years and accounts for about 2,6% of the total sales of root vegetables in the last two years.
  • In Uusimaa the average sale of potatoes is the lowest in the country, but the sales of sweet potatoes are the highest. In eastern Finland turnip is the local favourite – much more than in other parts of Finland.
  • The growth of sales in root vegetables in Finland has remained mostly on the same level for the last 10 years.
  • The over-65 age group purchases root vegetables nearly double the amount of those under 35.
  • In the week or so leading up to Christmas, about 50% more root vegetables are sold than at any other time of the year. The sales of beets and turnip increase five-fold over that time!
  • Most people prefer to buy root vegetables that have already been cleaned (washed or brushed)
  • Sales of the five most-popular root vegetables by the S-group (in millions of kg):
    • Potatoes 47
    • Carrots 13
    • Sweet potatoes 1,5
    • Beets 0,9
    • Turnip 0,9

I am not a huge fan of baked potatoes, which people in my family in Canada really like. I like sliced oven potatoes, potatoes in soup or stew and mashed potatoes. Carrots are great raw or steamed. I haven’t really caught on to sweet potatoes, but I make a really good dish I found from a recipe one time. Beets, I have learned to like as an adult – but I don’t know much about preparing them. Turnip – good raw or done up in a casserole at Christmas!

How do you like your roots? 🙂


Finns and fruit

August 4, 2022

I regularly get the Yhteishyvä magazine from the S-group and in the 1-2022 edition was an info graphic about Finns and fruit consumption. Here’s some fun facts for you – actually and some eye openers (if you think about the carbon footprint associated with our consumption habits). The info graphic was done by Leila Mehto and Hanna Ruusulampi.

  • Last year people bought about 130 million kilograms of fruit from the S-group.
  • 80% of the banana sold by the S-group come from Panama. Oranges, mandarins and watermelons mostly come from Spain.
  • We get kiwis from New Zealand (16 900km away), avacados from Chile (13 800km away) and lemons from
    Argentina (13 700km away). It makes you wonder why we don’t source these fruit from sources that are closer – like in Europe, because it is possible. If I see fruits and vegetables from the other side of the world on the shelves in the store – I tend to leave them there, because of the huge carbon footprint associated with them.
  • The 60+ age group favours citrus fruits, apples and pears more than other age groups.
  • About 15% of the apples that the S-group sells are domestic, and more are sold in the winter than in the summer!
  • Bananas RULE! Bananas are the favourite of Finns with some 46 million kilos sold last year. That follows with 20 million kilos of apples, 18 million kilos of oranges, 12 million kilos of mandarins, 7,4 million kilos of melons and 7,4 million kilos of grapes.

And looking back a few years, one of the best campaigns was the “Half a kilo a day,” encouraging Finns to eat 500g of fruit and vegetables a day.

Now it is berry season, so be sure to enjoy them! If you have time, go pick your own, the weather certainly has been good enough to produce a good berry crop this year.

Bucket list ride for bike riders in the capital region: Tuusulanjärvi

November 10, 2021

The on-going pandemic has really stretched a lot of people thin. At least on my own behalf I can say that life has changed a LOT since the last time I wrote here. That’s a discussion for next time.

It has been an AGE since I have written here. How are you?!


Summer is long-gone and we’re into the throes of the dark season – but, I want to give you something to look forward to for next summer (or you could even do this in the winter if the conditions cooperate). In the summer of 2020, the Mr. and I racked up our bikes, drove to Tuusula and did a bike ride around Tuusulanjärvi, which was highly recommended by a few friends at work. We have been meaning to make this an event for our biking club at work, but we haven’t gotten around to it.

We did this ride in mid-August and fortunately the weather was on our side. We parked near the Tuusula church and the old graveyard on Kirkkotie and rode counter-clockwise around the lake. We didn’t really notice any signs marking the route, we just winged it and checked our phones now and then to make sure we were going the right way. We made a few stops along the way:

  • The very south end of Tuusulanjärvi (there is a bird tower not far away as well)
  • Sarvikallio recreation area. It’s very small, but you can do short hikes and enjoy picnics there. There is a high cliff there where you can see all the way to Järvenpää, at the other end of the lake.
  • You can sign a visitor’s book just north of Rantamontie. It is housed in a small red structure beside the bike path. When the Mr. and I signed it, we were just some of the 16 000+ people who had logged in for the summer!

In Järvenpää, there is a very nice park area at the north end of the lake. We didn’t really stop, but rode through and took a few pictures.

You can follow one of two routes coming back down the east side of the lake:

  • Rantatie (closer to the lake), where you share the road with cars, or
  • Järvenpääntie, which doesn’t offer any scenic options, but is safer because of the biking path.

There are few historic sites, museums and restaurants along this stretch and we decided to stop at Halosenniemi, which is a museum these days, but at one time was the beloved home of artist Pekka Halonen and his wife Maija. It was an impressive structure and a nice place to take a break and visit.

We ended our ride with a pint at the Tuusula Golf Club and then headed home. The ride was just over 20km and with all the stops we made, took us just over two hours. It was a good ride! I can imagine it a really nice ride in the late evenings of summer, and might also be a great ride when the winter sun returns in late February and early March.

Stars: *****

Now that I think about it, making sure you can access a rest room along the way might be important. Keep that in mind if you decide to give this route a try.

If you don’t have your own bike, you can rent a bike in Järvenpää from a couple of different places. See this website for more information.

Can kids do this ride? Yes. If your child can handle a 20km+ bike ride, then this one is just the right challenge for them. The biggest hills are at the north end of the lake and there are lots of nice places to stop and have a look around, have a picnic or just enjoy the scenery and the history.

Winter is here – try this at home!

January 8, 2021

Happy New Year everyone!

Now that we are a week and a bit into 2021 and winter has FINALLY made a return to southern Finland; here is something you can try at home: Ice lanterns.

These are easy, but you have to make sure you keep an eye on the bucket. I have a friend who said she has broken many buckets doing this over the years… The weather should also be cold enough for the water to freeze, sorry to say, but -1C might not do it for you.

In any case, fill a bucket with cold water and leave it outside for a few days. Check on it now and then and make sure it hasn’t frozen all the way through. If you can hear some water sloshing around, and there is a thick cover of ice on the top of the bucket, then it is ready. If the block doesn’t pop out easily, you can use a little bit of hot water to get it out. Empty the water out of the block and turn it over. Voila! You are ready to put in a set of lights, a tea candle, whatever you like to illuminate it.

Another fun thing to do (if the snow conditions are right) is to make an igloo out of snowballs, leaving a space to pop a candle in. Those also look very nice on crisp winter nights. Enjoy! 🙂

Merry Christmas! Hyvää Joulua!

December 24, 2020

It’s been a helluva year, let me tell ya.

I have not felt like writing anything lately because life has just been a huge drain. I know other people feel the same way. Hopefully it will get better and we leave 2020 behind soon enough.

In any case, I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Stay safe, don’t drink and drive and arrive alive!

Since we’re on the theme of Christmas, I learned a few things about Christmas trees in Finland that I didn’t know before. Finns put up 1.4 million trees every year and that doesn’t include fame ones! About one million are purchased and some 400 000 are taken from people’s own properties… It takes about 8-12 years to grow a Christmas tree. You can find out more cool facts from Joulupuu Seura.

If you’re the environmentally friendly type, you can also rent Christmas trees. A few years ago a couple of fellas east of Helsinki had an idea to rent out Christmas trees to people, the idea being that you receive a live tree in a pot and you can give it back so it can continue growing for next year. These guys even have a web shop! Check it out.

I have had a fake tree for many years. I bought my first one in 1999 when I got my first apartment in Finland. It’s only 150cm tall and I have so many ornaments that I had to break down and buy a bigger tree this year. It’s still not big enough! And since coronavirus has messed up our regular Christmas routine, we are staying home this year. I have decided to enjoy it. I love this tree – I think it looks great!

Merry Christmas everyone! Hyvää joulua!

Glimsjoki nature trail

May 25, 2020

Yesterday I took a walk on the Glimsjoki nature trail here in Espoo. If you follow the map, you start from the Träskända manor (in the Järvenperä area. The trail is a bit rough in parts and Glimsjoki isn’t much of a river (more like a creek), but it’s a nice trail and takes about an hour if you don’t stop to look at anything. There some very big trees in this area: pines and oaks. This is a good time of the year to walk because there are no mosquitoes yet! The biggest surprise on this trail was coming out at the Jorvi & Espoo hospitals on the old Turku road – Glimsjoki is flowing quickly downhill by this time (and it’s loud); and you would never know you’re near such a huge complex, unless you look up through the trees!

I’ll post a few pics from my walk here for you to enjoy.

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On coronavirus, part II

April 20, 2020

This entry contains my own opinions and observations about the coronavirus situation in Finland and in my personal life. You are free to disagree. All comments on my blog are moderated, so any abusive remarks towards me or my opinions will not be approved.

We’re into week 5 of being at home from work and school… My dog is like:

At school

The City of Espoo has done some good stuff since the kids were asked to stay home. Though it looks like the school year will end at home (and they won’t meet at school anymore). We will probably know more in a few weeks. That’s sad – the Miss’ class is moving on to grade 7 in the fall and that’s a lot of familiar faces that they may not see in person anymore for good long time. 😦

In any case, a message came through back on March 26 that kids who wanted (and needed) food services could apply to have a snack bag delivered to the school every day, where they can go and pick it up. It came on very short notice, but for the families who depend on school food being provided every day (yes, every day – and without any extra cost), this is extremely helpful. There were a lot of restrictions apparently, and hiccups along the way, but the idea was a good one. I am sure a best practices policy will come out of this.

At work

In an on-line meeting one of my colleagues professed to drinking up to 20 cups of coffee per day. I wonder if he needs a pallet of coffee delivered to his home any time soon. LOL!

Some people who need access to certain tools at the office have been allowed to be at work. People have also been dropping in on an as-needed basis to get things done or pick stuff up.

We’ll find out more soon about when we can start going back to work – and stay there.

At home

The Mr. is getting stir crazy. I don’t blame him. Provided we are not subject to any heavy restrictions, it looks like we will both continue to go to the office once a week for a change of scenery. I have actually had to go there out of necessity.

One of my colleagues at work gave a great tip to those of us who have two-car (or more) households. We are able to take insurance off a vehicle temporarily, which is helpful especially if our cars mostly remained parked in the driveway at home. So as it stands now, my car is off the road for at least the next six weeks and we will save some EUR 25 a week in taxes and insurance costs.

We’re getting a lot done around the house and the yard. It’s great!

I think it’s getting boring for the Miss, so we’re hoping for some warmer weather soon.


There are so many things that have changed in the last few weeks. It feels like much longer!

The City of Espoo sent out a general text message to its residents on March 20 informing them of where to find out more information about coronavirus. This message came to me before I wrote my first entry, but I forgot to include it. To folks in other parts of the country – did your local authorities send you a message too?

The daily traffic between Helsinki and Tallinn (EST) has dropped off by more than 90 percent since restrictions were installed on travel between the two cities. On a normal day some 20 000 people move between the cities by ferry, now that number has dropped off to about 1 000 per day, the majority being people making deliveries.

Long-distance night trains have been cancelled until the end of May according to YLE News. I heard this on the radio awhile back.

People who help others in abusive home situations have reported an increase in the number of people seeking help via chat or helplines. For now the services have been expanded, which is a good thing. Being told to stay home with an abuser cannot be an easy thing. 😦 This is not just a thing in Finland, it is happening world-wide.

When the restrictions regarding movement in and out of Uusimaa came into effect on March 28, the Finnish Police also sent out a general text message to all residents. The Mr. got it first, then I did – and even the Miss got a message. This was good to see. I applaud this move – it needed to be done. As inconvenient as this was for a lot of people, we all have to do our part to stop this virus from spreading. The borders to Uusimaa have been opened up again, but I think it is too early. We should still be cautious, as I agree with the chief doctor at HUS: a second wave of coronavirus is entirely possible.

A lot of us are able to work from home and we have been, while making a lot of adjustments in our working habits. So far so good from my side. It seems there is a good deal of support for this to continue in the future.

People are spending more time outside.

On a potential vaccine: Researchers around the world are racing to develop a Covid-19 vaccine. Would you take it? Given the fiasco we had here in 2009 with the H1N1 vaccine causing narcolepsy in dozens of Finnish kids, some people might think twice about this. That being said, research is needed and thankfully scientists and researchers all over the world are on top of this.

There is so much going on and things are changing so fast. I wish you all well. Stay safe! We will get through this.

Mitä tänään syötäisiin? (What should we eat today?)

April 20, 2020

Now that a great deal of us find ourselves at home more often than before on account of coronavirus, food has become front and centre in many families.

There are lots of social media posts of people baking more bread now that they are home. It’s also been picked up by the media in outlets around the world. (The previous link is from the CBC in Canada.) I saw a link showing hilarious bread making fails too. 🙂

We have a freezer full of food and during ringette and hockey season we don’t have the time to put a lot of thought into our menu. Now that we have been home, we have tried a few things, and it’s fair to say, the food has been pretty good!

So what have we made?


Homemade pizzas (we do this a few times a year anyways, so this isn’t new)

One-pan Moroccan chicken and couscous

Avacado on toasted rye bread

Pulled moose meat with mushroom risotto and fried breaded zucchini

Carrot pie (with bacon)

Homemade hamburgers on the BBQ (we also do this a few times a year)

Pulled moose burgers (these were goood!)

Pasta carbonara (for the first time ever) The picture doesn’t do it justice, but really was very good.

Korvapuusti (for the first time ever) I will be tweaking the recipe the next time I do this. They looked like a total train wreck – but they tasted good!

Bon apetit! 🙂

On Coronavirus

March 25, 2020

First came the orders to practice better hygiene, then the end of public gatherings, so that killed our sports seasons on the spot back on March 13. Then came the orders to stay home, the ending of visits to our elders… and here we are. Coronavirus has become the story of 2020 around the world.

Below is a smattering of my thoughts on what we’re facing with coronavirus in Finland and in our personal lives. These are my opinions only, so feel free to disagree with me. There’s so much to say…

Rules, regulations and directions

People have widely criticized the Finnish government for dillydallying around with closing schools and banning public gatherings and so on. Given that we are dealing with something quite unprecedented, it appears that the workings of a coalition government mean that a lot of haggling is going on behind the scenes. I agree that it took too long to close the schools, but it is taking a really long time to shut down the bars, nightclubs, cafes and restaurants. This might not happen until March 28!! This should be with immediate effect considering that the virus is spreading a lot in the capital region. It appears that Prime Minister Sanna Marin is concerned with doing things within the confines of the law. I really think that people are not going to worry too much if she and her ministers have to bend the rules a little.

I give the government a passing grade thus far.

At this moment, the people of Uusimaa (the southern-most province of Finland, and its most populous) are waiting to find out what kind of restrictions on our movements will be put in place. I say bring them on because there have been plenty of people who don’t give a rat’s ass about staying home and reducing the chances of infecting others. It appears that the military may even become involved in this operation.

Social distancing?

What was pretty unbelievable were the reports of hoards of people headed north last week to ski because the hills of the most popular resorts were still open. All I can say is that people are incredibly selfish. Plans were to shut them down this coming Friday, but it was deemed necessary to shut them down last Sunday. More here on that. I am glad the hills got closed early – especially since a couple of positive cases of coronavirus emerged from there last weekend, this was definitely the right move. YLE reported on that extensively. It’s a hard pill to swallow since the skiing conditions are absolutely incredible at the moment.

The shopping mall Hertsi in Helsinki had a grand opening last week in the midst of government restrictions on large gatherings. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw pictures – there were hundreds of people gathered there. What the HELL is wrong with people?

Another report that floored me was the number of doctors that were forced to self-quarantine in the wake of this virus – because a bunch of them met at a doctors’ conference in early March in Lapland. A couple of the doctors who attended the conference tested positive for the virus… THE VERY PEOPLE WHO SHOULD KNOW BETTER!

As it stands at the moment (and we get reports every day) two-thirds of the reported infections are affecting men, the other third women. What does this mean, how can this be interpreted? Men travel more? They work in professions that increase their chance of exposure? They don’t care to follow the recommendations of the government? Who knows? There are certainly a great number of people with a cavalier attitude about this.

The Coronavirus fallout – observations and opinions

Plexiglass walls – here to stay? I was diagnosed with asthma last year. Last week I made a trip to the local pharmacy to get one extra inhaler (because the number of doses remaining is pretty low) and they were installing plexiglass windows at all of the counters. News reports yesterday indicated this is also happening at many retail stores and banks across the country. I get it, but will they be here to stay? I hope not because this will stunt social interaction and make us even less social than before. Everything will feel very impersonal if all of our business needs to be done with a wall separating people. 😦

Psychological effects? The long term effects of reduced social interaction and how we will relate with one another in the future is a concern. I am very worried the lack of social contact over the coming weeks will have a long term psychological effect on people (including kids). Senior citizens report being very lonely already – no doubt social distancing will have an even bigger effect on this population. People will hesitate to have any kind of contact with others. As you know, I coach young kids. It appears I won’t get to see them for a long time. In the past it has been okay to be in very close proximity to them and give them hugs and encouragement during practices and games. I really hope we will not be banned from doing that in the future. 😦

One of the most interesting things I heard a few days ago was a directive from HSY (Helsinki Regional Environment Services Authority). Kleenex (nenäliina / tissues) are to be thrown in the garbage and not into the compost. Yes, we are allowed to compost paper towels and kleenex, but because of coronavirus, we have been directed not to for the time being.

About two weeks ago when the government was getting ready to impose restrictions on large gatherings and closing schools, there was a huge rush at the stores and people were hoarding stuff – it was crazy! I went to the Vaasa bakery where I usually buy bread in bulk, and they said that they had some trying times in the lead up to all the changes that came into effect. Helsingin Sanomat reported that Finns were buying crazy amounts of toilet paper, pasta, rice, flour and preserves. In the days since then, it seems that people are buying a lot of groceries in one go, but are not hoarding anything per se. Reports indicate that stores have stock on the way, but shelves in some places are empty.

Other things that have changed: People are cleaning their houses and starting to renovate. There’s been an uptick in recycling and the hardware stores report being busier than normal. Looks like people are going to get their TO DO lists done.

How things have changed at home

The order to work at home came to me first, then the Miss had to stay home from school and lastly, the Mr. was also ordered home. My company has ordered us to stay home until April 30. I haven’t heard anything regarding the timetable on the school front, and the Mr. hasn’t said anything about the restrictions placed upon them.

So far so good. The Miss’ teachers have done a stellar job in getting the kids online for classes. They even practiced ahead of time in anticipation of the order to stay home. She and her classmates are in daily contact with their teachers in online meetings, so things are getting done.

You know what my kid said today: “I would rather be at school than at home.

Since our ringette and hockey seasons were cut short, we have already put all our gear away. It makes me really sad, I’d certainly like to be at the rink skating, but this is the reality. Instead, the gardening season has started, our bikes are ready to go and things are getting done around the house. I will make a dent in that TO DO list!

I set up a little area for doing some stretching and other exercises. I am still getting over a nasty cold, so I will start using this area soon.

Our dog LOVES that people are home. He is very happy.

We are using more water at home and producing more garbage and compost. It’s interesting actually.

We have a freezer full of food, so we have been getting creative with our dinner menu.


On the larger scale of things, there have been plenty of background articles that give plenty of food for thought. How has something like this emerged with such dangerous consequences? Our treatment of the environment has a lot to do with it, I think. But that is just my opinion. If you are interested in exploring that angle, I encourage you to read this article from Damian Carrington, the Environment editor at The Guardian.

My final words to all of you: A very big thank you to personal support workers, pharmacy workers, nurses, cashiers and grocery store workers, doctors, paramedics, police, fire fighters, dentists, childcare workers, TEACHERS, truck drivers, people working in logistics and distribution and many others who keep the day to day workings of our society going. Tsemppiä!

There’s so much to say and to cover here, but I will leave it here for now.

Stay safe. Wash your hands, Stay the F home (if you can). We will get through this.

Climate change hypocrisy

February 14, 2020

On this Valentine’s Day, we think about love for people. I think about love for the environment.

I believe that we are in the middle of the Anthropocene and I feel like a climate change hypocrite.

A few years ago we bought a second car.

Our family takes part in a very climate-heavy activity. We all play ringette, my kid plays hockey and I coach both. We travel a lot back and forth to the arena – pretty much every day of the week.

Not gonna lie: I enjoy long showers now and then.

In Finland it’s kinda hard to avoid plastic, in fact, it’s damn near impossible.

I travel, though because of financial constraints and my involvement in ice sports, that has been pared down big time. The last time I flew anywhere was in 2018. I don’t foresee doing that again for another year or two. Yes, I do think about flight shame – and I did support the citizen’s initiative for a flight tax in Finland.

Occasional food waste: yes, not gonna lie about that either. In my house, however, I am the queen of creating good meals out of leftovers.

The one thing I am nearly always conscious about is where my produce is from. If it comes from anywhere outside of Europe, I rarely buy it.

Has palm oil in it? It stays on the shelf. But that in itself is a whole other issue. Avoiding products with palm oil is also very difficult these days. Some of my favourite chocolate brands tout their sustainable cocoa, but they use palm oil… I will be calling them out on that.

What am I doing otherwise to mitigate my impact?

Our house is heated with electricity, but we also have a fire place. We never turn on all of the electric heaters in the winter, in fact we haven’t turned the one on in our bedroom at all since we moved in (nicer for sleeping). I am a bit of an ultra nut when it comes to turning off lights and unplugging stuff that is not being used. We moved into a bigger house a few years back and it has been interesting to observe how much electricity we have used compared to the people who lived in the house before us. We have used significantly less. We also use a lot less water than our neighbours do.

New clothes? Not really. I buy new underwear and socks (as needed) and have bought new outdoor pants, jackets and shoes because my old stuff has worn out. Right now I will do my best to wear what I have until it wears out. It’s great that chains like H&M and Lindex take back old clothes (and shoes) in the capital region (they have deposit boxes near their cashiers). I also make sure that old towels and bed sheets are forwarded on to animal hospitals where they can always use those kinds of things.

Since I moved here over 20 years ago, the amount of consumption has exploded. I feel like people went into overdrive when they finally had more money to spend at the change of the millennium. And it seems to have continued unabated until just recently. We can take hope from the fact that the second-hand economy is doing well in Finland. These days I find I am mostly spending my money on food and not much else, gas for my car and fees for sports activities… except when the Miss needs new sports equipment (which thankfully isn’t so often anymore because she has stopped growing like a weed).

The squirrels are great at planting acorns in our yard, so instead of cutting down those oak trees, I have replanted them near our house. Some of them are doing okay, but the erratic weather has been hard on them in the last couple of years.

We recycle virtually everything that we can. I have talked about that awhile back in previous blog entries. The HSY website dedicated to information about recycling has improved a lot. Kierä is also a very useful website.

What is heartening to see is the reception to plastic recycling over the last few years. Now that there are bins for recycling, they are often full. Let’s hope that that the infrastructure for sorting, recycling and reusing that plastic in Finland is a fruitful one. Better yet, avoiding plastic and single-use items is another big step we can take.

Global climate change is a real fear of mine. Yet, at the end of the day my main concern is pollution. The amount of garbage, plastic and cigarette butts that get tossed into my local environment is shocking at best. I spend a lot of effort picking it up. I pick up hundreds of cigarette butts a week… But for every butt I pick up, it’s one less butt that a bird will mistake for food, one less butt an animal or a bird might use to make its nest, and less butts that end up in our waterways. If there one thing I can make a direct change, it is by battling the litterbugs and butt tossers.

Very few people have ever inquired about it. Although lately the comments have come from a few people. Last fall I ran into a young guy said he was so happy to see that someone cares enough to clean up… An older couple walked past me and the fellow offered to take my dog poop bag to the garbage can for me – because I had already gone past it when my dog decided to do his thing. They had seen me picking up garbage prior to that… My neighbour went jogging past me and commented that I was still “plogging” – “Good!” he said. 🙂

It feels like society is so fragmented when it comes to taking care of our common well-being. There is a segment that believes we should work together for the common good (I like to believe I sit mostly on this side of the fence), and others who are vehemently against working for the common good – “every man for himself.” Considering how much the environment is suffering at the moment, I can’t believe that more people don’t want to work for the common good.

We can all do our bit, whether you feel like a climate change hypocrite or not.

Find my little one-woman campaign on Facebook to battle litterbugs : 10 000 Butts Finland.

Doing good is better than just making money
Doing good doesn’t need to cost the earth
You do the right thing and still be successful.
– Sian Sutherland, co-founder of A Plastic Planet

On a whim a few weeks ago, I decided to go and pick up a big pile of styrofoam from the banks of Espoonjoki.