As we speak a lot about environment in our blogposts, we want to showcase our readers a great example, of how a country should shape their future. Norway is not holding back in any way when it comes to this topic. Every aspect of life is shaped to be more sustainable and eco-friendly. Here are just some of the things Norway is doing to keep the air, the seas and nature as free from pollution as possible. We celebrate countries like Norway for their enthusiasm for a sustainable society. Check out the infographic below and get inspired!
It is very normal to reuse things in Norway. As most things originate in schools, reusing starts there as well. Books are reused, passed down from child to child. If you are looking for a cool furniture piece or trendy retro-clothing, you would definitely go to one of many thrift-shops. Fretex is another good example of the reusing culture in Norway. This second-hand store is collecting donations for charities while selling anything from books, furniture, homeware to clothing, and this for a really low price.
In Norway, you will find separate trash-bins for plastic, compost, and general waste, each with a color coordinated bag in every single household. The consumers can get the blue and green bags for free at the supermarket. Norwegian citizens are also encouraged to separate their other waste materials. Paper is collected in large recycling bins which are installed in front of all apartment buildings and housing-blocks. For glass and metal there are specific recycling centers in every city. By the way, trash cans that you can access on the street have the same sorting system.
Avinor is the proprietor company of all of Norway’s airports. In cooperation with Rolls Royce and Siemens the company will create a hybrid-fuel-electric plane model by 2020. By 2040, the engineering trio wants all flights – up to 1.5 hours – to be 100% electrically-operated. That means less CO2 emissions, but also less noise and pollution for the Scandinavian countries.
Fighting food waste
Throwing food away in Norway is so not contemporary anymore. The app ‘Too Good to Go’ is a good example for that. The commonly used app offers people to buy leftover portions of food for a cheaper price. Restaurants, cafés, bakeries and hotels all over Norway can offer their dishes, which need to be consumed in the foreseeable future. Otherwise all the food would end up in the compost or as food-waste.
Reduction of plastic
Plastic bags in supermarkets are already up-charged for quite some time, to stop people from buying them and using reusable bags, like the ones Swedbrand produces. Now, those are even made with recycled plastic, or replaced with paper ones. The plastic which was used before to package fruits and vegetables was reduced to the smallest possible amount. In total, all of the changes are expected to reduce 1,260 tons of plastic by 2020.
Norway has experienced an immense growth in the demand for electric cars since 2014. Every second car which is bought in Norway right now, doesn’t have a gasoline engine anymore. It actually started affecting the oil industry – causing a 2.2% decline in overall petroleum product sales. The government offers good perks for electric car owners. This way, the government tries to realize its plan to end sales of gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2025, switching completely to electric engines. Oslo will be one of the cleanest cities on the planet when, by 2030, 95% of its CO2 commissions will be reduced.
One of the best ways how Norway recycles is the so called “pant” system. It is a reward system for returning plastic bottles and cans to the supermarket. When you go and buy something in a bottle or can, you pay some more money. It is usually around 1-2,5 NOK (0,25USD). After using the bottle, you can bring it back to any supermarket, as every single one got some returning machines. You place your bottles and cans in the slot and collect “pant” for each one. Once you’re done, you can get a receipt with the amount. You can either donate this money to charity, or use it to pay for goods at the supermarket.
Plogging is a new clever way to train your body and also be an advocate for the planet. Stockholm was the birthplace of this cool trend. By now, it reached all parts of Norway. In forested areas, you will find many Norwegian ploggers, where the waste collection process is not so frequent. Just run around and pick up any litter you find along the way to recycle it. That is the essence of plogging.