In this week’s interview we were excited to explore the world of sustainable eating together with award-winning sustainable chef, Johan Bredwad. Johan is a chef at a Swedish kindergarten where kids are being taught to grow their own food and how to eat sustainably— a total of 97% of the food they eat is organic!
With many years' working as a chef in restaurants behind him, Johan now devotes all his time to the project that excites him the most: teaching kids from a very young age to respect and understand foods and their origin. We don't mind tagging along with the kids!
The Healing Powers of Nature
Did you know that nature can cure? This week we look at the numerous health benefits of nature and how different cultures around the world use nature as a healer.
There are good reasons behind why we get this urge to connect with nature. Nature is wonderful for our physical and mental wellbeing, and it’s free! The more we preserve, the better it will be for us. Hopefully this article will kindle your desire to get out there and explore it some more!
In this candid interview with Martin Nihlgård, the Secretary General of IM Swedish Development partner, we explore what it is like to be at the front of a development agency and we deep dive into his thoughts on social inclusion and the story behind IM:s Humanium Metal.
"On the democratic front, we work with strengthening the civil society, supporting organisations to give a voice for those who don’t have one."
Why We Need Green Deals
Green deals are getting a lot of media attention currently and they’re sprouting up like mushrooms: New Green Deal in the US, European Green Deal, Green New Deal UK, and we’re super excited about the potential here.
These deals have the potential to rapidly accelerate our fight against climate change and address social inequality as well. Game-changing reforms are just a few pen strokes away.
Join us as we unpack what green deals are and take a look at some of the ideas being put forward.
The Power Of Our Oceans
Our oceans play a vital role in supporting life on Earth and are powerful allies in the fight against climate change, yet they remain mostly unexplored.
Whilst rainforests such as the Amazon are often in focus as being keystone ecosystems, removing carbon and pumping out oxygen, between 50-80% of the Earth’s oxygen is produced by marine plants and bacteria. Without them, we’re in trouble.
Join us as we deep-dive into learning more about The Great Unknown.
Better Universal Grub (BUG)
Better Universal Grub (BUG for short) is a London based food startup who love incorporating a certain ingredient into their recipes. Yeah you guessed it: insects! Co-founders Leo and Aaron launched BUG earlier this year and with the help of a top chef, they provide recipes and recipe kits with the aim of encouraging people to experiment with using insects in their cooking. We asked them about what inspired them to start BUG, and how insects are a highly nutritious and tasty ingredient with great environmental credentials too.
"Edible insects are a flagship ‘good for you, good for the planet’ type of food."
Why Inclusivity & Sustainability Go Hand In Hand
In light of events happening in the world right now—Black Lives Matter, Pride Month—we wanted to further explore what social sustainability is in relation to inclusivity, and why both are important in our fight against climate change and environmental degradation.
Amazing animals we need to save from extinction
Our Earth is home to a fantastic array of wildlife. The destruction of nature and loss of biodiversity is not only tragic but also threatens the continued survival of our own species. It’s estimated that since 1970 60% of wild animal populations have been wiped out as a result of our actions. However, it’s not too late to make changes and help prevent the extinction of our animal friends!
A mid-20th Century artistic movement has inspired design and architecture and is also a lifestyle choice adopted by many. The concept of minimalism can be traced right back through to Catholic nuns and Buddhist monks, taking on a variety of forms across different periods and cultures.
We're delighted to be able to share with you our #agoodcommunity interview with Swedish artist, and our long time friend and collaborator, Finsta. We paid a visit to his studio in Stockholm to catch up with him and discuss his favourite projects, how it can be just as rewarding working with children as big brands, his approach to new pieces, and how he overcomes creative blocks (nature involved).
Wear Orange to fight for a future free from gun-violence
The Wear Orange Campaign was launched in 2015 in the US following the shooting of Hadiya Pendleton. Hadiya was just 15 when she was shot on the street whilst chatting with friends. Her grieving friends and family wore orange to raise awareness about gun violence and honour those whose lives have been taken. Today, the Wear Orange Campaign supports communities working locally at the intersection of racial justice and gun-violence prevention.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals: How Business Can Serve Society
In 2015, the United Nations developed a shared blueprint for creating peace and prosperity for both people and the planet. This took the form of 17 interconnected sustainable development goals, to be implemented over the following 15 years. The overall aim is to build a better world for people whilst still caring for the environment.
Cleaning Up The Future
Ever wondered how your cleaning routine impacts the environment? Turns out some ways are a lot cleaner than others (pun intended). We've taken a closer look at some of the new technologies and innovations available right now. If you’re a sustainability and clean freak like we are, this is the article for you.
A Good Humanium Metal Pen Project
Every day around the globe people of all ages are injured and killed by illegal firearms. As well as the awful loss of human life, armed violence costs billions of dollars a year and is particularly harmful in developing countries. We’re partnering with Humanium Metal to help stop the spread of these illegal firearms and transform them into commodities for peace.
Eating our way to a greener future
Let’s face it, food is awesome. We all have our favourites and we have likely accumulated some of them over a long period of time. As we learn more about sustainable practices and ways to reduce carbon footprint, we thought we'd delve into the world of sustainable eating and send you on your way with some useful tips.
The new age of digital activism
Activism is all about highlighting important messages, engaging as may people as possible and getting results by conveying to the people in charge that enough is enough. So how do we do that from our couch? The new age of activism is here to stay and it's not a second too late.
Carbon Neutrality 101
We all dream of a world where humanity lives harmoniously with nature. Our air and oceans are clean, our forests lush and full of life, and fruit trifle will be calorie free. If we’re going to achieve this paradise, we’re going to have to make the switch and become carbon neutral. In this piece we shed some much needed light on what it means and ways of achieving it.
A Good Community meets with Katerina Chantzi, a passionate globalist who shares her views on consumption and how technology is our portal to engaging even more in our community.
David "D-Flex" Seisay
A Good Community meets with enthusiastic vegetarian, artist, songwriter, personal trainer and author David "D-Flex" Seisay, interviewed by Anders Ankarlid at David's own gym in Stockholm. Watch the video and be inspired to stay healthy and do what you can for our planet!
Kickstarter Campaign for New Circular Mobile Cases
There is no question that the first completely climate-positive mobile cases in the world, launched earlier this year, have been hugely popular. Created initially for iPhone models, the cases are made from 100% plant material using no plastic whatsoever. We're now launching a Kickstarter campaign to support the development of cases for 6 new phones, following a resounding request from our community.
A Good Community meets the passionate Moritz Staudte, photographer, videographer and director – all in all an inspiring audiovisual artist living in Venice, California. Moritz shares his view on consumerism, individual climate action and the importance of reaching the right audience with the right message.
A Good Foundation
Earlier this year, we decided to launch our new platform for contributing to sustainability efforts in communities across the globe; A Good Foundation. In its early phases still, we share our first project – The Circular Children's Book – and the story behind this exciting new venture.
Instagram-powerhouse, green activist, writer and public speaker, Gittemarie Johansen shares her thoughts on consumerism and how she's managed to not buy anything brand new in 4 years.
The Importance of Recycling
The essence and importance of recycling can sometimes be lost in translation. With so many different regional systems, we remind you of the rationale behind recycling and some of the key guiding principles when choosing what goes where.
Our own Anders Ankarlid sits down with Stefan Ytterborn, CEO and Founder of Cake – one of the most sought-after brands within the electro-mobility industry globally. Icons like Pharell Williams, Kanye West and Apple's Jonathan Ive own these impressive motorbikes for the future.
A Good Community speaks to omni-talent Liva Olina about her work as a sports video journalist travelling the world and her passion for ethical fashion, as a model and freelance writer living in Paris. She also shares her way of relief in a busy consumerist world; the relaxing art of tea-meditation.
Sustainable Materials – Planning for the Future
As part of our Sustainable Development & Urban Design features we now explore building with sustainable materials. The road to a circular, sustainable world requires a lot of innovation along the way. Crucial to this is finding alternative materials to produce the array of tools and items we use every day. We need to not only enable, but actively promote new breakthrough innovations that can make a real impact.
Mega-inspiring green dentist Rosanna Cavalletto shares her thoughts on the future of dentistry (it's green!) and the importance of rethinking and reusing principles within the health field.
Building Cities for the Future
Making cities more sustainable is a win on multiple levels. The benefits are numerous, and it’s exhilarating how improvement in one area can positively impact other areas as well. Join us on an excursion of the world's most sustainable cities and what makes them tick!
A Good Community welcomes Jeremy Burnich, lawyer-turned-writer and sustainable design thinking aficionado.
"Human beings have to be the single most successful species in the history of the earth. On a geological time scale, we have done more things faster than any other species. Most life forms have to evolve to do the things we do by just putting our minds to it."
The Power of Activism
Whether it’s the eradication of slavery, labour rights, the civil rights movement, or women’s suffrage, activism has played a powerful part in bringing about systemic changes that are fundamental in our society today. Read our take on the power of activism today!
Elizabeth Torres, translator and multimedia artist, spent the early years of her life in Bogota, amidst an unswerving storm of social conflicts. Bringing her experience into words in the form of poetry, Elizabeth became a national award winning author at the age of 8. Along with the attention and recognition however, came death threats forcing her to seek refuge in the United States. A Good Community meet with the multi-talent in Copenhagen, where she now resides.
Valentine’s Day – when love is measured in mindless consumption
What began as a holiday with both ancient Roman and Christian roots has morphed into just another reason for mindless mass-consumption. Over the centuries we have gone from celebrating love with the exchange of poems or notes conveying affection for a loved one to a multi-billion dollar industry preying on consumer guilt.
Stefan Dimov & Katrin Vangelova
A Good Community talks to Stefan Dimov & Katrin Vangelova, the creators behind Project Caritas, a youtube channel focused on reviewing various sustainable and environmentally friendly products as well as providing an honest opinion on products and organisations that work to tackle social challenges.
Circular economy: A Good Loop
Almost as much of a buzzword as sustainability was a few years back, circular economy or Circularity, is becoming a household expression in many countries when talking about combating the climate crisis. We talk about our own closed recycling loop system called A Good Loop and what individuals and companies can do to contribute to the transition towards a circular economy.
"The concept of reusing materials and resources has been around for a long time but now is the time to scale up recycling to a whole other level."
A Good Community chats with the inspiring pioneer Rowan Drury who founded GRAM, Sweden's first packaging-free store focusing on zero waste.
"I heard about “zero waste” shops in Germany where everything is sold in bulk, and I went to visit one in Berlin (Original Unverpackt). From here, there was no turning back. Sweden was getting its first zero-waste food shop."
As part of our new series on Urban design, award-winning Swedish architect Mikael Ahrbom tells us about how it all began: building with lego. Fast forward a couple of years, Mikael shares his insights on what architects are really like (fun!) and what his dream project is. Read more to find out!
Meet the Swedish multi-talented artist behind one of our most popular mobile cases – Alex Hahn! She designed the case Color splash, which is part of A Good Company's circularity system A Good Loop, with the vibrant cities of Sweden in mind. Read more about her thoughts on the future of individual climate action and her source of inspiration.
New Decade – New Goals
One of the main ideas behind #agoodcommunity is to inspire people to do more in their everyday lives. We know that not everyone can afford their own solar-panels or electric cars but we can all do something to contribute to a greener way of life.
Kicking off a new decade where we need to accelerate individual climate action, we have compiled a list of 10 tangible things you can do to contribute to that much-needed system change.
A Tiny House: The Journey Towards Sustainable Living
A Good Community delves into the fascinating movement of Tiny Houses. Life partners Alejandra & Love could never find the summer cabin that had it all – water, electricity, accessibility to public transport and space-effectivity. So they decided to build their own from scratch – in the most affordable, waste-free and conscious way possible.
A Good Company welcomes world-class professional climber Matilda Söderlund as our new ambassador.
"Climbing is closely connected to nature, so being an advocate for nature and climate is therefore an important aspect for me as a professional climber."
Oscar Johansson, mathematician, entrepreneur and one of the most progressive machine learning experts around. He is also famous for having pulled both his hamstrings in the same race as he won a national gold medal in the 4x100m relay.
Meet Monika Poppy who embodies the fact that style and sustainable consumption can indeed go hand in hand. The London-based sustainable influencer, public speaker and founder of ever-inspiring blog Sustainabilityiscool shares her thoughts on education and inspiration when it comes to driving the sustainability agenda forward.
We met with Thomas Sjölin who is the CEO of Asendia for Nordics and The Benelux area. A genuine thought-leader within logistics, supply and the future or transportation solutions.
Meet Jira Seow, enigmatic team member of Splash without the Trash, an Australian non-profit organization taking the helm on cleaning up our beaches.
Meet globalist chocolatier Hernan Lauber, founder of oodaalolly small batch chocolate, a sustainably sourced bean-to-bar chocolate brand.
"My passions in life are learning new things, gaining new experiences, building and creating. When those 3 things merge into one, that’s my happy place."
Join us for Green November!
A Good Company is not taking part in Black Friday. Instead, we are celebrating Green November.
This is how we are going to handle Black Friday. No need to wake up early. No need to make a quick decision that you might regret later.