Copenhagen, Denmark.

I’ve noticed a few things about the way people live in Copenhagen. They are really efficient, practical and sustainable people and it seems as though they learn all of this from a young age. Excess is not a word that they appreciate here. Bigger is not better. Everything bought has a use and then a place in the household. Plastic bags are not rapidly handed out; in fact, you have to pay for plastic bags here which is definitely a good incentive (outside of understanding the ramifications that plastic has on the environment) to not use them. Whilst people still have cars in Denmark, the majority of people living in Copenhagen ride bikes. There are even bikes with a front carriage attached to them so that parents can ride with their children in the front. Riding makes a lot more sense, it’s healthier, it’s cheaper and it’s good for the environment. Most of the buildings here don’t even have elevators. They have stairs. I am, by default, losing weight just by walking up six flights of stairs at least five times a day.

Whilst they are some of the biggest names in the design world, their aesthetic is overtly minimal. Everything looks good but not a lot goes into making it look that way. As an impractical, clutter bug I feel like I don’t fit into this grid system yet I fully appreciate it and want to inject some of these ideals into my daily life. I want to be more efficient, practical and sustainable and why not, it makes more sense. In my travels, I have found that societies that place more importance on the community and equality are far more aware of their individual consumption. As a social democracy, the Danish people fully understand the importance of socialized medicine, welfare and taxes because they understand that everyone is deserving. They have a keen understanding of what community means. If you need help downsizing your possessions or learning how to consume less, let the Danish be your guides. Not to mention, Copenhagen is a really beautiful and happening city.

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