Is your hygge eco-friendly? [sponsored]

Is your hygge eco-friendly? [sponsored]

You’ve heard me talk about ”hygge” before – the Danish way of creating cozy moments in everyday life. Essential elements include candles, cuddly blankets, fuzzy socks, and a cup of tea – or a glass of red wine, if that’s your preference!

December and the entire Christmas season are high times for “hygge”. While it’s cold and dark outside, you’ll find us cuddled up inside with a good book, enjoying a candlelit meal with friends, or strolling Tivoli Gardens with a warm gløgg in hand.

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When I think back to all the Christmas seasons I’ve had back in Germany, before I even knew what ”hygge” was, an essential part of getting warm and cozy was my parents’ wood-fired oven. Our house had a central heating system (and floor heat on the ground floor, which is so great!) but every night during winter time, we’d light a fire in the oven.

(Side note: No, this is not my parents’ house, it’s actually the in-laws’ summer house, which is an unexpected, but excellent destination for some fall-time hygge!)

It’s not only the additional warmth that seems to reach all the way down to your bones. I could sit in front of the fireplace for ages, just watching the flames and listening to the crackling and popping of the wood. I’ve long said that when we move out of our apartment and into a house, a fireplace is a must!

But while a fireplace certainly ups the “hygge” factor in every home, it’s also not as climate-friendly as one might think. I was surprised to find out that wood-burning ovens are the biggest source of health damaging soot and fine dust particles in Europe! The video below, published by the Danish and German Economic Councils, explains this in more detail.

But not to worry!

This isn’t to say you’re going to have to miss out on the hygge factor of a wood-burning stove in your home. The Clean Heat project has a number of guidelines and tips for making sure your oven is as eco-friendly as possible.

 

You can read more about the Clean Heat initiative here.

What are your thoughts on wood-burning ovens?


This is a sponsored post. As always, all opinions are my own.



1 thought on “Is your hygge eco-friendly? [sponsored]”

  • Laura, you didn’t know about ‘hygge’ in Germany?? Isn’t hygge ‘Gemütlichkeit’ in German? In Dutch we have the word ‘gezelligheid’ which is perfectly explained the way you explain ‘hygge’ and it’s so strange there is no real word for it in English. A wood fire is absolutely perfect for creating ‘hygge’! Funny story: When living in the US we bought a wood-burning stove. I didn’t like the American ones — they were too curly-decorative and imitations of antique ones. I found one very modern-looking one in one shop and fell in love with it. We got it at half-price because nobody wanted it, the salesman said. Guess what, it was an imported Danish one almost the same as the one on your photo. Also eco-friendly because it caught the gasses at the top before they ended up in the chimney and burned them as well, with the result that very little ‘bad’ gasses ended up outside. I still miss my gorgeous little wood-burning stove. We now live in France and we have an open fire place, very hygge but terrible bad for the environment Have a lovely hygge Danish Christmas season!

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