Reducing Waste
A collection of tips and tricks that we have learned, on our journey toward
a more simple, cruelty-free, planet-friendly way of living.
As a rule of thumb we encourage everyone to firstly, REDUCE the packaging you buy, secondly, REFILL rather than buy new and if all else fails, then RECYCLE that which you cannot reuse. 
This list includes some zero-waste swaps that we have tried and tested ourselves. You certainly don't need any of these to start reducing your waste, but they can help make the journey a little easier!
#1 Choose quality over quantity

Buy less, choose well - Vivienne Westwood

In other words buy things which last and bring joy to your life.

#3 Buy bar soaps and cleansers

Handmade soaps are one of life's little luxuries and ironically they don't come wrapped in fancy packaging. 

There are so many earth friendly options out there, as far as cleansers go, we especially love The Australian Natural Soap Company's Activated Charcoal Cleanser.

#4 Go for natural fibres

Clothing and linen made of sustainable, natural fibres such as cotton, hemp and bamboo not only look and feel great but they last longer too.

#7 Simplify cleaning supplies

Choose 1 or 2 premium non-toxic  earth-friendly cleaners that do the job of many. This reduces the number of plastic bottles needed and simplifies the cleaning process. Our Organic Castile soap is a great option and it's gentle on sensitive skin.

#11 Reusable coffee cups

Even though they may be cardboard, the coating on single-use coffee cups makes them non-biodegradable and thus, end up in the rubbish. Instead, join the #reuserevolution and get yourself a keepCup. We love them for the tempered glass and cork belly band. You can get them here>>

#13 Rug up

Before turning on the heater, throw on a cozy sweater and some fluffy socks. Great for the environment as well as your wallet.

#15 Shop small

Strengthen your community by supporting local businesses. Markets are the perfect way for small businesses to get their products noticed, but its only made possible by people like you who participate in these initiatives!

#2 Shop at farmers markets

Try shopping at a local growers market each week. You'll find that majority of the items you pick up will be package free. Plus produce straight from the farmer is so much fresher and abundant, and its not travelled great distances to be there.

#5 Refuse single-use plastics

Opt for a reusable water bottle. Our latest find is the fab Purefree glass bottle. They are made from tough borosilicate glass and can be refilled again and again.

You can check them out here >>

#6 Swap your toothbrush

Plastic toothbrushes only end up in landfill. Switch to a bamboo toothbrush instead - they are naturally bacteria resistant and the handles are made from sustainable materials such as bamboo.

Find out more and shop them online>>

#8 Go paperless

Especially when it comes to bills and bank

statements, opt to have them emailed to you. Easy! 

#9 Set your tea free!

Most teabags are made of food grade plastic. Get yourself a reusable tea infuser and try buying your tea in bulk. Take time to indulge yourself with your favourite tea and some quiet time to soothe the soul. Heaven.

#10 Look for alternatives

There is a plastic-free alternative for most cleaning tools these days such as coconut scourers. These are easily biodegradable, so you can just send them to compost when they've really had it!

#12 Join the library

Support your local sharing economy by getting yourself a library card and borrow your books instead of buying.  

#14 Change your loo paper

Who Gives A Crap toilet paper is made of 100% recycled paper fibres, bamboo or sugar cane, and 50% of profits go toward building toilets for people in need. Helping the environment and your fellow man. Win - win! www.whogivesacrap.org

#16 Do it Yourself

If you are keen to start living a reduced-waste lifestyle, you may consider making things yourself. It can be discouraging to discover that most items we use on a daily basis are either made of plastic or are packaged in plastic. Don't let this get you down!

There are a multitude of articles online with DIY ideas and recipes - like this mascara recipe - to get you going. Once you start you'll never go back to store bought products again! 

#17 Take your lunch with you 

Try packing some snacks to take with you when you know you are going to be out over meal times. Having something to nibble on will help you avoid giving into buying packaged takeaways on a whim and will help you save money too!

last but not least!

#18 Refill. Repeat

If you are fortunate enough to have a refill station in your area or not too far away, try refilling your product bottles and jars instead of buying new. You'll save money AND reduce the amount of plastic that you send to recycling. If you live in Sydney, head here for updates on our upcoming market days!

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