With growing awareness and support for efforts to do better for the planet, I’ve been slowly finding my own ways to do my bit such as composting, reducing waste & ‘trying’ to keep plants alive. Of course I know the biggest actions that would contribute to preserving and replenishing our environment would come from big corporations & governments supporting rather than destroying habitats for profit. But every little thing helps, and every person should be doing something to reduce their impact on the planet. Luckily there are a number of start ups that are trying to help us do just that. Here are some of the ones I’ve come across lately:
My poor housemate was out on a Friday night and was very confused why I sent her a link for toilet paper. We couldn’t be out of it already could we? While it’s a funny thing to think about, switching your toilet paper is great way to make a little change for the better of the environment. Did you know that 27 000 trees are cut down every year to make toilet paper? That is INSANE. Instead of this, Who Gives a Crap make their TP without trees. An extra incentive is this company donate 50% of their profits to help build toilets and improve sanitation in developing countries.
Now when I saw this I was very skeptical, but after a bit of reading I found out how successful and exciting this initiative is. Essentially TerraCycle describe themselves as the ‘global leader in collecting hard-to-recycle waste to be recycled or up-cycled.’ They make it easy for you to set up recycling of specific items like pens or old cosmetics containers. OR better yet, they advertise businesses that have started partnered for their own recycling campaigns like Colgate. As a teacher, I’m thinking about ways I could integrate this into my workplace where I see a lot of waste.
As someone who has recently started to take my fitness and health seriously, I’m always on the lookout for new activewear that will FIT and be good the environment. Girlfriend Collective do just that- with plus sizes and their activewear is made using sustainable recycled materials. So you can shop ethically and motivate yourself for the next gym visit.
This Byron Bay business is dedicated to a plastic free lifestyle so products are plastic alternatives such as reusable food wraps, lunch boxes, straws, tupperware, totes and produce bags. While it should seem like a no-brained, all their shipping is plastic free as well.
One thing that frustrates me is when ‘plastic-free’ supermarkets still allow plastic bags for fruit and veggies. Luckily Ecobits have the solution with bags made from recycled PET bottles. Better yet, they double as great bags to wash intimate items in.
One of the first initiatives to grow out of the boom of eco products was the eco straw. Finalstraw say they were the first to sell the reusable, collapsible straw so I’ll take their word for it. I think this one is self explanatory, but having an eco-friendly straw attached to your key rings is the new norm isn’t it?
These are only a few of MANY initiatives to allow the everyday person to reduce their impact on the planet. Do you know of any businesses or products that should be added to this list? Let me know!
*Not sponsored, I just want to use my little corner of the internet to promoting good initiatives*