In May, we put the word out to our customers that we wanted to hear the ways they are reducing, reusing or recycling at home or at work.
We loved that our customers’ suggestions and tips were not only great steps towards a more sustainable future for our planet, they were also practical - often saving time and money as well as being super easy to implement.
So, today we’re sharing some of these great initiatives –we hope there are some new ideas for you to use in your own life!
1. Get a KeepCup for your caffeine needs
If you’re like many in our team and are drinking two coffees a day, 5 days a week, you can save 10 disposable coffee cups and often get a discount on your coffee. If you go to a café offering a 50c discount it will only take you 5 weeks to pay off your KeepCup in savings!
2. Bees wax wrap instead of cling wrap
This was a popular one which is great given cling wrap is such a harmful household for the environment. It’s made from sustainable ingredients, you can reuse it and compost it! We also love the concept of swapping plastic straws for metal ones.
3. Take your containers, everywhere!
Jars, takeaway food containers and green bags are some of the great suggestions we got on small changes you can make. We sometimes overlook that most retailers (especially farmers markets and independent supermarkets) welcome (with discounts even) the use of your own containers. Bakeries, butchers and takeaway restaurants were also some of the places our customers use them.
4. Bokashi is a great way to jump into composting
Setting up a compost bin around the house is a fantastic way to start diverting landfill waste, and producing nutrient rich conditioner for your garden bed or planets. If you haven’t already investigated Bokashi, they contain bacteria that ferment your organic waste in 2 weeks (and then 2 weeks in the ground). Traditional composting takes about 3-4 months to decompose. For those who live in an apartment and would like to compost but have never known how to go about it, this could be your solution
5. Tear up your old towels
Repurposing old towels and sheets into rags is a great way to give them new life and keep your costs of paper towel and disposable cloths down- or even better, completely eliminate them from your cleaning cupboard!