Welcome to our first blog post! I’m Kat and together with Mitch we’ll bring to you our journey of becoming more sustainable and environmentally friendly. We’ll let you know products that we are going to be releasing, what we’re researching and hoping to bring to you. We’d love to also get your feedback on products you would like to have so that you can switch over to a more sustainable, plastic free life.
Our journey began not too long ago on our 2nd holiday to the Philippines. Mitch got some bamboo sunglasses that looked awesome after he broke his plastic ones. He used his new sunnies while we drank our mango banana smoothies out of metal straws and surprisingly to us it was actually very comfy and pleasing to our lips. The Philippines is a big user of plastic, they are one of the top 5 countries that produce large amounts of plastic waste. They have clean water machines on the side of the road so everyone can have access to clean water but they supply and drink the water out of small plastic bags. We visited a small island called Siargao, and it is starting to get very popular with tourism. In order to combat and tackle the waste and environmental pressures on their community, that will just keep getting increasingly worse every year, they are going plastic free. No plastic bags for groceries, no plastic straws, no disposable cutlery, plates or cups.
Our trip inspired us that we wanted to be more eco friendly at home. We found it was hard to come across any eco products at our local shopping mall in Cronulla. When we went to the grocery store even though we take our own shopping bags people are still using plastic bags for their fruit and vegetables. I would generally leave my fruit and veges naked in the dirty basket or trolley but occasionally i had to get a plastic bag for snow peas and cherries etc. I went on a hunt for produce bags something to put all my fruit and vegetables in so they get home safely protected and together. Something that looks great and is reusable, and is easy to transport around with me to go shopping. We found some great produce bags and shopping bags that we think look really awesome. Mitch loves the big tote bag, it holds his coffee upright, and has tested it strong enough to carry 3kg of ice!
We loved the bamboo material that was used for the sunglasses and wanted to use it for our own products. Bamboo lunch boxes came about, and hopefully we will find some bamboo coffee cups and some bamboo cutlery. Its a great sustainable material, it grows fast and doesnt need to be replanted. It doesnt need large amounts of water or any fertizlization to grow.
Our first trip to the Philippines a year ago showed us how much trash there was floating in the oceans - when going to pristine beachs and crystal clear water you see all the rubbish washing up onto beaches and floating around the water. There is 8million tons of plastic entering our oceans every year. More then 50% of marine turtles have comsumed plastic. And by 2020 the amount of plastic in the ocean is expected to increase tenfold. By 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans then there are fish (by weight). The only way to combat this is to stop using plastics and start reusing more biodegradable and sustainable materials. Plastic never biodegrades. Plastic will degrade and break down but only into smaller bits of plastic. The small bits of plastic that degrade are still toxic such as BPA. And when these plastics degrade in the ocean they end up being eaten and sitting in the guts of sea animals and washing up on shorelines. We then come back into contact with these toxins on our beaches or through eating fish etc.
Our second trip to the Philippines opened our eyes to communities trying to combat plastic. We try to do our bit in our own community by picking up any trash left behind on the beach. But we are also now trying to change over to using less plastic in our everyday life. Taking reusable coffee cups with us, using reusable cotton bags when going shopping, using metal straws, refilling our reusable water bottles. When you start to change your everyday habits and start adding up everything your doing you realise that your small contribution and change is helping your environment and the future.
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