KITCHEN BUYS FOR ECO GIRLS
Green your world, one easy tweak at a time!
Looking to go eco? The best place to start is your kitchen. A 2015 survey by the Environmental Protection Agency found Aussies throw out more than $3800 worth of food per household each year. Ouch. Combat this by going back to basics, says Claire Bell, senior recycling programs coordinator at Planet Ark. “Think back to how your grandma would do it.” That means ditching packaged food and being prepared. “Know what you’re making ahead of time so you’re not overbuying,” adds Bell. “Put scraps in a compost bin or worm farm. If you don’t have your own, there’s an app called Sharewaste where you can find someone with a compost bin near you.” Freeze things like celery stumps, broccoli stalks and chicken bones to make DIY stock; you cut down on salt by swerving the pre-made kind, too. Clever!
Heard of plogging? This genius Swedish trend involves collecting rubbish on your regular run or walk. Elyse Knowles, Vital All-in-one ambassador and former WH cover girl, is a huge fan. “Now I’m living on the beach, I can see how much rubbish is around and how careless people are,” she says. “So every time [my partner] Josh and I go for a walk, we take a bin with us and pick up rubbish. [We find] lots of straws, huge plastic bags, materials from construction sites… it’s endless, really.” Even add a squat as you pick up each piece. You eco warrior, you.
Incorporating incidental exercise into your commute is also a great way to reduce emissions. Example? Bell walks 20 minutes to the nearest train station rather than catching a bus, and cycles twice a week. “[Cycling] can be daunting, but it’s all about building your confidence,” she says. Try the Bikemap app
(free on itunes and Android) to find routes in your area, with deets on distance and elevation. You can even turn on voice directions so you don’t get lost. We like it!
BLITZ YOUR BATHROOM
The next biggest problem area?
Your loo. It’s here we use cleaning products packed with chemicals, as well as single-use items, such as cotton buds and make-up removal pads. “We have all been sold the story of convenience: how much easier it is to use a make-up wipe and then just throw it away,” says Tracey Bailey, CEO and founder of eco-friendly store Biome. “But if you think about the resources that went into making those wipes, and then them going into landfill, it would be much better to use a muslin cloth.” Ditch the cleaning products (both for your body and bathroom) via a bit of DIY. Natural ingredients such as vinegar and bicarb soda are great for getting tiles sparklier than a
Bachie engagement ring. You could even make your own beauty stuff – think lip balm, face masks and moisturiser (check out biome.com. au for DIY recipes) – to cut down on the packaging and production of commercial kit. Bailey’s go-to is mixing water with clay, which you can buy online, to create her own face mask. Jazz it up with hemp seed oil for extra moisturising ability, and add your fave essential oil for a sweet scent. Every little bit counts!
Don’t get caught out in the veg aisle again. Ditch the plastic produce bags and try these reusable cotton ones instead. biome.com.au
Customise the fit, style, colour and material of these sustainably produced tees. The idea? Buy one shirt that fits perfectly and lasts years to reduce the waste of fast fashion. citizenwolf.com
Super-cute runners from sustainably grown eucalyptus fibres? Yes please! These cool kicks boast sheep’s wool that uses 60 per cent less energy to make than your trad synthetic shoes. Plus, each pair of laces is made from one recycled plastic bottle. au.allbirds.com
Get your Om on with this mat made from sustainable tree rubber and jute. And no need to feel guilty for ordering online – they have a carbon-neutral shipping policy. secondearth. com.au WH
Made from cotton and beeswax (with a vegan option available), these reusable wraps can be subbed in where you’d otherwise use cling wrap. There are countless patterns to choose from, plus they smell ah-mazing. wrappa.com.au