KITCHEN BUYS FOR ECO GIRLS

Green your world, one easy tweak at a time!

Women's Health Australia - - NEWS - By Clare Bax­ter

KITCHEN RULES

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!

SUS­TAIN­ABLE SWEAT

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

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