These actions require some effort and a little bit of spending power. Think of it as a minor inconvenience rather than a major lifestyle overhaul:
Switch to a cloth pad or menstrual cup
Traditional pads and tampons are an environmental nightmare. The United States Environmental Protection Agency says disposable period products used over a lifetime add up to more than 28,000kg of garbage. So invest in a reusable menstrual cup like the Freedom Cup. Get one online from Redmart. But if you still prefer traditional options, buy reusable pads from websites like iHerb.
Have a plastic-free bathroom
Replace bottled shower gel with natural handmade bar soap. And get a bamboo toothbrush.
Stainless steel straws, $7.90, from Unpackt
Available in bent and straight designs.
≥ Pockeat lunchbox, $39.90 for a 2-litre bag, from Unpackt
It’s foldable, really compact, and perfect for packing food to go. It’s also heatresistant, greaseproof and waterproof, so you can use it to hold hot dishes like cooked noodles. Store your reusable cutlery in it when you’re done with your meal.
≥ Superbee wax wraps, $34.90, from The Lala Lokal
They’re an eco-friendly alternative to cling film, and are made of cotton, pure beeswax, organic coconut oil, and tree resin.
Stop buying clothes made with plastic
Lots of harmful chemicals are used to produce synthetic fabrics like nylon, polyester and spandex. Plus, you’re poisoning fish and other wildlife every time you throw them in the wash. A study by the University of California, Santa Barbara found that your clothes shed many tiny fibres in the washing machine that end up in our waste water and could be eaten by aquatic animals. Check the tags and buy only clothing made from natural fibres like cotton, silk, linen, cashmere or wool.
Toss that PVC yoga mat
If it cost you less than $30 and gets sticky, it’s probably made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which has a major carbon footprint. Get a mat made of biodegradable material like cork or natural rubber instead.
Do your wet-market shopping with reusable silicone cook bags and cloth produce bags.
≥ Try the Jade Yoga Harmony Mat 5mm 68in, $128, from www. touchthetoes.com