Go Green: It’s never been easier to do your part for the planet

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Go Green: It’s never been easier to do your part for the planet

From small, everyday habits to supporting the sustainability efforts of retailers, it's never been easier to join the eco-friendly movement.

3 Easy habits for going green

Who says you need to compromise to go green! Check out these daily tips that will help you do your bit of the planet!

1. Love your reusable coffee mug

We Melbournians love our coffee and clutching on that piping hot cup is often what gets us through the chilly mornings! So why not swap your daily disposable for a reusable one? While resuable cups now come in a labyrinth of colours and styles to suit, these Reusable Coffee Cups from Mr & Mrs Jones are particularly stylish.

The same goes for drink bottles! Stay hydrated on the go while reducing the use of plastic bottles by purchasing a reusable drink bottle. As an added incentive, bottled water is also more expensive per litre than petrol so your wallet will be thanking you too!

2. A storm in a teacup

From an antioxidant rich green to a calming chamomile, tea can be both warming for the body and mind. While one teabag may seem insignificant, the culmalative impact from the world's tea drinkers is one of the largest avoidable by-products of food waste. Your can reduce your carbon footprint one teabag at a time but switching to loose leaf tea (check out T2 for some of our favourites!) and using a reusable infuser. If you must use a teabag, look for brands that utilise biodegradable, unbleached options that are not only better for you (bleached teabags may leak small amounts of potentially toxic chemicals) but also Mother Nature too!

3. Bag it up

While Woolworths and Coles supermarkets have now removed plastic bags from their checkouts, it's easy to stretch that little bit further and reduce the number of paper and plastic bags from our other retail purchases. Store a rolled-up, portable shopping bag in your handbag and it'll be ready to be whipped out whenever you fancy some retail therapy.

Sustainable materials

We are loving the sustainable products our retailers have come up with!

Kathmandu

In 2018, Kathmandu recycled a total of recycled 6.7 million plastic bottles through REPREVE®, a recycled polyester. The brand offers clothing, bags and accesories crafted from this material to reduce the amount of virgin polyester, essentially plastic, being produced. Find out more about Kathmandu's REPREVE® range here.

Politix

Politix has launched its first range of products that promote the sustainable sourcing of cotton across their polos, t-shirts, shirting, denim and knitwear. Their Better Cotton Initiative method teaches millions of farmers smarter and more sustainable farming practices to improve yield whilst lowering environmental impact. Check out the full story here.

Return & recycle

Many of your best-loved beauty and lifestyle brands are already breaking ground in this space. As part of their sustainability efforts, these retailers offer a recycling service in-store.

Lorna Jane

Founded by Lorna Jane Clarkson in 2011, Swap Shop is a unique Lorna Jane initiative that encourages all women to exchange and change the lives of those in need by offering a $5 store credit for every piece of pre-loved Activewear they donate. Any brand, any time!

This special program has seen Lorna Jane customers donate over 45,000* items of pre-loved exercise wear in exchange for pieces from Lorna Jane’s on-trend active collections. for more information click here.

HOW IT WORKS

1 - SORT YOUR WARDROBE
Collect any brand or pieces of pre-loved Activewear you don’t mind parting with. Make sure your items are washed and in good condition.

2 - VISIT US INSTORE
Bring your pre-loved Activewear instore and receive $5 store credit per item (max. 3 items) towards your new active wardrobe.

3 - INSPIRE AN ACTIVE FUTURE
Not only will you be rewarded with credit towards a new LJ item, you’ll also feel great knowing that you have helped someone else get active with your Activewear donation

Finally, making quality purchases is the most important first step to cutting down on clothing and product waste so go green today and do your bit for the environment!

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