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 Mr & Mrs Jones reuseable cups 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.

Sheridan

With over 500,000 tonnes of leather and textiles sent to landfill each year, Sheridan are making it simple to return, recycle and renew. Leading the way as Australia’s first homewares brand to offer a solution to textile waste, Sheridan runs a recycling program through their stores.

Simply donate any branded old quilt covers, sheets and towels to their store and receive 10% off your next purchase over $100. Find out more about how you can recycle with Sheridan.

Zara

Bring any clothing you no longer want in-store and Zara will either donate these pieces in aid of not-for-profit organisations or recycle and transform them into new fabrics. Find out more about Zara's clothing sustainability program.

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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