Vote to Help Save Our Oceans!

UPDATE: We have a winner! Thank you to all who voted. Receiving 62% of the vote, our winner is CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA. We're thrilled to donate a portion of the year's profits to this worthy organisation.

Just over a year ago, we wrote about how, despite being a small start-up, we wanted to contribute to something bigger than us. You can read about it here, but we decided that at the end of the 2016/2017 Financial Year, we would donate a portion of our profits to an organisation that aligns with our values. 

That time is NOW and we're so excited because we want YOU to help us choose the recipient organisation! We've narrowed it down to three organisations based in Australia that are committed to protecting the environment. Each of the organisations have in some way promoted a plastic bag ban or the clean up of our oceans, though each group has its own mission statement and focus.

The three two contenders are as follow:

1. CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA: This grass-roots organisation was created in 1989 by "average Aussie bloke" Ian Kiernan when he organised a clean-up of Sydney Harbour. Over 25 years, 27.2 million hours and 288,000 tonnes of rubbish later, Clean Up Australia has spread nationally and then globally to provide practical solutions to help us all live more sustainably every day of the year.

  1. GREENPEACE AUSTRALIA PACIFIC: This organisation is an offshoot of the well-known international group. Large enough to cover all areas of the environment, its values statement includes to "...seek solutions for, and promote open, informed debate about society's environmental choices."

Unfortunately Greenpeace Australia Pacific has informed us that due to a policy of only accepting donations from individuals, they would be unable to accept our donation. We respect their decision and will therefore remove them from the competition.

3. AUSTRALIAN MARINE CONSERVATION SOCIETY: Billing itself as "the only national charity dedicated exclusively to protecting ocean wildlife and their homes," part of this organisation's focus is to work to improve water quality and reduce pollution and marine debris. 

A simple vote to help save the planet... too easy.

Voting is open until noon (AEST) on 30 June 2017. To vote, simply write your choice in the comments below

 

 

 

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The 2017 Jack+Jules Mother's Day Gift Guide

Looking for the perfect Mother's Day gift?

We’ve assembled a selection of gift options for all the lovely mums in your life. While we’ve highlighted some Melbourne-based businesses, use these ideas wherever your mum lives.

THE YOGA MUM

YOGA MAT BAG: It can be tricky buying yoga clothing for someone else, but a yoga mat bag is an easy purchase for your favourite yogi. The Jack+Jules Namaste Bag has a zip pocket to hold valuables and an adjustable strap for easy carrying. It fits all standard yoga mats and is available in Reef Blue and Southern Sky Grey for $36.Jack+Jules Namaste Yoga Mat Bag in Reef Blue and bicycle

 

YOGA CLASS PASS: Ready to give mum a bit more commitment? Consider a yoga pass at her favourite studio. Or if she’s new to yoga, how about a beginning course? Empower Yoga and Mindfulness in Black Rock, Vic offers a five-week beginner course in a lovely light-filled studio for $130.

Mother and daughter yoga tree pose on mountain

 

FLOAT ROOMS: For something a little different, get mum a Float Room experience. She’ll drift into relaxation in a heated bath of epsom salts and magnesium for complete mental and physical relaxation. A one hour float is $80 at the Liquid Room in Sandringham, Vic. Want to pamper her a bit more? Combine a one hour float with a one hour massage (Bliss Pack, $169).Woman entering float room

THE FOODIE MUM 

DISH CARRIER: Sharing food is sharing love, and what better way to do so than in a Jack+Jules Social Dish Carrier. These insulated bags transfer both hot and cold foods easily, keeping the temperature constant for hours. Available online for $80. Jack+Jules Social insulated Dish and food Carrier in sunset orange

 

COOKING CLASS: Shower mum with foodie love and present her with a gift certificate for a cooking class. It's the chance to learn some new tricks, eat some fabulous food and walk away from the dishes. The gorgeous Relish Mama cooking school in Cheltenham Vic has a slew of fantastic classes priced around $150.

For extra fun, any Jack+Jules purchase of $100 or more before May 10, 2017 goes into a raffle for a $100 Relish Mama gift certificate good towards any cooking class! Relish Mama cooking school photo for Jack+Jules

 

THE FASHIONISTA

TOTE BAG: If your favourite gal has lots to lug, you can’t go wrong with a roomy and stylish tote. The Jack+Jules All-Rounder Day Bag easily travels between the office and the gym, the café and the beach and really, anywhere in between. Available in Sunset Orange and Southern Sky Grey for $65.Jack+Jules All-Rounder Day bag tote for Mothers Day Gift Guide

 

PERSONAL STYLIST: How about a personal session with a stylist? Whether your favourite mum hates to shop or loves it and wants some tips, the gorgeous Leiza Meredith of Style Me Leiza will help her embrace her style. Choose a 1, 2 or 3-hour experience ($150 per hour) for the ultimate in retail therapy.Style Me Leiza personal stylist for Jack+Jules Mothers Day Gift Guide

 

You love your mum. Your mum deserves a cool present. We're here to help.

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Five Easy Ways to Save the Planet

Overwhelmed reading the latest article about climate change, plastic pollution or any of the other numerous ways our planet is in trouble? It’s easy to throw your hands up and think that short of moving to a shack in the woods, wearing hemp clothing and eating only nuts and berries, there’s nothing we can do.

So here’s five easy changes you can make today that will help you sleep better tonight:

Honeybee Wrap sustainable beeswax wrapPhoto Credit: Honeybee Wrap

1) Beeswax Wraps: Lose the plastic cling wrap and reach for a beeswax wrap the next time you need to cover food. Jack discovered these sustainable, non-toxic wraps from HoneyBee Wrap on her last trip to Byron Bay. She brought one back for me (sweet friend that she is) and I love it. Handmade from 100% organic cotton fabric, beeswax and various natural oils, the heat of your hands softens the beeswax so it moulds around the food you wish to store. It then cools and remains in shape to keep your food safe. They come in cute colours and are easy to clean. I’m about to order a few more for my kitchen.

Ever eco plastic-free stainless steel straws     Photo Credit: Ever Eco

2) Stainless Steel Straws: We discovered these space-age, plastic-free sippers at a vegan restaurant in Bali (Bali is fighting its own plastic war- check out the work of these Balinese teens who are leading the charge against plastic pollution). We’re smoothie drinkers in our house so these straws get some use. We like the Ever Eco brand found at Flora & Fauna (although they are dishwasher-safe, be sure to buy a set that comes with a cleaning brush).

Keep Cup sustainable reusable coffee cups

Photo Credit: Keep Cup

3) Reusable Coffee Cups: We love a good takeaway coffee but it struck us last year that the number of takeaway cups piling up in our office rubbish bin was not a good look for us, or the planet. Keep Cup is a Melbourne-based company that has taken off around the world and for good reason. Their colourful reusable coffee cups are easy to use and brighten your morning with their vibrant hues. Our favourite part? Our local barista no longer has to ask us for our morning order; we place our reusable cups on the counter and they get right to work.

Klean Kanteen sustainable reusable water bottlePhoto Credit: KleanKanteen

4) Reusable Water Bottles: Bottled water is costly to your wallet and the environment, but that doesn’t stop Australians from spending more than half a billion dollars a year on bottled water. Only 36% of plastic bottles are recycled which leaves way too many polluting our land and waters*. This is an easy fix; keep that reusable water bottle handy and fill it from the tap. We like bottles from Klean Kanteen for both their stainless steel designs and their philosophy of sustainability.

Jack+Jules sustainable plastic-free reusable shopping bag

5) Reusable Shopping Bags: Our personal favourite, those single-use plastic bags from the shops are filling our landfills and waterways by the billions. It is currently believed that there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean and counting*. We’re losing this battle right now, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Reusable shopping bags are an easy way to go plastic-free. Of course we love Jack+Jules reusable bag sets: convenient, washable and strong reusable shopping bags that will reduce the number of plastic bags in the environment.

There you go: five easy ways to save the planet. Now you can sleep like a baby.

 

*All plastic facts sourced from www.oceancrusaders.org.

 

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How to Get Out of a Slump (Hint: Let's Play)

Jack+Jules beach scene, let's play

We’ve been in a bit of a slump lately. You’re probably not supposed to let people know that when you are working on a business, but it’s the truth. Being an entrepreneur is hard work and there are weeks- months- where it’s just an uphill slog with nary a win.

So the other morning, we made a change. Instead of meeting at the office, we met down at the beach, hired a couple of stand-up paddleboards and headed out on the water. And while we did discuss some business points while on the boards, mainly we laughed or just took in the clear blue sky and the light shimmering on the water.

Now back in the office and while we still have the same issues in front of us, they’re not as insurmountable anymore. As adults, we easily forget how important it is to inject a little play into our work life. We all get into a rut now and again, but rather than figuring out what isn’t working, it’s common to think that if we just work harder, we will succeed.

We’re not saying you need a nearby ocean and a stand up paddleboard to get your mojo back (though they certainly can’t hurt), but taking the time to shake up your routine and get a little silly provides that breathing space to reassess things. At least that’s what we’re trying and so far, it seems to be working. And as long as the weather remains beautiful, we’ll keep telling ourselves that.

See you on the water.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies and Dish Carriers

Our “Social” dish carrier has gotten great reviews from our customers but some people seem to think that a dish carrier is only good for carting a lasagna around town. With respect to all lasagna lovers (we’ve been known to chow down on a good lasagna ourselves), there are so many other ways to use this little duo.

To enlighten, we’ll be periodically sharing some of our favourite dishes to transport. Bon Appetite!

Social Dish carrier, chocolate chip cookies

Traditional Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are a family favourite in one of the J+J households, often made by one of the kids (and polished off quickly by the rest of the "kids"- big and small).

Scoring points is easy when you show up with these bickies in hand. However, carrying them in your mitts is bound to get messy on warm summer days so pop them in one of our carriers before you hit the road. (Just try to keep from polishing them off before you arrive at your destination).

Ingredients:

2 ¼ cup plain flour

1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda

1 teaspoon salt

200 g butter

¾ cup caster sugar

¾ cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs

200 g dark or milk chocolate bits or pieces

Method:

Preheat oven to 190°C (170°C fan-forced) and line baking trays with baking paper. Combine flour, bicarbonate soda and salt in a bowl. Beat butter, sugars and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs and beat well. Gradually stir in flour mixture. Fold in chocolate bits. Drop rounded spoonfuls onto baking trays.

Bake for 10 minutes until golden brown. Cool on baking trays for two minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely (if you can last that long).

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