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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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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

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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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Why Not Now?

Go into the world and do good, Jack+Jules

We’re a small company right now. There’s just the two of us, working in a converted office in the back of a garage (which doubles as our warehouse). Fueled by coffee and chocolate, our hodge-podge surroundings are perfect for now.

But we have plans, ideas that are swirling behind the scenes. We launched online seven months ago and while we are happy with our progress so far, we have visions of a future that is bigger than this.

So often, in life and business, we are advised to move slowly, to wait until the right time. Don’t expand too quickly, don’t borrow more than you can afford, don’t risk too much. Often this is prudent, but sometimes you have to dare to be bigger than yourself.

We’re not alone when we say we would like to make a real difference in the world around us. One of our dreams is to direct some of our profits to help others, to use our resources to make the world a better place. When we’re big enough, when we’re successful enough, when, when, when…

When should be now. Why wait? The world needs help now, in whatever form available.

So we’re excited to announce that beginning July 1, 2016 (the start of the Australian financial year), we will be donating a portion of our profits to environmental causes that align with our values. We’re still working out the details, but felt this was important enough to announce now.

Each year we will choose a different recipient. We may ask for help in this regard, we may need some suggestions to narrow down the field, but our focus will be on environmental conservation and sustainable development.

Why not now?

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