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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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Positively Positive

 

Jack+Jules. Positive mind. Positive vibes. Positive life.

Did you see us “bagged” in the newspaper?

As a start-up business, publicity is extremely important so we were absolutely thrilled to be profiled for Fairfax Media’s Small Business section. The article ran on February 26, 2016 in newspapers throughout Australia and if you haven’t read the article, you can do so here.

But then we read the comments after the article. While there were a number of people who were supportive of us, there were a few people who were extremely negative. From price to our choice of nylon, we were “bagged” for decisions we had made. (See what we did there?)

We’ll be honest- we were initially a bit shocked by the negativity but it shouldn’t come as a surprise. We know you can’t make everyone happy, but we’re both extremely positive people who believe in supporting others, especially if they are risk-takers, dreamers and those who believe in living to the fullest (we’ve got a particular fondness for these sorts of people).

However, as some points made in the comments were valid, we thought we’d address them:

COST: Someone decided our product was too expensive. This shouldn’t be a surprise- what is expensive for one person is inexpensive for another. Different people have different ideas of value and what they would pay for quality. While one particular person has decided our product is too expensive for her, we have others telling us we could charge more.

We chose the prices we did based on the cost of producing the Market Bags and getting them to market. We felt it was important to create a good quality product that would last and doing that requires a certain quality of materials that cost more than something made cheaply.

MATERIALS: The majority of negative comments were directed toward our choice of materials, namely our use of nylon fabric. We initially chose nylon for its strength and durability; it’s no good creating a reusable bag that falls apart and ends up in a landfill within five years! (That’s not to say we aren’t open to plant-based fabrics- we are always looking to improve our products and have been researching suppliers prior to the article’s publication).

While nylon is a synthetic material, the length of time it takes to breakdown is much shorter than that of a plastic bag. Nylon fabric can take 30-40 years to break down. By contrast, disposable plastic bags take anywhere from 500-1000 years depending on plastic type and conditions.[i]

Furthermore, single-use plastic bags also create havoc on the environment. From clogging waterways to ingestion by animals, plastic bags are a menace to our earth. And of course there are the sheer numbers. Some figures estimate the typical first-world family using disposable plastic bags takes home approximately 1,500 per year![ii] That’s a lot of plastic bags to fill up landfills, float down waterways and collect in our oceans.

Ultimately, we believe that sustainability comes in many forms and all steps towards protecting our earth are worthwhile. We love seeing more and more people understand that their small actions can make an improvement. And as much as it threw us initially, we also love seeing people who are so passionate about their opinions! As the anthropologist Margaret Mead stated, 

"Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has."

Please send any other feedback our way. If you have used our bags, feel free to email us about how you’re finding them and if you haven’t, give them a try! We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

[i] Ocean Conservancy’s Pocket Guide to Marine Debris (sourced from the US National Park Service).

[ii] Natural Resources Defense Council

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Something to Share with You...

Hi all!

Thank you so much for the overwhelming response to our last post!

Your comments were extremely helpful and gave us great insight into what you think about reusable bags. We'll be answering your questions shortly, but until then, we wanted to share with you the information above. You see, when we first started on this journey, we only wanted to add some convenience to your life (and a shot of colour as well). 

We didn't set out to become environmentalists, but as we researched we found out more and more just how bad plastic bags are for the environment and our health (did you know that plastic bags break down into microscopic particles in the ocean that end up in our food sources? Yuck...).

So, consider this our gift to you as we work toward our upcoming online launch. 

See you soon!

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