The journey to reduce your home's waste is one of many small steps.
Take a wander through your home and identify what needs to change in your daily habits or installed in order to improve the energy and water efficiency of your home. And once you have the list, here are a few products to help your home more beautiful and conscious.
Good Change Store
I bought these beautiful cloths in Whakatane a few months ago and absolutely adore them. Not only are they better for the environment, they look good in my kitchen and make cleaning a little nicer. When they're dirty, throw them into the washing machine and use them over and over - so good.
I found this concentrate in Kindred Road and love that this saves needing to throw out plastic cleaning bottles each time. Smells lush and comes with matching cleaning bottles with lines showing how much concentrate each cleaning task requires - they're pretty cool. Or reuse your own.
Corban Road has long been a leader in the sustainability space and was born from the idea that we can do more with less. Understanding that skincare routines often aren't dissimilar to fast fashion, founder Wendy set out to simplify the skincare approach using clean beauty ingredients that are kind to skin and kind to the planet.
I met these ladies a few years ago during a circular economy workshop through Sustainable Business Network and have since backed their commitment to reduce, reuse recycle. Make up is natural, hydrating and kind on the environment.
Fix and Fog
The one product in our house (other than fresh coffee beans) that is never allowed to run out is Fix and Fogg. My very unpopular opinion that I get no end of grief for is that... smooth is better - it's okay to disagree, Fix and Fogg do both.
Lilibee Bee Wrap
Possibly the easiest way to get rid of plastic wrap are using these, and our kitchen has A LOT. There are lots of brands doing this but Lily Bee are my favourites - local and they always have the most beautiful designs to choose from.
Summer isn't complete without a Kubb competition and endless arguments about the rules, the perfect length of the pitch. Plastic free fun made from sustainable hardwood this is a well made game to be cherished for many years (and games) to come. Watch your shins.
The Waste Free Home
These are custom made, and recently mine arrived to hang our new Kai Shun knives. Available in two colours and a super functional way of displaying beautiful knives and keeping them sharp for longer. Recommended.
Natural Hound NZ Canvas Pet Bed
This was Coopers Christmas present and without a doubt are seriously well made and look good. New Zealand made with wool which is a good temperature regulator helping Coops stay warm in winter and cool in summer. I got the canvas which is really durable and can handle being left outside on the deck.
A multi-purpose oil renowned for its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that effectively cleans the skin naturally. This oil has a wide range of uses such as treating acne, as well as reducing general redness and inflammation by clearing congested pores. You can also use to naturally treat cuts, abrasions, and to support wound healing by killing infection-causing bacteria. Research shows that Mānuka oil contains a vast range of terpenoids that inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi. It is 30x more powerful than Tea Tree Oil and is considered to be one of the most potent 100% natural disinfectants on the planet.
Tired of throwing away baking paper after a single use? These Reusable Baking Mats will last you for years to come. Use them in place of baking paper to minimize your household waste.
Why You Will Love the Reusable Baking Mats:
- Ditch the single-use baking paper and experience the ease of these long-lasting sheets
- Cleaning is made easy as food doesn't stick to the silicone mat
- Made from food-grade silicone, these baking mats are a breeze to clean and durable enough to last for years of regular use