Sustainability seems to have been one of the hottest topics of 2018. From ditching the plastic to save our oceans, to waving goodbye to waste, we’re all looking for the best ways to reduce our footprint. We’ve rounded up the hottest brands leading the charge, from sustainable workout wear to reusable bamboo cutlery.
Did you know that the average menstruator uses 11,000 pads and tampons over their lifetime, and this amounts up to 300lbs of trash in landfills? Unfortunately, much of this waste won’t even begin to biodegrade for years, if at all. THINX was the first “new” menstrual care product to hit the market in over 80 years, with it’s period-proof underwear, aiming to help reduce the impact of pads and tampons on the environment. With THINX, you simply rinse after each wear, wash, hang dry, and reuse again and again. Lead by an all female start-up team, THINX also runs a Giveback program which subsidizes sanitary products for girls and women in developing countries.
Trying to dodge the plastic cutlery but constantly forgetting your own? Bare Vida has come up with the perfect solution, with their reusable bamboo items to give people an alternative to single-use plastic cutlery. Handmade in Bali, the 100% organic bamboo is sourced and crafted by Balinese locals, including disabled foundations, to make beautiful and strong products. Each set comes with a knife, fork, spoon, 2 chopsticks, straw and a napkin, making it perfect to keep in your bag for on the go eating.
Hetu is an independent zero waste store aiming to tackle over-packaged food and single use items whilst raising awareness of the negative impact plastic has to our health and the planet. After living in Australia for 5 years, the founder, Laura, decide it was time to bring plastic free shopping to the UK. Not only is the food free of packaging- so is the store, with 80% of the furniture preloved, even down to the plants! So how does it work? At Hetu you bring your own containers, which are then weighed whilst empty (so you only pay for the weight of the product). You can buy all your everyday staples, such as oats, seeds and nuts as well as the slightly more niche products like maca powder. The vegan store even has plant-based milks, cheese and yoghurt all in returnable glass containers, and (our favourite) a nut butter machine!
We’ve all heard that deodorants aren’t great for your health, but we’re not quite ready to hit the gym without it. Enter Elsa’s super effective 4 in 1 natural deodorants. They deodorise, detoxify, nourish and sooth using the highest quality organic plant ingredients and rich earth minerals, making sure you not only smell good, but feel good too. You’ll be doing your bit for the planet as well, as the deodorants are made in England, cruelty free, vegan, toxin free, 100% natural, sustainably sourced and made with biodegradable ingredients! We’ve never seen a deodorant work so hard… and I can assure it pasts the gym test!
Want to work out, whilst also helping save the planet? League Collective has your back. League Collective creates sustainable yet high-tech sportswear for women through processes that have minimal impact on landfills and the wider environment. This means that all of their clothing is made in the UK and utilizes 100% recycled fabrics wherever possible. Not only are they sustainable, they’re highly functional, strong and durable meaning no compromises on quality.
With more and more places becoming plastic free, from PRET to 1Rebel, now really is the time invest in a reusable water bottle. Our favourite has to be Chilly’s. Not only do these bottle help you keep your water ice cold for 24 hours, but coming in a range of colours and prints, they’re the ultimate sustainable accessory. That means cold water, no single use plastic and a cool bottle. We’re sold.