Six ways you can #switchfornature this Earth Day

Each year when Earth Day rolls around, we all make little promises to ourselves. You’ve probably already made some smaller changes; maybe purchased yourself a steel straw, some tote bags, and maybe a few keep cups - because sometimes those larger changes can feel daunting and unachievable. So this year, we’re bringing you some sustainable switches that are easy to commit to for long-term impact. These suggestions don’t require any new purchases, and with a bit of practice they might just become new habits.

 

 

 

 

1. Dispose of your clothes and textiles consciously

The end of life for your clothes is just as important as the start. Whilst your natural fibres will decompose within 6 months-3 years when composted, other synthetic fibres like your trusty yoga pants can take over 200+ years to break down. This is why we’ve partnered with Upparel - they aim to divert the 6,000kg of textile waste that Australians toss into landfill each year. 65% of the items they receive are donated, and the remaining 35% are upcycled or recycled into products like socks or upholstery stuffing. The best part is that it’s easy and you’ll even be rewarded! All you need to do is book a collection here, and Upparel will send you a $25 Kip&Co voucher - how good is that?

 

 

2. Switch up your coffee order with alternative milk - we love Oat!

Whilst you’ve probably heard about the environmental benefits of ditching cows milk for plant-based milk, you may not know that there’s a clear winner amongst the alternatives. Of all the milk substitutes, it is the humble oat that comes out on top of the sustainability ladder. The little oat has the lowest carbon footprint, uses slightly less water in irrigation, and is thankfully not directly associated with deforestation like other nut based milks. Oat milk also wins our poll as the creamiest pairing for coffee. Soy is your next best sustainable option, and has the added bonus of being the most nutritionally balanced milk as it gives you a solid hit of both protein and calcium. Ultimately, cow’s milk produces 3 times more greenhouse gas emissions than any plant based milk, so no matter which substitute you try, you’re making a friendlier choice. You can even make your own oat milk easily at home! Find out how

 

 

 

3. Ditch tea bags for loose leaf tea

If you’re anything like us, you might have missed that your nightly tea was likely hiding single use plastic in disguise. Whilst originally made from gauze, leading companies unsurprisingly transitioned the classic tea bag to incorporate plastic fibres due to their strength and durability. Don’t be fooled by the appearance or texture of some tea bags, as their organic texture is achieved through a combination of both synthetic fibres, and natural fibres like manilla. Your best bet is to ditch the bag, and do it old school with a gorgeous teapot or strainer. But if you just can’t resist the tea bag, you can find a list of compostable options here, or visit our lovely friends over at Love Tea for some conscious sipping.

 

 

 

 

4. Start some new food storage habits & make some beeswax wraps.

Each year, households throw away 3.1 million tonnes of food waste, with another 2.2 million thrown away by the commercial sector. A main contributor to the problem is poor food storage, resulting in food going off our fridges before we can make use of it. The good news is that we can massively reduce our food waste by implementing some new storage tactics. Ripe bananas will hold off from browning when kept in the fridge, chopping off the green tops of your carrots will prevent them from shrivelling, and potatoes should be kept in the dark. We’ve found some brilliant articles that provide even more information which you can read here and here. We’re not sure about your households, but our food storage has so often relied on our old friend, glad wrap. A few years ago on the blog, we showed you how to make your very own beeswax wraps at home. We suggest repurposing your Kip&Co drawstring bags for this task! If you’re not so keen on chopping them up, you could even use them as produce bags! Find how to make your own beeswax wraps here

 

 

 

5. Look after Country by trying bush foods, and committing to native plants

A few years ago, we had the pleasure of learning on Country with Wurundjeri Elder Uncle Dave Wandin who is a passionate leader and advocate for Aboriginal Land management. One of Uncle Dave’s core beliefs when addressing the climate crisis, is the importance of native plants. Native plants and bush foods require far less irrigation, and cultivation than imported agricultural crops. When planted, these crops provide vital nutrients to soil, create homes for wildlife, and protect our streams and waterways. There’s so many brilliant places to give Bush foods a go this Earth Hour. If you’re in Melbourne, you need to visit Mabu Mabu, an Indigenous Owned bar and kitchen that will introduce you to bush food with a bang. Here’s a link to a brilliant list of Indigenous owned bush food businesses for your perusal. And if a feed isn’t your thing - plant some natives! You might even have an Indigenous owned nursery in your local area like Indigigrow. You can learn more about Uncle Dave Wandin in this brilliant article here.

 

 

 

 

6. Learn to mend your clothes

Sometimes it's true, mum does know best - and she probably knew that a hole in your favourite knit didn’t mean that it was time to be thrown away. This suggestion is a little bit more difficult than the rest, but it’s so worth it in the long run. It’s time to bring back the art of darning; repairing your clothes by stitching a warp and weft over pesky holes. The brilliance of darning (and patching), is that you don’t necessarily have to camouflage your repair. Visible mending is in fashion baby - play around with different colours of thread, patch with fun fabrics, and if you’re a pro, you can even try your hand at darning in the shape of flowers and patterns. We stumbled across this awesome TikTok that explains darning really well. 

 

 

 

Read more sustainability tips on the Kip&Co blog.