Sustainable Shopping Guide

In an ideal world we would get all of our things secondhand, make our own or go without, however, sometimes we may want or need something and the only viable option is to buy new. So on this page you will find products that are one of the better options when buying new. I’ll stick to things I have tried and tested myself and only post the good stuff.

Clothing

Salt Gypsy – Swim and surf wear made on the Gold Coast from Econyl, recycled plastics from the ocean and land waste. Salt Gypsy are working hard towards a closed-loop economy.

Wool 2 Yarn – A small family run business and Australia’s first micro-mill make beautiful Alpaca wool products from their farm in Mornington. Environmentally conscious, Wool 2 Yarn also recycle retired jumpers into new scarves and hats.

Jewellery

Sarah Munnings Designs – Handmade in Melbourne from recycled silver, copper and brass.

Shoes

All Birds – Runners made from castor bean oil, wool, tencil and laces made from recycled plastic, this B-corp company is committed to reducing the impacts of climate change by becoming carbon neutral. Plus they are super-dooper comfy!

Etiko – Ethical, fair trade and organic sneakers, Etiko, a B-corp company is on track to become carbon neutral by 2020. Not only this Etiko are working towards a closed-loop system with rewards for shoe take backs.

Bathroom

Ere Perez Make Up – More specifically I have used the mascara, Ere Perez is vegan, cruelty free, carbon neutral and committed to sustainable principals. The only downfall is the products are made in Mexico so I’m on the hunt for a similar product made closer to home. I do have a recipe for DIY mascara, however, being fundamentally lazy when it comes make up application, the homemade version does”t last longer than about 3 hours without reapplication.

Natures Organics – I use their range of shampoos and conditioners as I cannot for the life of me find a shampoo bar that doesn’t make my hair look like I washed it with fish and chips, nor a homemade concoction that doesn’t turn my hair to straw. They’re locally made (Ferntree Gully), cruelty free, 100% recycled packaging and as a company Natures Organics is committed to reducing their carbon footprint.