Aside from living a zero waste lifestyle, there are other ways you can help the environment in your daily life. Have you ever considered shopping for products made from recycled or sustainable materials? You might think that these things could be difficult to find, but they’re really not. With a little bit of research you can start wearing clothes made from organic fabric or shoes knitted from plastic bottles. Not only do these products lessen the amount of waste we’ve already produced but they are also easier to break down and be used again once it’s been put into good use. If you don’t believe me, check out some of the things you can cop below.
Parkland has a variety of bags from backpacks to totes but it’s the material they’re made of that makes the bags interesting. “The exterior of all our products is made with 100 percent recycled water bottles. The company was started in 2015 in the hopes of reducing our impact on the environment. So, grab one of their bags and know they were made from recycled materials. Available at Bratpack branches.
Looking to live zero waste and do more for the environment? Pick up this water bottle. It is a glass bottle that is BPA-free and shatter-resistant and the cap is made of natural bamboo. The sleeve is wherein recycled material was used, “90 percent of the bottle sleeve is made from material equivalent to two plastic bottle intercepted remotely from remote islands and coastal communities.” Available online.
If you’re taking care of a baby, you might think that you’re creating a lot of waste with the number of diapers they go through. Luckily for moms out there, there is an environmentally friendly option. “Our super-absorbent, eco-friendly diapers—made with plant-derived and sustainable materials—are ultra-soft, hypoallergenic, and made without chlorine processing and additives (like synthetic fragrances, lotions, and latex).” These diapers won’t just be better for the environment but for your babies as well. Available online.
In case you didn’t know, H&M has a conscious line that promotes the use of recycled materials. The clothes made for these collections are made of organic textiles like cotton, linen, and silk. They also use recycled polyester. This line isn’t limited to just women but also the men and kids. The pieces range from baby onesies to jeans and sports jackets. Available at Greenbelt 4.
Make an environmental statement with the shoes you wear. With the power of 3-D knitting machines, Rothy’s was able to make different styles of footwear. They were able to makes that aren’t just made of recycled materials but are recyclable as well. It is made of earth-friendly, carbon-free rubber sole and recycled water bottles. Now, all you have to do is pick between flats, pointed toe, or loafers. Available online.
Global sports brand Adidas has also taken the next step in fashion by supporting Parley for the Oceans. They take up cycled waste from beaches before it reaches the ocean and turn them into your new go-to workout pieces. They have a wide variety of products ranging from cleats to sports bras, and of course sneakers. Available at Greenbelt 3.
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