At KORA Organics, we believe the sustainability movement is about making conscious choices to preserve our environment rather than compromising it—to sustain earth’s precious resources for future generations to come. So much so, we’ve chosen to focus solely on the topic this month.
If you are wanting to start practicing a more earth-friendly lifestyle—we’ve penned a few ways our team take action to reduce their environmental footprint.
We Say No to Single-Use
Single-use plastic items are littering the ocean at a rapid rate, causing life-threatening issues for many marine animals that call it home. The good news is there are many eco-friendly alternatives that you buy once, and reuse for its lifespan.
Our team are advocates of:
- Fabric shopping totes
- Glass or metal drinking straws
- Bamboo toothbrushes
- Insulated keep cups
- Steel or glass lunchboxes
- Metal or bamboo travel cutlery
- Glass food storage jars
- Reusing jars for smoothies & salads.
Lead with Digital
The World Counts estimates that over 30 million acres of forest are destroyed annually to keep up with the demand of paper currently used around the globe.
Making the switch to digital is the first step to culling our excess use of paper. Try e-newsletters, online subscriptions and e-statements, and resist the urge to print out emails. For must-print documents, double-sided printing on bleach-free, recycled paper is said to be the most eco option.
Another idea is to borrow or swap books and magazines, or join a local library. One of team admits to finding some rare solitude in her local library, and enjoying reading books that many have been previously shared by many.
Fabric over Paper
Replace paper towelling and serviettes for fabric ones, and ditch single-use make-up wipes for reusable ones. We prefer the feel of natural fibres on the skin, like organic cotton or linen—to add a touch of class as well.
Try repurposing retired linen or cotton bed sets into kitchen linen. Old clothing can also be easily made into household cleaning options too, plus it decreases the number of non-reusable garments being sent to landfill.
Plastic party decorations such as balloons (and the string that ties them) can often end up in our waterways. We’ve all seen getaway balloons flying through the sky, and while they may look dreamy, they pose grave danger to marine animals when they end up in the ocean.
Our suggestion, and one that is trending, is to decorate with natural fibres and textures from the garden. Calling on your creativity to source fallen palm fronds, leaves and bark, and fuse with organically grown flowers. Style with natural fibre tablecloths and napkins, even perhaps some you have repurposed!
We adore how artist & stylist, Lisa Madigan, seamlessly creates and speaks on the topic:
“Inspiration is everywhere + nature has it in abundance. Be brave + utilise the unexpected. Dried branches or fallen leaves, have a fossick in your garden, no matter the season. Think about shape + texture + tone, not just what is instinctively pretty. It’s all about compiling elements with enough space for each to shine, whilst also creating a cohesive setting. Think about the feel you’re after + find pieces that evoke that sense within you, no matter how out of the box.”
The minimalist way of life is based on connection with people, rather than connecting to physical items outside of oneself. It is said to bring more contentment and peace while diminishing the need to collect things for the wrong reasons.
The practice of letting go of unused belongings and choosing to collect memories with people, has a sentiment that resonates with us. One team member has shared her reverence for The Minimalists podcast and their motto to “live a meaningful life, with less.”
To really embrace this movement, it’s suggested a change in the way you think is needed to shift the pattern of impulse buying. One of our team likes to practice mindfulness when considering her purchases to feel into what she needs vs. what she wants.
As a brand, we encourage our customers to do their research and ultimately choose brands with values that align to theirs. Learning about where and how ingredients and fabrics are sourced, and then searching for the industry certifications to ensure their integrity and purity.
Choose Natural Energy
Escape into nature and read a book, hike in the fresh air, or practice yoga and meditation. All these activities are beneficial for your health, while limiting the need to plug into electricity. It also helps to lessen levels of blue light so you can sleep better at night!
You can also use your natural energy reserves to get you from A to B. Try walking or cycling to work or the store; or joining a social carpool to reduce carbon emissions. Getting your daily steps in on the way to work is a bonus too.
Grow your Own
The good news is that if you were not born with a green thumb, learning to grow your own food has never been easier. Start with substituting store-bought herbs for home grown.
If you are a city dweller, community gardens are a good way to escape to greenery and connect with your community. In urban areas, these gardens also play their part in offsetting carbon emissions.
Stay tuned to the blog this month as we speak to some interesting people who share their passions on all things green.
Think Water & Energy Saving
Power and water are two vital resources that we rely on heavily for comfortable day-to-day living—yet they come at a cost to our environment. We can, however, take a mindful approach to lowering daily consumption. Our team have kindly shared their chosen ways to do so:
- Taking timed showers
- Install water saving shower heads
- Turning or fixing leaking faucets
- Turn faucets off while brushing teeth, shaving, or washing hands
- Choosing either to hand wash or use the dishwasher—but not both
- Installing a rainwater tank
- Limit the amount of clothes washing or hand wash small items
- Water lawns during the coolest times of the day
- Dry washing in the sun rather than the drier
- Select the quick wash or eco-cycle and only for full loads
- Purchasing eco-friendly appliances with good energy ratings
- Sweep outdoor surfaces rather than using water or electric tools.
Reduce, Reuse & Recycle
The golden rule to remember is the three “Rs”—reduce, reuse & recycle.
- Reduce: be conscious before making a purchase.
- Reuse: ask yourself how the item can be repurposed.
- Recycle: limit waste as much waste as possible going to landfill.
We believe that if we all do our bit, we can make a difference—and we’re excited to shine a light on the many aspects of sustainability this month. To share the things that inspire us, to pave the way for a better future.
KORA Organics xxx