Tag: environmental news

DIY HAND SANITISER WIPES

DIY Hand Sanitizer At the advice of healthcare experts in response to the Coronavirus, we all know we should be washing our hands constantly with soap and water. And when hand washing is not an option, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is recommended. Unfortunately, effective hand 

5 REASONS TO STEP UP YOUR FOOD STORAGE WITH STAINLESS STEEL

5 REASONS TO STEP UP YOUR FOOD STORAGE WITH STAINLESS STEEL

Plastic food storage is¬†certainly¬†affordable and lightweight, but research shows¬†that plastic can often leach chemicals into our food and drinks, which can harm our health. In addition to the adverse health effects, plastics are polluting our planet at an alarming rate. Take steps to swap out 

DISPOSABLE MASKS AND PLASTIC POLLUTION

DISPOSABLE MASKS AND PLASTIC POLLUTION

Reading a confronting article in the UN News about the environmental impact of COVID19 and the use of disposable masks... Some of the figures are really quite astounding:

  • Global sales of disposable masks will total some $166 billion this year, up from around $800 million in 2019.
  • If historical data is a reliable indicator, it can be expected that around 75 per cent of the used masks, as well as other pandemic-related waste, will end up in landfills, or floating in the seas.
  • Aside from the environmental damage, the financial cost, in areas such as tourism and fisheries, is estimated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) at around $40 billion.

As the festive season approaches, borders open in Australia, and families and friends re-unite, we hope you will be looking for an eco-friendly alternative to disposable masks!

We love Etsy. And the sustainable cottage home-based industries it supports. Amongst the many attractive re-usable options, we founnd an  enterprising Australian eco-artisan - handmaking reusable cotton masks in a range of Christmas fabrics. https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/812545111/christmas-face-masks-cotton-handmade-in?ref=related-2&pro=1.

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