Author: Jamie Chapman

all natural, eco friendly teeth regime

In our modern lifestyles, there are a lot of daily routines that we have been taught as the best way to maintain our health. Unfortunately a lot of these routines means daily consumption and waste. A prime example of this is our mouth hygiene regime. We are taught to brush at least twice a day and floss once a day, which which involves consuming a lot of plastic. I’m not here to say brushing your teeth is bad, but we can modify the tools we use to keep our teeth and the environment clean. Toothbrush The truth about plastic toothbrushes; Every year, Australians throw out 30 million frazzled sticks of plastic. You can only imagine what that means on a global scale. These toothbrushes are not bio-degradable, and will still be around hundreds of years from now. The Environmental Toothbrush however, has a biodegradable and environmentally sustainable handle and is vegan. Any dentists will tell you, that a manual toothbrush works just as well as an electric one, you just need to know how to brush your teeth properly, so …

To Mum, from Pana with love

What to do when the person you’re buying a present for has everything already? A consumable gift never goes astray. Needles to say, I am a huge advocate for consumable gifting. Not only do non-edible presents clutter up our homes, but when we inevitably discard these items from our lives, they create a lot of long term waste. I love how consumable gifts can also bring people together through sharing, so for Mother’s day, saying thank you with handmade chocolate is not a bad idea. Pana Chocolate, a Melbourne founded business, has mastered the art of guilt-free chocolate. Their chocolate is (take a deep breath) fair trade, raw, organic, handmade, vegan, dairy free, soy free, gluten free and uses no refined sugar. So pretty much anybody on a hipster diet can eat these beauties. Pana Barbounis founded Pana Chocolate in Melbourne, Australia with the intention of creating a rich, luxurious chocolate the whole world could enjoy. A chocolate that made people stop, if only for a moment, to enjoy a myriad sensations: cacao melting on the tongue, surprising …

my week of food shopping packaging free

So this week, I decided to see if I could complete the challenge of shopping packaging free for one whole week! One week may seem like a small feat, but I was astonished at how much of our food consumption is wrapped in plastic, how easy it is to actually avoid it and discovered which industries are notorious for packaged produce. *A note before I begin. During this week, I considered glass, metal and paper to be ‘package free’ as these can be 100% recycled, reused or composted. And so we began.. Planning is Key. Convenience is a killer. I am a routine shopper. I set aside one day on the weekend to buy all of our food for the week. This works to my advantage as pre planning all my meals creates a comprehensive list of items that I will need to buy. Using this list, you can spot items that you know are packaged in plastic, and try and find alternatives to the produce itself, or find other places you can get it unpackaged. Without this pre planning, you’re more …

3 tips for a more sustainable Easter

It’s here again. Easter. Since February, pallet-loads of impulse-buy Hot cross buns have been placed near entrances of supermarkets; chocolate eggs and bunnies in awkwardly placed piles near the fridge section reminding you of the impending commercial frenzy. For months supermarkets wear you down until you finally cave and buy Easter goods for everyone you could possibly encounter over the break.