In light of the Australian bushfire crisis, climate change has been a hot topic of discussion in the NV office.
With the planet in a state of emergency, it’s time to rethink our day-to-day approach to sustainability and work towards making little changes that make a big difference.
Here are some real-world ways you can reduce your carbon footprint and do your bit for the environment by slowing down the climate crisis.
Requiring no new energy to be made, opting for those one-of-a-kind vintage finds rather than heading to your favourite fast fashion store is a simple way of reducing your carbon footprint.
There are plenty of op-shops, vintage stores and Sunday markets dotted around, all it takes it a quick Google search to find a location near you.
Our suggestion? Grab a gal pal and a take away coffee (in a reusable cup of course!) and make a day of it. There’s nothing better than finding a gorgy oversized vintage blazer for an absolute steal.
Alternatively, you can let someone else do the sourcing, and shop online. Here are some of our favourite online Vintage stores that stock some absolute gems!
It may sound obvious, but raiding your friends’ wardrobes is arguably the simplest way to do your bit for the environment!
We’ve all had those days where we’ve left it to the last minute to find something to wear and head online to a fast fashion site to buy multiple sizes of the one item only to return the sizes that didn’t fit the very next day. But often the pieces that have been tried on and returned get thrown out, not resold.
Our advice? Break your habit of buying something new every time you have an event and hit up the girls instead.
Carry a tote bag, use a keep cup, avoid straws and don’t buy anything packaged that can’t be recycled. Also, be sure to look for things made from recycled materials!
Here are a few of our favourite products that we use on the reg:
We’re all about a gorgy keep cup for our morning soy cap! We love Huskee as their cups are made from recycled plastics and have a super minimal design so we can be sustainable whilst keeping it cute!
With a sturdy base, this bag is perfect for a trip to the supermarket, vintage shopping or a day at the beach.
We’re big on smoothies here in the NV Office, but not so big on plastic straws and single use cups! The solution? A nice thick metal straw that looks stun in a glass smoothie jar.
EAT LESS MEAT
Opting for a plant-based diet is the single biggest way to reduce your impact on earth. For some, this may seem like a drastic step but even if you implement something like Meat Free Mondays, just eating one meal with meat per day or just eating meat when you’re out and not buying it at the supermarket it is still a step in the right direction.
There are plenty of Instagram accounts providing delicious recipe ideas and simple ways to help you move towards a sustainable diet. Here are some of our favs:
TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORT
We are all guilty for choosing to drive because it’s ‘easier’ and ‘faster’. But Queens, it’s time to pop in some head phones, find a good podcast and opt for a comfy shoe and walk, ride or catch the train!
Even if it’s just every second day at first, make a habit of putting on those walking shoes and feel good about getting in some steps whilst doing your bit for our planet!
This year we are making a promise to do all we can to be a more sustainable business, starting with our packaging.
To read more about our new compostable packaging click here.
If would like to learn more about the climate emergency or other ways you can help, here are some helpful resources: