Looking after our planet ♥

The big move (for us, not Kalleco)!

The big move (for us, not Kalleco)!

In three days we board a flight from Gatwick, and disappear off to Australia for a whole year!

It’s incredible how quickly the summer has flown by. At the start of July we came up to Kat’s mum’s house, and it’s been such a blur of saying our goodbyes and spending time with our loved ones that it seems like only yesterday.  

A zero waste holiday?

Lake District camping wast water hiking zero waste holiday

They say you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. Having spent the last eight years in London and Bangkok coming back to spend time with our families in Yorkshire has made me realise just how much I’ve missed spending time in the countryside. 

Heading down under!

Kat with her old yet sturdy suitcase

In under a months time we are upping sticks and moving to Australia for a year. Kalleco will still be running, so don’t panic, but more on that in a future blog! 

It’s a huge leap into the unknown for both of us. For Kat, it is the fulfillment of a childhood dream. She has long dreamt of escaping the cold of Yorkshire and now it is time to see if reality can match up to the vision laid out in her imagination: a more forgiving climate, an outdoors lifestyle, and a host of new experiences to be seared into her memory. 

Plastic Free July!

Bananas in Kalleco organic cotton net totes
So what are we doing differently for Plastic Free July? We put a lot of effort into reducing our plastic usage all the time, but as we’ve spoken about before, it can be difficult, particularly with food products. Whilst plastic is replaceable it is so cheap and easy to use for most companies, they don’t replace it. While this is frustrating, economic pressure is a big weapon that we can use.

Our UK line-up!

Kalleco metal straws to reduce plastic waste
We currently have four festivals booked in, but keep an eye on our Instagram in case others come up. We will be in Bradford on the 7th of July, London on the 13th, Bridlington on the 11th of August, and finally Leeds on the 18th. There’s a variety of types of festival; vegan, wellbeing and consciousness, as well as crossover between them, so if you are in the area, or if you like the look, then head on down, there will be plenty to see there. 

A to Z on Eco Living - Part 2

Reusable net tote and metal straws with Kalleco slogan 'You can't lose if you re-use!'
The ocean takes up over half of the world’s surface, and over half of all life on earth exists under the sea. Reducing plastic waste is (obviously) something that we are massively passionate about here at Kalleco, and this is one of the things that we think is really important for maintaining all of this marine life in its current state.

A to Z on Eco Living - Part 1

A plastic band restricts the growth of a blue-striped grunt fish in the Caribbean Sea. Karen Doody/Stocktrek Images
It’s so incredible to see how ‘Green’ living is becoming more mainstream. Derided as a fringe movement in previous decades, people are coming round to understanding the importance of looking after our planet. The challenges of climate change and plastic pollution are two of the main reasons for that, and in public discourse it now seems to me that it is more of a fringe view to think that these two issues are not important.

5 of our favourite smoothie recipes

Smoothie recipes which are healthy, vegan and best enjoyed through a reusable metal straw for zero waste
Smoothies are such an amazing way to get a good dose of nutrients into you when you are in a hurry. Kat swears by them and starts every day with a super healthy balanced smoothie - sipped through a metal straw of course! To get you all in the summer mood, here are five of our favourite recipes...

Sustainability and the KonMari Method™

Julie Strandberg, KonMari consultant
Julie is a former professional dancer who has since trained as a lifestyle consultant. Her passion for simplifying your life as a means to improve wellbeing is contagious and, as you can read below, is based on personal experiences and a real commitment to improving the lives of those she works with. 

4 unexpected ways you can help the environment!

Buy reusable beeswax food wraps
I’ve been talking a lot about the big changes that I’ve been making or am planning on making this year. It’s made me realise that it’s not only big lifestyle alterations that are important, and there are a lot of little things that I’ve started to do which also make a difference to my environmental impact. 

Metal straw FAQs

Our range of stainless steel metal straws
When Kat founded Kalleco she decided to launch the brand with metal straws. This was because it is a simple change that people can make to their lives which can make a significant impact on the environment. Straws make up 7% of the plastic debris in the oceans, so removing any from the eco-system is a big benefit. Since we launched, we get a few recurring questions about our products, so we have decided to do an FAQ about (drum roll)... straws!

We're all going on a half-term holiday

A building in the UNESCO heritage site, Hoi An, Vietnam
I did not have high hopes for the plastic situation in Vietnam when we headed there. Vietnam makes up one of the six countries that is most responsible for plastic pollution in the oceans. That said, we have been pleasantly surprised. This could be because we have been visiting beautiful Hoi An, a UNESCO heritage site.