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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.

More, more, more!

A view of the ocean - experiences are replacing products as consumerist must haves
The concept of consumerism is becoming more and more commonly used in a derogatory sense. As the environment creaks under the ever increasing weight of plastic and industrial waste, increasing numbers of people are turning on what used to be considered one of the main motors of the world.

The Simple Life...

Minimalist living with the KonMari method
Minimalism is having something of a revival at the moment, although it’s questionable whether it ever went away. Having too much clutter can cause stress and having an organised home is easier if you follow minimalist principles. The most famous advocate of these at the moment is Marie Kondo...

Waste Not, Want Not

The Buyerarchy of Needs by Sarah Lazarovic - consuming less
‘The Buyerarchy of Needs’ by Sarah Lazarovic, is an idea that really makes you think. Whilst Maslow’s hierarchy of needs works it’s way up from our physiological needs such as food and water, to higher concepts like self-actualisation, this adaptation serves as a great reminder whenever you are considering making a new purchase.

Eco Christmas tips and tricks

Reusable eco Christmas present ideas, metal straws and beeswax food wraps
There are loads of things that you can do to provide green gifts. Anything homemade shows real thought. A photo album of your favourite memories, or using one of your talents to share with that person what they mean to you. It will be unique, and from personal experience often even more appreciated than the gifts that cost the most money. Or how about some homemade food?

Resolution Revolution

Notepad and pen at the ready to start writing those New Year resolutions.
2018 has been manic. We’ve made some huge life changes, and that culminated in Kat starting Kalleco just over six months ago. The last six months has been such a huge learning curve for both of us. Since then, thinking about living a more eco friendly life has gone from being something I did frequently to something that happens everyday, and that’s why I’ve been reflecting so much in the last few weeks.