Looking after our planet ♥

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.

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.

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.

Overcoming fear

The Chimp Paradox book by author Professor Steve Peters and a drink with a metal straw
Committing to making changes in your lifestyle is quite scary. Whether it’s losing weight, kicking a bad habit, living more healthily, or making changes to live a more sustainable lifestyle, the first step is often the hardest.

You're my hero!

You're my hero!
 I have never really got into ‘hero-worship’, but that doesn’t mean that I am not influenced by others at all. In fact, I actively go looking for examples of behaviours that I would like to see more in myself in others, so that I can see how they manage it, and bring those examples into my own daily routine. Making any changes in our lives or ways of thinking is hard, and there’s no way that works equally well for everyone as we all have different personalities and experiences, so casting my net wide when I look for ways to improve means that I can take the ways that work for me.

Why an Eco company? Why now?

Reusable products to help reduce plastic waste... a step in the right direction.
I thought I’d share how I came to be interested in the environment. It wasn’t a eureka moment, it was a gradual process, and I feel like I’m still learning and developing. Every time Kat has a new product idea I realise that it’s something I haven’t even thought of (she’s my inspiration!), and increasing my mindfulness of the environment is one of the big changes that I have made.

Royally Plastic-Free

Royally Plastic-Free
Environmental damage affects us all, and ultimately it is individuals who can make a difference. Having a high profile person speaking out can also have a big impact, because of the size and diversity of the audience they can reach.  

Ditch the Plastic Straw

Ditch the Plastic Straw
Worries about plastic pollution led to us launching our range of eco-friendly drinking straws. Reading about the damage being done to wildlife, seeing first-hand the damage that was being done to coastlines and beaches, and then researching about the extent of the plastic pollution inspired us to make a simple change to start to improve our environmental impact.

The problem with plastic...

The problem with plastic...
Estimates say that there will be more plastic in the oceans than sea life by 2050. Plastics have become a cheap, disposable part of our consumerist society, and therein lies the problem: the costs are yet to be fully understood...