Looking after our planet ♥

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. 

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.

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!

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.

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.

Zero waste and Eco stores

Zero waste and Eco stores

So, what is a zero waste store?

The goal of a zero waste store is that no rubbish is sent to either landfills or to be burnt. They encourage people to reuse their own containers, and sometimes have reusable containers available that you can take away and then refill when you return. In real terms this means that they usually sell loose vegetables, dry products (like pasta, beans, lentils and nuts) in bins or buckets which you can then scoop up into your container, and even vats with drinks or washing detergent in.

Tips to reduce plastic waste - Part 2

Tips to reduce plastic waste - Part 2

Further tips on how you can reduce your plastic consumption around the home, with a particular focus on personal care. From shampoo bars to bamboo toothbrushes, the opportunities to start making a big difference through small changes are seemingly endless.

Tips to reduce plastic waste – Part 1

Tips to reduce plastic waste – Part 1
The awareness of plastic pollution is growing, but sometimes it can seem like using plastic is unavoidable. If you want to make a change, but don’t know where to start, here are some tips to help you reduce your environmental impact...