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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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.