A couple of months ago we ran a giveaway for our farmers market set in collaboration with Spell and the Gypsy Collective.
The competition asked for your best eco tips. With over 1,000 awesome entries, we thought we would highlight some of our favourites and share them with you.
And if you missed out last time, you can also head over to the Spell facebook page because we are running another giveaway, and this time there are 5 of our new Deluxe Eco Packs up for grabs!
Our favourite top eco tips from the Spell and S&S community:
@stellatanner says “Avoid shopping at supermarkets where most items are covered in plastic - stick to markets and bulk food shops when possible + bring your own jars and containers!!”
@natti.eve makes a good point about buying beauty products in bars, not bottles. “Bars of soap, shampoo, and conditioner” She also says to “Buy cooking oil in glass bottles, not plastic”
@lozzasaur has a good way to avoid plastic milk bottles: Buy “Cardboard milk, or make your own nut mylk, no plastic packaging”
@_lana_g__ seconds this idea. “Buy boxes instead of bottles. Most of the time, stuff like laundry detergent come in cardboard which is more easily recycled than plastic”
@iamtegansimmonds likes “…to buy my produce as local as possible... less food miles, less packaging. Local farmers markets”
@liv_page7 says “One way to use less plastic is to buy foods like; cereal, nuts, flour, seeds, pasta, oats etc from bulk bins. By buying from these types of shops you are using less packaging by using glass jars and reusable containers to collect the food in.”
@_lana_g__ has another good suggestion: “Ask your local grocer to take your plastic containers (for berries, tomatoes, etc.) back. If you shop at a farmers market they can refill it for you!”
@mamamiabodhi reminds us that mother nature has her own packaging and to try to buy “…self packaged fruit for lunchboxes ~ like bananas, apples, kiwi fruit and pears”
@sheridannew “Every time I use plastic I put a gold coin in a jar - sort if like a swear jar! It makes me more conscious about my usage!”
@jazmyles reminds us to “always keep some reusable bags in your carrr!”
@amyaleckson says “Challenge yourself to pick up 5 pieces of rubbish every time you visit the beach”
@lily.geyle uses a recycling app to make healthy decisions. “Not only reducing plastic use with reusable bags but using the recycling app to make sure I know what can be recycled, when and where”
@liv_mcewen1 mentions to “always have snacks on hand so you’re not tempted to buy plastic wrapped snacks”
@soph_angus stays prepared by “taking your own containers when you go out for foods so you can pack up your left overs”
@zoe_lou._ has the idea “carrying two metal straws so that you can loan one to a friend AND use them as chopsticks as well”
@ jasminabeana says “Ditch plastic water bottles and use a water bottle with a built in filter! You can fill it with tap and it will taste like bottled”
@_remlane says she likes “Bringing my lunch to work in reusable containers”
@seek.see.love.do suggests “making lunch snacks like Muesli bars instead of buying individually wrapped ones”
@jules_wineco says it’s easy to “Make your own tooth paste, out of coconut powder or bicarbonate”
@fierykatesofhell “Made a little kit for my car with stainless steel straws, cutlery, cup, bowl and plate. Perfect picnic go-to or for takeaway nights!”
@kiannlou reminds us we can make or buy “Beeswax wraps (to use instead of) instead of glad wrap”
In the home:
@natti.eve suggests “Don't use plastic plates at parties but use standard plates, or something biodegradable” and to “Grow herbs to avoid buying "fresh" in plastic containers”
@msmillyvixen says she likes to “Use cloth napkins and tea towels instead of paper products. Have a stash specifically for cleaning or wiping up spills. Or you can use ripped up old tee shirts to clean up big messes” as well as to “Use mason jars to freeze things in the freezer instead of plastic containers”
@livmartin_sums things up nicely “ALWAYS BEING MINDFUL. If there is a will there’s a way! From bringing your own bag to not using beauty products with microbeads, we are in a great generation where there are so many more eco friendly options...and it’s not hard. Let’s save this world together”
We absolutely LOVED reading these tips so thank you to everyone involved. If you have a tip please write it in the comments below. And please don’t forget to head to the @Spell_byronbay feacbook page to enter the giveaway. We have 5 of our fabulous Eco packs to give away.
Buy our farmers market bags set here.