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If you have to take the kids or are happy to, why not try and make it fun.  Get them to read the labels and to look for Australian Made. And to avoid using palm oil, use the Palm Oil app, so you scan product labels for palm oil.

palm oil scanner

Option A

easy to recycle box

Option B

packaging that cannot be recycled

Honestly I don't drink herbal teas...I wish I could, people say it's a healthier option, but I like my tea caffeinated!  These pictures are just good examples of what I am referring to. 


Option A is easy...a box that can go in the recycling.  Option B gives me a headache...I'm not sure it can be recycled, are you? I'll investigate further. Having this worked out before you get the product home makes life easier!

May I suggest you don’t take the kids shopping? I found when I took my kids to the shops it was a stressful experience - I just wanted to get in and get out!  Problem with that though is you can’t take your time and look at the product labels. Now I leave my son at home and put my earphones in listen to some fab tunes and groove my way around the shop!

Its about being conscious of what you are you putting in your
shopping trolley

  When putting things in your shopping trolley, its good to think about

  • Do I actually need this product? reducing the amount of items we purchase will reduce your carbon footprint and waste output.


  • Watch out for greenwashing - see below for an explanation - be careful of product trickery - does that biodegradable plastic bag really break down?

  • Am I contributing to a circular economy by purchasing this product? - see below for an explanation - purchasing items that can be recycled or even better, those made from recycled materials, is essential to support those industries and will help to save our planet's resources and give people sustainable jobs.

  • Can I get this from an Op shop? (i.e. Salvos, Vinnies, Lifeline) I love Op shopping - buying second hand is a great way to save our natural resources and if you're worried about germs from someone else, just give it a good wash! 

Turtle dead in net

For years we have not taken responsibility for our own waste. Just throw it in the bin - out of site out of mind.  This lack of responsibility has caused disastrous impacts on our oceans and wildlife. Yet still to this day, just look outside and you will see rubbish in the street. Why? What do you think we should do about it? Submit an idea at the Get in touch section below!

What is a circular economy?

The circular economy is all about designing out waste – how we manage resources, how we make and use products, and what we do with the materials afterwards. A circular economy approach means shifting away from the linear, ‘take, make, use and dispose’, route towards a circular approach where we maintain the value of waste resources for as long as possible.

Circular economy

What is greenwashing?

Greenwashing is essentially when a company or organisation spends more time and money on marketing themselves as being sustainable than on actually minimising their environmental impact. It’s a deceitful advertising method to gain favour with consumers who choose to support businesses that care about bettering the planet. Greenwashing takes up valuable space in the fight against environmental issues, like climate change, plastic ocean pollution, air pollution and global species extinctions. For more info check out

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